In late July, Dan and I attended a meetup of Mini Coopers in Salida, Colorado called Minis in the Mountains. I previously posted about elements of the trip here and here. Today, I want to share our drive into Cañon City. Interestingly, there is a perfectly reasonable route into the city – an exit off the main highway. But that is not how we got there.
No, we took the hogback.
The hogback is a single lane road up and over a…., hill or small mountain. Fortunately, it’s a one way road. So all the Mini Coopers lined up nose to tail and over the top we went.
I made the comment to Dan that there was absolutely no utilitarian reason for this road to exist given that there was a much easier route into Cañon City. It was totally whimsical. Dan replied, “Maybe this is an indicator as to why Colorado was the first state to totally legalize pot.” That made me giggle.
The views were outstanding! To our left:
To our right:
We went on a number of interesting drives during our time in Salida, but for me this one was the most memorable. The land, the sky…., it’s all breathtakingly beautiful.
There is one more part to this trip – Mini Coopers over Royal Gorge. But that’s a post for another day.