Boondocking in Southwestern Colorado: Part III of Our Mini Test Run Nomad Adventure

Quick recap: We are in the middle of a 5-day road trip from Northern Arizona to Steamboat Springs, and we are taking advantage of this mini adventure to prep for our longer nomad experience for next year, 2023. This turned out to be a great learning experience for me as I hit the road nomad style. More on that later. But the purpose of this blog is, I would like to share what I have learn for those who are considering hitting the road as well. To read up more check out Part I and Part II of this series.

Today’s plan: head to Telluride via Grand Junction.

Took off from Steamboat Springs taking Hwy13 towards I-70, figured we recoup some gas milage going back downhill, but lucky for us, we hit a head wind. Sarcasm. So much for that hope. The trip was pretty uneventful till we got to Telluride. However, we did learn that we have added Grand Junction to the list of places we never want to live, right under Barstow, California.

As we approached Telluride, the fun began, trying to find a camp spot! Most was first come first serve and we were finding a great deal of full campsites. The search even took us to some pretty sketchy dirt roads which also reinforce my unrealized mad skills when it comes to towing a trailer. After striking out four times at paid campgrounds, we found a dispersed camping spot that had amazing views! Better views than any of the paid campgrounds.

It was a very relaxing area, and good thing we didn’t have any issues with our heater as it gets cold at night when you are around 10,000 feet in elevation. Never made it into Telluride, but we didn’t care, the views we had while camping is why we were there in the first place.

Final Day: Were up early and spent some time just taking in the beauty and feelings of relaxation we were experiencing. We then packed up and headed south through Cortez, into New Mexico then over to Arizona. This route took us through the Navajo nation. It still amazes me to this day to see such open land with little human imprint on it. And the geological formations out there, beautiful!

Quote of the day:

“Fuck it, let’s go take a look”

(Very narrow dirt road with thick trees on each side leading

to a possible camp site, while pulling the trailer).

Here is what we learned overall on the first day (Or remembered):

  • Once you deal with tight passages between concrete walls and narrow rugged dirt roads in the pine filled mountains, towing a 26-foot trailer becomes second nature.

  • I definitely do not want a trailer longer than the one we have. Yes, I have been looking at purchasing one, but this trip helped me realize what it is I really want in a trailer.

  • Have a backup lighter for when the lighter you just bought, stops working on you.

  • I think I have an unrealized talent in towing a trailer. Whether it was talent or just luck, didn’t hit a tree on that narrow dirt road.

  • The 26-foot trailer has great space and has fond memories attached to it, but a smaller trailer for nomad traveling will fit me better.

  • I am in love and ready to hit the road!

Harley Rey taking a brief break from running around with a stick.

Even though I have a great deal of knowledge living in a travel trail as I have been doing it since 2017, there is much to learn when you tack on nomading to it. And I am so ready! Bring it on!

I will be writing about and possibly, creating videos, of my future travels with Harley Rey so stay tune for more adventures!

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