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post #1 of 11 Old May 26th, 2007, 6:20 pm Thread Starter
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Over the 4th I'm going on the following route:
San Diego
Livingston, Montana
Coeur D'Alene, Idaho
Portland
San Diego
It'll probably a fairly quick ride of about ten days, with two days in Livingston.

On long rides, I tend to not let anything distract me from the day's destination, which is admittedly dumb. Any input on places that I should look out for on the way are welcome. Also, any routes that don't eat too much into our time but are off the interstate would be great.

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Have you put this same question on the NorthWest forum? Those folks will have a ton of good suggestions.
Heading west from Livingston, one possibility would be to take 15 South from Butte, then 43 West to 93 North to Lolo, then 12 West and catch 95 North up to Couer d'Alene. From Butte onward that whole stretch is scenic highway. Have a great trip!

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Would be out of your way, but Craters of the Moon in Idaho would be an interesting ride..lots of switchbacks and scenery. Take 20 from Mountain Home to Idaho Falls. Then you take I 15 up to Butte.
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Over the 4th I'm going on the following route:
San Diego
Livingston, Montana
Coeur D'Alene, Idaho
Portland
San Diego
It'll probably a fairly quick ride of about ten days, with two days in Livingston.

On long rides, I tend to not let anything distract me from the day's destination, which is admittedly dumb. Any input on places that I should look out for on the way are welcome. Also, any routes that don't eat too much into our time but are off the interstate would be great.
Any route you take on this ride will be just awesome. Great areas!

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Check out the Lava Beds National Monument. Go on one of the guided tours.

See if the road around Crater Lake is open. Do the hike down to the lake where the boat tour is.

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On your way when you get into Utah do Zion and Byrce then continue up Hwy 12 (Grand Escalantie Staircase) to Torrey at the 24 this puts at the entrance to Capitol Reef you can then take the 24 through Capitol Reef then up to I-70 or take the 24 up to I-70. You could spend a week there and not see it all and the roads are unbelieveable. This is why the BMWST.com guys go there twice a year for the last 13yrs. If you want pic's to see what it looks like I have 525 of them from last week, let me know.

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