Yes Sir, will be bringing the bike. I just spent 6 days bolstering (augmenting carrying capabilities) the Versa Hauler motorcycle carrier that I use on the back of the motorhome to haul our TW 200 with us on vacations. Well, that TW is about 278 lbs. so, that Versa Hauler is rated for 500-600 lbs. depending on which model one has. Anyway, I had to do a lot of metal fabrication to accomplish my goal of carrying the weight of the A/T. I even made a form of removable scaffolding that I can use to walk up and walk along with the A/T as I load and unload it.Are you bringing your bike? Also how much time do you have to explore? You won't be far from Mesa Verde and that's definitely worth a trip if you haven't been.
If you have been to Ouray I assume you have gone from Durango and down 550 (million dollar highway) . If you have already done that then 145 through Dolores, Rico and into Telluride is also a nice route. You could always come back up through Ouray back to Durango or if you want a longer ride take 149 through Lake City to South Fork and then double back through Pagosa Springs, Chimney Rock and into Durango. A long ride/drive, but I do like going through Lake City and over Slumgullion Pass and stopping at the falls.
We will be out in that area (Montrose) in mid-July for a local rally .
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As for the amount of time we're gonna spend in CO, that's to be determined. With this Pandemic thing, EVERYTHING is topsy-turvy. Unlike the Goldwing we just traded in for the A/T, I really kind-a consider the A/T as a rider-only bike. Not that it can't handle two up because it can. It's just not as comfortable riding with two up as it is with just me. And, we have a little dog that's with us all the time. On the Wing, we carried her too, in a little dog carrier on the trunk.
So, for me to tootle off for an entire day, or potentially multiple days, without her, most likely won't happen. Sure, it will happen on occasion but, how long will I be gone, well, that's also to be determined. We'll see.
We've been to Mesa Verde once before. But, it was a rushed kind-a thing. I'd like to visit it again only, take our time at it. Yep, we've Jeeped in Ouray several times. Been on all or most of the passes, trails, and more. And of course that also means we've been on the "Million Dollar Highway" multiple times. There are tons of RV'rs out there that wouldn't be caught dead on that road 'cause they think they're all gonna die, due to the fact that there's a few sharp turns on it and, NO GUARD RAILS!!!
Well, no one that I know of, uses the guard rails as brail driving. We've had all our motorhomes on it and towed, Jeeps, several times, NO BIG DEAL. We've been to Delores, Telluride and many of the areas you've mentioned. I don't think we've been to Lake City. I think that's on the bucket list.
As stated, much of this trip is kind-a up in the air, due to what's available in camping spots/RV parks etc. because of a few things. One, THE PANDEMIC, two, the availability of camp spots/RV spaces in many of America's campground/RV parks is dwindling due to the massive population that is either retired and traveling full time, folks that gave up their homes and are LIVING in RV parks, younger folks, with families that home school their kids and work from their RV and a whole lot more. All this means is, there's less and less space for TRAVELERS like us.
Soooooo, just how long we stay gone from home, or, where we end up, and how long we stay in a given area, is really dependent on what's available for us. But, I'd love to hook up with riders and at least take some somewhat shorter rides.