Colorado Springs to Seattle to Jasper and Icefields returning to Colorado

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  1. Folly1

    Folly1 Been here awhile

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    2 riders, 2 Vstrom type bikes. Experienced mature men.
    Minimum slab.
    This will be June of 2018. No real dirt though some graded roads OK. We have a week for the first leg, Co to Seattle and need most help there. 24 days for the loop. We can camp or motel.
    Suggestions on routes, lodging, sights will be appreciated.

    Thanks

    Ben

    Trip lengthened to 30 days.

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  2. HotChilliColdBeer

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    Eastern OR is beautiful. John Day~ish. Painted Hills. http://roadsnw.com/eastern-oregon

    Check with the salty dogs in the PNW regional forum, they'll put you on the right roads thru ID, OR and WA.




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  3. Folly1

    Folly1 Been here awhile

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    Thanks Charlie,

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  4. HotChilliColdBeer

    HotChilliColdBeer Human Swizzle Stick

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    You end up in Seattle needing garage space or beer or a idea on roosting thru Canada, hit me up.

    FYI, I got snowed on while on the Icefields Parkway in August. Just an idea of the temperature swings you'll likely experience.




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  5. Folly1

    Folly1 Been here awhile

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    Thanks again.

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  6. RedRover_CO

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    I'm in Falcon CO planning a run up that way but in August 2018--mainly for reasons HotChiliColdBeer mentioned. Wanna go up thru Calgary and Icefields, then maybe get stupid and make for Fort Liard, west down to Hyder, and ferry from Prince Rupert to Port Hardy on the island before going home. Not sure what bike I'll take.
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  7. Ixheimer

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    Some fine riding in the central/east Kootenays of BC. Search Nakusp, Hwy31A, New Denver, Kaslo, Toad Rock Motorcycle campground near Ainsworth Hot Springs. Some ferry crossings to contend with in that area, but they are all free, courtesy of BC taxpayers. Might add a few days to your trip, but I reckon you'll find it worthwhile. You'll hit the Alberta rockies soon enough. Keep eyes peeled for deer on some of those roads, especially dawn/dusk.
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  8. Folly1

    Folly1 Been here awhile

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    Thanks guys. I appreciate the input.

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    Waterfowl Lake Campground is one of the best places for camping on The IceFields Parkway

    Best to arrive early to avoid disappointment
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  11. Folly1

    Folly1 Been here awhile

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    Thanks. Can you tell me when the best time to be there with the smallest number of tourist? I was there mid-July 2016 and the hordes made it difficult.
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  12. Tewster2

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    I was there mid-June the last two years and there were only mini-throngs of tourist....but throngs nevertheless.
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    Folly1 Been here awhile

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    Thanks. I think mid June has to be better.

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  14. slimy

    slimy Wanabe Adventurer

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    Here is route a through Colorado in Bing Maps (click link):
    https://binged.it/2k0FU8W
    Highlights:
    Pikes Peak
    Independence Pass (Normally opens around 1-15 June)
    CO Highway 133
    CO Highway 141 (Grand Junction to Naturita)
    Colorado National Mounument
    All pavement (rough pavement in spots) 603 miles - 2 days riding. Camping and small motels half way near Paonia and Grand Junction
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    The last few times I was at Pikes Peak late in May the road to the top was still not open.

    You will love Hwy 141 :thumb

    Dolores River and Scenic Byway 141.jpg

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    Be sure to stop by the world class auto museum owned by the guy who started the Discovery Channel at Gateway.

    gateway-colorado-automobile.jpg


    When you get near Naturita (nice motel in town) you're not far from the fabulous 3 Step Hideaway just across the border in UT. Owned by Dingweeds here on ADV. Cabins, tent camping, food, totally off the grid, good times . The TAT runs right by the place.

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    Thanks for the reminder on 3 Step Hideaway. Outstanding place to rest for a couple days and explore the La Sal/Moab area. Stayed while doing the TAT. Dingweeds and Mrs. Dingweeds are super hosts. :thumbup
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    Got stranded in Naturita due to flash floods (stopped for lunch, rain came, and floods covered both ways out of town) and stayed at the nice motel. It was a gem.
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  18. ibgary

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    Hi Ben
    I live just north of Denver. 2 yrs ago I rode to San Fran, Seattle, then north to the artic circle. Came back threw Banff/ Jasper, Great Falls, Cody. Id be happy to tell you about it and offer suggestions for your trip. I started in early June, 6 weeks, about 11,000 miles.

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  19. Folly1

    Folly1 Been here awhile

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    Thanks.

    Do we talk, or email? I know that I want to go up by Bear Lake on 89 and then 20 across to Bellingham area. We have decided not to go as far S as Seattle.

    843-364-1011

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