2013-07 GDRx2

The Great Divide Route (x2)

Motorcycling Adventure #13

20 days, 4,756 miles, Jul 2013

Ray Jardine

Day 20 2013-07-20 page 20 of 21

Day's Riding: Montrose to home, 634 mi.


Mt Sneffels and the northern San Juan Mountains, photo taken near Ridgway.

Ouray (we Colorado natives pronounce it "yur-ray' ")

Bird's eye view of Ouray

For those who have a motorcycling bucket list, you might add this ride. It's quite beautiful and in many places spectacular. But not for the faint of heart. In some places the edge of road has no guardrail and it's high above the steep canyon.

Red Mountain Pass

I met this couple in Silverton and talked with them for nearly an hour. From Montreal they drive to Colorado ever summer and spend three weeks riding around the SW portion of the state. They both have powerful Kawasaki Ninja ZXs (998 & 636 cc) and love to ride them.

Electric Pk, Arrow, Greystone and Mt Garfield.

Day 20: New Mexico

Imagine you are driving your car through town and someone in their car motions you to stop. They get out of their car and come over to talk cars. But with motorcycles this is not uncommon. This is Brett Ride from Farmington, NM, and we enjoyed a half-hour conversation. He manages the nearby KFC and is about to retire. We discovered that we're the same age, but "I'm better looking" he asserted to which I said "I can't argue about that." The fun people you meet on bikes - it never ends.

Shiprock (Yes, I've climbed it)

Jamming for home with one eye on the clouds.

I stopped for gas on the Indian Reservation and met this beggar. It looked like he hadn't eaten for days, so I went into the store and bought him a package of baloney. I never did manage to pet him though; he was afraid of people.

These guys were from Albuquerque and headed for San Francisco, one on a souped-up sport bike, and the other on this 1200 GS. Both were quite friendly.

Stopped to put on my rain jacket.


Almost dark but the camera is compensating for the low light.

One thing I like about this bike is it can go blazes down the highway for unending hours. Even with knobbies. I don't have to load it in a trailer to get home.

I didn't pack my clear shield for my helmet, so am riding with the dark shield which makes for all kinds of fun. Plus I'm riding through lots of rain tonight. But still fun because I enjoy riding at night. Gotta watch out for deer though, and rabbits too.

After riding 634 miles in 17.5 hours (counting the stops) I arrived home at 1:00 am.

Trip total: 4,756 miles in 20 days

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