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I have a road trip planned in mid-October. I am departing Arizona and driving up to IOWA for a 2 day class. From there, I am going to Indiana, just outside of Chicago by 50 miles for a family visit.
The route: Twisties out of Mesa up to Holbrook and the I-40. Run that all the way to Oklahoma City for an overnighter. Take the I-35 up to DesMoines. I have some martial arts classes to teach - I lost a side bet! ;)
Then take the I-80 through to Indiana and jaunt down to beautiful Crown Point.
The return is via the I-55 into Springfield because I always wanted to stop there. (it's a SIMPSONS thing, :))
Down to St. Louis and the I-44 into another Springfield (Missouri, just to be sure) and into Oklahoma City. Back into AZ via the 40 and twisties of the White Mountain Apache Reservation.
Sorry that there is no trail riding, I am a man on a mission this ride.
On that note, pipe in here and I will gladly stop in and talk shop over a cup of good coffee at the local establishment, Starbucks.
If I see you on the road, I will wave and know that I am smiling under the lid.

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After you get to Springfield Ill you might consider taking I 72 west to 54 west. There are small towns, but you can make pretty good time and usually not much traffic. Once you get through the lake of the Ozark's area you can make really good time and you get to see something besides trucks. :) 54 meets I 40 in Tucumcari N M. Been that way several times from In., the most recent was in May on my way to Ca. I live about 40 mi from Crown Point in a the little town of Peru. My route is usually 24 west to I 57 south about 3 mi and pick up 54 west ( goes around Springfield) when I am going to the south west.

Have a great trip.....Wally
 

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You must check out the twisties in southern Mo. They are awesome. look up the "Devil's Elbow" !!!! Near old route 66.



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I have a road trip planned in mid-October. I am departing Arizona and driving up to IOWA for a 2 day class. From there, I am going to Indiana, just outside of Chicago by 50 miles for a family visit.
The route: Twisties out of Mesa up to Holbrook and the I-40. Run that all the way to Oklahoma City for an overnighter. Take the I-35 up to DesMoines. I have some martial arts classes to teach - I lost a side bet! ;)
Then take the I-80 through to Indiana and jaunt down to beautiful Crown Point.
The return is via the I-55 into Springfield because I always wanted to stop there. (it's a SIMPSONS thing, :))
Down to St. Louis and the I-44 into another Springfield (Missouri, just to be sure) and into Oklahoma City. Back into AZ via the 40 and twisties of the White Mountain Apache Reservation.
Sorry that there is no trail riding, I am a man on a mission this ride.
On that note, pipe in here and I will gladly stop in and talk shop over a cup of good coffee at the local establishment, Starbucks.
If I see you on the road, I will wave and know that I am smiling under the lid.

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That looks like a quick side run right off of my main route
http://maps.google.com/maps?oi=map&q=Devils+Elbow,+MO

I am thinking of running up the 25 from Albuquerque into Denver for my first leg of the trip. Gets me out of the desert and makes the ride scenic. From there, the 76 to 80 all the way to DesMoines.
Any VStromers up there?
Also, where is the site admin in Indiana? I will be in state and would like to meet ya.
 

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I'm live in Mason City, about 100 miles North from Des Moines. Watch out for all the trucks on I-80 across Nebraska. It is VERY busy with truck traffic.

In Des Moines, look for the Dragoon Trail. I haven't ridden it yet, but plan to. It follows the Des Moines river from Des Moines to Fort Dodge. Supposed to be scenic, part gravel.

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Too bad you are going to NW Indiana instead of SW or SE. Most of northern Indiana is flat, straight, and boring.

Sounds like a nice trip though - enjoy.

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WarpedRotor:

If you are going from Abq to Denver, there are more fun routes than I25. Although, in a month or so parts of the route will be snowy, so... The up side is Colorado has some great highway monitoring going on, so you can check on road conditions right from your phone.

The 'fun' route is to take highway 550 towards Farmington just north of Albuquerque, and then turn right onto state 4 to Jemez Springs. This will take you over the Jemez, lots of twisties, and a caldera to view. Once you come over the mountain, you end up in Los Alamos. Wave at me as you go by. Head out on 502 and take the exit north to Espanola. From there you can go up towards Taos and enjoy the twisties in the Rio Grande Gorge there. From there, you can head up north into Colorado, and either head to Walsenburg and pop back onto I25 about an hour south of Colorado Springs, or follow 285 north and enjoy the various twisties and passes up to the interstate (i'd recommend going through Leadville, taking highway 91 to the interstate). Stop in Dillon and find the Dillon Dam Brewery for some good food and brews. Then, head toward Denver. If you have time, I'd also recommend getting off the interstate and taking highway 6, which is a wacky left exit a few miles past the Eisenhower Tunnel, and having a blast with that road and its 5 tunnels into Golden.

Orrrr you can take the interstate and save yourself probably 2 hours, as you enjoy the gentle bends as you drone on through Raton, and the crazy Colorado drivers and their utter lack of cruise control (yeah yeah its subjective ;)

If you feel like a slight detour, drop me a line, and I'll join you for most of this stretch ;)

Have fun!
 
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