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#758905 - 02/10/12 12:07 AM Salida, Colorado
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Salida sits at the south end of a long increasingly wide valley thru which runs the Arkansas River. Locals refer to it as the banana belt for it's moderate Winter temps. It's small enough to have a somewhat intimate but casual downtown area, with some decent nightlife and a selection of good to excellent restaurants. It's also big enough to have a wide variety of thriving daytime business and self-supporting economy, not to mention a Walmart Super Center. smile

Poncha Springs is 5 miles to the west at the intersection of US50 and US285. Riding from the South up 285 you'd cross 9000' Poncha Pass and have this view a couple miles out.



Coming from the West on 50 you'll crest 11,300' Monarch Pass and see this. And in the unlikely event you ran out of gas here you could coast the 20 or so miles into town.



Check your mirrors for these because objects may be approaching quicker than they appear : ) (lawnchairboy and dhanson)





If your traveling up Interstate 25 from points Southeast I would personally exit at Walsenburg and take the Hwy. 69 shortcut to US50. For about 60 miles the majestic Sangre de Cristo range will be on your left.



And then finish off with Hwy. 50 west thru the Arkansas' canyon.



If from I-70 to the North you could come over Independence Pass on 82 to Twin Lakes.





Or Tennessee Pass on 24 and thru Leadville.







Or Fremont Pass on 91, Hoosier Pass on 9, Kenosha Pass on 285, or if your Randy you could just ride 24 over from Colorado Springs.

Sorry no pics of those but if someone else does or really of anything in the area feel free to post (paging sfarson) : )
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#758955 - 02/10/12 08:10 AM Re: Salida, Colorado [Re: roadscholar]
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second the recommendation on Hwy 69.



can't wait to get out there again.
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#758959 - 02/10/12 08:26 AM Re: Salida, Colorado [Re: lawnchairboy]
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so I am flying out to visit my son in Fort Collins, CO. I will be leaving Fort Collins Co around 2pm on Saturday July 21. I will spend saturday until 6pm, 9am - 5pm Sunday and 9am - 3pm (or around that time) getting to Salida, Co. Coming back I have to leave Thursday morning around 9am and be back in Fort Collins by 3pm. So coming back is just fastet route. I fly out Thursday night to LA for Laguna Seca Moto GP that weekend

Soooooooooooooo suggested route for the Saturday sunday monday trip from Fort Collins to Salida.
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#758985 - 02/10/12 10:08 AM Re: Salida, Colorado [Re: randy]
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Beautiful sights Bill! Can't wait to get back there to ride, and show Jean around the town.

P.S. I have new springs in forks and tuning, just ordered new shock spring. I love modding bikes to make them personal.
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#759014 - 02/10/12 11:37 AM Re: Salida, Colorado [Re: roadscholar]
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Wow, thanks Bill! Terrific to see the lay of the land.

You are just too good with a camera in your clutch hand! thumbsup
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#759017 - 02/10/12 11:50 AM Re: Salida, Colorado [Re: dhanson]
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Chris, tough choice on the bikes. You can cover a lot of miles on the RT but you can gain a lot of altitude on the DR : ), having both would be nice. Might want to think about a trailer, or just back that truck down into a ditch and ride the RT and DR in the back. But as it gets closer let's talk, may have another option like before.

Dave, glad to hear the tuning fork, er fork tuning, whatever : ), is getting dialed in. You weren't doing too bad the way it was, it was fun watching you get that big puppy crossed up a few times then recover. thumbsup



Thanks Kathy, this was one of the uh, more exciting times. The little spitting, popping DR in 1st gear at 6000 rpm was a bit of a handful, I think Colette was happy when it was over. grin








Edited by roadscholar (02/10/12 12:14 PM)
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#759050 - 02/10/12 01:45 PM Re: Salida, Colorado [Re: roadscholar]
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Chris

Or you could get a 950/990 adventure and leave the trailer at home.:)




Edited by Whip (02/10/12 01:45 PM)
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#759051 - 02/10/12 01:48 PM Re: Salida, Colorado [Re: Whip]
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it is only a matter of time...
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#759052 - 02/10/12 01:52 PM Re: Salida, Colorado [Re: randy]
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Originally Posted By: randy
so I am flying out to visit my son in Fort Collins, CO. I will be leaving Fort Collins Co around 2pm on Saturday July 21. I will spend saturday until 6pm, 9am - 5pm Sunday and 9am - 3pm (or around that time) getting to Salida, Co. Coming back I have to leave Thursday morning around 9am and be back in Fort Collins by 3pm. So coming back is just fastet route. I fly out Thursday night to LA for Laguna Seca Moto GP that weekend

Soooooooooooooo suggested route for the Saturday sunday monday trip from Fort Collins to Salida.


Assuming you'll be riding a road bike, and there are others much more familiar with the area than me, here's what I might look at.

Head west out of Fort Collins on 14 thru Poudre Canyon to Walden then south on 125 to Granby, probably 3.5 to 4 hours if you don't stop too much. Granby seems to be getting built up, probably because it's the back door to Estes Park so I'm sure there are restaurants and motels to choose from. Walden could be a little iffy on a Saturday night w/o a res. I'd try to avoid Steamboat Springs too, always busy and therefore pricey.

Sunday might be the most crowded day but head over Trail Ridge on 34, then down 7/72/119 to I-70. From there lots of options. You could exit at Georgetown and go south over Guanella Pass, I hear it's mostly paved now with only a mile or so of gravel, but check. Or you could exit at US 6 and ride over Loveland Pass.





Then you could ride down 9 or 91 to Leadville. From there I'd go south and hang a right on 82 all the way to Carbondale, then left on 133 and left on 92 down to 50 and west to Montrose or maybe Ridgeway or Ouray for the night down 550. On Monday south to Durango, east on 160 to South Fork and if time allows left on 149 back thru Gunnison to Salida.

But again, the locals will know all the smalller roads and really good stuff so we'll see.





Edited by roadscholar (02/10/12 02:08 PM)
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#759079 - 02/10/12 03:35 PM Re: Salida, Colorado [Re: roadscholar]
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yes I had considered bringing my GS450x and the tuono and doing some off road and street riding. I may still do that, if so I would traier to salida saturday morning (fastest route) then base out of salida for Sat - Thurs then trailer back to Fort Collins.

however this specific question was the option of only having my Tuono in Fort collins. So your assumption of street riding was correct. On the other had if it is not too bad a short section of gravel to get in some great roads and views, it is not a big deal to me. But remember I ride a 2007 Aprilla Tuono not a GS :-)
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2006 SV1000 Randy's track bike
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