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Old 05-04-2013, 11:07 AM   #1
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So cal to salt lake

Hi all, I am going from Ontario, CA to Salt Lake City over memorial weekend I am leaving Thursday around noon and need to be in SLC Friday night. Question is what are some good roads to take, what should I avoid? I am thinking I would like to be mostly on paved roads due to the miles per day. I would also like to stay of the interstates as much as possible. Any good places to eat along the way? Thanks, Jeff
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Old 05-04-2013, 12:03 PM   #2
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Easy Peazy....

Vegas area-Hoover Dam, Red Rock Canyon, Valley of Fire.

UT-Cedar Breaks, Zion, Bryce, Hwy 12, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, Arches.

Watch the heat, stay hydrated with sport drinks & water. Keep the skin exposure to a minimum.

Have a great time in some great country!
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:37 AM   #3
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To do it in a day and a half....with no dark riding......

Blast up 15 to 395

Blast up 395 to Bishop (Elm Street motel option)......that's about five hours gone right there with Pit Stops. Thursday night (9 hours lay over with breakfast)? Your're gonna need an EARLY start...big ride day Friday.

@ Bishop 6 north to Ely (motel, Four Jacks?) (five hours ride add one hour for Pit Stops)

@ Ely 93 north to then 93alt to Wendover (Casino/motel option) (2 hours ride, plus one hour Pit Stop)

Quick visit to Bonneville Salt Flats via 80

80 east to SLC (2 hours ride )

13 hours actual riding time, stop for gas, pee, food, sleep add 12 hours...so 25 hours total......don't dawdle and be sure to leave at noon on Thursday!
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:41 AM   #4
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Other than straight up 15,I like Tucker's route,been on all of it and its really quiet,just don't let the serenity fool you the cops are bored out there and do write tickets,but ya what he said.
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:43 AM   #5
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What kinda bike??
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:45 AM   #6
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Yeah north after Ely the cops wait in the desert, you WILL get busted.
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Old 05-05-2013, 11:07 AM   #7
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I really felt we needed to emphasize to peace and quiet of endless miles of nothing but that COP I just flew by at,oh shit,really fast!Otherwise keep your tank full when you can,at those speeds bikes get thirsty,don't pass a pump.
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Old 05-05-2013, 12:43 PM   #8
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When my brother and I did that run a few years back, we rode up I-15 to Zion then took US-89 the rest of the way up. Watch the 25mph towns though.
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Old 05-05-2013, 01:10 PM   #9
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Thanks for the route suggestions, I am on a 1200 multi so I have about a 200 mile range. I like the suggestion of heading up 395 as it might be a little cooler. I don't mind doing some night riding. Keep the suggestions coming as I still have a few weeks to make up my mind. Jeff
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:49 AM   #10
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Be careful with the night riding. All the critters large and small like to come out when it's cool.
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:27 AM   #11
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+1 on the critters at night,but I like the areas your going through at night,it's kinda magical in the desert at night,I would ride at night out there.
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:51 AM   #12
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read my 'hit a cow in baja' in faceplant.......and that was day time!

I won't ride at night.................
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Old 05-06-2013, 12:12 PM   #13
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Here is the scenic route, but not faster:

Head north on I5, in Fresno, take Hwy 41 up to Hwy 49 at Oakhurst. Take Hwy 49 all the way to Hwy 80 at Auburn, then Hwy 80 to SLC. About 18 hours total.

Auburn is about 8 hours from Ontario, and would be a good place to stop for the night.

You can cut the time in half by taking Hwy 15 all the way, though...
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Old 05-06-2013, 02:49 PM   #14
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Your'e kinda stuck with shitty roads getting out of So. Cal. Tuckers' route probably gets you out quickest as things improve along 395 once you pass Ridgecrest, but crossing Nevada on the 6 is a looong empty stretch - it does have a certain appeal though. I'd second the recommendation for rte 89 north from Zion. I15 sucks til you get to the Virgin River Gorge, but past that is some really delightful riding all the way up 89
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:08 PM   #15
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Your'e kinda stuck with shitty roads getting out of So. Cal. Tuckers' route probably gets you out quickest as things improve along 395 once you pass Ridgecrest, but crossing Nevada on the 6 is a looong empty stretch - it does have a certain appeal though. I'd second the recommendation for rte 89 north from Zion. I15 sucks til you get to the Virgin River Gorge, but past that is some really delightful riding all the way up 89
This is good and you can make St. George UT for your night stop or maybe a casino in Mequite NV.
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