Revisiting Colorado and Utah
In the fall of 2013, I was lucky enough to be able to spend a week out west. The ride and the area were both spectacular, but I must go back for two reasons: 1) Riding with my dad, we mostly stuck to the great pavement, so I was unable to enjoy the endless miles of unpaved roads both Utah and Colorado are known for. And 2) Congress decided to close the National Parks the entire time we were there, so while the riding was still unbelievable, we didn't get into any of the parks. I'm not sure when I'll get back out this direction, but I know I won't be able to resist it.
I originally formed a route from central Colorado to the eastern edge of Nevada zig-zagging through 11 national parks, and passing through the '4 Corners'. The route is only about 1750 miles out and 600 miles back, creating a 2350 mile loop. Do-able in 8 days, even with the numerous parks and stops along the way. This original route is entirely paved, so it's highly likely to be modified before I get back out here. The problem is, I should take Alicia the next time, which will limit the off-pavement riding some. Some careful consideration (or more likely, playing it by ear) will be required.