It is that time of year again to remind people that there are two large biker rallies around Durango over Labor Day weekend that may affect the plans of riders and travelers in the San Juan Mountains of SW Colorado. One is the Sugar Pine Rally just north of Mancos (about 30 miles west of Durango) on 8/30-9/3 and the Four Corners Motorcycle Rally in Ignacio, (about 30 miles south of Durango) on 8/29-9/3. This is on top of all the bicyclists, RVs, hunters, hikers, 4x4 clubs, train lovers, mushroom gatherers, hippies, campers, fishermen, dirt bikers, drunk drivers and riders and all the other normal tourists (if it is tourist season, why can't we shoot them?). So, if you're coming down to the San Juan mountains for a quiet, calm and uncrowded time, be prepared. Expect lodging, restaurants and bars throughout the area to be pretty crowded. There will be rolling road block parades on the mountain roads. The weather is looking to be very nice, so the crowds will be out and about. Between the two rallies, about 20-30k bikers come to the area for a good time. On Friday through Sunday there are usually hundreds of bikes taking over about 5-6 blocks of Main Avenue on-street downtown parking. If you were not aware of this, factor it into any plans you might have if you are coming to SW Colorado for Labor Day weekend trips! Have a good time, buy a local a beer and remember to tip your waitresses well!