Motorcycle Ride From Durango to Silverton, Colorado
|Aug 8, 2016
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Silverton, Colorado is one of the highest towns in the United States at 9,318 feet above sea level. I've visited Silverton many times over the years. After buying "Ruby" the Gold Wing motorcycle, one of our "must do" activities on this vacation was to ride our motorcycles from Durango to Silverton. We arrived at our Durango campground early in the afternoon and chilled until later as we wanted a late day ride.
The ride was gorgeous with an air temperature that required jackets, in July. Silverton has become a pretty big tourist spot now but without being irritating. The beautiful mountain scenery and crisp air may have something to do with it. We walked around town checking out the various shops.
Laurie found a place she really liked, the Silver San Juan Gallery. Michael A. Darr is the artist and he works in watercolors. I don't know a thing about art, but Laurie said he was good. He took time to talk "art stuff" with her and showed her around his gallery. He works all day long in the gallery while interacting with customers and showed us some images on his PC detailing the various phases of painting a watercolor.
Laurie enjoyed talking with him about his artwork. He encouraged her and her Mom to continue their painting.
Greg and Donna had eaten at the Handlebar Restaurant on a previous trip and wanted to eat there again. The food was pretty decent but the decor was over the top.
A few more photos of downtown and it was time to head back to the campground as the sun was setting. Greg and Donna like the decal on the back of our camper and want to get one for themselves. So we stopped at a road side park and I took photos of them while riding circles around me. I think I got a good one. The photo at the bottom of this blog is the one they are going to use.
One of my bucket list items is to ride the Durango to Silverton train in the winter.
You can see all the photos from our trip by clicking here.
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