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post #1 of 43 Old 02-03-2013, 12:19 AM Thread Starter
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Oregon to CO Springs in May -- Route Ideas Please

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:
Burr Trail
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.
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I'll give you some great routs But time is short at the moment.
Back in a few houres.
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madras to CO Springs - Google Maps

Thinking of trying to ride:
Burr Trail
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.
Now I understand your Map, that's going to be a fun route, I would then continue thru to Washington UT, this would bring you thru a national forest, cut up to Hurricane UT and continur thru Zion Natl. Park
OR - a faster way is from NV to Cedar City, then down I-15 for about 25+ miles then go thru Zion Natl, Park.
After Zion head to HWY 89 which will bring you thru Orderville, head morth toward Panguitch, but about 10 or so miles is hwy 12, to Bryce canyon Airport. I then google maped the rest of the route for you to Torrey UT.
Panaca, NV to Torrey, UT - Google Maps

From Torrey you can take 12 down to Boulder, that's where the Burr trail is, very beautiful, rode that one with the wife a few years ago. Here's where i can't help you anymore, the Burr trail asphalt ends at one point, people have continued on the trail thru the Natl Park into the other valley.
Hope others will chime in about distance, lodging, especially fuel !!!

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Colorado Springs, CO to Torrey, UT - Google Maps

This map is basic, torrey to Colorado spring, If you have time to take hwy 550 thru Ouray think you won't be dissapointed if you like scenery and curves and mountains. Just outside of Ouray is the Famouse million dollar highway. You could continue to Montrose and then head east on HWY 50 to your daughters graduation.

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The 550 from Ouray to Durango is one of my favorite ride
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I'm back....
Rods that you want to ride
Hwy 12 (Utah)
Hwy 160 (Colorado)
Burr Trailbut You will hit spots of deep sand good ride
White Rim Trail You may want to rethink that one.
A coworker rode that on a KLR and said that the last half is deep sand.
Also if he was to do it again it would on a dirt bike with full knobby.
On his KLR he would turn around half way.`
Next post my suggestion on roads I would ride!

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Madchap, Plan to do the same just a couple months behind you (August) to
see my brother. Leaving Prineville. Your neck of the high desert. Keep us posted.

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NV. to Torrey and some after.

NV. To Torrey Ut. Andreas rout is a good one, Zions is nice scenery but RV hell. If you want a view, you must go. Alternate route would be Hwy 14 Cedar City to 89. And Hwy 12 from 89 to Torrey.
If you stay in Torrey, try the Chuck Wagon for a good cheap hotel and Thousand Lakes camp ground ask for Big “E” he can tell you a lot about the area. Tell him that the UBBC said to look him up.
From there you can go back up 12 to the Burr Trail or follow Andreas rout but either way you need to see the Moki Dugway on Hwy 261 it is a must see and below that is the Goose Necks.
More to come!
Andreas, just a question, Why 22 and 62 and not 12? I have not ridden it in a long time but don't remember any thing spectacular about it. Maybe I need to go back?

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Thanks for all the suggestions so far. I've been trying to work with Google maps and it is currently frustrating the crap out of me. Won't let me link up different routes. I'll post up what I come up with once I figure out why it's being stupid.
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Let's see if this works. Had to break it down.

Madras, OR to Co Springs (if it works)

Madras to CO Springs - Google Maps


Burr Trail to Co. Springs via Moki Dugway and Valley of the Gods

Burr Trail to Co Springs - Google Maps

Not sure what Google maps will show you. It shows me something different each time. I could scream!!!
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