Yes CJ, trying to figure out which fine scenicstretch of blacktop to rideti's a tough decision to make, for sure.
I know the dilemma you are going through, as I am havinga somewhat similarproblem, myself.
After living in this beautiful part of the Continent for the past 12 years, I'll be retiring this May and moving back to Ontario at the end of Julyand want to get in as many 'must do' rides before I am settled in, back east. It's like trying to decide which of your favorite deserts you want for your last, non-dietary, dinner.
I was thinking of making it one hell of a spectacular ride into Montrose but the areas I want to ride/see are just too 'spread out', to make that sort of trip, practical.
So, I've decided tobreak it up into2 majortrips, with day/weekend trips sprinkled in for flavouring.
I'm thinking on taking 12-14 days at the end of June, early July and doingthe smaller/shorter(3,00+ miles)Banff/Waterton/Glacier/Beartooth Pass/Yellowstone/Tetons/Craters of the Moon/Coeur D Alene Lake loop 'portion' and saving the "piece de resistance
" for the actual trip to Montrose and beyond, en route to Ontario, covering at least another 7,000 miles.
In between those 2 trips, I'll be packing up a U-Haul, complete with a tandem axle float (for my van) and driving across country to my new place in Gravenhurst, Ontario. Get settled in a bit, before flying back here on the 1st of Sept, where I'll pick up my bike, which I'll leave in my storage room , along with all the needed gear for the trip to Montrose and start out on Sept 2-3, for another adventurous trip, downalong the West Coast, before turning inland, visiting many National Parksen route.
Should be quite the summer.
Too many roads ... not enough time