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post #1 of 5 Old 06-17-2017, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
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Going up the Rockies

Some, day I want to ride all the way to the easternmost point in North America (a park outside St. John's, Newfoundland), but I don't think it'll happen this summer.

A more realistic goal, in terms of time available and such, is to ride up the Rockies until I feel like stopping in Canada, and back. Maybe turn around in Calgary, unless there's another place up there worth visiting. It's simply not nearly as long a ride from my location (central New Mexico) vs. anywhere on the east coast.

Question the first: when is the best time to go, or is there one? Middle of summer? Early fall?

I have a general idea of what the climate would be along the way. Planning is still in the early stages.

I do plan to bring camping gear, so I can camp maybe 2 nights out of three. Both because "adventure" and to keep the budget semi-reasonable. Stay in a motel every 3rd night, or as weather requires, to get a truly good night's rest.

I've never been to any of the upper/mountain Midwest states north of Colorado, so whatever route I take, it will be new and interesting.

I've visited Canada before, but only some of the Atlantic provinces plus Quebec, usually crossing on land from Maine. I don't count flying through Toronto, plus one miserable night there, as "visiting."
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-17-2017, 03:15 PM
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If you don't have one get a 0 bag to sleep in.A thin blanket can be used and sleep on top the bag if to warm.Take some of the warm packs.Cheap and work. We went to Colorado in Aug. and every thing was great.Went to Alaska and lots more cold in June.Love Colorado and the people.Such great small towns of 5,000 or so it seems every where.Best water I ever drank!
Liked the looks of Alaska but this is JUNE! Have fun we did but be ready for cold.
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When leaving Jackson Hole just after Labor Day last September, we had to ride in 31 degree temperatures with no sun for more than two hours.
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A friend and I left Alabama on July 5, 2010 and rode the Continental Divide Trail from Silver City, New Mexico, to Silver Gate, Montana. We started back to Alabama the last week of July.

After leaving Silver City the further north we went the cooler it was in the mornings. By the time we got into Colorado we would layer up in the mornings, remove clothing by mid-morning, layer up again when crossing a pass, and then un-layer again as we worked our way down the mountains.

Each night we found a motel - sometimes a fairly modern venue like Holiday Inn Express, and other times a 1950's throw-back that was a roof and a cot and that was all. We took camping gear in case we got stuck in the boonies but never had to use it.

Your best window for "warm" weather will be late July through August, but at the higher elevations you can still encounter dangerous cold, snow, and other precipitation. On a different trip, it snowed on my family and me on June 21, 2004, at Tin Cup Pass, CO.

Preparedness, alertness, and flexibility will be your friends. Which I guess means that at the end of the day, you have to be your own best friend for such an outing.
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What Basket said. you can't rely on the time of year to provide pleasant travels. The mountain regions can give you everything.
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