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Old 01-04-2013, 05:10 PM   #31
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Thanks to all for the great advice and recommendations!!!! Really looking forward to my trip out there. Still doing some research and also considering lengthening the trip to 3 weeks and seeing some of Utah as well. As the time gets closer, I'll post my planned route and would welcome any who would want to join me for any part of it.

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Old 01-07-2013, 06:27 PM   #32
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Does anyone know of any off-road schools, in Colorado, that might benefit me while I'm out there? I wouldn't mind giving a day or two of my vacation to learning off-road riding techniques.

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Old 01-07-2013, 06:56 PM   #33
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Neduro would be the best guy for the job but he does classes very rarely. You could PM him and see if you can put one together. He's a great teacher - really has a gift there. Best class on motorcycling I've ever taken.

I'm an MSF instructor with advanced certifications and could give you some pointers as we ride. I am also advanced in age so nothing on the route that I put up is extremely difficult - unless it rains. Then there are good alternate routes to avoid those sections.
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:24 PM   #34
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Just got vacation approved for my trip to Colorado this June - from June 15th to July 7th.

Now I can get down to some serious planning!
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:13 PM   #35
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Last Dollar is great and easy

Ophir slightly more difficult and very scenic

Clear lake near Silverton / Ouray - don't hear too much about this one but it is relatively easy, no traffic and every scenic...

Steve Farson's book is a huge source of info...
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:20 AM   #36
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I PM'ed Neduro about a class, and he has no plans to schedule anything in the foreseeable future.
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:25 AM   #37
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Cool2 Utah route - 6 day tour

Here's the Utah loop;

Uncompaghre Plateau, Gateway, John Brown Canyon, La Salles, Castle Valley, Colorado River, Arches National Park. You'll need to make reservations for camping in Arches right away.
http://goo.gl/maps/tfDT6

Arches, Moab (gas) Potash road, Shafer Trail, Island in the Sky, Grandview Point, Dead Horse Point, Moab (you'll need a shower by now)
http://goo.gl/maps/Z4fEf

Moab, towards Hurrah Pass, (Can be deep sand and then rocky so turn back when you get in too deep), Moab, Anticline, Hatch Point Overlook, Needles Overlook.Wind Whistling Campground
http://goo.gl/maps/EkMUx

Wind Whistle, Cottonwood Creek, Causeway, Blanding, Natural Bridges, Mulie Point
http://goo.gl/maps/CiMco

Mulie Point, Valley of the Gods, San Juan Goosenecks, Mexican Hat, Hovenweep, Cortez, Mesa verde
http://goo.gl/maps/ohUDT

Spend the day in Mesa Verde and then ride to Silverton for RMAR
http://goo.gl/maps/CCdyg

If you don't have that much time to spend in Utah then do the first part and ride from Moab to Silverton
http://goo.gl/maps/lKdSU
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:59 PM   #38
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Sounds like you have a lot of help on your trip. These are all great ride ideas. I live in the area that you plan on being in (San Juans) and have some time off that matches yours. I will ride with you if you like and any others that might join you so PM me during your trip.
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:03 AM   #39
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Hey Steve,

Your query has generated a lot of pent up riding interest from many of us out this way in the Rockies.

You do know and fully understand the "Code of Beer Ethics" out west don't you?

Most that have posted here to offer services, advice, route planning, companionship, etc. tend to be a "pretty thirsty " bunch. I do hope that those 3 weeks you took off from work are all "paid vacation". You'll need it riding around with this crowd.

Just giving you a hard time! Glad to hear that you got the 3 weeks off that you wanted. I predict that after 3 weeks out west you'll be saddle sore, road weary, and worn out ....................... or that you'll just send home for your belongings and "call in sick" for the next 20 years!

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Old 02-07-2013, 09:55 AM   #40
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I am looking for the same rides the OP is interested in. I have three weeks in August to wander your fine state on a CRF250L. We have great beer here in Wisconsin what flavor shall I bring? For bribes and advice?
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:31 AM   #41
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^any and all things New Glarus

This is a difficult thread to read with snow in the weekend's forecast ...can't wait to get back out there

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Old 02-07-2013, 10:43 AM   #42
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any and all things New Glarus

This is a difficult thread to read with snow in the weekend's forecast ...can't wait to get back out there
consider it done

I live about 10 minutes from New Glarus

I will bring some Liennies Creamy Dark also

dats gouda
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:03 AM   #43
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I would encourage you to invest in the Butler Maps.

http://www.butlermaps.com/

Next I would also advise a Guided Duel Sport. We have a fine young man from Iowa, Jeremy Shonning that does some very nice trips. Lives in Bolder now.

http://www.coloradodualsport.com/
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:17 PM   #44
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Just found out I will need an OHV sticker in Colorado. Will I need one in Utah as well?
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:44 PM   #45
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Just found out I will need an OHV sticker in Colorado. Will I need one in Utah as well?
If you're plated you won't need one in Colorado or Utah. That's only for unplated vehicles like ATV's, snowmobiles and unplated dirt bikes
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