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Old 08-27-2014, 10:59 AM   #1
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Riding up to Eisenhower Tunnel next week - is ice a worry?

Getting ready for my first Saddlesore 1000 ride next week on the way to Taos for the Triumphs in Taos event, and I'm doing my trip planning. I'd like to leave as early as possible so I can get most of my night riding out of the way early on but I have a question: I'm leaving from Denver and heading West (route is Denver to Green River, UT, to Kayenta, AZ, to Chambers, AZ to Albuquerque to Taos.)

My specific question is this: Has anyone ridden up near the Eisenhower tunnel early in the morning recently? I know it's been cool and rainy here, but what is the likelihood of ice on the roads? Cold I don't mind - I have a heated liner and heated grips - but the prospect of ice on the road would worry me.

Ideally I'd like to leave Denver (Englewood) as early as 4:30am. That would put me at the tunnel (11,000') at roughly 5:30 - 6:00. Should I be worried about ice on the road at that time? Sunrise is ~6:35am on my departure date (9/5) so it will definitely still be dark when I hit the tunnel.

The alternative would be to slip my departure time to 5:30 which would put me at the tunnel around 6:30 or 7. I'd rather not do that, though, simply because unless I can make up time elsewhere, that puts me into Taos around midnight.

Thanks in advance for any advice from any other early risers out there!
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Old 08-27-2014, 12:02 PM   #2
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I doubt it will be an issue then...
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Old 08-27-2014, 12:35 PM   #3
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Old 08-27-2014, 09:02 PM   #4
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We haven't had any trouble with ice on the roads in Breckenridge (our garage is at 10,000) or on Hoosier Pass since June so I wouldn't expect a problem at the tunnel in the mornings for another couple weeks at least.
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Old 08-27-2014, 09:09 PM   #5
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Did you say Taos

Did you say Taos???

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Old 08-28-2014, 06:58 AM   #6
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Yup, been there, done that.

Another favorite is Cumbres pass from Antonito to Chama. Not only is it a great road but if you time it right you'll get a good view of the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railway steam locomotive huffing and puffing its way up the pass.

This is for the Triumphs in Taos rally coming up right after Labor Day weekend. The BMWMOA also has a rally at Sipapu ski area SE of Taos the same weekend.
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Old 08-28-2014, 07:30 AM   #7
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This is for the Triumphs in Taos rally coming up right after Labor Day weekend. The BMWMOA also has a rally at Sipapu ski area SE of Taos the same weekend.
KTM also has a rally up there in ~3 weeks. Busy.

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Old 08-28-2014, 08:30 AM   #8
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A group of us did Trail Ridge road last weekend. At 12k', there was a heavy frost on portions of the road. Combined with 50mph side winds, it was somewhat exciting.

Just watch the forecast. You should be fine.
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Old 08-28-2014, 11:57 AM   #9
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Bring good rain gear. You'll need it based on the most recent weather pattern.
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Old 08-28-2014, 02:31 PM   #10
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Ice can be hazard anytime.
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Old 08-29-2014, 06:58 AM   #11
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I was up this week and there was a rain/snow mix on top of Loveland. I also had reports of the white stuff on Berthoud and Hoosier at different points this week.

Nothing sticking and no accumulation, pavement temps are still too high for it to freeze, but it won't be long.

And as Gitana says, it has rained up there every day for the past few weeks, more than the usual "afternoon monsoon"

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