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Shark Week VIII Rides and Maps

Your Shark Week VIII organizers have a few recommended rides that you might find of interest. In this thread we'll post the six or seven rides that folks seem most interested in. The links will open the Harley Ride Planner application (which is much improved over past versions) where you can see the rides, download gpx files for those that interest you and you can also download directly to your phone now too. We'll give you some basic information in text regarding length, time, and ratings and the details will be on the Ride Planner pages.

Shark Week Ride 1 - San Juan Scenic Byway

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If you do nothing else during your visit to Shark Week VIII you owe it to yourself to ride the 232 mile loop from Durango, up over Lizard Head Pass (where you’ll reach an elevation of almost two miles), into Telluride, where you can capture the iconic image displayed in the banner for this group, over to Ridgeway, and through Ouray, Silverton, and back down to Durango via the Million Dollar Highway. It is truly one of the most spectacular rides you can experience on two wheels, and if you miss this, you might as well not make the trip to Durango. Really!!

It’s an all-day ride, ranging from five to seven hours, depending on how many stops you make - and we think you’ll want to stop often to take photographs, selfies, or just gawk at the fantastic beauty. Telluride makes a good stop for lunch (go on into the down-to-earth town itself, rather than the hoity toity Mountain Village), and be sure to get a few photos while in town. It’s a bit of a back track to get back on course, only 15 miles or so, but well worth it.

If you’re a John Wayne fan, you may prefer to hold off on lunch until you get over to Ridgeway where you can visit the True Grit Cafe, the legendary location where Marshall Rooster Cogburn flexed his muscle, throwing one ruffian through the front window. The cafe houses all kinds of John Wayne memorabilia and artifacts from the movie. Alternately, there are even more places for lunch down the highway in Ouray.

If you’re not doing the train ride you’ll want to stop in Silverton - maybe buy a Harley shirt from the world’s highest T-shirt shop. Even if you are doing the train ride you might want to stop. From Silverton you’ll ride the iconic Million Dollar Highway (U.S. 550) back to Durango, a truly breathtaking experience.

Click below to view and/or download the route.

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..... if you miss this, you might as well not make the trip to Durango. Really!!
........... no ... really
....... we're gonna ride this on Wed or Thursday, depending on weather forecast.
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Mmm. What altitude starts to bother us sea level folks? My two weeks of work in NM should be between 4300 - 9000 feet so maybe I will be somewhat acclimated.

Is there a preferred direction to ride the loop? I prefer to pull off to the right if possible when stopping at scenic overlooks and such.


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Mmm. What altitude starts to bother us sea level folks? My two weeks of work in NM should be between 4300 - 9000 feet so maybe I will be somewhat acclimated.

Is there a preferred direction to ride the loop? I prefer to pull off to the right if possible when stopping at scenic overlooks and such.
Your time in NM should be good enough. Durango itself is at 6500 feet. The ride up into the mountains didn't cause me any problems and I live about 50 feet above sea level - for what that's worth.

As for direction, the clockwise direction is more of a thrill as you'll see the peaks looming in front of you as you come down from Ridgeway - plus there's no guardrail on the right side of the Million Dollar Highway. That might not fit your desire to pull off to the right, but pulling off to the right works out better as you head up and over Lizard Head pass. Really, you can't lose going in either direction.
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Mesa Verde National Park Tour

Shark Week Ride 2 - Mesa Verde National Park Tour

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This half-day 120 mile round trip journey will take you through the Mesa Verde National Park, which features some of the most fascinating and well preserved ancestral Pueblo cliff dwellings anywhere. You’ll want to allow two to three hours to ride through the park, more if you decide to take one of the several tours that are offered. You won’t be traveling at speeds anywhere near those offered on Highway 550, but the twisties might compare favorably. There are many overlooks where you’ll want to stop and take in the views and absorb the rich history of the area.

This is a National Park, so be sure to bring your National Park passes if you have them. If not, be prepared to pay $15 for each bike (at last report).

If you have any interest in going to the Four Corners monument, that is another 50 miles or so beyond the park. The ride to Four Corners from here is not a real interesting or scenic ride to be honest, but if Four Corners is on your bucket list, then by all means feel free to make the trip.

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Your Shark Week VIII organizers have a few recommended rides that you might find of interest. In this thread we'll post the six or seven rides that folks seem most interested in. The links will open the Harley Ride Planner application (which is much improved over past versions) where you can see the rides, download gpx files for those that interest you and you can also download directly to your phone now too. We'll give you some basic information in text regarding length, time, and ratings and the details will be on the Ride Planner pages.

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If you do nothing else during your visit to Shark Week VIII you owe it to yourself to ride the 232 mile loop from Durango, up over Lizard Head Pass (where you’ll reach an elevation of almost two miles), into Telluride, where you can capture the iconic image displayed in the banner for this group, over to Ridgeway, and through Ouray, Silverton, and back down to Durango via the Million Dollar Highway. It is truly one of the most spectacular rides you can experience on two wheels, and if you miss this, you might as well not make the trip to Durango. Really!!

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If you’re a John Wayne fan, you may prefer to hold off on lunch until you get over to Ridgeway where you can visit the True Grit Cafe, the legendary location where Marshall Rooster Cogburn flexed his muscle, throwing one ruffian through the front window. The cafe houses all kinds of John Wayne memorabilia and artifacts from the movie. Alternately, there are even more places for lunch down the highway in Ouray.

If you’re not doing the train ride you’ll want to stop in Silverton - maybe buy a Harley shirt from the world’s highest T-shirt shop. Even if you are doing the train ride you might want to stop. From Silverton you’ll ride the iconic Million Dollar Highway (U.S. 550) back to Durango, a truly breathtaking experience.

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On Shark Week III the rides were somewhat organized. We would meet in the morning and take off together. Is that kind of organization happening this time? Do us Sharkers need to connect before we ride? That is what is fun...going in a group of 30 or so.
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We are looking forward to meeting everyone and get some rides in. These 2 rides should be a blast.


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Very happy for all y'all; wish I could make it this year, just not gonna happen.


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