Yesterday and todays trip north fill in a part of the country that I have been missing on my other trips. Im glad I included these places on this trip. I have a new rear tire waiting for me in Mancos, CO, and its right on the route. The ride to Mancos is replete with beautiful rock formations similar to the more well known Monument Vally. All shape and manor of rocks. Pictures do not do the area justice. They dont show the nuances of changes in color and shape as one sees the formations from different perspectives. Four Corners The tire change was scheduled at Basin Motorcycle Works, an independent mostly BMW bike shop, and a very good one at that. New rear brake pads were also installed as it was apparent that the old ones were near the limit of their life, as was the tire. It proved to be a case of perfect timing. The staff suggested that I take a different route than the planned one to Ouray to avoid congestion along the route that goes through SilverCity. The route was typical mountain valley routing along a meandering stream with additional elevation changes up to over 10,000 feet, and included was the additional bonus of late afternoon scattered rain showers. I was glad that I had stopped to put on my rain jacket, for both the rain and the temperature, which briefly reached a low of 47 degrees. Ouray is a quaint tourist resort town where the main draw are the hot springs and the mountain atmosphere. I was too tired for anything but a meal and sleep. (Ride, Eat, Sleep, Repeat!) Tomorrows another day. On todays ride of 288 miles the bike turned over 100,000 miles!