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    I am planning a trip to Santa Fe New Mexico this September 2017, with stops in Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon.
    I will go wander up into southern Colorado, Alamosa and Durango on my way home. I won't be any hurry to get there and return.
    Meeting a bunch of friends who don't ride, so I will mostly be on my own. I want to throw in the Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest.
    Am I missing anything?

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    It sounds great. I'd love to see your route.

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    The Bridge across the Rio Grand on Hwy 64 is interesting. 500 foot drop, sheer walls. No stopping signs posted on the bridge.

    " I won't be any hurry to get there and return."
    What happened, got divorced and retired?

    Back closer to Flagstaff is an Indian ruin just off 40. Walnut Canyon Nat Mon.

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    Since you'll be going from Santa Fe to Alamosa and Durango, take an extra part of a day and turn north at South Fork on CO 149, north thru Crede, Lake City, to Gunnison, west on 50 to Montrose, south on 550 to Durango. This will be your best scenery of the trip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by notacop View Post
    The Bridge across the Rio Grand on Hwy 64 is interesting. 500 foot drop, sheer walls. No stopping signs posted on the bridge.

    " I won't be any hurry to get there and return."
    What happened, got divorced and retired?

    Back closer to Flagstaff is an Indian ruin just off 40. Walnut Canyon Nat Mon.
    None of those things. Just decided that life is too short and getting shorter. I am thinking I will never pass that way again, so I might as well see everything and not miss anything.

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    Shoot, never pass that way again? I had the luck to go there each year on the way to Paonia for the Top of the Rockies Rally.
    Saw a lot of Southern Utah going to the Red Rock Rendezvous Rally.
    Wifey not so well now and I can't quite afford to stick her in a home for extended periods. Besides, that's be cruel!
    So I can't join you and show you stuff I've seen.
    I even have a friend in Montrose that owes me a stay. Just haven't gotten there.

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    Sorry to hear about the wife. I hope all will be well.

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    If you are in Durango...... you must ride up to Silverton... on to Ouray and Telluride. Perhaps some of the most beautiful routes in the USA.

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    [QUOTE=Daboo;2480225]It sounds great. I'd love to see your route.


    https://goo.gl/maps/6tGgzQoTBsE2
    Going to Flagstaff will be pretty boring. Once I get to Flagstaff I will go up to The Grand Canyon and then on the way out to Santa Fe, I will go through the Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daboo View Post
    It sounds great. I'd love to see your route.

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    https://goo.gl/maps/SLjUkAiC3q52
    The route to Flagstaff won't be very scenic. but once there, I plan on travelling up to the Grand Canyon.https://goo.gl/maps/uYd7doE2R4L2 The next day I plan to go through Winslow Arizona for sentimental reasons and then go up to the Painted Desert and then down to the Petrified Forest https://goo.gl/maps/TJqimxhXcCD2
    From there I plan to meet my friends in Santa Fe
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    In addition to the route I mentioned above, as you go west from Durango, go to Cortez and then take 491 to Monticello UT, then 191 south to Blanding, take 95 west to Hanksville, 24 west to Torrey and then get on 12 thru Escalante and by Bryce Canyon. Hiway 12 is incredible, everything from mountains and forests to spectacular canyonlands. When 12 hits 89, go south to hway 9 and ride thru Zions on down to St. George. You will have to pay entry fee to ride hiway 9 thru Zions tho, if you don't have a pass and are 62, I think you can still buy one for $10 which would get you into Bryce Canyon also. Since you go by Bryce first, you can buy it there and then have it for Zions too.
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    Norm, what about the meteor crater? that's near Winslow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notacop View Post
    Norm, what about the meteor crater? that's near Winslow.
    Another hole in the ground?
    I might do that.

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    Norm, too bad you're not old like some of us ans then you could get the Senior card, old fart card, Golden Pass for 10 bucks ans then get in all the parks for free after that.
    Gotta be the magic age of 62. i celebrated 62 with a dinner party for 45 at home and got my old fart card and filed for social security. That's a 3'fer.
    Then I retired with a buy out! Neener, neener!

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    Quote Originally Posted by notacop View Post
    Norm, too bad you're not old like some of us ans then you could get the Senior card, old fart card, Golden Pass for 10 bucks ans then get in all the parks for free after that.
    Gotta be the magic age of 62. i celebrated 62 with a dinner party for 45 at home and got my old fart card and filed for social security. That's a 3'fer.
    Then I retired with a buy out! Neener, neener!
    I will be 70 this July. I have been collecting Social Security since I turned 66. I got a Senior Pass years ago.
    I was a AARP card carrying member for a few years, but dropped it. I don't see the advantage of it. Neener neener yourself!

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    Have been commuting from Seattle to Taos NM for the last six years, driven and ridden just about every road between the two places. If you have all the time in the world there are many places to linger...
    Ride out through Death Valley, find your way to Kingman AZ and wander Route 66 to Flagstaff, there's alway Sedona too. Take in the Grand Canyon then Tuba City to Monument Valley across Four Corners, stop and take a selfie, to Shiprock and Farmington NM.
    Hwy 64 through Dulce, to Chama over the Tusas Mountains to Taos and take the high road into Santa Fe.
    On your way back up through Abiquiu NM to Alamosa, Del Norte and Creed CO. Keep north to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison then backroads through Teluride to Cortez. Now you need to make a choice, South to Blanding or North through Moab, Arches NP is worth a trip all by itself. But then you miss the ride through the south end of Canyonlands where every corner is a postcard.
    Either way end up in Hanksville ride to Torrey the south across the Escalantte Staircase to Bryce NP. Stay on the east side of the mountains and ride through the really cool tunnel into Zion NP.
    From Zion you can go North and wander nowhere Nevada, Ely is neat as is Austin. You'll end up in Reno and I'm sure you can find your way across the Sierra Nevadas. If you go South from Zion you will end up in Las Vegas again you can get home from there.
    Everyone has posted great ideas, heeding any or all will result in a marvelous trip.

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    I plan to stay out of Utah. I went from Southern California to Southern Utah twice on motorcycle. i went through Zion, Bryce and Cedar Breaks. Went to Kanab also. I came up through St. George from Vegas. However, I did miss the Arches.
    On another trip I went from Southern California up to Prescott and into Sedona. The ride to Prescott and from Sedona into Flagstaff was beautiful. Stayed a few days then went north to Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon.
    I will take your advice and go through Tuba City and Monument Valley. It's picture postcard time.
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    Norm, you old fart. Had no idea. thought you were still a kid.
    I turned 70 in Feb. Welcome to oldom!
    I dunno if you are camping on your jaunt but there is a free camp ground on the way to Yuba city, Navaho Nat Monument. Nice place 1st come 1st serve.
    I camped there and had brekky at a Tsegi, the Anasazi Inn. Place was full of French tourists. Very cool.
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    Yes, I wear my age well, but internally you can't fool mother nature.
    I finally added Heli Bars, and an Air Hawk in anticipation for this long trip. I won't be camping and hoping the weather will be OK in September.
    On my way back from Durango here is my planned route:https://goo.gl/maps/nC5JqozYbiy
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    While in Santa Fe, some of the group is planning to go out to Chaco Canyon to see the Indian Ruins and Chaco Culture. https://goo.gl/maps/hdVQs29t5ow That will take a whole day. If I go, I will just go along for the ride.
    Naturally,when in Durango,we will take the narrow gauge railroad to Silverton, Colorado., but I will probably ride on another day, up to Ouray and Telluride as suggested by Swen1200.
    Going home, i will go across into Cortez on my way to Flagstaff.

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