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10 days available to ride somewhere
« on: March 08, 2017, 12:04:04 pm »
I have 10 days off including the Memorial Day weekend. Thinking of riding out West from Tennessee and camping as much as possible. I'm not much for staying in one place other than to camp.  I would welcome any suggestions regarding routes, etc.   :motonoises:

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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2017, 12:30:07 pm »
We have a Riders of Knoxville rally Mem Day weekend - its a BMW club but all makes and riders welcome. It's in Del Rio TN, we ride the Blue Ridge and have a great weeknd. Feels like a family reunion.

From TN it takes three days to get out west - leaves you 3 days to enjoy the weather and open road before heading back. Crossing Kansas twice is something that would suck 2 days off your vacay. Maybe head east?! Are you aiming for the Pacific or maybe the Grand Canyon? Zion is a nice park to ride. Mesa Verde was super cool.

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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2017, 12:40:32 pm »
Fais,
I was concerned about the boring parts of the ride.  I thought about riding to Memphis after work and then launching for a 2 day ride toward New Mexico or Colorado. From there tooling around the area or over to Utah.  Not trying to go to California.  I also thought of going up the Blue Ridge again which in my time frame may be more practical.  I like to ride alone otherwise I'd take you up on your plans. I figure I can ride about 6 hours per day tops since I have made comfort modifications to the C-10.  I really am open to all ideas at this point.  Thanks

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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2017, 12:53:12 pm »
I'd go to Colorado. From Nashville, Denver is 1,160 miles or 16.5 hours. You can be there in two days leaving 6 days to play before returning.
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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2017, 01:35:46 pm »
I like your idea of going to NM or CO.  I think I'd just head up the rockies from there.  gotta be wonderful roads and views all the way, yes?
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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2017, 06:50:02 pm »
Might consider what it could be like in the Co highlands still that time of year.  It is still a good possibility of snow, cold and general not fun riding.  WV may not be any better but they are lower bumps but plenty of them making great riding.

All assuming you don't wand NC and Ga riding.
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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2017, 08:28:21 pm »
Might consider what it could be like in the Co highlands still that time of year.  It is still a good possibility of snow, cold and general not fun riding.  WV may not be any better but they are lower bumps but plenty of them making great riding.

All assuming you don't wand NC and Ga riding.
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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2017, 09:06:24 pm »
I live close enough to do a weekend ride and camping near the parkway (Blue Ridge Motorcycle Campground) or into W.V. I've never been to Colorado, Utah, or New Mexico and don't know of the best routes to take or avoid.  But it sounds like an epic journey for me and, at 62 years old, you never know what the future holds.  :??:

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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere
« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2017, 09:16:38 pm »
Hit up Old Man On A Connie.  I bet he can tell you great places.
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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere
« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2017, 09:20:45 pm »
Hard to believe but I think you guys are right about the Colorado highlands weather that time of year so I may have to avoid that area if I go out West.

I'll contact Old Man on a Connie if I decide to head that way.  I was really hoping to see Colorado. >:(

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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere
« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2017, 09:24:34 pm »
I work with guys that live in the Denver area.  they told me the upper elevations get colder weather, but at his elevations, it's much better.  finding someone that can steer you in the right directions will be important.
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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere
« Reply #11 on: March 08, 2017, 11:39:15 pm »
Go west to the Mississippi and follow the river North. Lots to see along the way. Changes of scenery and landscape and you don't have to cross the plains.  Middle America is over looked a lot of the time.  If this is something you are interested in. I can get you more details. If you need more diversion do something like this along the way. http://www.glmc.org/grand_tour.php , It will help you get off the beaten track.
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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere
« Reply #12 on: March 08, 2017, 11:51:16 pm »
I have 10 days off including the Memorial Day weekend. Thinking of riding out West from Tennessee and camping as much as possible.

Here's a thought based on your time, travel, camping preferences as I understand them.  ... try Colorado, eastern Utah.
350 miles/day.  If you can swing a couple extra days vacation you could cross Utah to Zion Park - which is my favorite Nat'l Park.
Where ever, hope you take some photos and post them with a short text ride report.

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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere
« Reply #13 on: March 09, 2017, 12:20:48 am »
From Tennessee, northern New Mexico and southern Colorado is very do-able and some fantastic riding.  In NM, I would try to ride highway 64, 84 and 4.  Visit Taos, Santa Fe, Los Alamos.  Cut north to Durango, CO and ride 550 from Durango to Silverton.  SE Utah is good also if you have the time.
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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere
« Reply #14 on: March 09, 2017, 12:38:16 am »
"From Tennessee, northern New Mexico and southern Colorado is very do-able and some fantastic riding.  In NM, I would try to ride highway 64, 84 and 4.  Visit Taos, Santa Fe, Los Alamos.  Cut north to Durango, CO and ride 550 from Durango to Silverton.  SE Utah is good also if you have the time."

Maybe head from Cookeville, TN to Albuquerque, NM and then North from there depending on weather, etc.? :motonoises:

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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere
« Reply #15 on: March 09, 2017, 01:26:41 am »
Hey Bud, Let's party  :beerchug: The advice for CO is valid but it changes day to day. Keep an eye on it as you travel. Unless a storm is rolling in the roads are clear (though may be wet). Aim for Durango. The 550 from Durango to Ouray is a bucket list road. If weather changes you can always head south into UT ( a little slice of MC heaven). No. AZ has some really nice stuff Flagstaff down to Prescott and surrounding area. No NV has some great history (and decent roads). Look at Death Valley too. Look at the devils hwy on the eastern edge of AZ bordering NM (also weather dependent). Been across the plains several times now and I think the best is the 40 across OK., TX. and NM. You'll just get drowsy there. Across KS on the 70 you'll fall asleep  :) Look at the page for the 2015 National and there are several routes posted up there. Also the SW Regional Rally for Prescott AZ and Cedar City UT rallies. Several there also. There is also on the calendar a Reg in Sept for the Wasatch UT area where routes will be posted up (I need to get those into the library)  Keep us posted on your plans. Lot's of great folks here to lean on  :great: Hey, Did I mention, Vote 4 me 4 OTP  ;)
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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere
« Reply #16 on: March 09, 2017, 03:13:38 am »
The last few posts are great. CO can be epic in Durango and south without elevation issues - and if it's nice you can head up! We rode on some slick parts in July on the million dollar highway - could have been worse for sure.

Crossing Kansas is the toll for us to get west. 40 is better. I have family in the middle of Kansas so I get to always go through there  >:(

Red Fox said Zion and I wanted to say Zion. It's the top place I want to visit again. I rode through and have to go back for a long hike. The campground had deer walking around like dogs. The scenery is incredible. Especially if 1,000 big horn sheep come down a cliff - surround you - and take off while you fumble for your camera. Quick access to the camera has been high on the list ever since. Zion was awesome.  :motonoises:

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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere
« Reply #17 on: March 09, 2017, 10:41:13 am »
Once you get to the mountains it is beautiful riding. Notsluggo will testify but you have to cross nearly a thousand miles of plains. Got cruise control? But the plains in May are really dangerous. Hail storms pop up frequently in the afternoon. Finding cover can hurt! Once crossed Kansas in a rain storm where the visibility was worse than any blizzard. Was in a cage so I pulled to the side of the road to stop. Even though the vehicle was off, it kept moving as the rain was so heavy it swept me 100 yards down the road and into a washout. Head north into PA, NY. Return by following the Mississippi  :)

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« Reply #18 on: March 10, 2017, 01:09:40 am »
If you are riding west by all means don't forget Arkansas. Some of the best if not THE best roads in the country. Once you see the twisties there you may not get any farther. If you want info on the best roads message "Just Cliff" on the forum and he can give you
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« Reply #19 on: March 10, 2017, 01:27:41 am »
Being a native of Colorado (for decades), and living in CO, IMHO you may run into cool (30s and 40s) weather, but unlikely you'll see snow.  And most likely it'll only be a fairly high elevations.

The really high roads, Trail Ridge Road, Independence, Mt. Evans will likely still be closed although they do aim to get them open my Memorial Day.  Everything else should be open and snow free (on the road)  some leftover gravel here and there.  The snow covered peaks make for some nice pictures.

And as others have pointed out there's some good riding in northern NM.

Finally, everybody might want to know that they've paved the west side of Cottonwood Pass.  Now there's a really fun way to get from Buena Vista to Gunnison

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« Reply #20 on: March 10, 2017, 11:42:01 am »
Dang it, now I guess I have to go back and ride some more roads that do not suck
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« Reply #21 on: March 11, 2017, 12:25:20 am »
Made that trip a couple of years ago with my son in the truck. Takes forever to get outta Tennessee. We camped in Carlsbad, went to White Sands NP and wound up discovering a great little town called Cloudcroft NM. I think it was around 9000 ft. Great place.
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« Reply #22 on: March 11, 2017, 12:12:13 pm »
The wife and I rode (2 up) out to the Grand Canyon in mid-May a few years ago. Winds coming across the plains were BRUTAL and when we got to the CO border we had some overnight light snow in the higher passes we had to wait to melt. About the winds; cross-winds steady at about 35 with gusts to 55 take a lot of the fun out of riding. :??:

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« Reply #23 on: March 11, 2017, 01:59:36 pm »
After the posts about the long ride, crosswinds, etc., I started looking at alternative rides.  Like I said, I've ridden the Blue Ridge Parkway several times including up into VA.  Thinking I might head up into W.Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York state and into Maine.  I used to fly my airplane to Rockland, Maine and take the ferry to Vinalhaven to visit my son who was lobster fishing back then (he lives in TN now).  I really liked Portland and Rockland, Maine. Thoughts? :motonoises:

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« Reply #24 on: March 11, 2017, 02:39:53 pm »
After the posts about the long ride, crosswinds, etc., I started looking at alternative rides.  Like I said, I've ridden the Blue Ridge Parkway several times including up into VA.  Thinking I might head up into W.Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York state and into Maine.  I used to fly my airplane to Rockland, Maine and take the ferry to Vinalhaven to visit my son who was lobster fishing back then (he lives in TN now).  I really liked Portland and Rockland, Maine. Thoughts? :motonoises:

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