After leaving the Rio Grande River, the drive along Colorado 149 took me over Spring Creek Pass. At summit of the pass, I crossed the Continental Divide. Rivers on one side of the divide, like the Rio Grande, flow to the east, while rivers like the Colorado that originate on the other side of the divide head towards the Pacific Ocean.
This late afternoon image was taken along the side of the road as I descended from Spring Creek Pass. At this point, the road began to climb again and eventually took me through Slumgullion Pass, which at 11,360 ft (3463 m), was the highest point on my trip.
When I pulled away from my apartment at around 5:00 in the afternoon yesterday, the light did not look too promising. How wrong I was. This was taken from the Cầu Thuận Phước, the big bridge at the mouth of the Han River where it empties into Da Nang Bay. The sun was going down over the Hai Van Pass that divides Da Nang from Hue and other points north. Quite a few people were stopped taking photos. You slow down in the middle of the bridge, pull your motorbike to the side of the road, get off, step up to the railing, take the photos and then go. Actually, I was headed the wrong way for shooting this view and had to flip a u-turn in the middle of the bridge to get at the photo op. When in Rome… Anyway, the bridge has a sidewalk on both sides of the road and the railings are not too high. It was squalling intermittently and the rain brought a significant drop in temperature to go with the great clouds and light.