Worldwide Tour of La Plata County
If you’re a County Commissioner, you ought to know where folks live, work, go to school, play, and attend church.
So in the deep days of the pandemic, I embarked on The Worldwide Tour of La Plata County. Map in hand, I drove EVERY county road – all 653 miles (222 miles paved and 431 miles of gravel roads) accompanied by Tootsie the wonder dog. The journey took five weeks and 1,200 miles due to dead-end roads, loops, backtracking and multiple trips to crisscross La Plata County.
The experience was so inspiring that the mission expanded to ebike the city streets and neighborhoods across La Plata County. Between driving and bicycling, the journey across La Plata County covered approximately 1,700 miles… and yet it will never be finished.
When the ballots were mailed on October 9th, we hit the road with our banner trailer (repurposed from our Snowdown Float). Tootsie the Wonder Dog, my father (age 89), a collection of friendly cardboard people, and an occasional passenger or two joined us morning, noon, and evening for laps around Durango and one big lap to include Bayfield and Ignacio. In 21 days of driving, we covered 1,537.9 miles (1,471.2 on Durango city streets).
So amazed and thankful.
– Jack Turner
…and by eBike!
…the homestretch by mobile billboard
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