LAST RIDE FOR THE DEUCE
Summer of 2006 and with no trials for a while it is time to take the Deuce up to Colorado and do
the “Ouray Loop” in both directions from our Cozy Comfort RV park in Dolores. We will take the
trailer and stay in our 1400 sq ft suite …… which I would add is available for bikers during the
summer and skiers in the winter, sleeps 6.
The Ouray Loop is about 250 miles and runs from our place in Dolores up to Telluride then down
to Placerville where the route takes you right and back over the Mountains into Ridgway, turning
right along 550 through Ouray, up and over the mountains with some spectacular views, some
with guardrails, a lot without! Down the mountain the other side and into the quaint little town
of Silverton with it’s steam railway and honkey-tonk piano playing bars.
From there, staying with 550 up the other mountain with all those gorgeous bends varying from
switchbacks in first or second to long mountain sweepers. Passing Purgatory ski resort only 20
miles downhill to Durrango, good for eating, and a great biker bar specializing in “Indians” there
is also a Harley dealership for yet another black tee shirt.
Take 160 towards Cortez with some nice wide uphill bends as you leave Durrango and then enjoy
the “One Man” Ski Resort at Hesperus! Wide sweeping bends all the way to Mancos then turn right
on 184 at the lights and enjoy 20 miles of freedom on a nice gentle fast sweeping run to Dolores.
Find the Hollywood Bar, and maybe “us” and relive the ride…… you will NOT be disappointed.
Don’t forget the Rain Gear, because at some stage it’s going to PISS down!
Top of the Lizzard and raingear on.
….and so it was, leaving Dolores all is well and we are through Rico when it starts to spit with
rain so we stop at the top of Lizard Head Pass and get that super BMW rain gear on. Great photo
ops from here,but the mission must go on and we stay behind the rain until we start the uphill
section out of Placerville. Good place for selling trials bikes!! and also favored by Thomas Kinkade
for some of his famous paintings.
Coming into Placerville
Through the pleasant curves and then the downhill run into Ridgway and time for some gas at
the 550 junction.
Pit stop at Ridgway
The Road into Ouray
Straight road into Ouray, just be patient, you are in for a thrill !! out of Ouray and up the
switchbacks and hope you get a good run at this without any nut brains driving 18 wheelers.
Now a great ride along a mountain ledge with a massive drop off into …………
Scatter several slow speed touring groups (sorry) hope we didn’t scare you, and now try and
keep those “horns” in the helmet as this is real fun! Down the other side and into Silverton and
time for lunch while listening to the pianists belting out Scott Joplin. Another great mountain ride
and then down to Durrango and time to refuel again!
Your a stranger round these parts ain’t yer Stranger ?
Fun, Fun , FUN!
Ready to set off and 200 gone the passenger is less than keen to remount. Convincing her that
we only have 50 to go, and there’s a bar at the end of the rainbow, we are soon off again. Leave
160 at Mancos and avoiding the stray animals we are soon back at Hollywood. The planned
reverse route for Day 2 gets the VETO as the passenger’s rear suspension has collapsed and
there is NO WAY she is getting on that THING.
…… and so it was that the Deuce, all 140 horses, Baisley heads, 1550 motor, big Mikuni, and
Vance and Hines 2/1 pipe had to go and become the 2006 Screaming Eagle VROD, with a bigger
seat and floor boards for her.
TONY DOWN with a SORE BRENDA who took the helmet cam shots.