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Old 02-08-2013, 06:12 AM   #31
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Great thread! Im making a similar trip, at about the same time, coming up from southeast Texas. In addition to sites in southern Utah and Grand Canyon, I also plan to see Petrified Forest and meteor crater. Im just beginning to put together a plan but this has been helpful. Are you camping?
txplants, I'm not camping on this trip. I currently need to replace quite a lot of my neglected camping gear, so its cheap hotels for me.

Listen, feel free to jump in and hijack this thread and ask your own questions. I am hoping to find time to see both the Petrified Forest and meteor crater, also, I just don't know if I'll have the time.
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:14 AM   #32
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What about "staging" So send your bike to ALB, or someplace you can pick it up easily to ride on. Saving your time for important parts of the trip. You could even take a previous few days to get it there. Or ship it.
I like the idea of staging my bike, since the first day and half is spent riding through some really boring country. But you know what? That first day or two, I'm decompressing from work, and I'm simply enjoying the extended seat time on the bike. So while I'd like to have some of that time back (especially toward the end of the trip), it's not so bad. For me, riding is the point of the trip. If I just happen to be riding through some beautiful country, then that's just a bonus.

I might stage my bike when I go to the West Coast and Pacific Northwest, though, but for right now I'm just in recon mode. I'll ride out, see everything, get a feel for what I want to see again on a future trip, and plan my return visit.
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:18 AM   #33
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Please do your self a favor, out of Boulder go ride the paved part of the Burr Trail. It is less than 15mi(paved portion)of some incredible geology. You will be entering part of the Waterpocket Fold. Amazing, amazing, amazing!! It will take less than an hour to just drive in and drive out. Please don't miss it.

Capitol Reef
Man, I love that photo!!! I can't wait to see it in person.

And I'll definitely add the Burr Trail ride to my route. Thanks for the recommendation!!! That's why I love advrider!!!
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:19 AM   #34
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I did a 2-week trip in the fall of 2012 covering a lot of the area you're looking at - Hwy 12, Arches, Canyonlands, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon. Tons of photos here if your curiosity is piqued - would be happy to share details on places we stayed, etc. if you'd like. Some absolutely stunning scenery... and I would agree to just high tail it out there so you can really enjoy the places you'll be visiting!

Just a few to whet your whistle...

Zion Natl. Park


Hwy 12 in Utah


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Arches Natl. Park


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Monument Valley


Moki Dugway


Grand Canyon - North Rim
Fantastic photos!!! And I'll head over to Smugmug and check out your photos when I have more time this afternoon. I do have one HUGE problem, though, with your trip photos... you stopped at Hooters and I did not see one single photo of a Hooter waitress!!! What's up with that? I haven't looked through all the photos, yet, so maybe there are Hooters waitress photos later.

I can't wait to get out there!!!
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:53 AM   #35
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All great responses!!!

I know I'm rushing through this trip, but I'm at a point in my life right now where I have the money to tour, and my work is flexible with me regarding time off.

Next year, the year after... who knows? I might be flipping burgers at McDonald's.

So, unfortunately, I'm trying to see everything I can right now. If I find that I have time later in life, I'll slow down and smell the roses and spend more time at each destination.
You need to take a look at the "What Next Wander Tour" in Ride Reports. In fact 971 is coming right at you right now and would likely enjoy a PM on NWAR riding on his way home to Des Moines right now. He can give you tips on what to see. At any rate I think you would enjoy his report since it mirrors your interests.
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:54 AM   #36
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You need to take a look at the "What Next Wander Tour" in Ride Reports. In fact 971 is coming right at you right now and would likely enjoy a PM on NWAR riding on his way home to Des Moines right now. He can give you tips on what to see. At any rate I think you would enjoy his report since it mirrors your interests.
I'll see if I can find him.
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:28 AM   #37
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txplants, I'm not camping on this trip. I currently need to replace quite a lot of my neglected camping gear, so its cheap hotels for me.
Also, consider using ADV rider Tent Space!

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=776925
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:42 AM   #38
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I'll see if I can find him.

Just PM him on here and tell him Jeff A sent you. He will get right back to you I'm sure. Very Tech savvy
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The missus and I are planning a similar ride this fall. We are going to do the staging thing. The plan is to ship the bike to Las Vegas, fly out and ride it back. We are planning two weeks and even riding just one way it seems hard to fit in all there is to see.

I would reccomend against taking the freeway. The secondary roads through that area are such that you can still make pretty good time. The freeways are just too mind numbing for me.
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The missus and I are planning a similar ride this fall. We are going to do the staging thing. The plan is to ship the bike to Las Vegas, fly out and ride it back. We are planning two weeks and even riding just one way it seems hard to fit in all there is to see.

I would reccomend against taking the freeway. The secondary roads through that area are such that you can still make pretty good time. The freeways are just too mind numbing for me.
I'm going to avoid Interstate 40 going out there. Coming back, though, I haven't decided yet. Depends on how much time I have left before I have to be back at work.
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Just PM him on here and tell him Jeff A sent you. He will get right back to you I'm sure. Very Tech savvy
I posted something on his thread. If he doesn't respond there, I'll PM him.
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Pass by this place in Shattuck, OK if you get a chance.

http://www.shattuckok.com/WindmillPark.html


And dont forget the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadillac_Ranch
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If you spend the night at Pagosa Springs, stay at the Best Western there. It has a drive in theater attached to it. You can watch the movies from your room
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If you spend the night at Pagosa Springs, stay at the Best Western there. It has a drive in theater attached to it. You can watch the movies from your room
I actually do think I will be stopping for the night in Pagosa Springs. There, or maybe Durango. Great tip on the Best Western... I'll keep that in mind!!!
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Also South of Amarillo there is Palo Duro Canyon.

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