Our hotel in Ouray did not have facilities for breakfast so we started the day with a brisk walk into the town to eat at “The Outlaws” restaurant. What a fab place to eat in, John Wayne’s hat from the film “True Grit” hangs over the bar together with hundreds of wooden slats on which visitors have left messages – our tour group was no exception and our names proudly hang on the wall for all to see!
Suitably refreshed we headed out to find yet more spectacular motorcycling roads. Today we got to ride the San Juan Skyway with a loop back through Durango and……yes you’ve guessed it….. The Million Dollar highway again!!
The San Juan skyway was very pretty and so quiet, we stopped for a bite to eat at Rico and continued onto route 160 towards Durango before heading onto what was rapidly becoming one of our favourite motorcycling roads – it has even been graded by the American Motorcycle Association as the 5th best ride in America!
Sometimes a road is just made for motorcyclists! When you have switchbacks like these to ride your motorbike on what more can you want…….. The views along the route are spectacular with a great view point over what is known as “The Red Mountain”, it is a fantastically deep red colour from the sandstone and has been weathered over time. We encountered a deer on one of the bends but with the open views as they are we were able to give it plenty of space and time to run off into the bushes – afterall the wildlife were there long before motorcycles
We got back to the hotel early evening and washed the bikes over a very refreshing beer – ready for our next day which will see our motorcycle tour heading into Utah….