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Here is a copy of a post made by DUSTY a few months ago with some very good info on things to see and do on ride outs from Montrose .. We can make the groups up on the day .. Ciaran ..

I've been 'ridin' a few roads around Montrose on the computermyself, lately and agree there are a lot of varied rides.

I'll probably won't be going on any 'organized' rides myself, as I find I make better time riding either bymyself, or 1 or 2 others that don't mind riding the posted speed limit +5-10mph over. :action:

Here's a little list of different rides, or variations of the 'immediate' area. Some spotsI have already been to(Utah) and don't think I'll be going back to them, but depending on my route to Montrose, I might re-ride some of these again. I'll post them anyway, as they are worth seeing.

I'll be posting in another thread(and linking toit from here) posting links to some photos I took of different areas in Southern Utah, so you get a bit of a 'virtual tour' and have an idea whether that area interests you either before/after/or during your stay in Montrose.

Here's a list of linksto possible rides in the area, that I have come up with.

To get a good idea of the terrain/altitude of the passes you'll be riding through, click on the "terrain" box in the upper right corner of the map and zoom right in and you'll see the contour lines

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http://tinyurl.com/84olmh

2 - http://tinyurl.com/94r3d8

3 - http://tinyurl.com/9667s8

4 - http://tinyurl.com/8pgta8

5 - http://tinyurl.com/7clk6u

6 - http://tinyurl.com/73rogj

7 - http://tinyurl.com/9f86k6

8 - http://tinyurl.com/8wxvpw

9 - http://tinyurl.com/8ahzpz

10 - http://tinyurl.com/7sjvlm




Edited to add a link to places to see and things to do in Southern Utah, including slide shows of some of the national parksthe parks and surrounding areas.


http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/view_topic.php?id=60079&forum_id=14
 

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Swampfox contacted me to see if I could post a couple other routes that some of you might be interested in, for a day trip.

These ones are not all that long and would be a good, leisurely alternative, allowing for lots of great scenery and stops/exploring along the way.

One route is one which takes you north from Montrose, towards Grand Junction, with a detour through Colorado National Monument,then through part of Grand Junction, which would make for a nice lunch stop, and continue on over Grand Mesa, through to Delta and back to Montrose to complete the loop.

http://tinyurl.com/mzmx9c


Another one would take you into/around The Black Canyon of theGunnison National Park, with a possible lunch stop at Crawford(Joe Cocker's place of residence!) and continues on up to Paonia, before backtracking a bit and heading towards Delta and then back to Montrose.

http://tinyurl.com/kmu8el

As you can see, there are a lot of National Parks/Monuments in/around the area, so obtaining one of the National Park's America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass would be something to think about if visiting a few of the many National Parks and Monumets in and around, or en route to Montrose. They are good for a year. I have mine already.:cooler:



See y'all soon! :byebye: .... Dusty
 

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Ken, I mentioned to Swampfox that many routes could be started by a modestly large group, particularly Black Canyon of the Gunnison, which is your #1 route above (count me in; I still haven't seen it), Silverton, and Telluride. Folks can hang out, and do those as an "out and back", or...the more hard-core among/amongst us can continue on, and make day loops of them. Maybe some LONG day loops! :D

My suggestion was to see if the primary hotel can provide us with a chalkboard or a whiteboard. Folks could post potential routes, with a proposed departure time for the following day, and riders could "sign up" as desired, the night before. I can provide chalk and/or dry erase pens; if you see some guy riding an old Goldwing into town with a chalkboard strapped to his back, it means we couldn't work that out with the hotel....:cheeky1::cheeky1::cheeky1:
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Hi Motorcycle Pete,
Good suggestion for a sign-up type of program.
It's only a short 45 min. ride to Ouray for a lunch or ice-cream. Also Ridgeway has a few good resturants for breakfast and lunch. Not a long rides but nice and scenic.
Hope that I'm not out of line here!
Gene
 

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Azwngr wrote:
Hi Motorcycle Pete,
Good suggestion for a sign-up type of program.
It's only a short 45 min. ride to Ouray for a lunch or ice-cream. Also Ridgeway has a few good resturants for breakfast and lunch. Not a long rides but nice and scenic.
Hope that I'm not out of line here!
Gene
If your a fan of the "Duke" ( I am ) then you might like to have lunch at the "True Grit Cafe" in Ridgway.

I got my T-shirt from there last year.:)
 

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Azwngr wrote:
Hi Motorcycle Pete,
Good suggestion for a sign-up type of program.
It's only a short 45 min. ride to Ouray for a lunch or ice-cream. Also Ridgeway has a few good resturants for breakfast and lunch. Not a long rides but nice and scenic.
Hope that I'm not out of line here!
Gene
And it's only an hour max beyond, to Silverton, and an hour(ish?) from Ridgeway over to Telluride, so...lots of folks could make a nice half-day of it, and see a lot of the spectacular stuff!
 

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Good idea Pete,



Maybe organize it so all the rides start at say, 8:30 or 9:00 and we all meet atthe samedesignated place at that time. Whoever wants to go on a certain ride gets together with others who want to do the same.
 
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