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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-25-2014, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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A little help from Colorado riders

Hey Folks,

I'm potentially going to be riding from CO Springs to Moab, UT on May 1, returning back to CO Springs May 3. It's just a quick up and back trip for a business meeting, so I may just take I70 over, I'm not sure.

Question is, do I need to worry about snow or anything in the higher passes, or should I just make sure my Gerbings are packed and go?

Thanks. -J


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Always the chance for snow in the rockies that time of year. If you take I70 there is construction at the tunnels just east of Dillon and then Vail pass is pretty high. Even if the weather is clear and 75 in the Springs, it can turn quickly around the next mountain. Be prepared to change your plans. Or it could be an absolutely gorgeous ride. Lotta help I am huh


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Shemp is spot on. Beautiful run. Will be cold up in mountains so a t-shirt won't cut it.


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I did that ride in the second week of may last year,
had lots of sunshine ,but be very careful above 8000', if the sky is not 100%
clear ,think twice. it will snow, I was caught a couple of times and had to turn back and return to lower elevations. also found that leaving in the morning and getting over the passes before noon ensured better weather and clear skies.
not from that area but thought I would share my experiences.
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One thing we have learned living up here. Winter is always just one cloud away. Old adage is if you are prepared for it, it won't happen, but when you aren't you can count that it will. Even if it isn't snowing, it can be cold. Pack right and ride safe.


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….. also found that leaving in the morning and getting over the passes before noon ensured better weather and clear skies.
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…….. good advice year round. Start early, find cover & let it blow out if the clouds turn a real dirty gray.
….. you could also head south/southwest from the Springs to Walsenburg, cross over LaVeta Pass into the San Luis Valley & then do Wolf Creek Pass to get into the 4 corners area.
……… and watch out for north facing shaded areas, they can stay slick well into the morning


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Concur with everyone here. It's a crap shoot on what you're gonna get this time of year. Vail pass can get particularly nasty very quickly. Also watch out for sand on the roads. Can be just as treacherous as ice. Ride Safe!
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Hey Folks,

I'm potentially going to be riding from CO Springs to Moab, UT on May 1, returning back to CO Springs May 3. It's just a quick up and back trip for a business meeting, so I may just take I70 over, I'm not sure.

Question is, do I need to worry about snow or anything in the higher passes, or should I just make sure my Gerbings are packed and go?

Thanks. -J
Hey JayKS, hope your trip went well wether you rode the bike or not. Just a reference for all those curious, this weekend, May 10-11 Colorado is under a severe winter storm warning with possibly 9-10 inches of snow and temps in the 20s. Not gonna be a good time for a ride I think.


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I will back up what Shemp says. I am out on the western slope this weekend and while it is raining down low, it is snowing just above us. There is a lot of snow up high and it is all going to be coming down soon. Lots of sand on the roads and Vail Pass is nasty. We still have three more weeks of May to go and lot's of weather to deal with. Old man Winter isn't done with us yet.


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