You get near the top of Oh My God Road and it's about 2500 feet of vertical drop down a very steep face. Most of the trees were cut down many years ago for use as mine timbers and lumber, so there isn't that much to break your fall with. The road is a nice County-maintained 1.5 lane dirt shelf road with a fairly easy climbing gradient that climbs past dozens of old gold mines from the late 1800s. A few are still being worked today. Both Russell Gulch and Nevadaville are near-ghost towns from the mining days but one of the larger mines above Russell Gulch had about 25 cars in their parking lot and another old mine had a brand-new steel hoist headframe. Gold is $900 an ounce. And down in Cripple Creek, the Cresson Mine and Cripple Creek and Victor Mining Company still employ nearly 500 miners working around the clock. And there are lots of guys panning for gold every day here too.
I told Hauser to be ready to jump out if we went over the edge but he just told me to put the hammer down. Skidding around tight dirt corners is so much fun when the stakes are so high!!!
"We stay here, we die here. We've got to keep moving". Trucker Mark