We had the good fortune of connecting with Neil Hannum and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Neil, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
We are working on various cycling events that will be cross inclusive to multiple ethnic and financial segments of our community.
What should our readers know about your business?
We are just starting a Bicycle event and tour guiding business that will offer day and overnight tours. We will have competitive events as well as opportunities to explore the region known as the 4 Corners in America.
The competitive events will include a few longer events that will be routed through the Gas Field Roads in the area of Northwestern New Mexico. Also some gravity based events will also be on the schedule.
In our “Cultural Tours” we will be specializing on the unique overlap of multiple cultures that have resided in the region through the last thousands of years. This will include the Anasazi, Ute, Apache, Navajo, Spanish, Mexican and Americans.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If it was a good friend who was ready to go for a trip of adventure we would start by visiting one of the Micro Breweries, more than likely Ska Brewing or Animas Brewing Co., in the region which would include dinner.
The next day we would be heading for a long day on the bicycle with a trip to the San Juans Mountains and if we are lucky heading over Blackhawk Pass on the Colorado Trail. Depending on the season we would be picking a location that suited the weather.
A lot of people have visited Mesa Verde but I would take a close friend down to the Navajo Pueblitos in San Juan County, New Mexico. We would try to save the time to visit Wines of the San Juans before heading home.
With day three upon us we might spend the day just hanging around the house cooking our meals at home.
Living in Durango we have the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. If your visitors are wanting to go and you are not tired of them at this point in the visit you point out tips on how you can make the ride more enjoyable. If you need a break, point out that in order to enjoy the full experience take it both ways to and from Durango to Silverton. They will come home ready to eat then sleep.
If this is your visitor’s last day in the area and they are up for another adventure we will go on another bike ride or head out to bag one of the local peaks. There are so many people enjoying the outdoor area I would try to find a peak in the La Platas to climb.
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