MC Southwest Roadtrip DAYS 12 & 13 - The Western Slope of Colorado

Driving through the Western Slope of Colorado is like stepping back to a simpler time. You see more cattle than people, and the people you do see seem friendlier for the most part. 

  Giddy up!  

 Giddy up!  

 Camping at Stevenson's Creek just west of Gunnison, CO.  

Camping at Stevenson's Creek just west of Gunnison, CO.  

 A full moon reflecting off the reservoir. Does it get any better than this?  

A full moon reflecting off the reservoir. Does it get any better than this?  

 Our trusty Ford Flex in front of the Blue Mesa reservoir.  

Our trusty Ford Flex in front of the Blue Mesa reservoir.  

The Black Canyons of The Gunnison National Park is a mouthful of a name but don't let that stop you from visiting this knee shaker of a chasm.  

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 This view will make your life seem small. 

This view will make your life seem small. 

Ended up in Montrose for lunch. Yelp did us properly and pointed us in the direction of The Daily Bread. A good portion of their menu is made from scratch and most of the ingredients are from the family farm just outside of town. The special of the day was their homemade sloppy joe. Leave it to a town in Colorado I've never heard of to transform ordinary comfort food into artisanal farm to table cuisine that would make any foodie jealous. 

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 The world's best Sloppy Joe is in Montrose, CO. 

The world's best Sloppy Joe is in Montrose, CO. 

Telluride is another historic mining town tucked away in the mountains of the south west corner of Colorado. In recent years it's become a world class playground for winter sports and also a summer getaway for mountain bikers and lovers of the outdoors. Set against the backdrop of a quaint little downtown area nestled at the foot of the mountains, it's hard not to loose track of time as you find yourself gazing at all the eye candy that abounds. 

 The Main Street is a few blocks long. The perfect early morning stroll.  

The Main Street is a few blocks long. The perfect early morning stroll.  

 The 454 wallet and The Gem keychain sitting stream side.  

The 454 wallet and The Gem keychain sitting stream side.  

 Full bloom in Telluride.  

Full bloom in Telluride.  

 Translation: We've got plenty of recreational marijuana dispensaries.

Translation: We've got plenty of recreational marijuana dispensaries.

 An old timey Fire Truck for an old timey town. 

An old timey Fire Truck for an old timey town. 

 The cliche Telluride photo from the free gondola screams: Wish you were here! 

The cliche Telluride photo from the free gondola screams: Wish you were here!