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post #1 of 26 Old 08-27-2013, 02:44 AM Thread Starter
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Places to go in and around Colorado

I'm currently in Colorado for an undetermined amount of time. I've done The Rocky Mountain National Park, twice, Old Falls Road and Trail Ridge Road. Did Pikes Peak today, and some various side roads and canyon roads on some other days. I plan to do the San Juan Skyway I think it's called. Beyond that, I don't know what else to see and do. I've got a tent and camping gear, but not a stove. But multi-day trips aren't out of the question.

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Million Dollar Highway (Ouray to Silverton...Start in Ouray)
Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP
Telluride (Enter from the Southwest)
Cottonwood Pass (I would enter from the West side)(It is unpaved on the West side, but is gravel and no problem on a Strom)
All kinds of other passes that are paved
Anything in the San Juans

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You are in the middle of Riding Heaven! There are miles of paved and dirt roads and unimproved trails open to you, and your only limitation on most of them is your skill level. Now, I wouldn't recommend trying any of the technical single-track with your Strom, but I was out there last summer for almost three weeks and rode most of the passes around Silverton/Ouray/Telluride. I was on my DRZ, but I rode with a fella from Texas who did Cinnamon, Engineer, Imogene and Black Bear on his well-equipped Strom, which included a full size top box. I think Mosquito, Hurricane and Corkscrew would be doable on your bike as well. Find yourself a riding partner and go for it!!!
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(Ouray to Silverton...Start in Ouray)

is there an advantage going north to south? I'll be there next summer, curious about the direction..
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4 corners, peak to peak highway (Estes park to central city), Mt. Evans, Ride 285 down to Salida then take hwy 50 to Canon City, independence pass from Aspen to Leadville.
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(Ouray to Silverton...Start in Ouray)

is there an advantage going north to south? I'll be there next summer, curious about the direction..
No advantage really, but you will be ON THE EDGE of the world going Ouray to Silverton.....!!! have your "grit" ready....there are NO guard rails on that road!
DON'T try to look and ride.....

Lots of unimproved roads around there. A pretty good ride on trail is the Last Dollar Road out of Ouray/Ridgway....( original filming locations for True Grit/ John Wayne) You can go from Ridgway to Telluride on trail and back on road)

Of course don't miss Durango and Mesa Verde NP.....even though the Mesa Verde NP is paved...you won't find much better stuff to see.....

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Thanks ! I will look at my route, should be great either way.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I'm completely ok with any gravel road, though I don't think I'd be great at single track stuff, I've only had the strom since April and never done such a thing. Been mostly pavement and gravel roads so far.

Also, still on stock tyres if that changes anything. I've got some Heidenau's sitting here to put on once the stock ones have worn. Have 12,500 km or so on them.
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Forgot to mention, I have a riding buddy, but not for every type of ride. He's on a Boulevard M50 and before my arrival in Colorado only had about 1,000 miles riding time on on it. Perhaps since my arrival he's got another 500 miles or so. We did do a dirt road and he handled it fine, but he's not interested in anymore in the near future.

Half way along the dirt road though he was telling me he should have got a strom

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