Colorado 550

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Mr_Gone, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    Thanks for the reports. When I have downtime at work today, I'll read them.

    I'm not leaving for three months, but the planning stage (i.e. winter) always gets me excited for the ride. By the time I actually ride out of my driveway, I've usually memorized the entire route and the execution (the ride) is just a pleasure.
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  2. Woodduck

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    Got to Love Google Earth, or get totally freaked out by it. You can pretty much nail the location of this photo just from scanning around in the 3d view.

    Mgmt wants to head up to Eagle in August, so this thread is right up our alley for planning purposes.
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  3. Mr_Gone

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    Great photo!!!

    Feel free to ask any questions you want and join the thread. I can't be the only guy planning a ride on 550.
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  4. Woodduck

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    Here's the thinking so far... I'm sure it will change, the more looking we do.

    Brisbane to Vegas
    Hire a bike
    Vegas to Grand Canyon
    GC to around Dolores
    Dolores to Paonia
    Paonia to Eagle
    Eagle to Montrose via black canyon
    Montrose to Durango
    Durango to page
    Page to Vegas via St George
    Back to Brisbane totally knackered

    As stated the more we investigate things, the more this will move around. Mgmt is into the horses, so I can already see a day in Durango while she goes riding and I'll go wandering for the day (no brakes on a horse).

    Were working on the theory of 2 weeks to do this.
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  5. Mr_Gone

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    That plan sounds great. How many miles?
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    3000km give or take, which is near enough to 1900 miles.

    Trying to break into 400-450km per day (250-280miles). Figure we can do several 2 hour stints and take in the sites along the route, particularly the photo stops.

    Eagle is 4 days in the one spot at a horse event. With any luck I'll get parole and do some additional wandering around.

    The reports I've read on the site suggest Pikes Peak is almost near enough but possibly too boring given the slow journey up the tourist trap. Shame given the motorsport history of the place.

    Any idea where you are heading?
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  7. Mr_Gone

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    I'm pretty sure I've got my route nailed down, but I'm still tweaking the details, adding things I don't want to miss. From Arkansas it's just a long haul west. I'm starting at Great Sand Dunes National park, then Durango to Montrose on 550 (Million Dollar Highway), then Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Capitol Reef, Bryce, Zion, then north rim and south rim of the Grand Canyon, then Monument Valley, and finally the long trek home.

    Should be approximately 3,750 miles (6,000 kilometers) in 10 days.

    That's the plan, at least.
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  8. Woodduck

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    Speaking with some US guys at work today, they spent quite a while in this area building a coal plant and have been overloading me with suggestions.

    Once I digest them I'll run them past you in case you have any feedback on them as good routes to ride.
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  9. Woodduck

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    So this is the updates plan for late August. Added in Hoover Dam and Aspen, plus a less boring route to Page on the way back to Vegas.

    The idea is to start at Vegas at one extreme, up to Eagle at the other extreme and back to Vegas. In total a bit over 3000km.

    [​IMG]
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    Looks like a great route! I would double-check the road south of Page, if that's 89. I can't quite tell by the map.

    I don't remember where I saw it (maybe advrider) but that road collapsed recently. No timetable currently for when that road will re-open.
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  11. DADODIRT

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    I just looked at Arizona DOT and Utah DOT websites. Neither of them mention a closing on 89.
    89A from Flagstaff to Prescott should not be missed on either of your routes.
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  12. HeyWhatever

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    I am looking at ending up in that area a few weeks before you... If you want my cell phone I can follow up with you on road conditions...

    Here is my link to my pre planning stage. Looking into doing a loop of Big Bend, South NM, South AZ and SoCal if there is a crap storm.

    LOL

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=855031&page=2
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  13. sealsam

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    You may be thinking of Hwy 14 east of Cedar City. No problem anymore, it opened last May.
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    PAGE, Ariz. (AP) -- A stretch of U.S. 89 in northern Arizona is closed in both directions because of a pavement problem about 25 miles south of Page.

    The Arizona Department of Transportation says traffic will detour around the closure by using U.S. 160 and State Route 98, adding 45 miles of driving.

    Northbound traffic on U.S. 89 can't go past U.S. 89A, which takes traffic west toward Jacob Lake. Southbound traffic on U.S. 89 can't go past the junction with State Route 98 in Page.

    ADOT says what caused a 150-foot section of pavement to buckle shortly after 5:30 a.m. is not related to the weather and might be what ADOT calls a "geologic event."
    "We were altered because we had two separate collisions, northbound and southbound, where this occurred," Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves said. "Fortunately, there were minor injuries, believe it or not."
    According to ADOT, it isn't known how long the stretch of U.S. 89 will remain closed south of Page.
    "It'll probably be an extended closure," Graves said, advising drivers to postpone their trips is they can. I imagine ADOT will be working on that for quite awhile."
    ADOT crews are on scene and are deploying geotechnical engineers to investigate.


    http://www.azfamily.com/news/N-Arizona-highway-closed-due-to-pavement-buckle-192033001.html
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  16. Woodduck

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    Does that mean I should hire a 1200GS, not the 1300GT:rofl
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  17. Mr_Gone

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    No, I'm pretty sure the 1300GT can make the jump!!! :D
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    The ADOT video on one of the links was confirmation of why I think we want to ride through this area. Spectacular views..

    Thanks for the update on the route failure. That is the way we were planning to head out of Page.
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  20. Woodduck

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    Looks like ADOT is already back up to single lane use, which is good.

    The alternate route looked to be quite a journey. Also found a few interesting maps on their site. Thanks for the alert.
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