Three Weeks Off in Late May - CO or WY?

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

  1. OHborne

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    Will have three weeks off beginning the week before Memorial Day, and I am considering visiting Wyoming, or Colorado and riding many roads in either. Both are within striking distance of Minneapolis. Hoping for a relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions in either state to allow travel, and it looks like it is going in that direction.

    Due to the short time before departure can anyone here provide:
    1. GPS files of roads and routes (pavement only) in these states, that they've travelled? I have a Garmin ZUMO 396 LMT-S.

    2. Regarding Wyoming, I am concerned about what the weather may be the week before Memorial Day week. Anyone have experience travelling in this state at that time of year? Advice, warnings? Six years ago, I rode extensively in Colorado the first and second weeks in June, so I am a familiar with that state somewhat, but have ridden only a little of Wyoming. While travelling in Colorado, I camped about half the time.
    Not looking to return the day before returning to work, so total time on the road would be less than three weeks. Something like 16 or 17 days.

    Thanks in advance!
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  2. pratered

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    Good morning OHborne, an old Ohio born boy myself. I’ve lived in Wyoming for 37 years now and though I love my adopted state I have to say you might be better off in Colorado that time of year. Our spring goes until the summer solstice and exhibits all four seasons, sometimes in one day or even one hour, one 4th of July we woke to 4” of snow which melted by noon and then was quite nice. The Eastern part of the Wyoming might be better but I do not have a lot of experience East of the Divide. Also, if you plan to visit the National Parks, GTNP has already announced that the Lodges will not be open by then - maybe not at all.
    Good Luck with your ride and Take Care,
    Ed.
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  3. OHborne

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    Ed:

    Thanks for the reply. Information from a local source, especially long term one such as yourself is helpful.

    The more I research things about a potential trip to Wyoming in the proposed timeframe, the more I get dissuaded.

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  4. selecw

    selecw Been here awhile

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    Wyoming weather should be fine but have you seen the 14 day self quarantine that is in effect? I live in Cody btw.
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  5. OHborne

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  7. oldmanb777

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

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    I lived in Cody many years ago, and a Colorado native. The high country will be iffy at best. The farther south you get, the more likely roads will be open, as well as lower elevations. Colorado is taking a county by county approach. So one county may be fine, and another might be closed. These things are changing by the day as well. Expect as we open, if we have another spike in the virus, closures will be quick. Probably a bit unpredictable. I have not heard a date for opening Rocky Mountain national Park. They usually try to get Trail Ridge Road open for Memorial Day. I have not heard yet if they will even try this year. Lots of controversy over wither to open it or not.
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  8. OHborne

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    Yep, right there in black and white at the end of the Gov's Order. Facepalm!

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  9. OHborne

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    Decided to go for Colorado. Left Minneapolis last Monday morning. Took to days to get to Colorado. Stayed first night in Wellington, just north of Fort Collins. Left there, and road west on 14 which is a very nice road, then did a couple of mountain passes (Gore and Rabbit Ears), then down to I-70 and west to stay the night in Glenwood Springs. Left there yesterday getting on I-70 west, then exited at highway 65, to do Grand Mesa with a sidebar back and forth on La Baque cutoff road. Coming down from Grand Mesa, I stopped in Cedaredge to plot out the rest of the day. Gateway to Naturina (CO 141) looked like it could be done on my way to Moab, so I did that too. The ride on CO 90 over to La Sal was very good. Especially when climbing up to Utah. A lot of time in the saddle each day, but I came to ride. Looking to do the La Sal loop today out of Moab. Arches and Canyonlands National Parks are currently closed. However, there is plenty of riding in the area anyways. Looking to leave tomorrow and stay in Cortez CO for the night. I will be riding roads in the southern portion of CO, and maybe dip into NM too.
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