Originally Posted by BigGuy82
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.