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Offline brad

Salt Lake City to Kansas City
« on: May 19, 2016, 10:22:26 pm »
I have to go from Salt Lake City to Kansas City. Thoughts on heading east to pick up the Trans America or South to pick up the Great Parks South and then head east. Anyone made this connection? Recommendations?
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home. ~James Michener

Offline Bclayden

Re: Salt Lake City to Kansas City
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2016, 10:48:26 am »
An alternate...Not sure if this is much help but I covered your route entirely without riding along any ACA routes and it was excellent. From SLC on the Emigrant Trail my route went up into Wyoming and picked up the Platte Rivver to cross Nebraska, met the Missouri River at St Joseph and then down to KC. Nice riding conditions, no major climbs once past the Wasatch Range but most riding in WY above is 7000' msl...crossing Continental Divide would have been unnoticeable if not for the sign marking it. 

Each riding day at 90-120 miles with motel overnights in Evanston, Farson, Lander, Alcova and Douglas, WY... Scottsbluff, North Platte, Kearny, Nelson, NE...and Marysville, KS. 

My goal was to follow, from Sacramento, CA-St Joseph, MO, the historic 1860s Pony Express horseback mail route hence its roundabout nature. The route also follows several emigrant trails, Oregon Trail, Morman Trail, etc., which typically followed the easiest path across the vast American West.  Not direct but without major obstacles.

Some of the towns in WY are quite far apart but this route offers solid and safe riding conditions if you enjoy solitude and long days in the saddle.
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Offline brad

Re: Salt Lake City to Kansas City
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2016, 01:21:52 pm »
I am thinking to retrace part of your route - at least into Wyoming until I can pick up the TransAmerica. What route did you take out of SLC? Did you have to ride on I80 or I84?
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home. ~James Michener

Offline Bclayden

Re: Salt Lake City to Kansas City
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2016, 02:29:10 pm »
There is a 5-10 mile stretch on I-80 leaving Evanston..not too bad...otherwise all good backcountry and mostly quiet highways.
The route I mapped out (day 1) left SLC up Emigrant Canyon Rd. Joined Rte 65, Echo Dam Rd, Chalk Creek Rd (several miles packed dirt) into Evanston, WY. The next 2 days: Rtes 189/28 to Lander where you can meet the TransAm.

Midway Between Kemmerer and Lander is the very small community of Farson, WY which offers 1 rough motel and a diner next door.  That's the only overnight option for 150-200 miles as I recall.
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