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Vegas to Denver

Just returned home to the UK after my ride from Vegas to Denver with my wife pillion. Picked up the rental Harley Electroglide from Eagle Rider late in the day and did a short hop to Mesquite. The temperatures were unusually high at 114 F and we soon decided to buy hydration vests to help cope with the heat (good move). We then headed for Hurricane and the 9 (Zion), 89, 12 Bryce and Escalante, the 95 south 191/163 to Mexican Hat and on to Monument Valley. Then we headed north to Arches, back south to Monticello and east to Colorado (where the landscape suddenly became green) and Cortez (Mesa Verde) then Durango. The 550 to Montrose, 50 to Black Canyon and Gunnison, the 92 and 133 to Glenwood, and then the 82 to Aspen, 24 to Leadville and the I 70. South thru Breckenridge, Fairplay, and Buena Vista. The 285 towards Denver and turning north to Evergreen. With time running out we managed to ride a few pretty roads around Nederland, Boulder, Golden and Morrison before making our way to the Eagle Rider shop in downtown Denver to return the bike. Well over 2000 miles and some fantastic scenery made for a great ride. The bike ran well and we had no bad experiences over the two weeks. The route was planned after some great input from forum members with knowledge of the areas, a big thank you to all who gave advice. Its now time to plan the next vacation/ride in the USA, where to,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, any suggestions?
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Sounds like an awesome trip, it will be hard to top that scenery....if you like live, funky, downtown music, come to Austin, TX, ride the Hill Country west and then at night, cruise 6th Street with about 200 bars with live music.
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Glad to hear you had a good trip, hope you come back for another one soon.

I think I mentioned this when you were planning this trip that just ended, there are few places where it's more pleasant to ride than then NWet and BC in summer. I think that should be your net summer destination (but don't be like healdem and jump the gun arriving here too early to find rain and snow at higher elevations).


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That was a great ride you described! Pick up a copy of "Motorcycle tours of the southwest" by Marty Berke. Great reference for American Southwest riding. A lot of great roads out here!.....Then again The Blue Ridge parkway and the Smokies back east...or central Arkansas....or the Pacific coast highway...or the Alcan..... All very worthy motorcycle destinations!
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Yellowstone National Park/ Grand Teton National Park and the surrounding areas- if you have enough energy after that- Make the trip to Glacier National Park and finish off the vacation. Give yourself 2 solid weeks. Yellowstone is freaking huge.

For the truly twisted, there is also the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota. (not too far from Yellowstone) I personally have no strong desire to go there, but check it out on the web- it may be your thing.

There are also great rides here in California's Central Valley. Yosemite NP and Sequoia National Park are close. Rides in the Sierra Mountains are fantastic.
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Seattle to San Diego via the Pacific coast. You might want to circle the Olipmpic peninsula and start on the northwesternmost place in the continental US and move south to the southwesternmost place near San Diego. Summers are fantastic in the Pacific Northwest so you might want to start there ane make your way south.
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I second the Seattle to San Diego ride along the coast. You won't regret it.
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You say you went north from Monument Valley to Arches? Did you climb the infamous Dugway?
If you only get one more ride in the USA, I'd say ride the Smokies and Blue Ridge. You'll want a more capable bike than a Harley though.
The Pacific Coast is great and Harley friendly through Oregon and northern California. I once walked my bike most of the way from Monterrey to San Diego because of the traffic.

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