Whoever named the roads around western Colorado must have failed remedial math. Allow me to explain.

One of Western Colorado's road naming schemes is the use of numbers or letters. For the most part, the number of roads represents the distance in miles from the Utah border.

For instance, 25 Road is 25 miles from Utah.

This naming convention is used in other states and cities with a similar theme. In Detroit, there are the "Mile" roads, these roads represent the miles from Detroit's city center. You may remember rapper Eminem's movie 8 Mile. This is based on 8 Mile Road, which you guessed it, it's 8 miles from Detroit.

Simple enough, right?!

But there's a simple mathematical issue with some of the fractions. A rule that most people learn in the 4th or 5th grade isn't being followed -- reducing the fraction to its lowest terms.

You remember this rule, right? Let's say we have 2/4. We know or should know, that this is really 1/2. What about 6/8? That would be 3/4.

So why, pray tell, do we have roads with names like 15 5/10 Road or A 2/10 Road? Wouldn't those really be 15 1/2 Road and A 1/5 Road?

There's also 9 8/10 Road (9 4/5) and J 6/10 (J 3/5).

The reason behind the improper fractions has to do with a vehicle's odometer. On most models of cars and trucks, the last digit on the trip odometer is 1/10th of a mile.

After learning this, it totally makes sense to see roads that are 8/10ths, or 6/10ths and not round those fractions to the lowest common denominator.

## Explore All 26 of Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways

Colorado is home to 26 amazing and beautiful scenic byways. Scroll on for a glimpse of each of them as we navigate Colorado's most beautiful roadways. Summer means peak driving season for many of the byways so it's time to hit the road.

Slivers of asphalt cling to mountainsides with barely enough room for a subcompact car, let alone the monster RVs peppering the roadways. Blind corners leave even the most experienced drivers wondering what awaits around the bend. Let's not forget the thousand-foot drops with nothing between safety and impending doom but a thin slice of gravel -- talk about white knuckles.

If you're brave enough to "risk your life" for beautiful views, you won't be disappointed.