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The wife and I were planning on riding to Colorado and Wyoming and maybe Montana (weather permitting). We are leaving on Sept. 13. It looks like the weather will be cold at night and cool to warm during the day. Are we waiting a little too late in the year for this? I like to ride in the cool when you can be comfortable in all your gear. I'd like to ride the Rockies all the way up to Kalispell and back. I'd appreciate any suggestions or thoughts from those who have been there........done that. Thanks.............

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Re: Rocky Mountain Ride

We recently did a week in Montrose and rode the area on day rides. This web site was a great planning tool.

http://rockies-gold.net/MontroseRide...troseRides.htm

You can download the GPS routes from the web site. Some of the days were pretty long, so we modified them.

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By the way Dave T. really enjoyed setting up that event. He rides in a local chapter here in CO....(Colorado High Country Cruisers). As for Sept.13 I think your pushing it. The weather is totally unpredictable in the Rockies. Had a bit of snow and hail coming back from Montrose 8-14->17th. Did a ride to Canada the last week of August a few years ago for 10 days and caught a bit of snow in Banff, no biggie.
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This summer Karen and I got a tire in loveland and rode 14 over to Colorado 40...................very nice
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By the way Dave T. really enjoyed setting up that event. He rides in a local chapter here in CO....(Colorado High Country Cruisers). As for Sept.13 I think your pushing it. The weather is totally unpredictable in the Rockies. Had a bit of snow and hail coming back from Montrose 8-14->17th. Did a ride to Canada the last week of August a few years ago for 10 days and caught a bit of snow in Banff, no biggie.
Listen to Torch! This year may not be the year to try to push a ride into the high country in September. I used to ride with HCC; Torch sold me a CR250R that tried to kill me on several occassions. Thanks Torch!!
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Knew you could not handle the power of that CR250, didn't you say your wife could ride the dickens out of it...
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I would not hesitate to schedule a mid-September ride in Colorado. Sure, you might hit some weather, but then again, you are more likely to encounter the absolutely most beautiful, pleasant, moderate and delightful weather of the year. I have divided my time between living in Denver and Steamboat Springs for almost 20 years and especially in the mountains September can be the most beautiful time of the year. In the Rockies you should expect day time highs in the mid to upper 60s and evening lows in the mid 30s. September is also traditionally a pretty dry month with average precipitation of about 1" for the entire month.

In planning, you would want to consider options, however. For instance, if you plan to include Aspen in your trip, while making the trip into Aspen over Highway 82 (Independence Pass) at 12,100 feet is gorgeous, you should have an alternate route in mind as well. The same is true in other areas. Denver to Steamboat Springs through Rocky Mountain National Park over Trail Ridge Road is a real treat, but it is generally one of the first roads to get snow, so plan an alternate. I hope you do plan the trip for September. Based solely on annual temperature and precipitation averages, you will be delighted you picked the Fall for your trip.
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He mentioned going up into Wyoming and Montana, yes it can be nice weather but when I lived in Conifer I have shoveled 8"s of snow in the begining of September. Sept 13 is getting a little late for traveling north,didn't say it was impossible but it is a crap shoot. Like getting hammered with 25 deg weather, hail,snow at the north rim the end of May after just having 100 deg days 3 days before in Moab. He's probably going to be ok around here but I would plan ahead, get a listing of motels where if the weather does close in he knows where to go for a day or so. Plus if he's leaving from Texas on the 13th it's going to take a day or 2 to get up here,then there's plenty of days he can spend in Co. before he heads north and there's the Tetons,Jackson hole,yellowstone,Glacier, so it can take quite a few days to enjoy the ride,that brings him close to October for the way back..
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No question, Torch. Rode in snow to the Grand Canyon over Memorial Day. Cancelled a ride to Vail 2 weeks ago due to snow. Remember watching the 4th of July Parade in Steamboat a few years ago. Still I like the odds. Jackson, Yellowstone and points north may be a different thing; so have a detour south to Santa Fe planned. I'd do it.
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yeah I'd be watching the weather channel and be flexible if you don't need to be anywhere..Enjoy the ride.
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Thanks for the input. My schedule is flexible and I will be watching the weather channel. I have no set route. I'll start off in norther New Mexico and take it from there. Thanks again for your input. It's appreciated........

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Knew you could not handle the power of that CR250, didn't you say your wife could ride the dickens out of it...
Yup, (ex wife!!) could outrun me on dirt, but not pavement!!!

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Re: Rocky Mountain Ride

We just completed the same trip. It was really warm in Wyoming and South Dakota. The Rockies stayed wet and that surprised me the most, as it usually blows in and out quickly. I would say a mid September trip should be perfect for you. Hope the sun shines, and you stay dry. That is most certainly not too late. Have a Great trip!


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Re: Rocky Mountain Ride

Just got back from a 5800 mile trip from New Jersey to Sturgis (South Dakota) and Colorado. Did the Rocky Mountain National Park (got rained on for about 2-3 hours) and Pikes Peak (14,100 ft - BTW, Colorado has abot a 100 peaks that are 14K ft). Two things - it gets cold up in the mountains - it was 48 deg on Pikes Peak when it was 85 in the plains. Second, you can get hail storms in the mountains. Not golf ball size but pea size hail is what we encountered. It makes for slippery roads. Keep you eyes where you want to go - several roads had sheer drops with no guardrails.

But all in all, the Rockys were stupendous!

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Rachele and I rode up Wolf Creek Pass in a hail storm in Aug 05. We were on our Yamaha Venture and wearing half helmets. The hail was pea sized and bouncing off my glasses and hitting my cheeks. It stung like crazy. We pulled over just short of the tunnel and sat it out with a couple on a Harley. It piled up about 3" deep in my saddle and slid down the highway like an avalanche. We got soaked. It was clear on the other side and we rode to the bottom for a cup of hot coffee. It was quite an experience.......

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