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Old 06-17-2012, 03:37 PM   #1
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Hi Guys
new here
looks like a great site
i am from australia
a couple of us are coming over your way to ride around the hills
landing in LA over the rockies Colorado Utah South Dakota Montana rockies back to LA
anything we need to know
places to avoid
places must see
we are going in july, hows is that for holidays etc anything that causes overcrowding etc
looking forward to reading your advice and seeing and riding your big country
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Old 06-17-2012, 03:55 PM   #2
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The only place I would avoid is LA... but make full steam and you'll be through to the good stuff in no time.
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Old 06-17-2012, 04:34 PM   #3
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Could be good timing....

The 4th of July, our Independence Day, falls on Wednesday. So it's likely that heavy traffic will abound both surrounding weekends, and all week. After 8th, no worries.......those of us with jobs will have to be back at work.

Have a safe, fun trip!
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Old 06-17-2012, 05:34 PM   #4
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Late July will be the lead up to the Sturgis rally in South Dakota. Normal attendance is in the realm of 500,000 most all on bikes. The riding in the area is great but you really want to avoid that region during that timeframe.

LA sucks in general.

Bring gear for all seasons. You never know what you're going to get from low single digits to mid to high 30's (Celsius) and from frigid rain to riding in a 60kph hair dryer.
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Old 06-17-2012, 08:25 PM   #5
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Hi Guys
new here
looks like a great site
i am from australia
a couple of us are coming over your way to ride around the hills
landing in LA over the rockies Colorado Utah South Dakota Montana rockies back to LA
anything we need to know
places to avoid
places must see
we are going in july, hows is that for holidays etc anything that causes overcrowding etc
looking forward to reading your advice and seeing and riding your big country
regards
Bonneville 53
From LA head up US395 to Bishop, CA and then across US 50 through Nevada and come into Utah and see Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. Then get on to Moab and western Colorado where the really good stuff is.
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Old 06-17-2012, 11:07 PM   #6
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thanks champ
what about the mokee dugout
and after Colorado what do you recommend with Yellowstone

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Old 06-18-2012, 12:00 AM   #7
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We call it the Moki Dugway

The area has some pretty amazing scenery.









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Old 06-18-2012, 12:19 AM   #8
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A little Dugway history:



The Mokee Dugway is located on Utah Route 261 just north of Mexican Hat, UT. It was constructed in 1958 by Texas Zinc, a mining company, to transport uranium ore from the "Happy Jack" mine in Fry Canyon, UT. to the processing mill in Mexican Hat. The three miles of unpaved, but well graded, switchbacks descend 1100 feet from the top of Cedar Mesa. The State of Utah recommends that only vehicles less than 28 feet in length and 10,000 pounds in weight attempt to negotiate this steep (10% grade), narrow and winding road.
The term "mokee" is derived from the Spanish word moqui, which was a general term used by the 18th century Spanish explorers and settlers in this region to describe the Pueblo Indians they encountered and the vanished culture which had left behind the numerous ruins they discovered during their travels. This term continued to be used by the Anglo pioneers, who moved into southern Utah during the 1800's, and their descendants.
Today the standard term used to describe these prehistoric Native Americans, who lived in this region more than 1000 years ago, is "Ancestral Puebloans". It is based on present day Puebloan tribes' and archaeologists' beliefs that these people were the ancestors of the today's Hopi, Zuni, Acoma and Rio Grande region cultures. You may also see them commonly referred to as the "Anasazi", a Navajo word meaning "enemy ancestors".
There are nearly 30,000 recorded arch sites in San Juan County.

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Old 06-18-2012, 07:08 AM   #9
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LA isn't so bad. I would not want to live there. But I enjoy my visits. It all depends on what you like. I typically plan a side street tour when I am there. Some of those streets run all the way east to west and north to south. Also I like the areas both north and south of LA. Along the coast mainly. But Alpine and Polomar are both great.
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:06 AM   #10
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If you're going to LA, ride Mulholland Hwy up to the "Rock Store" it's right outside of LA.
30354 Mulholland Highway
Cornell, CA 91301
(805) 375-7432
rock-store.com‎


This is a popular ride, there will be hundreds of bikes out on Mulholland on a weekend and most everyone stops into the Rock Store, it's a place to see some unique and rare bikes.

I'd spend some time in California before heading out the Rockies, Pacific Coast Hwy/Hwy 1 (CA-1) is one of the best rides in America. Big Sur is absoluetly beautiful and is only like 5hrs north of LA on Hwy 1.
Make sure you stop at Julia-Pfieffer Burns State Park this is right off the side of the road there.


Personally I'd ride Hwy 1 all the way up to San Francisco then out to Yosemite National Park (America's first National Park and one of the nicest, will be super crowded on 4th of July week though). I spent a year living in California and I didn't get to see half of the state, but I did ride most of HWY 1 from the farthest north section and as far south as Morro Bay and IMHO it's a must do. I think avoiding the Southern Deserts of CA & NV in the Summertime will save you some misery as well.
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Old 06-18-2012, 08:25 PM   #11
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I've ridden Hwy 1 from Morro Bay to Coos Bay Oregon. If you stop at San Francisco, you've IMO missed the most awesome part of the ride: the redwood forest. Yosemite and Sequoia/King's Canyon are amazing on a bike. If you have the time, up the coast to the redwoods, over to the center of the state and down through Yosemite and Sequoia then across at Lake Tahoe and continue eastbound to the Rockies from there.
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:41 PM   #12
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I've ridden Hwy 1 from Morro Bay to Coos Bay Oregon. If you stop at San Francisco, you've IMO missed the most awesome part of the ride: the redwood forest. Yosemite and Sequoia/King's Canyon are amazing on a bike. If you have the time, up the coast to the redwoods, over to the center of the state and down through Yosemite and Sequoia then across at Lake Tahoe and continue eastbound to the Rockies from there.
yeah you're dead on, add in riding out to the lost coast too oh and HWY 36 (140 miles of twisties), . BUT that's going to take a lot of time, not sure if you could see all that and then see all the stuff in CO & UT. There's enough to ride to and see in California that you could spend the entire month riding and seeing stuff in that one state.


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Old 06-19-2012, 11:59 PM   #13
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Go thru cody wyoming and then up chief joseph hiway and on down the beartooth highway to redlodge mt. ( the beartooth highway is world class) Best ridden early in the morning before the motorhomes and slow harleys clog up the road. As far as yellowstone I enjoy early morning or late evening. Great stuff all and if you have the time buzz up to glacier park mt. and ride the going to the sun highway.
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Old 06-22-2012, 12:42 AM   #14
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Thanks everyone
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:35 AM   #15
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So Wyoming

if in the area S central Wyoming, Medicine Bow Peak between Laramie and Saratoga is real nice and not over used
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