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Routes / Colorado Springs Loops
« on: May 30, 2006, 04:40:15 pm »
Looks like I'm stuck with short rides for this summer.  Can anybody recommend a good 2-5 day loop ride from Colorado Springs?  One-way might work also, assuming there's an easy way to return (such as a train).  Preferably on road, but off road is also a possibility.  Lots of climbing is a good thing.

Thanks
Sean


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Routes / Navaho Reservation
« on: June 29, 2004, 04:38:32 pm »
I just returned from a trip that took me, in part, through the Navaho Reservation in New Mexico and Arizona.  For those who are planning a similar route, I advise you to think long and hard about it.  Although maps show towns at regular intervals, most of these towns are only a small collection of houses with no services; large towns and cities can be up to 100 miles apart with limited services between them.

On the other hand, this was some of the most amazing riding I've ever done.  Much of the terrain is a constant series of mesas and the view from each mesa to the horizon is unbroken.  This is true "Roadrunner" country, as spectacular as anything in the cartoon.  Of course, this also means the at the road is a constant series of rollers as it dives down each ravine and climbs the other side.  The tops of the mesas are not flat either, usually a series of gentle roller and false flats.

Riding through the Navaho Reservation is something that I'm glad that I did, but I'm in no hurry to repeat the trip.  For stronger riders, it certainly could be a worthwhile trip.  Just be aware of what you're in for when your map finger traces out a route through it.

Sean


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Routes / Route 66
« on: April 06, 2004, 07:59:36 pm »
I need to get to Colorado Springs this summer from Southern California.  One possible route is to follow Route 66 into New Mexico and then ride up the Rockies to Colorado Springs.  Since Route 66 no longer exists in whole, does anyone know how difficult it is to follow?  Also, any links or leads to information on biking Route 66 would be appreciated.

Thanks
Sean Smith


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General Discussion / Farm Fresh Tour
« on: June 03, 2008, 12:27:22 pm »
I've been looking over Adventure Cycling's organized tours and I'm very intrigued by their Farm Fresh tour in California.  It's local to me, the timing works, the price is doable, and it sounds like a neat idea.  Does anyone have experience with the previous Farm Fresh tour (with a longer route), or with other Adventure Cycling event tours?  

Except for one short tour organized by close friends and mostly with clubmates, I've always toured solo and self-supported.  Not sure why but I'm a little nervous about joining a big group tour such as this.  Any thoughts?

Sean


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General Discussion / Summer Plans
« on: May 19, 2004, 08:43:59 pm »
It's pretty quiet around here so I must assume that everyone is off making their summer plans, or maybe even riding already.  So lets hear them.  Where are you riding this summer?  How far, how many days, with who?

I will be riding Route 66 through California, Arizona, and into New Mexico, and then up the Rockies to Colorado Springs.  I only have about 2 weeks so its going to be a stupid fast trip but I need to get to Colorado Springs.  It will be in June, so I will be getting some more lights for the night desert riding.

Who else is riding this summer?
Sean


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