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    Cortez CO Rally, 2018

    Wednesday August 22nd through August 26th.
    Super 8 Cortez, Colorado. Call 970-235-2553

    There is a Block of rooms for us under the name "F6B Riders"
    F6B GROUP room rates are $60 plus tax = $65.54
    The 4 nights combined ---> $262.16

    We will be at the Cortez CO Rally all week. Yes Teresa will be attending also and we will have the trailer there with a few parts like in Pigeon Forge last year.
    We will be putting up a tent for everyone to gather at.

    All rides will have appropriate rest stops and a lunch stop. Time built in for taking pictures. To participate in the rides, you must be able to ride the speed limit and ride in a group. Ride Sign Up Sheets and registration will be at Cortez.
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    Wednesday: Socializing in the PM at the Super 8.

    Thursday:
    Escorted Ride to Arches National Park: Pre Ride Talk at 8 AM, Leaving at 8:15 AM. Gas stop in Moab, then early Lunch in Moab if you want. Touring park at your own leisure. Return to Cortez in small groups.

    San Juan Skyway Ride, led by Dave T. Pre Ride Talk at 7:45, Leaving at 8 AM. Max of 6 bikes. 244 Miles.
    Cortez > Delores > Rico > Lizard Head Pass > Telluride > Dallas Divide > Ridgeway > Ouray > Silverton > Durango > Cortez.

    Dinner for anyone interested starting at 6:30 PM. La Casita De Cortez.
    Socializing in the PM at the Super 8.

    Friday:
    Gateway Ride led by Dave T. Pre Ride Talk at 7:45, Leaving at 8 AM. Max of 6 bikes. 322 miles.
    Cortez > Dove Creek > Naturita > Flume Scenic VU > Delores River Canyon > Gateway > Delores River Canyon > Naturita > Norwood > San Miguel River Canyon > Placerville > Telluride (area) > Lizard Head Pass > Rico > Delores > Cortez

    San Juan Skyway Ride, led by Az Wingrider. Pre Ride Talk at 7:45, Leaving at 8 AM. Max of 10 bikes. 244 Miles.
    Cortez > Delores > Rico > Lizard Head Pass > Telluride > Dallas Divide > Ridgeway > Ouray > Silverton > Durango > Cortez.

    San Juan Skyway Ride, led by Jeff Daniel. Pre Ride Talk at 7:45, Leaving at 8 AM. Max of 10 bikes. 244 Miles.
    (Reverse Direction) Cortez > Delores > Rico > Lizard Head Pass > Telluride > Dallas Divide > Ridgeway > Ouray > Silverton > Durango > Cortez.


    Dinner for anyone interested starting at 6:30 PM. Jack & Janelle's Country Kitchen
    Socializing in the PM at the Super 8.

    Saturday:
    Escorted ride to Mesa Verde National Park. Pre Ride Talk at 8:30 AM, Leaving at 8:45 AM. Touring park at your own leisure. Return to Cortez in small groups.
    Starting at 6:30 PM. at the Super 8: Pizza, Snacks & Dessert. Door prizes at 7:30 PM.
    Socializing in the PM at the Super 8.


    Hope to see you all there. Should be a great time.



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    Rick I sure would like to see the two areas you mention. It is not far from being 400 miles round trip to see both places. Add some more sightseeing and a little walking in Arches and that is a very full day. I see a lot of open hiway, can those roads be safe to roll on like interstate speeds without getting a ticket?

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    The ride itself shouldn't be a big problem with an early start. I would recommend riding up Co-145, Co-141, Co-90 and Ut-46 and then US-191 into Moab, 205 miles. Then return on US-191 and US-491 back to Cortez, 115 miles. Total 320 miles. I would however advise choosing either Arches or Canyonlands and not try to do both. Both parks require three or more hours to enjoy the visit. US-191 and US-491 are both major highways and if the ride runs late it would not be a big deal running after dark.

    Just my opinion but I ridden the area for years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Az Wingrider View Post
    The ride itself shouldn't be a big problem with an early start. I would recommend riding up Co-145, Co-141, Co-90 and Ut-46 and then US-191 into Moab, 205 miles. Then return on US-191 and US-491 back to Cortez, 115 miles. Total 320 miles. I would however advise choosing either Arches or Canyonlands and not try to do both. Both parks require three or more hours to enjoy the visit. US-191 and US-491 are both major highways and if the ride runs late it would not be a big deal running after dark.

    Just my opinion but I ridden the area for years.
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    We are only going to lead the ride up. Everyone will have their choice as to which park to visit and how much time to spend.

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    Thanks Rick! Really looking forward to this rally.

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    We are looking forward to seeing everyone. Looks like we are going to have quite a good size group.

    We will actually have 4 bikes there ourselves. My F6B, one of our Spyders, one of our friends on a Spyder and our Son from Denver with his FZ1.
    Teresa is actually flying in and out of Denver. She is looking forward to seeing everyone she talks to on the phone.

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    Rick. I look forward to meeting you and everyone else in Cortez. I'll be coming in on Wednesday afternoon but have to leave on Saturday morning, so will be there for three nights. I'll be hanging with everyone at the Super 8, but I decided to stay at the Hampton Inn. A lot more expensive, but I really like their rooms, especially their beds. My old back has to have a good bed, especially when doing rides on the bike. They have a good breakfast also. As we get closer I'm sure we'll be figuring what rides I will do. Probably take some folks on the San Juan Skyway loop one day. I wouldn't mind getting up to Gateway also. Or for those willing to do a long ride, maybe over Wolf Creek Pass and then -149 up the Rio Grande River Valley through Creede and Lake City. It would be a long loop. A buddy of mine and I normally do a June ride over Monarch Pass to Gunnison to Lake City to Creede to Pagosa Springs one day, then a trip up the Million Dollar Highway to Silverton, Ouray, and Montrose. A day ride out of Montrose, then home on day 4. All of the riding will be great.
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    So much I want to see and roads I want to ride. I really like CR 141 up close to Gateway but don't see a way to incorporate it into a loop. Was already looking at the ride through Lake City and Creede in a loop that includes 92 in Gunnison and (550) Silverton, Ouray etc. It would be a full day alone but now I want Monarch Pass also. So will it be two days to the North East and one to the North West? I think I need about a week. The Skyway looks like an easy to do loop and certainly the million dollar highway is worthy of two trips.

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    Million dollar hwy is a good trip. You're not going to need 2 trips but I guess you could. Down and back through telluride gets you Dallas pass lizard head pass and the cool town of Rico on your way back through Delores. Gateway and 141 is epic....the loop down through creeds and lake city is awesome you get to do slumgullion pass which has an awesome overlook. When you come out come up through Trinidad and over to laveta you will go through a town called cuchara. That is a great ride most people miss when coming here to Colorado they go to Chama and come in that way to pagosa. Which is also epic over Chama pass and the old Toltec railroad. (Still running). There r so many her in Colorado it's hard to do in short trip but gateway is pretty spectacular.
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    My riding buddy and I just did a little 3-day trip out to Montrose in western Colorado. We have been making 3-5 day trips to that area for years because of the great riding. On Friday we rode part of the Million Dollar Highway and the San Juan Skyway: Montrose > Ridgeway > Ouray > Red Mountain Pass > Silverton > Red Mountain Pass > Ouray > Ridgeway > Dallas Divide > Telluride > Lizard Head Pass, then back to Montrose. Beautiful day, including a late lunch/early dinner stop at the True Grit Cafe in Ridgeway. If you get the chance, watch the John Wayne version of True Grit and you will see some of that beautiful country, as it was filmed in that area. In fact, the hanging in the movie was in the city park in Ridgeway, just across the street from the True Grit Cafe.

    Least amount of people and vehicles that I have ever seen on the Million Dollar Highway; good for us as we were just going to Silverton, but it was for a bad reason. The wildfire just north of Durango keeps growing and Highway 550 (MDH) is closed for several miles north of Durango. They have a pilot vehicle leading local residents/commuters through the fire area during the day, but it is completely closed at night. And the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is completely shut down also as the tracks run through the burn area. Hopefully they will get this under control soon. Only 10% containment right now and growing 1000+ acres each day it seems.

    Here are a couple of photos of the bikes that I took:

    20180608-05_MDH-bike.jpg 20180608-07_LizardHead-bikes.jpg 20180608-08_LizardHead-bikes.jpg

    Left is my bike on Red Mountain Pass between Ouray and Silverton
    Center is Lizard Head Pass between Telluride and Rico (you can see smoke just starting to build for the day from the Durango fire)
    Right is Lizard Head Pass
    Last edited by F6Bster; 06-10-2018 at 04:50 PM.

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