Hi everyone,

I don't understand what the sentence marked below means.
I guess it is related to some saying but here in this context, I can't imagine how it apply.
Would you take a look at the following writings and check the sentence?

Thanks a lot~


To really get a feel for the rugged majesty of this region – we would argue it’s one of the state’s most dramatic areas – take a drive from Ouray to Telluride. Fall is particularly brilliant, when the aspen trees turn the mountainsides into yellow seas.
The following drive starts in Ouray, loops through Silverton and ends in Telluride. If you have at least a Subaru (keep reading and you’ll understand) you can make the entire journey in summer, but know that Overton Pass is not paved and is considered a 4WD route.
If you don’t feel comfortable, or don’t have the right vehicle, it is still worth driving the Million Dollar Hwy (US 550) between Ouray and Silverton (the pass is paved and open all year). This 24‐mile stretch of pavement gets its name because the roadbed fill contains valuable ore.
The road is only a silver lining in this golden cloud. This is easily one of the most spectacular drives in America, and would qualify as heaven in John Denver’s book. The road clings to the side of the crumbly mountains – it can be scary when raining or snowing – and passes old mine head‐frames and larger‐than‐life alpine scenery. At some points, in fact, the jagged peaks seem close enough to snatch you.
You might check to see if John Denver's book has some reference to golden clouds or silver linings. What's the title??

The old old saying is something like, "Remember: even the darkest cloud has a silver lining." Silverton is a silver mining area, so, as your paragraph says, the road bed has silver ore in the gravel, hence the road has a silver lining.

Your excerpt raves about the beauty of the area. It's situated at a very high elevation, so might be described figuratively as a golden cloud.

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Thanks again Avangi,

Like your suggestion about searching John Denver's book, I already did and couldn't get valuable info.

Still with your comments, I could get some idea about the sentence.
And according to the info of Wikipedia I've just searched, the section between Ouray to Silverston seems to lie on the edge of stiff cliffs, giving thrills to the drivers as well as danger.

I think you are quite imaginative and much more than me.^^

Thank you. Learning poetry tends to get your brain attuned to the connotative, or figurative meanings of things. It stimulates the imagination. Anyone can do it.

I sometimes suspect the site discourages this by dissing a usage as "literary or poetic."