Headed over to Crested Butte, Colorado today, drove our Jeep while the rest of the WildSnow crew mountain biked. Beautiful as always, driving or biking, either way works for me! Was a bit bummed because the US Forest Service was up to their usual tricks, spending your tax money on “improving” what’s normally a fun and interesting Jeep trail. Had a funny encounter with one of their employees working on the road.
The guy was up there tooling around on his quad, and stopped to chat.
“I’m up hare improvin’ the road,” he said.
“No you’re not, you’re ruining the road,” was my reply.
Pause in conversation.
“Wadya mean! We’s up hare maken it safer, you know all those folks get killed up har.”
“So that means you’ve got to smooth all the rough sections where no one has ever been hurt, and drive a dozer around turning rocks over with no net change in the road surface?
Yeah, our tax money at work. And this is the US Forest Service that’s “short on funds.”
I call BS on that.
Road report: You can now drive a 2×2 high clearance over Schofield. At least till the next hard rain washes all the fill out your tax money paid for.
|The classic signs at the top of the Punchbowl section of Schofield Pass Road, with a Photoshop modification the Forest Service might want to take note of. The shoe hanging on the sign has some unknown Freudian significance.|
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain. For more about Lou, please see his personal website at https://www.loudawson.com/ (Blogger stats: 5 foot 10 inches (178 cm) tall, 160 lbs (72574.8 grams).