Best roads from Carolina to Denver to Oregon and back?
I'm riding this July from Charlotte, NC to rally in Oregon. I've never been west of Denver before. Anyone have "roads you just gota ride"
Route East to West:
Charlotte July 10, 2013
to Moab, UT (Iron Butt 1000 to Salem, OR)
or to Rawlins, M (Iron Butt 1000 to Salem, OR)
Route West to East:
to San Francisco (gota ride over the Golden Gate Bridge, bucket list)
to Reno, NV
to Salt Lake City
to Denver ?
to Cheyenne, WY ?
What's the ride like from Reno to Salt Lake City?
How much spare water do I need to carry for ride out west in July?
SF to Reno to Salt Lake TIPS:
The Interstate80 is a very pretty ride over the Sierra to Reno, but as a local out here, many greater options exist but timely! Take one of our great pass rides; Carson(Hwy88), Ebbetts(Hwy4), Sonora(Hwy108) or Tioga(Hwy120)YNP Passes are all best choices for mc travel. All are South of the Interstate 80 which is Donner Pass. I would not want to miss the famed US50 crossing Nevada, starting at Fallon,NV to Interstate 15 in Utah. You can cut it off at ELY,NV and get back to 80 at the Bonnevillle Salt Flats and on into SLC. My favorites above are Ebbetts and Sonora Passes. Tioga is in my back yard and a frequent of mine. Yosemite NP. Interstate 80 across Nevada is IF youre in a hurry only. Water? Always carry a quart or two of fresh water. Drink MORE than you think you need. If youre not pee'in at stops, youre in trouble. A really good guide to know if youre getting enough H2O!!! Randy
Packing Water? Ride Update
Thanks for the all the great ride suggestions. I'll have to rethink my packing to make sure I have enough room on the bike to carry extra water for the ride across AZ and UT. Maybe I'll just strap a bag of ice to my back and let it melt.
I'm planning 1 week to ride from Charlotte, NC to Salem, OR. Leaving July 10th, wondering westward across CO to Moab UT by Monday, July 15th. On Tuesday July 16th I'll get up early and start Iron Butt 1000 to Salem, OR arriving morning of Wed, July 17th. I'll setup tent, sleep, then volunteer at the start of the rally. As you can tell, lots of details to work out as I ride along, nothing firm, the road and weather will tell me where to go next. All are welcome to join me on the ride out.
My ride back will be more leisurely, no Iron Butt, 1 week riding down west coast, over GGB, then east back to Charlotte. I'll plan to ride as many of these great roads suggested as possible before time catches up to me.
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