We decided we would stay in Cortez to assist in any way with John's bike and I ran him up to Chrome Mafia (!) at about 10 to check on matters. The part was being couriered in from Durango by an outfit called .... Kangaroo Hop! All good so far. John and Anne made the decision to stay another night in Cortex because the bike would only be ready after lunch we looked at all the heavy rain storms surrounding us and also decided to stay. As we have two days up our sleeve, we can afford it. So late morning we jumped on the bike to go to Mesa Verde, nine miles out of town. We had not gone two miles when we rounded a bend to see lowering clouds and heavy rain! A smart about turn and back to the hotel we we begged until about 2pm and tried again. Still much rain activity around but not in our direction. So far so good. We show our Annual pass at the gate (only $20 more and we are square) and see it is twenty miles to the pueblos!!
No worries, this is what we came here for. A few drops of rain here and there but nothing to dampen us. A stop for lunch at the top (I now know what shredded pork is) and then on to Spruce House. A fascinating place, made more so by the excellent and informative museum. A worthy holder of World Heritage listing.
Time to get back to Cortez because the weather was closing in.. It did rain on us for a while but the windshield and fairing kept us reasonably dry. The 65 mph stretch on the way home dried us off quickly. We arrived back and I popped the cover on the bike just in time - we are experiencing a rather heavy rain storm. We sure hope out
It clears by tomorrow for our ride north.