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I am thinking about doing a multi day ride in Colorado in September. Is that too late? does anyone have any suggestions for roads, points of interest, etc? thank you
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Always enjoyed a visit to Durango. Great shops & restaurants, especially good food at Randy's.
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Great timing!
September and October are my favorite months to ride and photograph.Last year we spent 4 days in the San Juans alone.I ran into snow patches at higher elevations where I had no chioce but turn around,once managed to drop my LT on the way up Independence pass.You'll have a great time if the weather cooperates.

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If the road is open when you are there you should ride Mt Evans. Check it out here http://www.mountevans.com/

I was there on Thursday and the view was excellent. The air is a bit thin at the top so don't stay too long and get light headed before you ride down.

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Trail Ridge is always good, over Rock Mountain National Park............have fun.......j



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gorgeous pics! that is what i am looking forward to. Might try and just head on up to Yellowstone through CO.
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Just my opinion, but Yellowstone is way over rated. On our last ride through Co., we detoured east around it. Just wasn't worth the $20 to see it, although getting stopped by a a buffalo heard is something everyone should have done to them at least once.
We rode north out of N.M. up the Million Dollar Hwy, and it is B.E.A.utiful. Also rode through the Eisenhower Tunnel just because it was there. Just east of the tunnel, dive off the freeway and loop back around over the pass to the south - I think it's called Loveland Pass. Also beautiful.
If I recall correctly, we rode through Rocky Mountain National Park and got to 12,000 feet elevation. Also went through Lowell, the highest airport if the US (one of our riders is a pilot and just had to say he'd been there ).
Colorado as one of the prettiest states I've been too. Really enjoyed riding there and will go back. Enjoy.
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Nice! Havent fgured out exactly where we are going to go but we definately need to get out of this state and see some other areas. My wife is out of school for two weeks in september and it just happens to be during her birthday. I told her a nice birthday ride through the rockies sounds good and she agreed!! I sure am lucky and have a great wife. I definately want to make the ride from Durango to Telluride. Has anyone been up Pikes Peak on their LT?
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Yellowstone after Labor Day works. Swing by via 189 for a brief stop in Big Piney. Maybe the SO and I would be able for a couple days through the park and up to Chief Joseph's.

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Yellowstone is a great park too.It is a bit overrated and crowded during the summer months,but as it's been suggested before it should be fine after Labor day.That's if you wont get snowed on as I have last fall.But I guess that can happen anywhere at higher elevations.I might suggest staying flexible as far as destinations and you'll see what mother nature will throw at you.Southern Colorado has the most to offer,that late in the season.Have you considered Utah at all?It does get cold sometimes but you have a better chance on getting away dry!

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We have decided to just stick to CO. We have talked about possibly moving there so we are just gonna go ride around there for a few days. Going to ride up to Durango on the first day, then head north to somewhere, maybe Glennwood springs, then who knows. Open for suggestions if anybody else has any!
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Head E on 50 from Montrose and then take 92 N to Hotchkiss.Don't miss the overview of Black canyon!Get on 133 over McClure pass and down to Carbondale.If you are comfortable in dirt roads with the LT,check out Crested Butte via CR12 and Kebler pass.It's a well maintained road and it doesn't get a lot of traffic during the week.If your on I-70,Glenwood canyon is quite beautiful.Get off in Silverthorne and take 6 over Loveland pass.It's just a loop,it takes you back to the interstate.Hit 40 N through Winter park if heading to northern Colorado.There 34 (trail ridge road) over RMNP,Peak to peak hwy,Poudre canyon 14,Rabbit ear pass to Steamboat springs.If the weather is fine,there are plenty of must see's!

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Having lived in Grand Junction, one of my favorites is Hwy 141 - catch it just east of GJ (Whitewater) and the head south to Gateway (beautiful place to stay or have lunch there) and eventually to Ridgeway where you "T" into Hwy 550, the Million Dollar Highway noted in other posts. 141 takes you through Unaweep Canyon and from Gateway follows the Dolores and San Miguel Rivers to Ridgeway. Great ride.

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HERE IS day 2 of my route to CCR, I've done the Million Dollar Hwy so I was looking at some different roads to get to Wy or Idaho. Would like to keep it to 500 miles max so we can stop & see stuff. Also Steamboat Springs is not a Must ,it just fit in the mileage range. How does this look to you guys that have rode these roads.

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Wolf Creek Pass is well worth it. As mentioned Durango, Million Dollar Highway. Estes Park to Rocky Mountain National Park. Your time frame is good, should be nice.

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Nice! Havent fgured out exactly where we are going to go but we definately need to get out of this state and see some other areas. My wife is out of school for two weeks in september and it just happens to be during her birthday. I told her a nice birthday ride through the rockies sounds good and she agreed!! I sure am lucky and have a great wife. I definately want to make the ride from Durango to Telluride. Has anyone been up Pikes Peak on their LT?
I did Pikes Peak on the LT last year in early August. I was nervous about the gravel stretches but they are very doable. There was decent scenery on the way up and down, but mainly it's neat to say "Done it". Be sure to go in the morning. They said it normally clouds over in the afternoon.
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50,92,133. i was gonna go a little different route but have changed it to go this way from Durango to Glenwood Springs. THANK YOU for the info Not exactly sure how we are going to go to Nederland from GS but will try to include the loveland pass loop.
lvahl i am wondering how much gravel there is? I have only seen some of the racing footage but it appears to be several miles of dirt/gravel road? Thank you
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HERE IS day 2 of my route to CCR, I've done the Million Dollar Hwy so I was looking at some different roads to get to Wy or Idaho. Would like to keep it to 500 miles max so we can stop & see stuff. Also Steamboat Springs is not a Must ,it just fit in the mileage range. How does this look to you guys that have rode these roads.
Sounds and looks good!Have you been to Taos NM before?Or Breckenridge CO?Cute little towns,but it's gonna slow you down a bit.

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Sounds and looks good!Have you been to Taos NM before?Or Breckenridge CO?Cute little towns,but it's gonna slow you down a bit.

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I've been to both in a cage but not on a bike. My ridin buddy is worried about 500 miles in the mountains in 1 day as he likes to stop & I promised we would stop some.

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Pretty much all the suggestions given here are good. Then again, it's hard to find a bad road in Colorado . . .

You just have to figure out how much time you have, and come up with a good loop that hits the highlights.

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Has anyone been up Pikes Peak on their LT?
Well, here's something I wrote up after our trip to CCR in 2004:

The road up Pikes Peak is like this:



It's paved part way, and dirt/gravel the rest. The non-paved portion of the road was in fine shape and we made good time on the way up, even passing several minivans who were being especially timid. Visions of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb vied with the incredible views as we ascended into the clouds. After the obligatory pictures at the top we went into the gift shop for lunch and souvenirs. While perusing postcards, there was an announcement that the weather had changed and that the ranger was escorting folks back down the hill. We went outside and found this:



Now the LT's power-assisted ABS are arguably the best brakes ever designed for a motorcycle. But when the ground is constantly slick, the power assist is just too much and the ABS just keeps activating which is worse than having no brakes at all. I really wished I could have disabled the ABS like on a GS bike. Instead, I coasted very slowly down in first gear using only engine braking, and waved cars past so I could ride in their tire tracks. I'd wave a car around, then ride in his tire tracks until I couldn't see them anymore, then wave the next car around. After almost an hour and maybe 5 miles, it dried up again like nothing at all had happened.

Once we got below the storm, the rest of the ride down was fine. We stopped at the lower gift shop to finish our shopping, where several folks commented about those crazy folks on the motorcycle. All I could think was that I'd still rather be on the bike, even in those conditions, than to be stuck in a cage for the whole trip.

It was a challenging ride but those are the ones you remember, and how you get those great desktop pics for your computer, like this one:


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Great posts and pics.
I am going to be in your country next May/June and Colorado is part of the planned ride so you have helped to wet the appetite.

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Thank you for the pikes peak info! sounds like a crazy trip back down!!! Its that kind of thing that really makes you tired at the end of the day. Think if we have time i will give it a shot.
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Pretty much all the suggestions given here are good. Then again, it's hard to find a bad road in Colorado . . .

You just have to figure out how much time you have, and come up with a good loop that hits the highlights.

Well, here's something I wrote up after our trip to CCR in 2004:

The road up Pikes Peak is like this:



It's paved part way, and dirt/gravel the rest. The non-paved portion of the road was in fine shape and we made good time on the way up, even passing several minivans who were being especially timid. Visions of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb vied with the incredible views as we ascended into the clouds. After the obligatory pictures at the top we went into the gift shop for lunch and souvenirs. While perusing postcards, there was an announcement that the weather had changed and that the ranger was escorting folks back down the hill. We went outside and found this:



Now the LT's power-assisted ABS are arguably the best brakes ever designed for a motorcycle. But when the ground is constantly slick, the power assist is just too much and the ABS just keeps activating which is worse than having no brakes at all. I really wished I could have disabled the ABS like on a GS bike. Instead, I coasted very slowly down in first gear using only engine braking, and waved cars past so I could ride in their tire tracks. I'd wave a car around, then ride in his tire tracks until I couldn't see them anymore, then wave the next car around. After almost an hour and maybe 5 miles, it dried up again like nothing at all had happened.

Once we got below the storm, the rest of the ride down was fine. We stopped at the lower gift shop to finish our shopping, where several folks commented about those crazy folks on the motorcycle. All I could think was that I'd still rather be on the bike, even in those conditions, than to be stuck in a cage for the whole trip.

It was a challenging ride but those are the ones you remember, and how you get those great desktop pics for your computer, like this one:

Although your experience in the mountains, specifically Pikes Peak is a reality, what an adventure you had none the less, great post and photo and good to see you posting again Ken, hope you are healing well.

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Gizmo, by wolfs creek pass do you mean the 160 near Pagosa Springs? We will be returning this way. Can anyone tell me about the hotel from the movie "The Shining"? I believe it is somewhere in CO? I am also wondering about bags for the top case rack. Can anyone recommend a good one? thank you
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Wow do i feel stupid. Meese i JUST realized that you are the IBR Rider Ken Meese that i was reading about! I too am glad to hear that you are doing better, and i am wondering what caused your accident during the IBR? Thank you for the info about Pikes Peak. Now that i know someone else has taken an LT up i might have to give it a try! Thank you

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Gizmo, by wolfs creek pass do you mean the 160 near Pagosa Springs? We will be returning this way. Can anyone tell me about the hotel from the movie "The Shining"? I believe it is somewhere in CO? I am also wondering about bags for the top case rack. Can anyone recommend a good one? thank you
Yes, that is it. The hotel you are referring to is in or near Estes Park as I recall.

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Be advised that the top five miles of the Mt Evans Road will close for the season before dawn on Sept 6th 2011.It is an awesome ride if you can arrange it.
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Thanks Fritz. I will not be going until Sept 10th.
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I am wondering what caused your accident during the IBR?
It was a suicidal coyote, nailed me right in the front tire. Sh!t happens . . .

Pikes Peak is a great ride. The roads are wide and flat enough, as long as you stay on them and don't look down too much.

You won't always get weather like we experienced, but it can happen. And that's the thing about Colorado, when it's clear it's absolutely gorgeous, but local weather patterns can shift rapidly, so you just have to pay attention.

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I am new to BMW's and even newer to the IBR but i was reading all of the updates about you during this last one. I know there were a lot of people pulling for you (myself included) and everyone was very worried when you had your accident. even with the DNF you still pulled off an epic ride. Living in PHX i dont have to worry about too many animals getting in the way but going to CO i wil have to think about that more. Thank you very much for the info you have given me. Thank you to eveyone that has given me road advice . I think we have a pretty good loop planned out now.
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Thanks for the kind words. It was an awesome ride from my end, too.

Yep, there are a great group of folks here that will gladly give you advice on almost any topic, especially riding.

Animals are just another hazard out there that we must constantly be vigilant about.

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I am wondering about the possibility of snow in the passes during the second week of September? Can any of the CO folks advise me on this? I realize it is a possibility and no one can predict the weather that far ahead. Thank you
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I am not a Colorado resident but have travelled those passes many times at different times of the year. Generally speaking your time frame is doable, but understand mountains have their own weather system and storms can roll in unexpectdly. Hell you can experience snow in July through some of those passes. If it were me, I would plan the trip and build some flexibility into your plans, either to cancel if bad weather is expected or to re-route your trip away from the passes.

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Went to CO from 9/10-9/15 and had a BLAST! Absolutley incredible riding and scenery! Thank you to everyone for the road suggestions. Hit at least five minutes of rain everyday with two days of hard rain. Coming back to Durango over Wolf Creek Pass was pretty wild for us as it was 38, raining hard, and we went up into the clouds. Almost nobody else on the road and no other bikes. Even the cop that saw us just shook his head. I was surprised at how many HD's I aw out on the road and how few LT's I saw (only two). There were alot of wings out on the road and several BMW's just not many LT's. We went over the continental divide four time in three days plus several other passes so I am guessing 65,000 vertical feet? Just wish i could have had the time to go up Pikes Peak. No matter as it was the best ride either of us has ever been on. A wonderful time for our first "long distance" ride (total miles 1873). Definately need an aftermarket seat and scala g4 unit.
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Re: Colorado

Here are a few of the over 400 pics my wife took, mostly at speed
http://s219.photobucket.com/albums/c...20bike%20ride/
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