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
Rank - AAA
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.