RideAbout65.2 – Day 17 – Page, Arizona to Durango, Colorado


Total distance: 286.91 mi
Download file: Day17.gpx


Today’s Mileage: 287 miles

Total Trip Mileage so far: 4452 miles


Today I met another guy traveling alone up near Page, AZ – he was on a VFR.  We got to talking and he told me that a month ago he was in the hospital with a stroke and could not move his arms or legs.  He said he vowed that if he came home from the hospital that he would take a long-put-off trip around the perimeter of Arizona (he was from Phoenix).  He was doing just fine and had some good suggestions for roads to check out.  I figured if he could do this, then it is a no-brainer for me…

I stopped by the famous destination of travelers to this region – the Four Corners on Highway 160 – where Arizona, Colorada, New Mexico, and Utah all come together – you can stand in four states at once.

As I got closer to Durango, I went up in elevation and got a little cold.  Good riding up here though. Definitely Colorado

A bunch of friendly motorcycle folks were staying at my hotel, I  talked with them quite a while.  They had trailered up from Phoenix. Had a lot to say about the length of my trip and that I was on a Ducati.  Only one of them had ever heard of a Ducati.  And the inevitable question, “you are riding by yourself?” – I must look really old and frail – I keep getting that question…

A good BBQ sandwich at this joint just down from the Hampton in Durango put out my hunger fire.  Durango is at some altitude, fun road riding in but chilly – had to stop and layer up.



Just like in the old cowboy movies, on Highway 163 near Kayenta, AZ



Four Corners on Highway 160





Tom Carter
Franklin, Tennessee

Mechanical Engineering Consultant

Motorcycle Rider/ Racer/ Tester

Husband/ Dad/ Grandfather/ Great-Grandfather

Planet Earth Arrival 1947

First rode a motorcycle around 1958

Still riding today…