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Road Trip to Colorado in July

A few questions for you guys and gals our there.

Coming from Rochester NY to Denver CO in July. I am thinking of taking route 90 to end up on route 6 then to 24 to route 54 south Ill. To route 36 in Quincy Ill. across into Colorado. Instead of 70 the whole way. I have a buddy that said this way is a great alternative, We only have four days to get there. Just looking for some input from others.

I am hoping to hit colorado springs, Garden of The Gods,(from Denver in the early AM) to Cripple Creak, was thinking about Pikes Peak, to Gunnison for the night. Montrose to down the million mile highway Durango for night two. to Alamosa and to Walsenburg for night three.

From there to the shack up inn, in Clarkdale Miss. Via route 40. Home of the the Blues. Memphis,Nashville,to Home.

Hoping for some input from you Mountain people, and flat landers. We have 9 days and 2900 miles to check it out, from the time we leave Denver to the time we have to be home. Looking to spend our time wisely for the short time we are there.

Any goods suggestions will be greatly appreciated! Thanks, Pan

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Be sure to take the ride UP Pikes Peak. I've been up 3 times, and wouldn't ride thru Colorado without doing it again. Spectacular, and takes a couple hours which includes a stop at the top. Use your gears on the way down to avoid hot brakes.
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I just rode from Raton, NM to Bloomfield NM on highway 64. From Bloomfield went to Durango. Highway 64 was beautiful scenery, a lot better than Durango to Walsenburg via Alamosa. Also the traffic in Colorado was 4 times as much. Lot of fun twisties and places to pull over for fast traffic. The "hog club" map has 64 marked in yellow indicating scenic route for motorcycles.


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Last year I was out to Colorado. Here are some of the places I had in my mind were I wanted to see or ride.
Mount Evans saw
Pikes Pike did not see
Trail Ridge Road not seen
Skyline Drive Canon City
Gaulilla Pass
Million Dollar Highway (rode)
Oray ( American little Switzerland of the Us)
If you are in Oray go to Mouses Chocolates they are on the main street and the cookies will talk to you when you are looking at them in case. hahaha

You will have a great time in Colorado.

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Are you set on Gunnison and Walsenburg for your stops? So many routes so little time. How many hours do you plan on riding each day? And be prepared for any kind of weather high mountains can throw at you


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I want to be able to ride 50 and 550.thought they would be good stops. Wife wants to see sand dunes. There is a route that runs n/s east of 550.that would save some mileage/time.its also marked as a scenic highway right out of gunni.planning on riding around 250 a day.is that possible on those moutain byways? Bringing rain gear and appropiate cold weather gear.done two trips to west. Sturgis and montana, both are a different deal from the mountains.any suggestions? Thats why we weren't sure to ride the pikes peak highway because of time restricttions.Thanks to all keep the help coming!

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Day 1, garden of gods, hwy 24 west to buena vista then north to I70 (i know, superslab) turn west and it follows the colorado river through glenwood canyon, awesome and stop for the night in glenwood springs. Steak at juicy lucy's and a dip in the hot springs.
Day 2, hwy 82 south to carbondale then hwy 133 to hotchkiss. Turn left on 92 to gunnison (great way to see some of the black canyon) then go east on 50 and south on 550 and spend the night in ouray (you-ray)
Day 3 cool crisp mountain air as you head south on 550 to durango the take hwy 160 over wolf creek pass to alamosa then on to walsenburg.
I dont think any day is more than 290 miles and all of it worth riding

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Get off of 90 in South Bend. Visit the Studebaker Museum... Very cool

Then take the Lincoln Highway Westward. This year is its 100th Anniversary.

http://www.lincolnhighwayassoc.org/map/


Take the southern route instead of going through Chicago. The Heights isn't too nice but after that the Lincoln is incredible.

Around Joliet you will cross Rt 66.

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Dixon
Clinton by the Mississippi. (Dutch Windmill there) Very cool.
This will take you to the North East corner of Colorado.

Keep Thinkin' Lincoln

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I want to be able to ride 50 and 550.thought they would be good stops. Wife wants to see sand dunes. There is a route that runs n/s east of 550.that would save some mileage/time.its also marked as a scenic highway right out of gunni.planning on riding around 250 a day.is that possible on those moutain byways? Bringing rain gear and appropiate cold weather gear.done two trips to west. Sturgis and montana, both are a different deal from the mountains.any suggestions? Thats why we weren't sure to ride the pikes peak highway because of time restricttions.Thanks to all keep the help coming!
The wife and I did a 450 mile day from Durango to Steamboat the long way a couple of weeks ago. Wolf Creek Pass, Monarch Pass and the North Rim of the Black Canyon are great roads. Take the time to ride the Silverton Durango train, well worth it!
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