My awesome daughter :beatnik: graduates from Colorado College on May 20th...her birthday!! This gives me a great excuse to ride there on my 07 wee from my home north of Bend, OR. Approx. 1600 miles depending on the route. Because this is such a big event, this will be a for sure ride. The only way I won't do it is if the weather absolutely prevents it.
I have 5 days to get there and 7 days to get back, with time in between to spend with her. Leaving Sunday, May 12th (after I take my mom to breakfast - it is mother's day) Returning on May 28th. My cousin from Houston, TX on a F800GS will be meeting up with me for a few days on the return trip to ride southern Utah and all (some) it has to offer. We'll probably have 3-4 days to spend goofing off before needing to head different directions. Maybe meet up in Durango on the night of the 22nd.
On the way down I'm thinking I need to head south as quick as possible to get into better weather potentials.
I'd like as much help as I can get from this awesome forum as you all ride the same bike and know it's potential. I have the Utah Benchmark atlas on order and some Nevada and Colorado maps as well. A friend loaned me several Utah jeep and ATV books. So shoot me the routes you think are best for the wee.
How I Ride (I know this is important info)
Tires: K60 front 705 rear
Happy Trails Panniers and Bestem Top Box
Heated grips and jacket liner, tall windscreen.
Try to travel light but will have camping gear - no computer, not tons of crap (my wife will bring my "real" clothes in the plane)
Love dirt and gravel, hate deep sand and mud when loaded.
Twisties are what the bike was made for, so bring it on.
Will probably do 70% paved and 30% dirt but open to more dirt if it's awesome riding. Looking for more dirt while in So. Utah.
Prefer to ride away from all the people, RV's, crazies
Enjoy the mountains more than the valleys but got to stay out of the snow.
Will probably hotel it more on the way down and camp some on the way back. Don't mind bush camping.
Don't like to plan my stops, but let the location or my body tell me when it's time to set up camp or find a hotel.
Food is not a big deal so restaurant ideas aren't important and I don't drink so the bar scene is N/A
Don't intend on riding any 4 lane if at all avoidable.
I carry a SPOT and use a Garmin Legend HCX and Galaxy S3 phone.
I like paper maps more than GPS's
My Cousin and I are both decent off road riders...however for this trip - fully loaded I'm not interested in black diamond off road routes. Keep me on the easy greens or blues.
I've just really started routing. Here's my route to southern NV so far:
madras to CO Springs - Google Maps
Thinking of trying to ride:
White Rim Trail
Hwy 12 (Utah)
Hwy 160 (Colorado)
Feel free to offer up suggestions. I have reviewed back about 25 pages of the West and Southwest section of this forum looking for ideas. I am also on ADV and may post up over there, but I really want ideas from Stromtroopers.
Thanks guys... If any of you want to join any portion of the ride.. I'd love to have you along.