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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-29-2012, 06:51 AM
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Curious ... did you're pals bike continue with the stalling after you reached lower altitudes?

Also, I'm doing three full weeks, spending a couple of days running throughout the Rockies but staying in the same hotel and then spending three days in Santa Fe, hitting Taos, a couple National Parks and some Mesas. The ride out will be boring through the "flat states", but on the return, I'm taking the southern route, hitting the Ozarks and the Smokies. Should be a real kick.
Consider taking a side trip through Arches National Park in Southern Utah. If you would like a preview, read "Desert Solitare" by Edward Abby. The first line is "This is the most beautiful place on earth". I have been there a half dozen times and plan to go back for more. You can ride through much of the park and the scenery is unmatched.

About a 100 miles to the East just outside Grand Junction, CO is the Colorado National Monument. It is just off of I70 and is a spectacular ride that you could complete in just an hour or two.

You would also be near Bryce and Zion national parks as well. Both are definitely worth a look.
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I live south of Atlanta at about 1000'. Riding in the mountains in North Georgia is up to about 4000'. I always run regular in my 2010 bird and can't tell any difference if I run premium. Last june I made a 6500 mile trip to Oregon and back. I ran premium out West and it did seem to make a little difference but that could have also been because of the gas out there has more alcohol in it. I went thru Death Valley and crossed the Sierra Nevadas on the Tioga Road thru Yosemity. The bike ran great but it has less power at altitude. Also, distance seems to be different West of the Missippi River so when you pull out to pass you might want to kick it down an extra gear. The only downer is the more you see the more you want to see and their just isn't enough time.
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Consider taking a side trip through Arches National Park in Southern Utah. If you would like a preview, read "Desert Solitare" by Edward Abby. The first line is "This is the most beautiful place on earth". I have been there a half dozen times and plan to go back for more. You can ride through much of the park and the scenery is unmatched.

About a 100 miles to the East just outside Grand Junction, CO is the Colorado National Monument. It is just off of I70 and is a spectacular ride that you could complete in just an hour or two.

You would also be near Bryce and Zion national parks as well. Both are definitely worth a look.
Thanks for the tips. I won't be going far enough west to hit these on this trip. I've never been to Arches, but I have visited Bryce, Zion and Grand Canyon ... all stunning in their own right. I'll probably do a trip to the West Coast in the next 2-3 years and I'll catch these then.

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