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    Gentlemanly Adventures

    ... and Gentlewomanly, too, for that matter.

    i am working on an "Always an Adventure" article that describes three rides that are adventurous more for their scenery, history and/or remoteness instead of the riding challenge itself.

    iow, these are rides that can be taken 2-up, or while hauling a month's worth of gear, confident in the knowledge that the riding challenge isn't going to be too difficult.

    another aspect is that they are good alternatives to the slab when you're trying to get somewhere while wanting for a nice detour at the same time.

    the rides in my article will be three routes I strung together this summer as an alternative to I-90 and I-80 on the way to Oregon:



    These three will be in my article, which will also point readers to this thread.

    It'd be great if there were some more routes for people to consider, so, how 'bout we take a minute to share the routes we know. And if you know how to do it, Google Maps links will be very useful.

    Thanks!

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    C'mon Ian, you know a gentleman never tells. Especially if he's been to Big Sheep Creek.......
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    Lemhi Pass- a scenic and gentlemanly ride.

    When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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    Thanks Ian:)

    Sometimes and more frequent these days, we are not the "gorilla's" we think we are to manhandle such a large Beemer offroad and the more sensable routes of dirt apply. So many exist. Great suggestion/article in the works for ya. My West Coast has so many but often turn into soft sandy terrain so these are offlimits, like Navada and such, which is incredably dirt road laden with these byways. North of Reno is a raod to Pyramid Lake and North from there to Gerlach(Burning Man home) and is worthy of your look see. Its an easy, from 25 to 70mph dirt kind of road to the end of the world, desert terrain and is easy to ride. Very remote. Take more water than gas. "Ohpir Pass" in the Colorado Alps is a nice two up, one of the easier Colorado Passes near Teluride/Silverton. One of my recent trips East, I found "OARK",Arkansas in the heart of the Ozarks. A very simple single lane paved road into Oark and ALL dirt byways out. This place reminded me of the movie "Deliverance"and was Sooooooo beautiful with tree covered dirt byways to awe at. Very nice Arkansas heaven here. Just some of my recent memories of GSA dirt, that many can enjoy, even two up. Randy"Polarbear"Owens....Happy Trails Ian, your friend Randy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polarbear View Post
    One of my recent trips East, I found "OARK",Arkansas in the heart of the Ozarks. A very simple single lane paved road into Oark and ALL dirt byways out.
    Randy - I found this town on google maps and looked around a bit. this route sounds excellent.... a nice little diversion from I-40.

    Do you remember much of the ride? It would be cool to map this out and make it available.

    Thanks!

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    also, what do you think about that Kaiser Pass road you wrote about before?

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    Here's a couple alternate routes for those of you coming up north to enjoy the mountains.

    Forrestry Trunk Road 940 from Crowsnest to Highway 40

    Smith-Dorien trail Kananaskis to Canmore
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobmws View Post
    C'mon Ian, you know a gentleman never tells. Especially if he's been to Big Sheep Creek.......


    these are rides that your wife wouldn't hate you for taking her along.

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    Hey Ian, Here's one for you...

    Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway

    The Flat Tops Trail parallels Interstate 70 in Colorado for about 80 miles. It delivers a mix of 30 miles pavement, 50 miles graded dirt. Deep wilderness, serious views, massive aspen forests, huge elk herds, and a mountain pass (Ripple Creek) are the accompaniment. It is said this area was the inspiration for a wilderness preservation ethos in the west. Teddy Roosevelt hunted the area regularly 100 years ago.

    BTW, Colorado 131 leading north from I-70 to the eastern launch of this ride at Yampa, is one of the finest motorcycle roads in Colorado.

    Previews...





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    Quote Originally Posted by sfarson View Post
    Hey Ian, Here's one for you...

    Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway
    oh, this is perfect... just a short jaunt from I-70...

    i believe that i've ridding 131 before, as my sister used to live in Steamboat Springs.

    thanks! oh, any video of Flat Tops available???

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    Paul and I love Cottonwood Pass near Buena Vista, Colorado. The west side is an easy dirt road.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySD9X8lcp2Y&feature=fvst

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voni View Post
    Paul and I love Cottonwood Pass near Buena Vista, Colorado. The west side is an easy dirt road.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySD9X8lcp2Y&feature=fvst

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    I lived in Gunnison for a couple years. Ever tried the other way from Tin Cup to Buena Vista on Co 267 through the town of St Elmo? not sure I would call it a road though, and don't try it in mud season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Visian View Post
    oh, this is perfect... just a short jaunt from I-70...

    i believe that i've ridding 131 before, as my sister used to live in Steamboat Springs.

    thanks! oh, any video of Flat Tops available???

    ian
    Oh yeah, there are vids of the Flat Tops, 131, etc.

    Noting your criteria "another aspect is that they are good alternatives to the slab when you're trying to get somewhere while wanting for a nice detour at the same time"... there are other kind hearted and scenic dirt/off road journeys going the same direction as I-70, and not far away either, like linking the Colorado River Road and Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway together...

    Just north of I-70, along the mighty river

    On the east end, this I-70 paralleling ride skirts the heights of the Gore Canyon...


    Things are more pastoral elsewhere along the way...
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    OARK, Ark:)

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    Great Rive road, Starts at lake Itasca to New Orleans

    I have been giving much thought to a ride down the Mississippi, it is a senic By way and takes ten days, of course at the end is New Orleans...

    type in "great River Road"

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    that's my planned ride for next summer except starting in Venice LA (where the road ends along the Mississippi) and finishing at Lake Itasca.
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