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Old 09-03-2014, 11:13 AM   #11
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How fast are you driving. Best economy should be 60mph +/-5 mph. Are you using the econo mode on the Allison transmission, it helps knock down the rpm's and get into overdrive (6th gear) at a lower mph. What are you towing if anything. When towing my Ford Explorer (5200 lbs) I get between 9.5 and 10 mpg. We just finished a 6500 mile trip out west through the Rockies and got consistent mpg. Good luck

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Old 09-04-2014, 12:10 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by boowho View Post
Did you happen to go to Cripple Creek by way of Phantom Canyon? No way to take a coach, but the ride in a car is spectacular. There are places where if you meet another car, one of you will have to back up a ways!!

The Florence and Cripple Creek narrow gauge RR used to carry ore out of CC (thru that canyon) before the tracks were dismantled about 100 years ago

Another fantastic ride out of Canon City is Oak Creek Grade which goes up to Westcliffe/Silvercliffe Colorado. It's the old stage coach route. Views of the Arkansas River valley (about 2000+ feet below you) are simply unbelievable.

Both routes are about 30 miles in length.

Finally, US 50 between Canon City and Salida (thru Big Horn Sheep canyon along the Arkansas river) is about 45 miles of absolutely stunning scenery.


Boo, did not go that way. Had thought about a jeep tour that went more along the trails, but ended up driving the toad. Stayed off of 50 and travelled west from there a bit. Beautiful country....

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