Durango Demolition Derby

Trip Start Feb 28, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, August 8, 2009

We had really been looking forward to spending the weekend in Durango.  We loved it the first time we were there and were really excited to go back.  And the fact that we were going for a demolition derby made it even better!  We decided to go over on Friday night after Silas got off work.  The biggest reason for this was because we didn't have tickets to the demo derby yet, and I had seen online that all the advance tickets were sold out and that the remaining 800 were going on sale when the gates opened at 10am.  The fact that they even sold advance tickets (not to mention that they were sold out!) made us kind of think that it sounded like a popular event there.  So we thought that it would be best if we were able to get there early to get in line for the tickets.
  We left town just after 5pm and got to the campground in Durango by 7pm.  Just like last time, the campground was nowhere near full.  Don't get me wrong, we're always happy that there are campsites available, but it also surprises us that a campground that's so close to town always seems to have spots available.  It's a nice campground too!  But anyway, we set up the tent and ate dinner and roasted some marshmallows and stuff before heading to bed.
  The next morning we got up early and were downtown at the farmers market by about 8:30.  We had decided to go to the farmers market and get coffee before going to get in line for our demo derby tickets.  I think we got to the fair grounds at about 9:00 and the line was already really long.  I wasn't THAT worried until the line didn't seem to be getting much longer- it was getting wider.  Tons of people were still walking up after we got there, but they all seemed to be joining people who were already in line. 
  Anyway, we waited and waited and once it turned 10:00 and the gates opened the line started moving...slowly.  We didn't end up getting to the box office- they sold out before we got there, but even before they sold out, people were already walking up and down the line trying to scalp their tickets.  Once we saw that they had sold out we asked a couple people how much they were selling their tickets for and they were all around $30-35! (the actual price was $15)  Then we saw a guy who was selling them at cost- he said that he had bought a few extra by accident.  I thought that was so nice of him, but onfortunately he only had 1 left.  So we bought that one and kept walking around looking for more people selling theirs.  We found a guy who was selling them for $20, but since we didn't have any cash we asked if he'd take a check for $25 and he said yes!  We were so happy to have gotten tickets!!  I think we got lucky, next year we'll know that we have to get them in advance or atleast get in line much earlier. 
  So the demo derby didn't start until noon and it was only about 10:30 at that time, but the stands were already packed.  We finally found two seats and took turns going to buy food and drinks and stuff while the other person saved our seats.  I was also meeting up with the guy I was buying my bike from (I found it on craigslist) and coincidentally he was also going to the demo derby, so he just brought it with him and we met in the parking lot before the demo derby.  (And by the way, I'm LOVING my bike!!!  Silas and I have been going on rides every night since I got it!) 
  When I got back from getting the bike Silas told me that he had heard that there were 45 cars in the derby.  I think the most we've ever seen in a demo derby is in Missoula- maybe about 20-25 cars.  Sure enough, when things got started they announced that there were 45 cars and that there were going to be 5 first round heats, 3 consolation heats, and then the final round.  It was AWESOME!!  We had frito pie and hot dogs, drank beer, got splattered with mud from the cars, watched the guy with the mullet sitting in front of us almost get in a fight and then get talked to by the security several times and then the police.  It was the best demo derby ever!!  We were SO happy that it had all worked out and we had been able to get tickets. 
  After the demo derby we walked around and looked at the animals and stuff, then we headed downtown.  I had found a place online that I wanted to eat at- Gazpacho's- a New Mexican restaurant.  We went there and it wasn't that great- nowhere near as good as the restaurants we had gone to the first time we had been in Durango.  After that we were so tired we pretty much just headed back to the campground and sat around the fire.  Oh yeah, and I took my bike for a test ride around the campground.  This is the first time in about 15-16 years that I've had a bike!!
  The next morning we went to the Brickhouse Cafe for coffee and then we went for a hike in the Durango Mountain Park area.  It was pretty nice- there were some nice views of town up there, but it was HOT! (well, hotter than we were expecting anyway)  So we went back down into town and walked along the river trail for a while.  I love Durango- it just seems like the perfect town.  Not too big, a nice river running right through it, bike trails along the river all through town-I love it!  
  We were trying to get home at a decent time that day so after our walk we went and did all out stuff we had to do- haircut for Silas, a little shopping for me, and then grocery shopping- yuck!  After we finished all our chores we hit Serious Texas BBQ and got some stuff to go, took it home, and ate BBQ and watched the Bills pre-season game against...someone...I don't remember who.  Oh yeah, the Titans...I think.
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syamamoto on

demo derby action
I love that mud, beer, frito pie, and guys with mullets being harrassed by the police adds up to your best demo derby experience! Haha! You should have taken a picture of your bike!

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