Monday, June 20, 2016

2016 Grand Circle Tour - Ride Recap.

This was a fantastic journey. We got to spend time with some old friends and made new friends as well along the way. One of the reasons we love riding a motorcycle is the chance to meet new friends, spend time and build deeper relationships with old friends and do all of this while enjoying the freedom of riding a motorcycle. We live in a beautiful country and Jamie and I are so lucky that we get to enjoy these moments together. 

Here are the write ups for each day. We hope you enjoy the report.

You can see all of the pictures from the trip here at our Motorcycle Gallery. One of the cool things about these trips is that Jamie gets to take a lot of pictures to capture the memories of our adventures. She takes pictures from the back and captures the spirit of our journeys, like no other way possible. She is my wife but most of all my friend. I love making memories with her. I am so lucky to have her in my life and to share a passion of motorcycles together. Life is good. 

I have to say that I am pretty happy with the lodging. We had decent rooms at a affordable price. Jamie and I spent right around $800 for the entire trip for lodging. The Quality Inn in Cedar City Utah was the biggest disappointment. No Hot water, it was a little run down and by far the worst place we stayed for the trip. My favorite place to stay had to be the Siesta Inn in Durango, followed by the Raton Pass Inn. Both are mom and pop places and they were great. The Siesta Inn was refined and beautiful. The Raton Pass Inn is the kind of place that my dad and I would have stayed on one of our journeys back in the day. 

Jamie and I hope you will take a moment to read our version of this awesome adventure. Special thanks to the Lone Star Riders for allowing us to be a proud member, for taking us in and making us feel like family. We enjoyed our time with all of you on this epic journey. We look forward to many more to come. Check out more pictures from our trip in the Lone Star Riders Photo Gallery.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Enjoying the last day of the Ride!

Jamie and I got up and wanted to extend our trip. We took a little ride down to the Durango Diner and enjoyed a nice Green Chili breakfast. Durango was having a car show in the down town area so a lot of the roads were closed.  ( Durango Motor Expo )We got to park right behind the diner and we also enjoyed a walk among all of the cool cars before the show opened. A great way to start our day. 

We were riding with Yeeha this morning. Our riding styles are the same and we really enjoy our time with him. We had a fantastic morning ride. Jamie and I spoke using our Sena's and just recapped our trip and reminding each other why we love riding so much. It was another experience that we will share for many years to come. We stopped and had lunch in Cuchara Colorado. We ate at the Dog Bar and Grill. It was a nice spot to relax and enjoy our lunch. I will say that if you are in a hurry this is not the place for you. The good news for us is that we are not in a hurry and the food was tasty. We will be back. 

Our day ended in Raton at the Raton Pass Inn where this wonderful trip started. Our hosts at the Inn were amazing and it was a good place to stay. We went to the Summerlin RV Park and loaded up the bike for our trip home. Jamie convinced me to trailer to Raton and it was the BEST decision we made. It was going to be really Hot going home and our back tire was cooked. It would not have made it. Thank you Jamie, you made another great suggestion and it was the correct one!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Telluride Dreaming, Million Dollar Adventure

We awoke to a beautiful morning in Mexican Hat. The sun coming up over the horizon, painted a great back drop for our morning. We got us a breakfast burrito that was very good. Today we were headed off to visit Telluride Colorado. It had been years since I had visited this great little place. Jamie had never been there so I was excited to show your this little jewel of a town. 

What a beautiful morning to ride. It was beautiful. We rolled into Telluride to be greeted by a Blue grass folk festival. The town was buzzing with activity. It was a great day to show off Telluride to Jamie. We rode with Howard and Mark this morning and it was a great morning. Jamie and I spent a couple of hours exploring this great place. It was one of the highlights of this great trip.

After spending some time in Telluride we headed off to do the Million Dollar Highway and to visit another of our favorite places, Ouray Colorado. We took our time enjoyed the views and took in all of the beauty that is Colorado. We stopped at the Ouray Brewing Company, enjoyed a nice drink (Their Ice Tea is amazing) and had a great conversation about the trip so far and how lucky we are to have a chance to enjoy these moments together. 

We rode down the mountain, enjoying the fresh air. We had plenty of chances for smelling the roses and taking in the picturesque painting that was laid out before us. The traffic was bad. It was Friday and people were trying to beat the heat. We had a nice slow ride into Durango. 

We rolled into Durango, Colorado a little sad that the day was over, but we were so happy to see the great little place we would be staying for the evening. The Siesta Inn was amazing! The people running this great little place were amazing! It was one of the best places we stayed all trip. The Haddon Family are great hosts and I would recommend this place to all of my family and friends. 

The gang all rolled in at different times from different adventures. It was great seeing all of the smiles. It was a fantastic day of riding. Tomorrow we would head back to Raton and finish our journey, but this evening we would share stories and enjoy our last night in Colorado. It was a fantastic day!

We finished the night off with some apple cobbler in bed. It was a great way to end the night. What a great day!