After lunch, we started making our way towards Propeller Meadows and ascending into the Pueblo Mountains.
the last hill climb into this special resting place was steep and rocky. Again keep your right wrist pinned and steady. The crash site lay just below a 7000ft saddle, the flight crew was so close to making it over but just lost too much altitude on a banking aileron turn coming up the valley.
memorial courtesy of Hodakaguy and friends
remains of engine #2
found engine #3, not too far, really intense heat to melt aluminum
hundreds of shredded bits scattered over the landscape
view looking north just before leaving the crash site
Retrieved and signed the guest book stored in a waterproof otter case. Then descended back into the valley and stopped at the Denio Jct gas station/restaurant/bar. No hurry to return to camp, plus it was kind of warm for a northerner, so we sat outside drinking ice cold beer and watched the day go by. Traded stories with the locals, got the inside scoop on the grass fires and drinking habits of the patrons.
Just before sunset we returned to Willow Creek to eat dinner and settle down. Heated up some water for simple freeze dried dinner and coffee drinks. Then walked over to the pool for a long soak and watch the night sky rotate around the north star.
Another really nice day on the bikes
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