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Fourth of July in CO western slope.

First leg from Parker,Co to Grand Junction is done. Sitting in a nice italian rest. with a glass of barolo in my hand thinking about my ride today. 250 miserable miles followed by 30 miles of pure joy. More details will follow.
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I like a nice glass of wine to relax here & there as well. 250 miserable miles, huh. Can't wait to hear about it!!



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I'm back in the office now. Trip was completed as planned, 1,100 miles of canyons and mountain passes. Covered a large piece of the southwest quadrant of the state. Arrived yesterday at home around 7:00 PM and did not have the energy to get the picts uploaded and the report started. Will start with the picts tonight and start writing the report.

Already started planning my next trip though.
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Tour factoids

Photso are downloading. Got home late from the office to start the write up. Below are some factiods about the ride.

Mountain Passes

eisenhower tunnel 11,158 ft/3,401 m.
molas pass 10,910 ft./3,325 m
mc clure pass 8,755 ft./2,671 m.
independence pass 12,095 ft./3,686 m.
red hill pass 9,993 ft / 3 046
wilkerson pass 9,507 ft./2,898 m

scenic byways covered

Grand Mesa portion
Unaweep Tabaguache All
San Juan Skyway most
West elk loop most
Top of the Rockies portion
Collegiate Peaks portion

Federal Parks and Monuments

Colorado National Monument
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Curecanti National Recreation area

Too many State Parks to mention

Total mileage 1,127
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I am on my way to the area tomorrow, Durango, then off and running over the mountains!

Glad you had a good trip and I hope ours is as well.

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I am on my way to the area tomorrow, Durango, then off and running over the mountains!

Glad you had a good trip and I hope ours is as well.
Weather is going to be kind iffy the next couple of days. Make sure you get an early start over the mountain passes. If you are going over the San Juan Skyway the telluride side over CO145 is better then the Ouray Side on CO 550.

There is a nice French bakery cafe in Durango I recommend. It's a nice change from burgers and fries and they make really good coffee.
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Weather is going to be kind iffy the next couple of days. Make sure you get an early start over the mountain passes. If you are going over the San Juan Skyway the telluride side over CO145 is better then the Ouray Side on CO 550.

There is a nice French bakery cafe in Durango I recommend. It's a nice change from burgers and fries and they make really good coffee.
Thanks for the hints. I've been watching the weather.

Rainsuit-Check, Heated Jacket-Check, Heated Gloves-Check!

Off I go.....

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Thanks for the hints. I've been watching the weather.

Rainsuit-Check, Heated Jacket-Check, Heated Gloves-Check!

Off I go.....
Heated gear might be a little too much unless your going over Independence pass (+12K ft.) it's cold there even when its sunny. Rain gear is a most.
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Fourth of July In CO Western Slope Photo Album

Here's are some of the pictures from the trip.

http://s780.photobucket.com/albums/y...view=slideshow

The best riding sections of the road are not in the album. I was too busy riding them to stop for pictures.

I see if I can post a map.
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For those who are too lazy to follow a link here are the photos

















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Awesome picture and hope you enjoyed the view and had a good ride. Nice place to get your soul connected to the nature.

Thanks for sharing.

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I'm headed south to Colorado on Monday. Haven't decided on the route yet but there really aren't any bad ones. I think I'll swing through the 4 corners and then pick a pass or 4 I haven't ridden heading north.
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I was within a couple of hours from the 4 corners. CO
141 will take u from grand junction to dolores. San Juan skyway is around that area too.
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I've been down 141 a couple of times on the FJR and once last year on the V, just never took the time to go to the 4 corners. 141 is probably one of the better bike roads in the country.
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Drove through the four corners once on a road trip with the family. Decided not to stop at that time. Lastest research from the USGS said the four corners monument is actually three miles away from the real spot where the four states meet. The tribal people were not happy about it and the fact got buried.

Which mountain passes are you planning on on your way north?
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The trip has changed a little bit. Now I'm leaving Helena headed for Longmont to see an old buddy. From there I'll go to Salida and Gunnison then south on 149 to hit Poncha Pass, Spring Creek Pass and Wolf Creek Pass. Then head to the 4 corners. Then up 141 & 139 to Rangely. Or I might just pop into Utah. I've got 9 days to go wherever.
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7/5/10 Trail Ridge Road to Granby and back, 7/6/10 Hwy. 36 out of Estes Pk. around Boulder to Eisenhower tunnel, back up hwy 7 to Estes Park. Yesterday to Colorado Springs. Today Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods then RAIN! Tomorrow, don't know yet.... Suggestions?
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If you are in CO Springs take CO 24 west to divide (woodland park area) then head south on 67 and do the cripple creek victor loop (couple of gambling towns). Back north on Teller county 1 to Florissant. Good stopping point to see the Florissant fosils beds its a national site. Then east on CO 24 back to Divide head CO 67 north to Deckers. If you do not mind getting on some dirt you can follow 67 north to Sedalia and to the Southern subburbs. If you want to stay on pavement on Deckers take CO Rd 126 to CO 285 then loop back to Denver metro.

You may go CO 24 west over wilkerson pass across South Park (I call South Park the nothingness) to Buena Vista. From there you can take CO 24 north to Leadville then CO191 north until you reach I70. Go east on I70 then south on CO 9 back to CO 24 east. (about 275 miles)

Longer route (400+ mile loop back to CO Springs) would be from Buena Vista take CO 24 north them CO 82 over Indenpendence Pass to Aspen and Carbondale then Glenwood Springs. Back through I 70 and CO 9 south back to CO 24 east. This one will take over a couple of high altitude passes and it will be cold up there.

Forgot to mention, the last pict in the series is from Wilkerson Pass looking west.

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The trip has changed a little bit. Now I'm leaving Helena headed for Longmont to see an old buddy. From there I'll go to Salida and Gunnison then south on 149 to hit Poncha Pass, Spring Creek Pass and Wolf Creek Pass. Then head to the 4 corners. Then up 141 & 139 to Rangely. Or I might just pop into Utah. I've got 9 days to go wherever.

CO 139 to Rangely and then Utah. That's a whole lot of nothing up there. That's in my next trip plan
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Gotta love Colorado!! I'm headed that way again in August. There are tons of passes I try to do different ones each year.
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