Hello, I recently completed a ride from Denver to Portland on dirt. The ride took 10 days with a day of repairs in Gunnison, CO. The ride length was 2300 miles of which 1800 was dirt. I did no structured route planning, had no GPS, and rode by myself. I was tired of flying over Utah and Nevada, had told myself for years that I was going to ride it, and was in the midst of a relationship crisis. So why not? I guess an introduction is in order: i travel, a lot. Typically this travel takes me over Utah and Nevada. A few years ago I had helped a friend move back from San Francisco to Denver. We took Hwy 50 across Nevada. Rather than satisfying my curiosity the drive only increased my desire to see this region. I have a 79 R65 for years on work commutes, and had a long time ago ridden a Honda 185 from Ft. Collins CO around Lake Powell and back. But decided, spurred by a marriage crisis, to ride what had always been "fly over" country. Hope you enjoy and a few folks are motivated to try the route. Please let me know if you have questions. My next ride is Portland to Cabo San Lucas in March. Dirt of course. Day 1: I live right off HW 285 SW of Denver so headed out the door and 40 miles south on 285 hung a left at the first opportunity(first pic). The area was Lost Park and although beautiful, is a maze of summer homes and obscure little roads that either go in circles or dead end. Definitely the best way to navigate CO is with USFS National Forest maps. I headed south to Hartsel and from there picked up Rd 53 south to Salida, CO. This is beautiful riding!