Durango to Mancos

29Jun12

Apologies for the lack of posting lately. We’ve been in Colorado for a while and totally enjoying our time in the mountains. Even with temperatures hovering around 100 F, without humidity the heat is bearable.

On June 6th, we made our way into Durango and found it to be one of the friendliest towns we have ever come across. As we came into the city from the south side we connected to the Animas River Trail and took a breather from the traffic. The southern end of the trail is brand new by only a few weeks with a super smooth concrete surface. We were quickly greeted by a city worker in an all-terrain vehicle who questioned us on our travels and made sure we knew where we were going. We took it slow on the bike path as we were not going to meet our warmshowers.org hosts until later in the day. We stopped at a natural food market where we met more locals and chatted about all things Durango and bicycle.

Bike path bliss on the Animas River Trail

Durango abounds with old brick buildings

Downtown Durango

Jack Dempsey Mural

Amazing sculpture adorns the parks and paths in Durango

Heading north, the bike path winds its way into town threading through smalls parks and crossing the Animas river a few times. We stopped at Albertson’s  to buy a twenty pound watermelon and then continued up to 32nd st on the north end of town. A few blocks  and minutes later and we found ourselves at Tracey and Jarrod’s home having an amazing dinner on their beautiful patio.

The next day we slept in and then went for a short ride into town. We quickly locked up the bikes and started hitting the streets with our feet. It feels great to be a pedestrian and blend in a little. We stopped into the Steaming Bean Coffee shop .  After getting a caffeine fix we continued our walk down the street and stumbled upon a  little bike shop called Velorution Cycles – good energy poured out of this place. Check them out if you find yourself in town!   Cool shop and a great owner – Thanks Joey it was nice to meet you and Sundia!

We also had a long chat with Monty at Durango Cyclery. Durango is full of bikes and bike shops- a sort of bike utopia, we felt right at home in town. Durango overflows with positive energy and it’s contagious.

Sweet Salsa Fargo outside Durango Cyclery

Durango is packed with places to eat, galleries and more. A fun town we hope to re-visit soon. One evening we went to an art opening at  Raider Ridge Cafe (which makes the best smoothies ever). We then proceeded on an art walk all around town. Our friend Tracey took us down some alleys to show us some dumpsters that have been painted. These dumpsters were part of the dumpster beautification project  and you can read an article about it here in the Durango Herald.

Painted dumpster

Cacti dumpster

Controversial Mural

Western chalk art

In just the few days we spent walking and riding around in Durango we met the nicest folks and had a great rendevous dinner at Home Slice Pizza. We even got a chance to meet up with Bryan’s cousin Jerry for an evening of nachos and laughs.

On June 9th we headed off to the Durango farmers market where we met some cool cats and our friend Jaime whom we met down in Southern Arizona at Chiricahua National Monument. Jaime picked us up and we went off to the Animas River Days festival to check things out. Lots of fun on the river even though its running low due to drought conditions.

Fellow cyclist having a cigarette

Rafters on the Animas river

Once we left Durango we knew we were going to miss it. We loaded the bikes up on Jaime’s Subaru and headed out RT 160 west to Mancos. Jaime lives in a cute little casita cabin in the wooded hills with amazing views of the La Plata mountains. The owners of the property, Chris and Nancy were extremely gracious to let us stay in their pop-up camper for a few nights while we explored the area. We hung out with Jaime int he Mancos area for a few days. We went to a party at a farm, biked around Mesa Verde National Park, and relaxed.

Jaime’s casita

view from the pop-up

Cow skull

Our casita

Folk art store sign

Bryan, Debi and Jaime

Thanks for following along! The next post we will take you to Mesa Verde National Park.

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4 Responses to “Durango to Mancos”

  1. Looks like fun…

  2. 2 karensar

    Beautiful! :D Thank you so much for letting us all tag along on your adventures! Your pictures are wonderful and YAY!!! Now I know what Jaime’s place looks like…and if you can believe it, her spoken description was just so spot on…she is another who can paint pictures with words as well as with a brush & paint! I hope you have enjoyed the north fork area as much as you did Durango (hmmm……maybe you guys should ponder a colorado home some day!)
    Take care and a big hug to you both…safe continuing travels and keep up the journaling :)
    peace and love,
    Karen

    • 3 thrubike

      Thanks karen! and thanks for following along – Colorado has definitely risen on the list of potential areas to live!

    • 4 thrubike

      Thanks Karen!

      We will post about Paonia very soon! Please say hello to evryone for us.

      We will be in touch,

      B+D


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