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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
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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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Take a look at...
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

Enjoy, be safe and have fun
 

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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.

Dekalb
Rochelle
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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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.

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

Keep Thinkin' Lincoln

HUTMO
I live right outside of the windmill in fulton, and work in clinton. Its a great area, small town/rural feel. I have done the denver trip before. Great ride. Going to boulder on the 24 of june. Probably taking route 80 most of the way :(

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great options

Take a look at...
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

Enjoy, be safe and have fun
Can all this be done in the The three night window that I have??? It is definitely more mileage. Are the towns/ roads and attractions better?

What are the average traveling speeds on the passes? Little nervous on the reality of the mileage that can be done on these passes.

From Montrose to Ridgewayd Ouray,a faster section of 550 ? or is this road all 20-40 mph road?

Are the great sand dunes nat park much to see??

I am torn to ride more or take a shorter loop, like heading 149 to south fork and see more of the towns. Is 149 a good route or 550 a MUST do?

I could go down into Farmington NM and hit route 64 to head east as appossed of 160 as stated in an above post.
 

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Those routs are all no more than 5 1/2 - 6 hours riding plus your stop times for sight seeing, gas, rest etc. The sand dunes are cool to see but you end up always trying to climb them. If you are anywhere near Ouray/Durango the 550 aka million dollar hwy is a must do. Hwy 24 cuts through part of south park so watch out for Cartman and the gang and you can always go south at buena vista and turn west on 50 but glenwood canyon and the black canyon are worth riding through if you can.

Hope i didnt muddy the ride plan up to much


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royal gorge bridge off of us hwy 50. when you pull up at toll booth they will try to bang you out for $ 26 per person for the amusement park, i complained and they let us over the bridge for nothing.
 

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royal gorge bridge off of us hwy 50. when you pull up at toll booth they will try to bang you out for $ 26 per person for the amusement park, i complained and they let us over the bridge for nothing.
I just heard all the buildings burned down and the bridge may be structurally unsound the wild fires are reeking havoc


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Those routs are all no more than 5 1/2 - 6 hours riding plus your stop times for sight seeing, gas, rest etc. The sand dunes are cool to see but you end up always trying to climb them. If you are anywhere near Ouray/Durango the 550 aka million dollar hwy is a must do. Hwy 24 cuts through part of south park so watch out for Cartman and the gang and you can always go south at buena vista and turn west on 50 but glenwood canyon and the black canyon are worth riding through if you can.

Thank You Shemp. I will definitely hit the black caynon on the way to gunninson.Appriciate the input. Just wondering how much has ben desroyed by the fires. Cant wait to see it out there! Having a hard time doing anything but wanting load up and leave.

Who is Cartman anyways?
 

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royal gorge bridge off of us hwy 50. when you pull up at toll booth they will try to bang you out for $ 26 per person for the amusement park, i complained and they let us over the bridge for nothing.[/Q

I wanted to hit the bridge also but wasnt going to pay $26, didnt want to go to the amuzement park. Was is worth going to see? The fires are ruining everthing.
 
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