Last winter, Pat (PatdeLery on ADV) and me (stou) decided to make the trip from Montreal to Moab at the begining of 2008. From the research I made, the best time to go to Moab was in April or May. I looked at the vacation possibilities at the office. There was 2 possibilities to get 2 weeks off the office. Mid April or mid May. Pat was really anxious to go to Moab, so we decided to go there in April. A little bit later, Martin (touring31) joined us in this adventure project.
Pat ride a R1150GS Adventure, Martin a KTM 950 Adventure and me, a R1200GS.
I did some research on the weather at Moab and found that in April the weather can go from below 30° at night to more than 80° during the day. Since we planed to do camping, we planned to bring adequate equipment for these temperatures.
We also decided to do the road from Montreal to Denver with the bikes on a trailer. The weather in April can vary a lot from snow and heavy rain and we wanted to do this boring part the fastest way possible. With 3 drivers, it's possible to do Montreal to Denver in around 30 hours non stop. We also needed a place to park the truck and the trailer. I opened a thread on ADV in the « Regional forums > The Rockies » to see if somebody had a place for us.
The replies was amazing. We had many offers and we decided to accept Pete's offer (ORV nick name on ADV). He have a nice place in Golden, CO. where we can park the truck and the trailer.
We also have a friend who did the White Rim last summer. He gave us some interesting info like a nice place to camp in Moab (Slickrock campground), nices places to eat, etc...
On the April 11th, 7h00 AM we start from Montreal, bikes on the trailer.
Here's a map of the road we took. The label Pete, is the place where we parked the truck at Pete's office.
On our way to Colorado, we had rain and snow. I almost lost the control the truck in the middle of the night in Nebraska when we passed on a bridge that was completely frozen. The trailer pushed the truck and he started to do a small jack knife. Fortunately, I didn't used brake and just counter steer it and it got back straight on the road... it was close!
We arrived in Colorado Saturday afternoon. I called Pete to let him know that we will arrive at his place soon. He was already there.
Some pictures at Pete's place. By the way, Pete is a very nice guy. He was very friendly and helpful. Thanks again Pete!
From left to right, Pete, Pat and me. You can see from our eyes that we didn't slept much in the last 30 hours!
Here's Martin with his KTM. That's my GS at his right.
Pete's nice Kawasaki Versys
Pete give us a GPS map from Golden, CO to Moab. We took the Golden Gate canyon road, the I 70 to the US 6, the Loveland pass, back to the I 70, the Highway 141, the Highway 90 and the US 191.
Here's some pictures.
Parts of the Golden Gate Canyon
The I 70
The US 6, Loveland pass area. As you can see, there's lots of snow in this area in April!!!
The more interesting parts, riding the Moab canyons is to come!