The trip's director is @Red Card who I've ridden at least a thousand miles with in the last 3 years and while he's a better rider than me, we get along really well. Then there's @MoXoM who I've known only since April but we've already had 5 riding days together and I think I've witnessed every drop his KTM 790 Adventure has gone through and the bike has the scars to prove it. He and Red Card on his 690 Enduro and me on my HUGE 700 pound (I've weighed it) R1200GS Adventure have taken 2 weeks off work and this is our plan: Here are the 3 of our bikes side-by-side on a recent trip to Maine: I'll be sans a top-box on my GS but mostly the same setup. We'll each be on knobby tires and each of us in their own way is fairly competent off road. We each ride primarily off road on our motorcycles but speaking for myself here, I've only ever ridden off-road in New England so I'm on sand 5% of the time and did quite well when I was in sand all day in an off-road event in Ontario last year on the GSA but the terrain of Colorado and Utah is completely foreign to us. High-Level Plan: Depart Manchester New Hampshire on August 23rd. Neil and I will drive his Tacoma with a trailer behind it straight to Cleveland OH arriving there on Sunday night. Harry will already be in PA with family towing his 690 behind his car on a trailer and we'll then set off Monday the 24th from OH in 2 cars heading west to Salida Colorado. Arrive Salida on 25th or 26th (my birthday, BTW). We'll be leaving the cars and trailers in CO. Here's our motorcycle route which will be at least 7 days of riding from 8/26 - 9/1 but we have built in some buffer to go an extra day or 2 if needed as we aren't due back at work until September 7th but all of us agreed that getting back home with a rest day is ideal. Here's a screenshot of the map that encompasses all of our rides once we're there: Here's a Google Maps Link: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/v...O&ll=38.4458146441206,-107.90892500000001&z=9 I'm sure many of you know these areas and I'll copy Harry's text below indicating what days look like. What I'm searching for here is suggestions on things we should add OR remove from our trip. The entire route in basecamp is 775 miles. Which is why I'll digress and mention my other motorcycle is a Beta 500 RS fully loaded up "TAT READY" meaning 4 gallon fuel tank, huge seat, Reckless 40 luggage, risers and tank bag with LED lights. It's a bike I can ride all day but I don't like camping off it because I don't have a lot of storage especially since we're living off our bikes for 7-9 days and if I take the beta, it'll force me to leave my camera equipment home. So the GS it is. I think many people who have ridden these areas will tell me to take the Beta. I'll take group advice here and your feedback/opinion matters. My bikes are two distinctly different sizes: Alright, Harry's Route and this is version 1 so send us your suggestions!: DAY 1 - from Salida to Campsite near Lake City 129 mi, 5 hours, 41 minutes Mostly Easy Dirt though the mountains. Camping at Private Site on lake DAY 2 - from Lake City to Lower Beaver Campground outside of Telluride 78 mi, 5 hours, 20 minutes Riding part of Alpine loop which is moderate challenge. Unknown condition or difficulty of County Road 18 and 17 outside of Ouray. Dinner and drinks in Telluride (very cool ski town) Camping at State campground along river. DAY 3 - from Lower Beaver Campground to Shafer Campground just inside Canyonlands N.P. in UT 172 mi, 4 hours, 42 minutes ½ pavement on twisty road along river in a canyon. ½ dirt after Gateway just about all the way to Moab. Riding in high desert and alpine areas. Will be staying at campsite early on the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands N.P. NOTE: Overnight permits must be requested at least five days before trip start date. Day use permits may be obtained up to 24 hours in advance of trip start. https://www.nps.gov/cany/planyourvisit/backcountrypermits.htm DAY 4 - Directions from Shafer Campground to Martins House in Moab 59 mi, 2 hours, 39 minutes Finish the White Rim Trail then head back to Moab. Might be camping at a friends house. DAY 5 - from Martins House to East Portal Campground in Gunnison N.P. 175 mi, 5 hours, 18 minutes First few hours of riding in high desert on dirt until Gateway. Mostly slab from Gateway to Montrose (93 miles) very mountainous region with very few connecting dirt roads. Will be staying at a State Campground next to the Gunnison River in Black Canyon of Gunnison N.P. DAY 6 - from East Portal Campground to Taylor Park 101 mi, 2 hours, 15 minutes This is a light travel day to get to Taylor Park. There will be time to explore the Black Canyon in the morning before departing. Once on the road 75% will be slab. Likely camp at Rivers End Campground on Taylor Park Reservoir. I hope to explore some single track in the park that day. DAY 7 - from Taylor Park to Salida 60 mi, 1 hour, 26 minutes Moderate dirt roads over Tin Cup pass then pavement to Salida. Once we get to the vehicles, we can then drive south to see the Great Sands N.P. or head east to visit Royal Gorge Bridge. ----- Adam is back. One thing I asked him to add is in the Alpine Loop, we add Engineer Pass. I think that's a pretty easy addition. I'm seeking advice from the community on adaptations to this route both written and GPX files if you have them...local knowledge is appreciated even if you want to share a track with us via private mail instead of putting it here. We're only going to do this once at least for the foreseeable future so if you think we should try something, send it over but it has to be Big-Bike Friendly. The GPX is attached. Also, I work remotely so I would like to have Internet every couple of days to reply to emails and phone calls so any parts of our trip with wifi is helpful. Group consensus is a motel/hotel every 3 days and we'll just share a room and recharge and most importantly shower so if there are nights where that area we're riding through really should be camping because it's epic and awesome, we'll do that over hotel. If you're in CO/UT and you have COVID advice for us, let us know. We're doing just gas-stations on our way out there and we're wearing masks at all times when we're around other humans. All 3 of us don't have any symptoms and have been home-bound since March. I've been remotely working and just riding since 1st week of March. Here are some key areas we're looking for tips: Packing list item we may not consider. We bring bear spray when going to Maine. Stuff like that we may not think of Can we camp w/o tents? Under the stars so long as there's no rain on the forecast? Will bugs bite us? how cold at night? What days (based on location per day) should we absolutely camp and not hotel such as this spot in this trail is amazing and you have to sleep under the stars? How is cell service along the route? Should we expect to have a lot of flat tires? Are these trails full of old nails / rail-ties? I rarely get a flat in Vermont (never) but should we bring 3 tubes instead of 1? What percentage of sand/mud/baby-heads/ascents/descents should we expect in our nearly 800 miles? Is there an online guide that discusses camping here? I heard there are designated camping spots and they fill up and there are passes for the parks? A link or quick explanation would be super helpful Any stops along the way from OH to CO that are worth seeing even though we're trailering? (biggest ball of yarn?) Are we passing any locally renowned restaurants/cafes/breweries that are worth a stop even with COVID as we are going to limit dining out and human exposure but if this is the beset burrito in Colorado, well then I'm gonna go so hit me up with deets. I love tex-mex Thank you all in advance. The 3 of us are really excited and yes, there will be a ride-report when we're done. Here are 2 previous ride reports I did that I'm really proud of https://advrider.com/f/threads/my-labrador-and-newfoundland-adventure-2018.1334271/ https://advrider.com/f/threads/join...ey-invade-north-carolina-on-2-wheels.1293732/ I'm going to ask @MoXoM and @Red Card to add their own remarks if I missed anything. Will link to their post in this 1st post so people later can find them easily. Thanks in advance!