#79 - Gypsum Gap (6,125’)
This pass gets its own post, not because it’s interesting or particularly notable, but because it was so far off the beaten path. There’s nowhere else on this year’s journey as remote as this. I drove an extra 160 miles round-trip, taking me almost all the way to Utah, to knock this one off the list.
Many passes on this trip have made me feel isolated, but not truly alone, because there’s usually at least a few cars passing through alongside me. I was isolated and alone for this one, and damn glad to have my satellite phone, because this is an area I couldn’t walk out of should something go wrong.
As I neared Naturita and saw what I believe to be the La Sal mountains on the horizon, I turned on some nostalgic music and put my foot to the pedal to conquer the long stretch of road ahead of me. I started thinking about all the people I knew during my years in Aspen and Moab, the good and bad times, the laughter and tears. Even though I’ve lost touch with many of these people (my fault entirely), I do still think about them, wonder what they’re up to, and wish the best for them.
This sounds cliche, but there are very few times in this rush-rush world where you can shut out the surrounding world entirely and just focus on yourself, your thoughts, and your well-being. Having this “introvert time” helped me recharge, especially after such an emotionally taxing visit to Telluride. #gypsumgap #colorado #mountainpass #peakthepasses