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Old 07-12-2018, 11:47 AM   #1
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August trips

I just got approval from the CFO to take a trip in August. Does anyone have any opinions on where the weather is good? I did CO/NM a couple years ago, so that's probably out. Looking at probably a week or so..Does anyone have any recos?

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Old 07-12-2018, 12:39 PM   #2
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Re: August trips

Push a little farther out? Sedona AZ and the Utah parks aren't too bad in the Summer time. Go see "thee" canyon?
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Old 07-12-2018, 01:17 PM   #3
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With only a week you have to place a value on your time off and review the amount of time it would take to get to simply get to great riding territory.

How about flying out to San Francisco and renting a bike for a tour up the coast, into the redwoods, back through the Sierras and Napa valley?

If you can eat some miles on your bike I would also recommend Utah if you haven't been to their beautiful national parks.

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Smoky Mountains. As long as you are up in the mountains, it is not super hot. It is not as dry as the Southwest, but the humidity is not too bad.

Arizona is also nice, and about as close as the Smoky's. Maybe start out in the SE corner of Az, head up US 191, then on into Utah, see the sights, come back down toward Phoenix, than head back East along the mountains South of I-40. Things to see: Mokee Dugway, Petrified Forest, Painted Desert, Monument Valley, Escalante NM, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Grand Canyon, and more. Buy an annual park pass. It will save you a lot on entrance fees.
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Old 07-12-2018, 02:24 PM   #5
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You can ride all over Arkansas without taking too much time to get out there
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Old 07-12-2018, 02:36 PM   #6
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Arkansas was one of the places I was thinking...As were the Smokies...Ideally looking to get away from some of the heat and I don't know if either would do it...

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My experience is that Arkansas won't get you away from the heat in August, even if you stay up on the ridges. However, in the Smoky Mountains you do get cooler temps above 3000-3500 feet, which is where a good bit of fun riding is located. You will tend to drop down in to the lower elevations for towns and major road intersections, then get back up on the ridges for the fun roads. That said, it might still feel warmer because of the humidity compared to being out West. If you really want to beat the heat, you need mountains. Even if you get as far North as places like Wyoming and Montana, it is still quite warm if you are not up in the mountains. I don't mind the heat though if it is not muggy/humid.
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Old 07-12-2018, 03:58 PM   #8
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Smoky Mountains are looking more tempting...What are the MUST DO roads there? I assume the Tail of the Dragon is in there, from where to where? What else do I need to not miss?

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Old 07-12-2018, 04:06 PM   #9
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The answer you seek is the Cloudcroft/Ruidoso area.

Get up early & sink spur, you’ll be there by late afternoon. It’s very cool & rainy there.

I rode there Sunday. It’s was in the 50’s at night.
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Old 07-12-2018, 04:39 PM   #10
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I agree with cloud Croft especially if you are on a good adventure bike. It would take a month to explore the Lincoln national Forest

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3rd vote for Cloudcroft. A day's ride there. Lots of great curvy pavement once you're west of Artesia. Great roads from Mayhill through Cloudcroft and down the Crazy Curvy Road to Alamogordo. Also the Sunspot Hwy south out of Cloudcroft, and north from Cloudcroft to Ruidoso. And as mentioned, lots of dirt and gravel roads if you lean that way. You'll be at about 7,000 feet, temps will be blessedly comfortable, and Cloudcroft isn't nearly as overrun with tourists as many Colorado destination towns you've undoubtedly been through.

Or, for the same distance, go to Raton and base out of there to ride Cimarron Canyon, Red River, Taos. On the Colorado side of Raton, the road to Cucharas Pass NW of Trinidad is very near.
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Just a week and you want cooler temps? Fly to Vancouver, rent a bike and ride the areas between there and Banff.
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Ooh, I'm on an FJR, so dirt is out...Should've mentioned that from the get go.

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Head to the mountains. I know you said you had already been to CO and NM, but that's where it's going to be cool.

It also depends on how far you plan to ride in a day. If you like to ride a lot, you can go pretty far in a week. I went to NM, CO, UT, ID, WA, MT, ND and WY last year on my way to Glacier National Park and back. It was about 3500 miles, so about 500 a day average for 7 days. (In reality, I did 2000 of them in 2 days getting there and back and the other 1500 spread over 5 days at about 300 a day) I cheated a bit since I have a Goldwing and was on that....but an FJR is definitely capable of 500 mile days if you get up in the morning and get going.

Point being..... a week is a really long time, you can do a lot of riding or do a bit less and still go pretty far. Either way, I'd definitely head due North and head for mountains as that's where it will be cooler.
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I just got approval from the CFO to take a trip in August. Does anyone have any opinions on where the weather is good? I did CO/NM a couple years ago, so that's probably out. Looking at probably a week or so..Does anyone have any recos?

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What roads were you on 2 years ago? Maybe get a Butler map(s) and ride a different route than last time? There are so many sweet roads in New Mexico and Colorado takes months to ride them all. The temps are good as you know at elevation. So that is were to head. Like several members,and 2WheelNut say the mountain regions are where you want to be. NM434,518,38,64 are all excellent and about every other road in Colorado are sweet.
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Not sure this'll work, but here's a link to my first trip.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?h...3500000002&z=7
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Not sure this'll work, but here's a link to my first trip.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?h...3500000002&z=7
Well you hit some of the same roads I would have recommended to you. CO92 behind the black canyon of the Gunnison is super sweet and CO 114 near Gunnison to Saguache is twisty also. I heard that CO141 is a great road also. CO160 to South Fork and CO149 from there north to Gunnison are many riders favorites.
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Ok, really leaning towards TN/NC. What's thought of this route?

The stops in Anniston are to stay w/family to save a couple bucks.

https://goo.gl/maps/TDnkPdGQQAr

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A ride in that general vicinity is on my bucket list. Thanks for mapping it for me; I'm gonna hang onto that.
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