The SO (California-speak for Significant Other, Better Half, Domestic Partner, Spouse, The Old Ball and Chain, Help-Mate for Life, , well you get the idea...) and I headed from the Bay Area on KLR650s through southern Nevada and Utah to Colorado where we hooked up with the Great Divide Route and rode through Wyoming to Idaho before heading home. We were on the road for two weeks and had a fantastic time. We're already planning on doing more of the Route next year. Feb 2019 edit: I created tracks that I think represent what we did back in July 2006. See bottom of post 1 for tracks. Day 1 SF Bay Area - Tonapah NV We headed out during the heat wave that hit the country in late July. We were happy to escape the heat for a while in Yosemite. Heading to the high country Tenaya Lake break. A great start to a great ride. We crossed over Tioga Pass and headed east on 120 past Mono Lake, leaving the Sierras behind. (Love these smilie thingies!) Tioga Pass It was our first time in this corner of California near the Nevada border and it was surprisingly scenic. After about 50 miles we dropped in elevation and the temperature soared. We kept moving to keep from melting. We were both wearing mesh jackets and Camelbacks filled with ice water otherwise we would have gotten severely dehydrated. I have a high tolerance for heat but the SO does not. On the flip side, the SO is from The Great White North and can tolerate the cold whereas I turn blue walking past the frozen foods section of the grocery store. We took Hwy 6/95 to Tonopah where we stopped for the night. Along the way we dodged the biggest duststorm I've ever seen (and I've lived in New Mexico and west Texas.) Day 2 Tonopah NV - Panguitch UT The next day was a hot dash across Nevada on 6/375/93. 375 is known as The Extraterrestial Highway due to flying saucer sightings etc. No alien abductions this time. The scenery is not very dramatic but I'm a desert rat so I still enjoyed it. We had Continental TKC's and these did not hold up well in the heat. We had better luck with them last year in cooler temps when we rode to Alaska. Later in this trip we switched to Avon Gripsters and we've been happy with those. We crossed into Utah and the scenery improved immensely east of Cedar City as we climbed up a river canyon on 14/143 toward Brian Head. We passed Cedar Breaks which is a teaser for the upcoming red rock country. We stayed in Panguitch, which was a pleasant little town. We rinsed out our dirty socks and hung them outside figuring no one would want to take biker scum socks. We were right. Day 3 Panguitch UT - Silverton CO We took Hwy 12 past Bryce Canyon (been there, done that), wanting to get away from the tourist traffic. You don't have to go far to escape! Just past Escalante we came to this overlook. One photo doesn't do it justice. It needs two. Woohoo! This road was awesome. It twists. It turns. It climbs. It drops. No guardrails either! The pioneers who blazed this route through here were some pretty tough cookies. In Boulder we gassed up and headed down the Burr Trail. If you are a dual-sporter you MUST ride this road. The road is paved until you enter the Waterpocket Fold section of Capital Reef NP. And it keeps getting better: The road is about 70 miles long. After this section we only saw one car. It was as if we had this corner of Utah to ourselves, miles and miles of country with no other roads, no power lines, no mailboxes, no signs of civilization within sight except the Trail. Dreaming of neopolitan ice cream: The Trail ends at Bullfrog on Lake Powell. The temp was 110F in the shade but there is no shade. We crossed the desert by ferry to Hall's Crossing. We picked up Hwy 276 and made another hot dash. Pretty scenery but we were spoiled by what we had just passed through. We turned east on 95 and entered more awesome red rock country. No photos because we were hungry. We had planned for lunch in Bullfrog, but would have missed the ferry, so we skipped it and our stomachs were protesting. We got gas and gobbled down convenience store food in Blanding. Then it was on to Monticello where we picked up old Hwy 666, but it has been renumbered by the PC'ers. Don't recall the new number. We crossed into Colorado and got to Cortez before we had to replace the broken hose clamps barely holding our PVC tool tubes to the bikes. The new clamps broke later in the trip. Heavy duty zip ties have held up better. We jumped on Hwy 160 to Durango then The Million Dollar Hwy 550, to Silverton to meet friends who were dirt biking. Hwy 550 is famous for fantastic views and switchbacks. But we were trying to make it before dark so no pics. My bike seemed to mis-fire at the two high passes on this road (10K and 11K ft). Day 4 Silverton CO - Salida CO The next day an old friend, Dennis the Menace, joined us for the climb over Engineer Pass to Lake City. We gassed up in Silverton and the bike ran fine over the 12.8K ft pass. I didn't have any more trouble with it. gold mill ruins near Silverton Heading to Animas Forks below the pass before it turns to high-clearance 4-wheel route. We have done Engineer's pass a few times on dirt bikes but never on fully loaded KLRs. They worked great. A little unsettling on the first switchback and set of rock steps, but give it some gas and it pulls. visiting with Dennis at the top and enjoying the view at the pass obligatory photo The road on the other side of the pass follows a river canyon past more mining ruins. You'll have to go to see them yourself. No photos here.