[trip advice wanted] Experienced Road Riders New to Adventure/Off Road

Discussion in 'Americas' started by CSousa, Dec 22, 2010.

  1. CSousa

    CSousa Adventurer

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    My wife and I have a lot of riding/touring experience on road bikes (and even a good measure of off-road ridng on bikes that were not meant for it).

    We are novice riders when it comes to leaving true roads (gravel or paved) and wanted some advice on a good region in North America for a spring or fall trip (3 weeks) that offers well-marked off-road trails, cool scenery/nature, with good opprtunities for "in the middle of nothing" camping?
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  2. klaviator

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  3. willys

    willys Long timer

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    You should say what area you are located in....no?:huh
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  4. Paloma Paul

    Paloma Paul Paloma At Its Best

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    MOAB:clap
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  5. AdventurePoser

    AdventurePoser Long timer

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    Southwestern Colorado!! Ouray area rocks....

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    Late spring should be good, or early fall. The colors are incredible. This is Last Dollar Road, a great newbie off pavement road....

    have fun,

    Steve
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  6. mick

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    It would help to know where you live because there may be good stuff close to home.
    Suggestions:
    Moab- you can never go wrong there.
    Idaho- very diverse
    Nevada-jumping into the deep end of the pool, well worth it.
    California-An easy adventure or ruff and rugged adventure at anytime you choose.
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  7. DADODIRT

    DADODIRT Long timer Supporter

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    That picture looks like it is taken closer to Telluride. Last Dollar Road looking eastish.
    I know that road well.
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  8. CSousa

    CSousa Adventurer

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    We live in central Canada (Manitoba) but that doesn't really matter. We regularly do coast-to-coast trips.

    Thanks for the great suggestions. We've been (on road) in all these places.
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  9. thetourist

    thetourist Just passing thru

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    Read some Idaho ride reports. 28000 miles of gravel, BLM, and forest roads.

    Colorado next...great altitude type roads.
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  10. CSousa

    CSousa Adventurer

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    Thanks for all the great suggestions.

    We camped at large on public lands in Utah and like the idea of being able to camp "pretty much anywhere" without intruding on private lands.

    Although we've been to the Appalachians a number of times, I think most of the camping there would be "designated areas only" in public lands.

    Utah/Moab seems like one of the best spots for this type of camping, however, I was curious about Oregon, California, and Colorado with regards to ample camping options. (we've been to all these places on-road, but never off-road).
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  11. mikerd400

    mikerd400 Long timer

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    Calfornia has plenty of areas. You can ride the lost coast, head for the mountains, and then Death Valley (depending on when you go).
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  12. FotoTEX

    FotoTEX Long timer

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    Colorado & Utah would be my choice. Big Bend NP in Texas is also outstanding.
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  13. CSousa

    CSousa Adventurer

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    We've been up that way in CA before (Humboldt/Lost Coast/Petrolia) in June. When would be the best time to go adventuring (least crowded with good weather)?
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  14. mikerd400

    mikerd400 Long timer

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    April and May are good, as are Sept and October. Summer time gets alot of riders and other campers. Death Valley will be Feb, Mar, April. The summer is very hot.

    If interested in coming to California, post up in the West region. Lots of good routes and destinations for you. Some good back routes and other camping areas to avoid crowds as well.
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  15. tellicotom

    tellicotom Been here awhile

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    Southwest Colorado and Southeast Utah would be my choice. The East TN/western NC areas have some good dualsport, but nothing like out west.

    For good, fun tail riding, we like Michigan. They have a great State run trail system with 30 miles + single track loop rides.
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  16. BUZZARD II

    BUZZARD II Old Geezer

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    East, Hatfield/McCoy trails, West Virgina.
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