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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Jul 13th, 2006, 6:24 pm Thread Starter
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September '06 SoCal to Co and back

I'm going on a solo ride from Anaheim California to Castle Rock Colorado to visit my daughter for three days and return. If anyone wants to join me on either leg, let me know. It's always safer with two.

I'm leaving Anaheim Hills early Friday morning September 15th. I'll be taking the CA-91 East to the I-15 North, to the I-40 East, and hopefully end up in Gallup New Mexico the first evening. The next morning will be I-40 East to I-25 North through Colorado.

Coming back on Thursday the 21st. Route of flight is unplanned. Possibly I-70 West through Utah/Nevada to the I-15 South.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old Jul 15th, 2006, 8:13 pm
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I went to Highlands Ranch a couple of years ago and used #89/#160, Flagstaff to Cortez. No gas on #89, but fuel at every intersection (about 40mi.)thru the rez. on #160. Then #160- #285 into the I-470 loop. Just a little different than the slab, if you have the time.

I believe that the I-15/I-70 route is quite a bit shorter, if you need to save time.

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Bruce,

Thanks, I'll look up the route you were talking about. My daughter wanted me to take the southern route because she wants me to see some of the country in southern Colorado on my way up. I'm not sure where or what... she hasn't sent me a specific route yet, but that's the reason for the southern route. I believe you're right about I-15/I-70 being shorter. That's the reason I'll be taking that route back down from Colorado.
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When your daughter sends you a route you will be able to firm up your plans.

If you go the route you stated. Gallup, NM is 593mi. and 9hrs.(I hit I-10 in Banning) from my house, tack on another 50mi. and 1hr. from Anaheim

Make www.weather.com your best resource.

Start your travel as early in the morning as you can.

Just a tip: I-40 is dull and there ain't nothing out there. I-25 in New Mexico is a little better. Southern Colorado around Trinidad and actually starting in Raton, NM is real nice. After Pueblo and Colorado Springs it starts to get congested on I-25.

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Just a tip: I-40 is dull and there ain't nothing out there.
Which makes me think it will be as fast as the shorter route through Nevada/Utah...
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another possibility

If you are heading all the way over to gallup, I would make a push to santa fe or albuquerque (you might thick about trying for an iron butt). Head north on the 285 and cruise through the Jemez mountains, cross over to Taos, then up towards Breckenridge. Not sure where in CO you need to head, but it most of southern CO are green farm lands.

I think you should go through NV/UT and cruise the National Arches.

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You guys with your GS's make me envious. All during my growing up years, a motorcycle was an all terrain vehicle. Now that I have an RS, as much as I like it, I feel limited whenever I see a promising-looking dirt road.

A GS is not in the cards for me, though, even if I had the money. That's a TALL bike! I'd be OK as long as I didn't have to stop, but then, I'd be in DEEP kimshi.
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I'm leaving Anaheim Hills early Friday morning September 15th. I'll be taking the CA-91 East to the I-15 North, to the I-40 East, and hopefully end up in Gallup New Mexico the first evening. The next morning will be I-40 East to I-25 North through Colorado.

Coming back on Thursday the 21st. Route of flight is unplanned. Possibly I-70 West through Utah/Nevada to the I-15 South.
Jeez, why couldn't you have waited until next May?

I had planned to head out to CO (CO Springs) myself this Sept, but it seems that a project put out for bid by some firm has been landed by the company I work for and I'm supposed to start on it in.....wait for it......September. Arghh. As a result, I have been forced to push my vacation forward to spring 2007.

The only hitch is that my plan was to stretch the trip out over 2 - 2 1/2 weeks, so that would probably not have been compatible with your timeframe. Oh well. I hope your upcoming trip turns out to be an especially good and uneventful one.

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