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Just bought an 07 DL650 a couple of weeks ago, have added a lot of farkles, and plan to do a road trip to christen it properly. Where to go...

OK, Colorado and Utah wins the lottery. Leaving Indiana June 14th, headed to Fort Collins, CO...then doing a serpentine route through Colorado coming into Utah near Moab, in which I'll do a figure 8 across the state, coming out around the Four Corners area.

I've already got a basic route that will carry me over many of the great well-known roads in the two states (Million Dollar Highway, UT 12, etc) but curious as to if there's any "less known" roads that I should check out while there.

I have very little experience riding dirt, so planning to stick to asphalt and very hard dirt (plan to do the Moki Dugway if weather allows). I'll have Michelin PR4 street tires, so can't venture too far off the beaten path. This will be the first time I have been to either state and am sure that I will be blown away with the scenery and the roads.

Open to any suggestions, tips, or whatever to do my final preparations for coming out to this part of the country. Oh, I plan to camp out as much as possible, to save bucks and enjoy the scenery, so if you know of can't miss camping locations, I'd appreciate the pointers. Wouldn't mind meeting any fellow riders if the circumstances allow it as well over a cold beverage or a tasty meal (I'll bring the Mountain House :) )

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If you make New Mexico, hit Pietown and camp a night at Datil wells.
I don't know your age, but retirees can buy a "Golden pass" at any Federal property. About $30 and from then on, Everything federal is half-price. Camping at Datil was about $6/night.
 

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A fellow Hoosier in CO

We moved from Indy to Estes Park, CO in 2010. Fort Collins is where we shop. You need to come through Estes and go over Trail Ridge Road in the Rocky Mountain National Park.

I would also do Highway 14 from Walden to Fort Collins or vice versa.

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I'm in Montrose. What's your time frame like (how long is your ride going to be) your welcome to stay in Montrose for a few days at our place if you'd like. I'll point out some cool roads to take.
 

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In Utah; Near Moab, SR 128 from I-70 to Moab is worth seeing.

Also in Moab area, Archs National Park is a nice destination.

You could follow US 191 about 40 miles south of Moab to SR 211 which deadends at Canyonlands National Park...well worth your time. Be certain to stop at "Newspaper rock" for a view, but then follow the road to its end you won't regret it.

Southern Utah - After Moki Dugway you could go over to Halls Crossing and take the ferry across Lake Powell.... then follow 276 north to 95 to 24. SR 24 to Torrey is a spectacular road. Of course, Torrey is where you'll hook up with SR 12 to Escalante.

In the northeast part of the state Logan Canyon from Bear Lake to Logan (US 89) is one of our more beautiful roads. Stop at one of the look outs to get a picture of Bear Lake, the stunning turquoise blue color is due to limestone suspended in the water. It is gorgeous!

Colorado; You already mention the million dollar highway, nice choice! In that area is also SR 145/141, Delores canyon road from Cortez to Grand Junction.

A bit north of Grand Junction on I-70 is Glenwood Springs. From Glenwood Springs, take SR 82 through Aspen, watch out for all the exotic cars and Ducatis on the road... about 22 miles after Aspen you will go over Independence pass..it's a jaw dropper!!

If you follow it to US 24 you can work your way down to the 550 (million dollar hwy).

35 miles west of Denver is the Mt Evans road. Mt Evans is the highest paved road in the lower 48, and an unbelievable road to get to the top.

:thumbup: Have fun!
 

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First, thanks for the replies! I'll definitely do some research on every one of the suggestions over the next couple of weeks. Feel free to keep the ideas coming in.

I'm in Montrose. What's your time frame like (how long is your ride going to be) your welcome to stay in Montrose for a few days at our place if you'd like. I'll point out some cool roads to take.
Thanks for the offer, jdubyap. I just may take you up on this, at least for an evening if we can sync up. I'm leaving Indy on Saturday, June 14th...which should put me in Ft Collins end of day on the 16th. From that point, I have a general route...and need to be back home to go to work on the 30th. I'm going to look at all the suggestions and ideas I'm getting and try to firm up things over the next two weeks or so. I'll touch base with you in a PM in a few days if that is ok.
 

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First, thanks for the replies! I'll definitely do some research on every one of the suggestions over the next couple of weeks. Feel free to keep the ideas coming in.



Thanks for the offer, jdubyap. I just may take you up on this, at least for an evening if we can sync up. I'm leaving Indy on Saturday, June 14th...which should put me in Ft Collins end of day on the 16th. From that point, I have a general route...and need to be back home to go to work on the 30th. I'm going to look at all the suggestions and ideas I'm getting and try to firm up things over the next two weeks or so. I'll touch base with you in a PM in a few days if that is ok.
Works for me! :thumbup:

Just send me a PM and we can exchange #'s. We have multiple spare beds, or if you're more comfortable in a tent you can pitch it in our yard (you may have two huskies bothering you though). :yikes:
 

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Did my math wrong...should be in Ft Collins at the end of day June 15th...I'm planning on two days gettin' there. Huskies don't bother me...I've got two dogs of my own (collie and german shorthair pointer) who both love attention. Free thermal heat when sleeping! :mrgreen:

Will move this to PM in a few days when I have more time to chat. Thanks!
 

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Did my math wrong...should be in Ft Collins at the end of day June 15th...I'm planning on two days gettin' there. Huskies don't bother me...I've got two dogs of my own (collie and german shorthair pointer) who both love attention. Free thermal heat when sleeping! :mrgreen:

Will move this to PM in a few days when I have more time to chat. Thanks!
Sounds good! :thumbup:
 

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Finally got my route locked down over the past weekend. If anybody has any decent roads/views that should not be missed on this trip, please feel free to send me your tips or ideas. If anybody has some great camping spots or suggestions along the path, I'd love to hear them as well! Due to available days, going to burn up the Interstates going to/from the CO/UT area, then slow down there and enjoy the ride.

Here's a high-level view, open to modifications/changes of course during the course of the actual ride:



Red dots can be ignored, those were simple markers to keep route locked while drawing the map.
 

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It appears that from Moab you will return north to the freeway to get to Grand Junction, I would suggest instead you go south from Moab to La Sal junction and take UtSR-46 east to Co-90 then either 141 or 145 (Delores Cyn :mrgreen: ) south to Cortez....from there you can access the other roads your have on your map.
Looks like fun!!! :thumbup:

edit to add: Looking again, taking that route after you ride the the 211 into Canyonlands NP might work...
 

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Are you taking UtSR-24 north from Hanksville to the freeway?
That might be one of the worse motorcycle roads in Utah... :) just because its straight and boring - at that point options are limited and expediency can be a pain LOL, but if you do take that road, be sure to stop into Goblin Valley, it is a 40 miles round trip that will make you feel better about taking the 24.
Another route might be the 72 which you would have passed 65 miles previous. It goes from Loa to the freeway and would be a faster route for that leg.
 

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Thanks for the additional recommendations, 2mstone. Definitely have been told to stop by Goblin Valley if I could make it over that way, so I'll bear the Utah straight road to get there. One thing...a Utah straight road still is many 100s of percent better than an Indiana straight road :mrgreen: I'm sure I'll still be in heaven out there in comparison.
 

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Mastery,

The only thing I think I'd do different is once I finished with northern NM, instead of going home straight through Kansas, I'd somehow find a way to make your return loop be north of your outbound loop. Like maybe cut back through CO in a NW direction and make your way up to Yellowstone/Tetons, Beartooth Pass, Cody, The Bighorn Range, the Black Hills/Mt. Rushmore/Crazy Horse, etc. then back to Hoosier-ville. Or cut our northern NM altogether for this trip and head north after Utah if time does not allow. This northern loop though would be much better than eastern NM, CO/TX, KS, IN, etc.
 

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John: Thanks for the ideas. I only have so many days available so have to stick to the basic route I have now. The places you suggest will definitely need to be its own trip so as to be able to enjoy the area like I plan to do with CO/UT.
 

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Well at least northern NM does have some really great riding. If you can do the ride from Chama, NM (on US 64) up NM/CO 17 over the Cumbres and La Manga Passes down into Antonito, CO, you should do it. You can then head south back into NM before Taos.
 

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Thanks John. Since that's on my homeward bound leg of the trip, I'll keep it as a possible if I am ahead of schedule.

4 days until leaving! Getting stoked! And have made arrangements for potential meetings with fellow members here. Should be a good journey!
 

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Have fun!! (is your camera battery charged?) :thumbup:
Yep, and got a few spares (batteries and second camera). My problem is I ride along in amazement in some areas, then forget to take photos sometimes. I'll have to put a note on the inside of the windshield:

1. Stop.
2. Drink water.
3 Take photo.
4. Go.
5. Repeat.
 
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