Colorado and New Mexico Motorcycle Road trip is perhaps the best way to discover the back roads, small towns, and friendly people of these states. For the first 3 days, we rode with about 30 friends to Florence for the August weekend. Then for the next 8 days, three Harley-Davidson motorcycles, four of us — me, my husband and another couple — leathered up and pulled on our motorcycle boots for a 1,400 mile road trip.
More details coming in future blogs and articles, but here’s a teaser of our itinerary and ride:
- Florence, Colorado for 2 nights for the annual St. Jude’s Hospital 100-mile ride, sponsored by Fremont Motorsports.(Thanks to Fremont Motorsports for coming to the rescue and replacing my Harley Cross Bones back tire.)
- Enroute to Taos, we stopped in Questa, New Mexico at Tewa Lounge, a local watering hole, owned by the very welcoming owner Berna. About 5 minutes after we parked our motorcycles, her cousin Roy rode up in this ’42 Harley-Davidson — and bought us all a round. And then we bought the bar a round…and so on. While we waited out the rain.
- Taos, New Mexico: 2 nights staying in the Historic Taos Inn and exploring downtown shops and restaurants — and, of course, the opportunity to ride the Enchanted Circle Drive.
- Pagosa Springs, Colorado, 1 night at the High Country Lodge — and sampling brews from two of their three brewpubs: Pagosa Brewing Company and the newest Wolfe Brewing Company.
- Durango, Colorado, 2 nights at the historic Strater Hotel, exploring downtown Durango, from shopping to dining at Chimayo.
- Of course, we had to ride the Million Dollar Highway (more on that later)! A must stop is the Old West Colorado historic mining town, Silverton.
- Redstone, Colorado: 1 night at this lovely mountain town at the Redstone Cliffs Lodge, located on the trout-laden Crystal River near McClure Pass. We also walked to the adjacent Crystal Cafe to say hi to the owners Kim and Billy — and chow down on Billy’s amazing ribs. (But really sad Kim was out of her famous Pistachio Cake!)
- Return home through Carbondale, Aspen, over Independence Pass!
Stop back again soon for more snippets of this motorcycle road trip in Colorado and New Mexico.