COVID Breakout

Discussion in 'Americas' started by scooby33sup, May 4, 2020.

  1. scooby33sup

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    Been planning a trip from Sweet Home Alabama through Yellowstone and up to Glacier NP for over a year. We are leaving on 05/22 and back home on 06/07. The plan is to trailer to Laramie WY unload and make a loop (see attached). My concerns at this point is that The Road to the Sun won’t be open yet so plan B is to pick up the north end of the IDBDR and run it back south but will probably run into similar problems. Postponing the trip is not an option, so looking for input for other options for consideration; given that the only thing we don’t really won’t to change is the unload/unload point of Laramie. Let me know what your thoughts are and thanks in advance.

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  2. ZRX12

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    Yes! I too would be interested in any opinions and/or advice regarding this proposed adventure.
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  3. travlr_45

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    Couple of us here are planning a mid June trip. Will be keeping up with this as well.
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  4. BUZZARD II

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    That's pretty early. You better check with some locals on the snowpack in Yellowstone this year. Even Beartooth is iffy then. BDR's don't get plowed.
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  5. Cal

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    Pretty much no chance of Going to the Sun being open.
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  6. mitko69

    mitko69 Been here awhile

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    Way too early, if possible push your trip with a month.
    Going to the sun will be closed for sure, Beartooth may be open but an avalanche may close it again for week or more. Happened to me last year on June 22nd.
    Not worth it to to burn your vacation and money for nothing, just wait a month.
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  7. scooby33sup

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    Ok so I’m not very encouraged by what I’m hearing. With that said, we roll in 17 days. It has been my experience from past trips that the required trip alterations provide the best memories. I feel certain that we will miss some of the most desired riding but a couple of years ago we had to take a 137 mile detour around the Tioga pass. It wasn’t the Tioga pass but a beautiful unexpected detour. We will just adjust fire on a daily basis and take what the trip gives us. Was just hoping for some plausible options from the masses and still hope to hear some. If not, we will post updates from our daily struggles with giant smiles on our faces.
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  8. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism! It's a bad drug!

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    There are some great places to see, and great riding. Expect the locals to not be very accommodating. You are suppose to be staying at home, or within 10 miles of home for recreation. So some are not taking too kindly to being inundated with tourists spreading the virus. Most camp grounds will be closed. Most motels as well. Takeout for food, but indoor dining will be slim. Many of the high country passes will still be closed. But many nice riding options will be available. Plan to stay at lower elevations. Are you planning to camp? Are you into history? Some pretty neat western history. Your missing some neat places in South Eastern Colorado, and even in Kansas. Maybe not the twisty mountain road you are looking for, but some pretty amazing stuff to see.
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  9. scooby33sup

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    We hope to camp most nights. Our last trip started in Trinidad CO and included an 8 day loop all around CO. It was awesome. Just trying to go where we’ve never been before.
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  10. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism! It's a bad drug!

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    Some counties are closed, completely. Meaning, you can pass through, but cannot linger. No camping, anywhere.
    that is changing by the day. The more rural, the more open I think it will be. But be prepared. People are getting pretty testy with the tourists coming in. I don't think you will have a problem,but best to be aware. We are seeing amazing influx of people taking this as an extended vacation. Crowed "dispersed "camping situations with out of state plates. That is not what is being recommended by the health departments. And many places have very limited resources to take care of people. Some emotions are running pretty high at times.
    As you head this way. Try to plan a visit to S.E. Colorado. The Canyonlands of Colorado. Worth the effort. There is an Internment camp called Amachie, and Bents Fort. Picketwire has the largest set of Dinosaur tracks ever discovered. Lots of history along the Sante Fe Trail. You can still see the wagon tracks from the early to mid 1800's near Vogel canyon. Takes some exploring, but some pretty neat stuff if your willing to explore a bit. There are some interesting notes in the great plains thread.
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  11. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism! It's a bad drug!

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    Just looked at your map. Looks like you plan most of the trip in Montana. You may be missing much of what is in Wyoming. Takes a bit of research, but some amazing stuff there. Like Sinks Canyon, and Ice slew. Try not to miss the museum in Cody, and also in Pinedale.
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  12. scooby33sup

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    Thanks. Will definitely look into those.
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    If your following this thread and have a need to know or care.....I have been able to confirm that the Sun Road will NOT OPEN before 06/22. The site doesn’t give any indication as to when it will open up; just that it definitely won’t before 06/22.
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    T minus 2 days and we roll. Dang it all.
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    Headed West.

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    Look for us. We headed that way.

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    Getting close.

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  18. scooby33sup

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    Had to turn back headed into Yellowstone. Ran into a blizzard. Roads were completely covered before we got out.

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