Colorado Back Roads & Mofat Tunnel

After completing T-33 Crash Trail, James and we start the trek back to Castle Rock.  Continueing down Colorado 72, Peaks to Peaks Highway.  This is a paved road that winds through the mountains.  With the Aspen and other trees almost at peak for the fall foliage, the road is heavily trafficked.  The views are breathtaking.  We make a few stops to take pictures as well.  The road goes through the mountain town of Nederland.  Its busy with traffic from the leaf peepers.  A few miles south of town, we get off now Colorado 119 and onto country road 16 which will take us to the East portal of the Mofat Tunnel.

The Moffat Tunnel is a railroad and water tunnel that cuts through the Continental Divide in north-central Colorado. Named after Colorado railroad pioneer David Moffat, the tunnel’s first official railroad traffic passed through in February 1928.

I have been wanting to see this tunnel for many year.  Unfortunately no trains passed in the hour that we waiting and eat lunch.

We backtrack a few miles, and going County Road 4N.  As we climb the hill, the dirt road has not been maintained and has rocks.  I choose to air down the tires from 28PSI to 18PSI to make a smoother ride.  We were planning on driving Kingston Peak trail, but made a wrong turn.   Instead of turning around, we chose to continue and see where these roads take us.  We continued into Central City.  Coming into town is when I starting having brake problems.  I was noticing that as the day was going on, the brake pedal was getting softer/spongy.  As I was driving into town, I was noticing a difficult time stopping.  I have been on the brakes alot coming down the long grade into Central City, so I just thought that it was hot brakes.  We walk around town for 30 minutes.  Central city is a historic mining settlement founded in 1859 during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush and came to be known as the “Richest Square Mile on Earth”.

We continue out of Central city on our way to Idaho Springs.  We have more brake problems again.  Coming down a long grade, I have almost no brakes.  We pull off the side of the road, to left the brakes cool down.  I do not know what is good on, so we decide to stop in Idaho Springs, left the brakes cool down while we all around and take the highway back to the house.  

We thing the brake problem is that these are daily new brakes, we were very hard on them, on the trails, and with the higher altitude, they just got hot.  We will see how they are on the drive home and make a decision about further investigation.

Published by Expedition Team. Overland

As a Boy Scout Eagle Scout, camping, camp fires and maps have always been a passion. After getting my professional carrier established as a Boeing 737 Captain for a Major US Airline, I was able to get back to my routes of playing in the woods, mud and building things. I got my first Jeep in 2012. It was a 2002 Jeep Wrangler TJ, I did not modify it, and it had many mechanical problems, as I was a novice, and not mechanical, I sold it for a new 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sport Unlimited. In 2014 I installed an American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) 2.5" lift with Kelly Safari 35" tires. In 2015 I continued my build with AEV front and rear bumpers, snorkel, skid plates, and off road lights. Up until now, I did off-roading at the local Southington Off Road Park, Rausch Creek in Pennsylvania, and Badlands Park in Indiana. JKFreaks.com was an outstanding resource and I was able to make life-long friendship. In 2015 I did my first big trip with the jeep, first we stopped in Ouray, Colorado. We had two days of trails and did Imogene & Engineer Passes. I left part of myself in the San Juan Mountains and my want to return has been strong since. After Ouray, we went to Moab, Utah for Jeep Jamboree. Moab is "Jeepers Paradise". Endless miles of trails, from dirt roads to the most extreme, Moab offers endless possibilities for the Jeeper, hiker, mountain biker, everyone. Since 2015 I have returned to Moab in 2017 & 2019. In 2018, I traded in my 2013 JKU Sport for a 2018 JKU Rubicon Recon. I did this drastic move, because I was at the point in my build where I needed to upgrade my axels. I made the very difficult decision and striped as much as I could from my 2013 Jeep to move to the new jeep, as they were both the same style of jeeps; JKU's. I spent the spring and summer of 2018 to build my jeep. I once again installed an AEV 3.5" lift, 35" BFGoodrich KO2's and AEV front and rear bumpers. With this build I wanted to move from the "Rock Crawler" to an Overland build. I can still do all the difficult trail of Moab, Rubicon Trail, but also the fire roads and cover many miles full of camping and off road gear. With Overlanding in mind, I have build a cargo platform for my ARB 50q Fridge, and specific loading of the camping gear. Where is the Future? Buying an Earth Roamer and exploring as much of the country as possible? Thats a goal, but I hope in the coming years to get a roof rack, roof top tent, and then doing more Expeditions though Appalachian, Rocky Mountains, desert of New Mexico and Arizona, and the National Parks west of the Rocky Mountains.

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