Day 12: Durango ~ Driving Classic

Up till now, we have now been driving throughout the nation at a reasonably good tempo when you think about each bikes are 80+ years outdated.  Though we have now made at the least one “vacationer” cease every day, we have now been banking time the final eleven days in order that we may spend the subsequent ten days exploring the western a part of our nice nation.  Rising up on the east coast, there’s nothing that compares to the pure wonders west of the Rocky Mountains and we wish to be sure that we have now time to see as a lot of it as doable.

The rain of the earlier evening left the tent and bikes good and moist, so to go the time whereas they dried within the solar, I pulled out my SLR for an try at “actual images.”  Utilizing the San Juan River and the Rockies as a backdrop made for some good pictures and I even risked pushing the bike right down to the water’s edge for a sequence of images.  Getting the bike again as much as the campsite was a bit of dicey, however Tim and I managed to push it up the rocky incline with out dropping it.

Leaving Pagosa Springs, we continued on US Route 160 to Durango, CO.  By pure coincidence, we pulled into the parking zone of a Harley-Davidson dealership to verify our maps.  This was really the primary HD dealership we would stopped at, so we determined to go in and verify issues out.

The parents at Durango HD couldn’t have been nicer.  They got here out, took images of the bikes and had a lot of questions on our journey.  It is good to see that there are nonetheless some dealerships on the market which have an curiosity in Harley’s wealthy historical past.

Whereas we have been exterior on the dealership, a man pulled up on a sidecar rig and came visiting to ask us about our VLs.  What struck us immediately was that he really knew they have been VLs!  Solely a handful of individuals out of the hundred or in order that we have now met alongside the way in which knew the bikes have been flatheads, however this man was the primary to know the precise mannequin.  As we talked, we came upon that he additionally had a pair VLs in addition to a gasoline cap to switch Tim’s which had begun to leak.  Figuring out that this was an virtually unimaginable coincidence, there was no means we weren’t going to take him up on his supply of the substitute cap.  We set a plan to satisfy at his place after lunch after which headed downtown for burgers on the Carver Brewing Firm.

The burgers hit the spot after which we rode out of city to seize that spare gasoline cap.  Turns on the market was greater than gasoline caps as this man was fairly the collector.  Most likely my favourite piece was a JD which he saved within the kitchen.

The time flew by as we swapped tales about outdated bikes and I may have stayed a lot later, however the solar was transferring west and we wanted to do the identical.  Again on the bikes, we set our websites on Mesa Verde Nationwide Park and managed to make it to the campsite earlier than darkish.

Actually brief experience at this time, simply over 90 miles.

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