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Old 06-16-2013, 02:40 PM   #16
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Thanks for posting this ride, looks like some great roads.
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:38 PM   #17
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I hit pavement near Ft. Wallace and decided to just slab it home from there. It had been blowing 40 mph all day, more from the west so at least I was riding more into it instead of across it. And it was hot. This was in Kit Carson, CO.






I think I drank a gallon of Gatorade plus a couple quarts of water, and poured another couple quarts down my jacket. It actually wasn't that bad as long as I kept my shirt soaked. The wind annoyed me more. I rode into Pueblo and could see this to the west...






This was the Royal Gorge fire that had just started earlier in the day. It had closed hwy 50 so I had to go around thru Westcliffe. I could also see the Black Forest fire off to the north.






I checked into a motel in Salida at 8pm. I had hit the road that morning around 6am. Long day. I get carried away sometimes when by myself. The next day I made it the rest of the way home. I rode hwy 92 which was really nice.











Hwy 139 north out of Grand Junction is always a nice ride. It doesn't look like much heading out of the GJ area...






But once you get north a ways it looks like this...











Well that's all I got. Hopefully I've convinced a few of you to give the plains a closer look.

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Old 06-16-2013, 10:19 PM   #18
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Very nice and thanks for sharing - great pics! BTW - the Snowy Range is my favorite place on this earth.

Heading out there this July - through SD to OR and WA down to NV and back through NE. No slab at all. Love the isolation of the plains.
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:36 AM   #19
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Thanks for taking us along for the ride. The plains really are kind of a hidden treasure, aren't they?
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:03 AM   #20
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Great report... Thanks for taking us along !
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Old 06-17-2013, 02:15 PM   #21
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Superb! Really enjoyed riding along! Thanks.

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Old 06-17-2013, 02:30 PM   #22
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The scenery just gets better and better.
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Old 06-17-2013, 02:35 PM   #23
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I lived there into my 20s and never saw any of that stuff in western KS. I was always on I-70 in hurry to get to Colorado or Wyoming. Another cool area of KS is the southeast corner. Hilly and wooded. -al
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Old 06-17-2013, 02:50 PM   #24
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If you look at satellite pics of western KS, you can see that badlands country extends from Cedar Bluff Res all the way west to hwy 25. It's all over the place. I just took one path thru it. -al
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Old 06-25-2013, 07:14 AM   #25
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Thanks Al. Good job giving us a feel of what the Plains States offer. I enjoy the Sandhills too. I was out there a few weeks ago.... on my Strom!

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Old 06-25-2013, 08:10 PM   #26
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Outstanding!

I'm gonna make a note to check out that 8mi of sand you avoided.

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Old 06-26-2013, 09:22 AM   #27
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Looking at google maps now, I see that north of Carver road/Steverson Lk a few miles there is a good road all the way to Twomile. The sandy 2-track joins it east of Evy Lk. I should have gotten on that road. But Eli road was a good one.

I think I can see the house where I turned around on sat view and the road past there looks better than it did in person. I didn't investigate it closely though so maybe I was fooled. I just took the woman's advice. She didn't seem to be trying to get rid of me, she just said it wasn't very good. I was on packed sand already and she said it got worse. I would be all over those roads on my 250 if I lived closer. Al
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Old 06-26-2013, 12:34 PM   #28
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Very good pics. I have only ridden in SE Kansas, near the OK,AR, and MO boarders. I didn't know KS was do different in the Western parts..
Thanks for the report.
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Old 06-28-2013, 07:59 PM   #29
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Great report!

Really enjoyed the photos and report. Looks like it was a fantastic trip. The contrast of those geologic formations with an otherwise featureless expanse of prairie is stunning! Great stuff Al!
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:19 PM   #30
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Thanks for the RR and great photos, Al. I'm on the left coast. I've been as far as the Front Range and western Colorado, but really never in the plains. You've motivated me to go there and check them out....my visits to the Midwest are not complete...
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