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Re: Fall Colors Ride, Sept 30-Oct. 2, 2022

PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2022 6:43 pm
by Terry Rowley
RIDE REPORT (pictures provided by Karl Zuercher, James Lightfoot and Terry Rowley

The weekend forecast was for warm, cold, rain, snow, and lots of fall colors. We weren’t disappointed as we experienced everything forecasted for our 2022 annual Durango fall color trip September 30th through October 2nd. This yere were some of the best colors I think I’ve seen during all the past years we’ve done this trip.

Our headquarters was the usual Durango Siesta Motel located at the north end of town where we spent the afternoons and evenings sharing stories with friends. Friday evening the club paid for a great variety of pizzas which the participants accompanied with their favorite beverages.

The Saturday weather forecast was for cold temperatures and precipitation. We awoke to reasonable temps with light sprinkles. The rain stopped before we left for the ride north to Silverton but restarted about 10 miles into our ride, and it was heavier than what we initially experienced at the hotel. Fortunately, the rain didn’t last very long and we were soon presented with beautiful views of rainbow colored mountain sides contrasting with snow covered peaks and wisps of clouds spanning the canyons – GEORGEOUS!

The route from Silverton to Ouray was equally colorful but we experienced temps as low as 40 degrees on the passes as well as remnants of snow along the edge of the road. The sun came out and the temp went up as we wound our way down to Ouray where we made a stop for a brief rest, and some stopped for a late breakfast / early lunch. We then continued our way to Telluride.
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Telluride, while being a cool ‘little’ town, was also a crowded little town (as usual). The colors of the trees were spectacular with glimpses of the snow-covered ski runs in the distance. The route from Telluride to Dolores took us over some higher elevations again with temps down to 40 degrees and steady rain for over 30 minutes. Fortunately, the roads weren’t icy and traffic was minimal, the rain eventually stopped, the sun came out and the temps warmed up a bit. The further south you travel towards Dolores the less tress and colors you see but the ride still takes you through some striking scenery.
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The ride from Dolores back to the Siesta Motel was relatively warm, sunny and uneventful. After arriving at the motel, changing out of our wet weather gear and warming up a bit, members started congregating in the motel parking lot and sharing stories of their day. Saturday night found most of us at the Serious Texas BBQ for dinner followed by a return to the motel, sitting outside and enjoying the evening with friends and beverages.
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Sunday’s weather forecast was for rain. It rained throughout most of night and briefly stopped around 8:30. Most of us experienced some amount of rain on our trip home but at least the temps were warmer than what we rode through the previous day.

This was another great trip spending time with old and new friends and experiencing the wonder of nature. Hoping we see you next year to enjoy the colors and your comradery.

Re: Fall Colors Ride, Sept 30-Oct. 2, 2022

PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2022 4:11 pm
by Jonh
14 riders great weather

Re: Fall Colors Ride, Sept 30-Oct. 2, 2022

PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2022 5:05 pm
by Terry Rowley
Correction - my previous post stated we would stop for gas in Farmington but I meant Bloomfield and that's about 160 miles from ABQ. The original post has been corrected.

Still have spots available, hope to see you there!


Re: Fall Colors Ride, Sept 30-Oct. 2, 2022

PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2022 4:13 pm
by Terry Rowley
Hi Everyone,

We were in Ouray last week and the Aspens were just beginning to change at the higher elevations, should time out perfectly with maximum colors for our ride in 1.5 weeks.

I will be leading this event for the club and plan to arrive at the Siesta Motel close to their 3:00 check in time.

Anyone interested in riding along can meet me at the Valero gas station / Bien Muir Smoke shop located on the south side of Tramway Rd., directly across from the Sandia Casino. I plan to be there about 11:00 with kickstands up at 11:15 on Friday, 9/30. I will take 550 and ride 5 mph over the speed limit. We'll make a brief gas / rest stop in Bloomfield which is about 160 miles from the Sandia Casino. As always, you're welcome to ride your own ride and we'll see you in Durango.

There are still 6 rooms available at the Siesta according to their website, If you want to participate in this club gathering / ride and haven't reserved your room yet, time's running out.

The club is buying pizza or calzones for paid members, and we will plan to eat Friday at about 5:00pm in the parking lot of the Siesta. We will be taking pizza orders about 4:00 to give the pizza place time to make the pizzas and deliver for a 5:00 meal. We will be ordering from Home Slice Pizza,, so if you won't be at the hotel by 4:00 then please look at the menu and call me in advance (505) 280-8621 to let me know what to order for you. And don't forget to bring your beverage of choice - there is a liquor store about 3 blocks south of the Siesta (just past City Market) on the opposite side of the street from the motel

The Saturday ride is entirely up to you...some people go clockwise from Durango traveling 160 west to Dolores and then up 145 to Telluride, then over to Ridgway, down through Ouray to Silverton and then to Durango while others will go counter clockwise heading north out of Durango. Either way will be a beautiful ride. If you've never done this before be forewarned that portions of the road on Red Mountain Pass (between Silverton and Ouray) are narrow with steep drop-offs and no guard rails. It's a fully paved 2 lane road but the edge of the road can be a little surprising if you're not expecting it. Otherwise Red Mountain Pass has some beautiful views as does nearly all of the loop we will be riding.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in Durango in a couple of weeks!


Fall Colors Ride, Sept 30-Oct. 2, 2022

PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2022 9:03 am
by RJMirabal
Call the Siesta Motel in Duragno for reservations. Tell them you are with the Land of Enchantment BMW Riders Club or something like New Mexico BMW Motorcycle Club. Call: 877-314-0741 OR (

The weekend of September 30 through October 2 we will repeat our popular club ride to Durango and ride the loop from Durango - Silverton - Ouray - Telluride - Dolores - Durango during (hopefully) the peak of the fall colors. Currently, we need a club member to lead the ride and be the contact person. Let RJ know at

RSVP here for the Club ride.

The ride is about 225 miles and Google says it should take about 4:45 riding time.

We will ride up to Durango on Friday afternoon September 30, 2022, arriving by about 5 pm, and stay 2 nights at the Siesta Motel . Everyone is on their own to make hotel reservations at the Siesta. You should make your reservations early (SEE ABOVE announcement because they are a popular motel, in a popular town, at a very popular time of year.

Friday night, club members will enjoy some pizza in the motel parking lot. After the ride on Saturday, we will hop on the Durango trolley to go into town and have dinner at an as-yet-to-be-identified eatery. Then we will ride home on Sunday morning.

Logistical details relative to meeting places and times, both in Albuquerque and Durango will be forthcoming as the date approaches.