The catalyst for this trip was the graduation of my cousin's son from high school. The plan was to attend the graduation and get there via motorcycle. So dates were picked and eventually the day to depart arrived. Day one's goal was to make it to my parents cabin in the White Mountains.
286 Miles, 5.5 hours drive time
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One of the brighter decisions I made in preparation for the trip was to pick up a couple of Butler Motorcycle maps of Colorado and Utah. These maps highlight awesome motorcycle roads with various colors. Yellow being the best, then red and then orange. I highly recommend them if you're looking for theperfect route to ride, but don't know where to start. The book was a package deal with the Colorado map. It breaks the state into different quadrants making it easy to find history and unique stops listed for each road within that quadrant.
Sena Bluetooth headsets. My parents had purchased the SMH5 headset awhile ago and used them to talk to each other while riding. I liked how they worked, so I bought a pair for Kiri and myself before this trip. I just paired my headset to my dad's and voila! We could talk and understand each other even at 70Mph on the freeway. They made it convenient to decide where we were stopping or if wanted to change our route on the fly. I highly recommend them!
Alma. Apparently this town was home to Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid's "Wild Bunch" gang for awhile. Didn't know that until checking the Wikipedia page just now. How interesting!
Mogollon. Some interesting history there.
346 Miles, 6.5 hours drive time
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Not a lot of pictures on day 2, but there was a lot of driving. My dad wanted to visit the El Malpais National Monument on our way to Colorado. I covered this area in May of last year HERE if you'd like to see more pictures. This detour ate into our time on day 2, as our final destination was supposed to be Ridgway State Park on the far side of the Million Dollar Highway. It ended up being ok as we found a very nice campground in Durango, leaving us to enjoy the Million Dollar Highway the next morning. Here we are entering the monument. I like this picture has it shows the sandstone cliffs rising out of the ground. The road then snakes between these cliffs and old lava flows on the left.
La Ventana Arch in the Monument. While we were taking these pictures we ran into a gentleman who was currently hiking the Continental Divide Trail which goes from Mexico to Canada. I didn't get any photos, dumb on my part, but what was interesting is that this hike takes 6 months to complete. Talk about a commitment. Makes a 9 day motorcycle trip look tame!
THIS campground in Durango and everything worked out perfectly. My dad and I felt better about being able to explore the Million Dollar Highway the next morning.
Durango to Silverton train rolled through our campground. Another cool reason to camp here. Bonus! I should have filmed a movie of the train coming through, but I failed, and only took a few pictures. Quite neat to see coming down the tracks!
Stay tuned more pictures to come!