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07-10-2018 11:24 PM
Stray Mutt
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Originally Posted by 05Quadrasteer View Post
Link to an article about a mud slide that I think will affect one of the rides listed here.

https://denver.cbslocal.com/2018/07/...in-pass-ouray/

Bill
The road has been cleared, as confirmed by the article posted by @groupw , but expect a few one-way, alternating traffic delays. Not unusual this time of year anyway. It would be unfortunate if anyone were miss out on this great ride due to a perceived hurdle.
There are really only a few bottlenecks on an otherwise fun and beautiful road.
07-10-2018 10:53 AM
groupw ........ CDOT article re: mudslides mentioned above

https://www.codot.gov/news/2018/july...-pass-now-open
07-10-2018 07:06 AM
Swomack Looking forward in seeing some great pictures since I'm not able to make it this year.

Swomack
07-10-2018 06:03 AM
05Quadrasteer Link to an article about a mud slide that I think will affect one of the rides listed here.

https://denver.cbslocal.com/2018/07/...in-pass-ouray/

Bill
07-10-2018 01:21 AM
Stray Mutt
Shark Week Ride 5 - Monument Valley

Shark Week Ride 5 - Monument Valley

Rank - C-

Some Shark Week attendees have expressed a desire to make the trip to Monument Valley. Right off the bat, we want to be clear that we do not recommend this as one of the day trips during Shark Week. It is a long, boring ride thatís about as exciting as a three dollar bus tour of Kansas. Itís actually a neat place, but itís a 320 mile, six hour round trip - and thatís if you donít bother stopping anywhere along the way. Your chances of getting back to town in time to make the evening activities are virtually nil. Our suggestion is to try to work in your visit before or after Shark Week. With that, here goes:

Monument Valley is certainly on the bucket list for anyone who has a desire to experience the true American Southwest. The famous buttes have been the setting and inspiration for paintings, photos, and movies, many featuring John Wayne. To get the most out of your visit youíll want to take one of the tours operated by the host Navajo Nation personnel. A 17 mile scenic drive via your own vehicle is available, but the road is all dirt and letís face it, our Road Glides are not exactly suitable for such off road activity. Plus itís at least a two hour trip.

To capture the iconic view with the long straight (and often empty) road with the monuments on the horizon, you need to come in from the north heading south on highway 163 from Mexican Hat (also worth a stop).

On the way back, if you want to do the loop, youíll have the chance to stop by the Four Corners Monument. Be warned that the parking lots for both of these tourist attractions are gravel.

https://maps.harley-davidson.com/map...IVDJxP/preview
07-08-2018 11:44 PM
Stray Mutt
Shark Week Ride 4 - Chimney Rock/Pagosa Springs

Shark Week Ride 4 - Chimney Rock/Pagosa Springs

Ranking - B

If youíve had your fill of mountains and twisties and you just want a nice little relaxing and scenic half day ride, why not head east of Durango and go see the Chimney Rock National Monument? This is about a 100 mile, two hour round trip.

There are a couple of ways to get there, either via highway 160, or down highway 72 to highway 151, though Arboles. Hint: Take the latter. Highway 160 is pretty crowded this time of year, and although there are some passing points, youíre likely to find yourself trailing the dreaded Cruise America rental RV at at least a few points during the journey. If you take the alternative, youíll head through the Southern Ute Reservation, over through Arboles, and then youíll travel through a river valley to Chimney Rock. You can then opt to head back to Durango via Highway 160, or turn around and retrace your route, where youíll catch some nice views of the La Plata mountains as you head into Durango.

Alternatively, you can head over to the town of Pagosa Springs, an hour away, where youíll find the worldís deepest geothermal hot spring, which could be a welcome break if all of that riding has left you sore and cranky. There are another couple of hot springs facilities in town, and you might want to stop for lunch at Tequilaís and take in the pool and river activities.

On your way back, if you choose to take 160, a visit to the Bottom Shelf Brewery might be in order to help replenish those lost fluids. Try their unique baked deviled eggs!

https://maps.harley-davidson.com/map...aXhsgP/preview
07-08-2018 03:09 PM
05Quadrasteer Thank you for the maps. Those were the exact trips I am planning to take while there on Wednesday and Thursday. Looking forward to meeting fellow riders and enjoying time just riding and socializing.

Bill
07-06-2018 05:20 AM
twowheeladdict
Quote:
Originally Posted by dsmith View Post
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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Originally Posted by Stray Mutt View Post
We've kind of gotten away from that concept at the Shark Week gatherings - for a number of reasons. There are no official organized rides being led, but experience has shown that groups kind of form up impromptu and head out to a location of their choosing. I'm sure you'll have no problem finding a group to ride with.
Last year was my first Shark Week. Meet people on Sunday and Monday and find like minded riders to ride with, or just ride and socialize at the stops. There are going to be fast riders and slow riders. Riders who stop a lot and riders who ride, ride, ride.

Personally, I am not a large group rider. Especially on curvy scenic roads. Too much can go wrong when people try and ride closely gathered.
07-05-2018 11:17 PM
Stray Mutt
Shark Week Ride 3 - Black Canyon Run

Ride 3 - Black Canyon Run

Rank - AA

This is an all day ride that will take you up the Million Dollar Highway, on up to Montrose, over through Cimarron, and then up to HIghway 92, where the real fun begins. Described by some as the most exhilarating ride in all of Colorado (think about that!) Youíll experience the greatest variety of scenery on this ride, pastures, aspen groves, and twisties through elevation changes that will have your altimeter doing cartwheels. The ten mile stretch where youíll experience stunning views down into the Black Canyon features sheer drop-offs with no guard rail. Not for the faint of heart!

Itís a long ride, almost 200 miles one-way and once you reach Crawford, you can either elect to turn around and retrace your steps back to Durango or you can take the slightly less exciting continuation along Highway 92 over the Highway 550, and back down to Durango through Montrose.

https://maps.harley-davidson.com/map...3VdrjF/preview
07-05-2018 11:16 PM
Stray Mutt
Quote:
Originally Posted by dsmith View Post
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.
We've kind of gotten away from that concept at the Shark Week gatherings - for a number of reasons. There are no official organized rides being led, but experience has shown that groups kind of form up impromptu and head out to a location of their choosing. I'm sure you'll have no problem finding a group to ride with.
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