Three old guys to Alaska - goldwings and a 300 versys

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Fuzzy74, Jun 4, 2019.

  1. rtcoker

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    Oh MY Goodness! You haven't been to Utah or Colorado??? Shame. I live in the SMokies, best riding in the country, but Colorado is next. And the scenery in UT and CO is amazing. Drop me a line and I can give you great ideas. I go every September, including this year (August going to WA via Glacier, and then down to Moab and back)
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  2. rtcoker

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    I did that route basically in 2015. Cross the border at Niagara falls, Toronto, MOntreal (that part is boring) but Ottawa is great and dont miss Quebec City. Beautiful! Historic Like visiting old Europe and folks are great there (french speaking but friendly. Montreal they are NOT friendly) Hit Acadia National Park/Seashore, just south of Bar Harbor Maine! Try to come back through New York, via White mountains and Green mountains (Vermont and New Hampshire). Hit the Adirondacks, and Finger Lake areas of central New York. And then come back down the Skyline Drive (Shenandoah Nat'l Park), which turns into the Blue Ridge PRKY all the way to Cherokee, NC. A bucket list ride.
  3. Fuzzy74

    Fuzzy74 Been here awhile

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    I've been more than once, just not on a bike. I didn't start riding until I was 56 and prior to retirement my trips were limited to a week. Colorado and Utah too far to do comfortably in a week on a motorcycle. Prior to this trip furthest I had been from home on a motorcycle was 900 miles and done on roads that were fun in both directions such as Blue Ridge Parkway towards Pennsylvania and New York and West Virginia on way home.
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  4. rtcoker

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    If you head through Arkansas, plan on the northern part of the state and stop in Eureka Springs, AR overnight. Avoid Branson! When going through Oklahoma take Highway 412. It is high speed limit, with light traffic, and hardly any LEO's. You will have better scenery. In the western part of OK, find the old historic Route 66. When entering into northern New Mexico look for the Capulin Volcano and visit it. Then ride the 'enchanted circle" of norther New Mexico and stay in Taos, overnight. You will ride right past the NRA ranch. After Taos, follow Hwy 64 west through Tres La Peiadras to Los Ojos, continue north to Chama NM. See the Cumbres and Toltec narrow gage scenic RR depot and ride it if you have time. Regarless ride north on highway 17 a piece, into Colorado, at least to the summit where the Train depot is. You can double back then 17 is a fun road. Then head west on 64 and then up to Pagosa Springs, follow your heart to Durango (another narrow gage RR which goes up to Silverton. Skip the RR and ride up to Silverton. it's on the way to Ouray and that is the most amazing (and scary) section of riding in colorado. I would skip four corners. Its nothing. the Inidians charge $10.00 for you to see a big "plus" sign in the concrete in the middle of the hot desert. If you have time do Mesa Verde, but remember the best cliff dwelling requires ranger escort and some of those require reservations as much as a year in advance. I great ride is over the LaSal mountains from Naturita CO to Blanding, UT Also highway 141 from Naturita up to Grand Junction, CO and then catch the Colorado National Monument (drive through IT instead of the interstate!. catch I-70 west to a ghost town in Utah called Cisco. Take the road south through the canyon of the Colorado River and come out in Moad, right by Arches National Park! And don't miss Highway 12 in Utah, from Torrey (Capital Reef) down to Bryce Canyon (through the Grand Staircase/Escalante). Stay in Kanab for two or three night. spend a day and ride down to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon (lightly visited, and MUCH better than the south rim IMHO). Watch the sun set on the back patio at the lodge. Spend another day in Zion. and spend another day in Monument Valley. Try to do the Mokee Dugway if you go there. Oh geez, I could go on and on. Highway 82 in Colorado between Aspen and Leadville goes up and over Independence pass (wont open until mid June) highest paved road in the US over 14,000 feet and beautiful views. go north thrrough Leadville into Friscon on 9, up to Kremmling, and then Walden, CO. Take highway 14 (Cache La Poudre River canyon) from walden east down to LaPorte, take a county road down to 34 (36?) and head west to Estes Park and ride back through Rocky Mountain, NP. but first ride up and down through Allens Park and Nederland on Highway 7! Skip Pikes Peak! ride up to Mt. Evans instead! It's HIGHER! STEEPER, Paved the WHOLE way! and FREE!!! Three weeks isn't enough to do everything I just layed out for UT and CO. And you will need another 3 to 4 weeks to do (just) NORTHERN California and southern Oregon, without doing anything on the way out and back. Klamath Falls, Crater Lake, Bend, Coos Bay, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite. Not enough time and space. Let me know if you want more info!
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  5. rtcoker

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    And IMHO, skip So Cal, except you have to do the PCH. I did it last year after it reopened (was closed for almost two years due to a huge slide). Morro Bay to Half Moon Bay was great. otherwise best riding in CA is north of San Fran or over by Yosemite and Seqoyia. I rode
    "The loneliest road in America" US Hwy 50 across Nevada from Moab to Reno in one day (700 miles in 105 deg heat) last summer. It is actually a neat ride, and despite its moniker there are a couple towns with speed traps, but otherwise a fun ride.ll
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    I beg to differ....avoid 412 west of Tulsa (especially Enid, OK and its 1,000 stoplights)...use OK-51 to US-270 to US-60 to Pampa, TX then break north and west to Clayton, NM...OR US-60/64 from Neosho, MO to US-83N to Liberal, KS and on up to US-160W and on into Colorado...much more interesting riding, avoids the toll road from Tulsa to I-35, the aforementioned stoplights in Enid, and the dreadful monotony of US-412 from Woodard, OK to Clayton, NM...unless your idea of excitement is the powerlines switching from one side of the highway to the other occasionally...

    If you get near Trinidad, CO...don't miss CO-12 loop from Trinidad to La Veta, CO...excellent riding and avoid boring I-25...
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  7. bobw

    bobw Harden the phuck up

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    I would think time of year would play a big part in which direction you head. Every Region has it's own beauty and distinct personality as to the terrain and it's local culture to explore and enjoy. I love coming home to these friendly old mountains (Smokys and Appalachians), but have enjoyed every trip immensely as the people overall continue to renew my faith in Us as We are not like the Talking Heads on TV would have us believe and I never felt like I rode thousands of miles to see something that disappointed compared to what's in my own "back yard". Plan for each area and let Mother Nature decide which way you turn at the end of the driveway. Anyway, no bad choices and I really enjoyed this, thanks for taking us along. :beer
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  8. AllSeasonRider

    AllSeasonRider Wandering, maybe a little lost...

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    There is so much good riding in SoCal, and you can do it without the traffic. It's so good I literally moved here because of it.
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  9. Rapturee2

    Rapturee2 Ride often, Pray Hard. Supporter

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    not until about OCTOBER!! haha :{P
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    Sounds like my trip from a couple of years ago. Didn't catch all of these, but I did most of these. Rode 16 days.
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  11. MikeyT

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    Yes. Then cross into Ontario at Sault Ste. Marie. From there, easterly to Montreal, Quebec City, and on to Maine. The rest of New England will follow as you work your way home. You can also set up a Canadian Provinces visited map.

    Edit: I see you have 205d me.
  12. rtcoker

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    Have done variations of these routes as well. I agree 412 in Enid can be tough. Regardless the road from Clayton to Raton (64? i think?) is fun and nice and goes by Capulin volcano. and then from Raton west on (64?) to Enchanted circle (Angel Fire ski resort etc) and Taos gets you into great riding in New Mexico. And you are correct as well, CO-12 Trinidad to Stonewall to La Veta is a nice diversion from boring I-25 if you are heading in that area.
  13. rtcoker

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    Yes/ Sedona and environs! but in the fall!!!
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    These two links should outline some of my favorite Colorado and Utah riding. It will get you to many National parks and monuments, incredible riding roads. Hardly no backtracking. I call it the figure eights. Done these for years, never get tired. allow at least two weeks at 300 miles per day. Watch for pm mountain thunderstorms (and lightening) in Colo. September is the best time. RV's are parked, kids back in school, plenty of vacancies with lower rates a cabins and local motels and campgrounds. NP's are far less crowded. the road around the north side of Black Canyon of the Gunnison enroute to Aspen is awesome.

    https://goo.gl/maps/WEHNXqpGooxoJhiq5

    https://goo.gl/maps/fPiMhGGiuYov9Lia6
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    64/84 from Raton to Pagosa Springs should be ridden at least once by everyone who rides a motorcycle...early in the morning if possible...:thumb
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    mtnbikeboy Been here awhile

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    I enjoyed living vicariously through your ride report.
    If you go to New England, I would recommend adding enough time to ride up the west coast of Newfoundland to L'Anse Aux Meadows. The Viking settlement is really cool, and Gros Morne NP is gorgeous.
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  17. nuke65

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    Wow! Great ride recommendations. I’m going to have to map these out. One thing for certain, I think I have out grown (too old or too adventurous) the goldwing. Need something lighter and more versatile. Now looking at the Wee-Strom. I’m not trying to hijack our own thread, so if you have thoughts on a more appropriate ride, PM me. Thanks.
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  18. Rapturee2

    Rapturee2 Ride often, Pray Hard. Supporter

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    Yes, when i was at the 3 Step Hideaway for a few days back in May i rode the 550-Million Dollar Hwy from Ouray down to Durango. What an incredible road(thanks again Tewster). While i was there i also rode the La Sal Loop road between Moab and La Sal Utah, another great ride, beautiful scenery and lots of twisties! After i had left and was nearly home to Idaho i realized that i had missed the Mokey Dugway, oh man i couldn't believe that i had missed riding it while i was there. Well, next time. It too is spectacular, be sure to ride those if you're ever in that area. :{)
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    Rapturee2 Ride often, Pray Hard. Supporter

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    Using your link here, just north/east of Monticello Utah is 3 Step Hideaway, you owe it to yourself to stop in and visit/stay a night or two! Awesome folks, great place! :{)
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    Southern Utah has state route 12, one of the coolest roads in the country.

    If you’re going up east, just keep going, Newfoundland is where it’s at and the west coast is a great ride along the shoreline much of the way. It can get really windy and not really warm but the seafood is killer and Gros Morne NP is beautiful (take the boat tour). Run the Cabot trail before or after the ferry ride. You can either sleep in a huge chair or get a cabin (book well in advance) for the ride across, it’s either 8 or @ 15 hours depending which port you pick.
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