The Great Southwest Tour of 2013

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Mr_Gone, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. Eyes Shut

    Eyes Shut See no evil

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    +1 on this route. But as I recall, Hwy 12 does go above 8000 ft in one section, so heated gear would be nice to have.
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  2. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    I am hitting Hanksville, but not riding south on 95 to Glen Canyon. I just can't eke out the time for it on my route. Maybe next year!!!

    I will then be heading west through Torrey, Boulder, and Escalante!
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  3. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    I do have heated gear. I will hopefully be taking 550 through Colorado, also, and some 10,000+ foot passes, so I plan on taking my Gerbings. :D
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  4. wbbnm

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    Yes it gets up to a little over 9k ft between Torrey and Boulder. But it is pretty short and I'm sure there will be much colder places on your trip in the really high mountains.
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  5. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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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 couold even take a previous few days to get it there. Or ship it.
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  6. bikerfish

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    didn't read if you are camping or not, but if you are, one of the best places I've camped is at Colorado National monument, great sites, great views of the towns below, I highly recommend it. oh yeah, the road looping through the park is pretty nice too!
    in durango, there is a national forest campground 5 miles out of town, junction creek campground, very handy if you want to spend some time in durango, which is a pretty cool town.
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  7. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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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.

    I rode the Torrey, Boulder, Burr & Capitol Reef loop this summer and loved it. Torrey was base camp for four days, so I did lots of exploring in the area.

    Capitol Reef...

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  8. Tyler

    Tyler Miss Demeanor

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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! :clap

    Just a few to whet your whistle... :D

    Zion Natl. Park
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    Hwy 12 in Utah
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    Capitol Reef
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    Arches Natl. Park
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    Canyonlands
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    Monument Valley
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    Moki Dugway
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    Grand Canyon - North Rim
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  9. txplants

    txplants Pastafarian

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    Great thread! I’m 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. I’m just beginning to put together a plan but this has been helpful. Are you camping?
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  10. westerlywinds

    westerlywinds Two Wheels-Ride it

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    Hello I think Chaco Canyon N.M. is worth stopping.The Dolores River canyon is a great ride.its heading south from Grand Junction Colo. Owl creek pass near Montrose is good camping .The Box Canyon Falls at Ouray Colo is a very amazing place also the giant hot spring heated pool in the middle of Ouray. If you go to Mesa Verde Park And want to go on a Ranger guided tour I recommemd Balcony House.Accros southern Kansas I like the stone fence posts are strange but sensible in no tree Kansas. This trip is just a scouting trip for the one with enough time
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  11. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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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.

    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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  12. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    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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  13. Mr_Gone

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

    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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  14. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    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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  15. buls4evr

    buls4evr No Marks....

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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.
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  16. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    I'll see if I can find him.
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  17. Eyes Shut

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  18. buls4evr

    buls4evr No Marks....

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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:D
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  19. Yankee Dog

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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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  20. Mr_Gone

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    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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