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#1 aids10

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 09:06 AM

Greatly appreciate any suggestions from those who have come before me! ;)

Prefer Scenic Byways/Small Cities to Interstate Highways/Concrete Jungles.
Towing Travel Trailer, Dog Friendly, No Boondocking (No Genny!).

If I took off this weekend would I be too late to miss all snow/winter?
Selected roads safe for towing TT?; avoiding the million dollar highway & moki dugway! :blink:

Any suggested changes; Add This/Skip That, Day Trips, Attractions?

THX Guys :D

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#2 ArizonaEileen

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 12:12 PM

Took a look at your ambitious itinerary. It's a good one! Obviously you intend to be gone a couple of weeks.

My advice is to get on the road ASAP. Many of those places are susceptible to snow and freezing temps.

Have a GREAT trip!

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#3 Colorado Kathi

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 12:50 PM

Be sure to check for closing dates of some campgrounds, especially in high elevations. They are not open all year usually.
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Posted 20 September 2011 - 04:18 PM

Looks like a LOT of fun! I don't know how much time you plan, but it looks to me like you are going to need three or four weeks. It being late September already, might cause some problems in the elevations as stated earlier. Remember mileage distances in Colorado and Utah need to factor in elevation changes, unlike here in Texas. Good luck and go for it.

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 06:04 PM

You didn't say how long you planned for your journey. Lots of place's to see. I would think it would take a month or so to do it justice. If you have the time, it shouldn't be a problem to work around the weather. If on a strict schedule, there may be problems in the mountains. Good luck, and take lots of pictures. :D

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#6 aids10

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 09:46 PM

Appreciate the feedback :D

Intended to go for 4-5 weeks, hope that's enough.

I haven't towed through the mountains yet nor the snow! :rolleyes:
If I was out of Colorado by the 9th. would I miss the snow? Is snow only a factor in CO in early Autumn (at what elevation)?

I'd like to be able to enjoy sitting outside, et cetera, hope it's not too cold. One extreme to the other; Texas heat to Arctic Cold (don't mind light flurries that don't stick). Autumn isn't for two more days! :huh:
I hoped to have found a Bigfoot by now; hope the egg copes with the cold.

I will take lots of shots; just ordered one of these little GPS Data Loggers-
http://global.mobile...gotU_GT-600.jsp
This should make trip reports and blogging a breeze! (soon to be GeoTagging)

Please let me know if you intend to be camping in the vicinity, perhaps we can catch-up. :)
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#7 ArizonaEileen

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 11:53 PM

You'll be able to sit outside at some of the places you visit, but the altitudes involved in your itinerary will vary wildly. The higher you go, the more weather you'll get. Escalante, for instance, is at 8,000 feet (or somewhere around there). The chance of cold and snow is pretty good, considering that's the kind of weather we had in late May 2010.

Keep us posted on your travels.

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 06:58 AM

It was 25* this AM at our house @ 10,500ft out of Breckenridge, CO. Thus cold temps at the very high altitudes have begun.

There is no snow on the ground yet, but it 'always' snows around here on/about Columbus Day. This snow normally melts in a couple days; BUT the real snow comes and stays NLT 1 Nov.

Obviously the big problem will be the mtn passes--we've towed the Casita over them with snow/ice coverage and there are more fun things to do. Early snows brings out a lot of commercial/private drivers who seem to take a 'stupid pill' when it comes to driving in bad conditions, ie., they drive way too fast, with out chains and with bald tires.

That said: Enjoy ! we did Grand Canyon, Moab, and all the Nat Parks in Utah last May/June and had a great time....

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 11:11 AM

I added up your mileage, 4,200 miles in four to five weeks. That hardly gives you time to step out of the car and "sit outside". Especially since you plan scenic byways, which are often slow, curvy roads, especially in the mountains. Incidentally, your mileage will be closer to 4,400. I looked at one item in your itinerary, City of Rocks to Carlsbad - 30 miles. It's about 270 miles actually.

You should have tire chains or snow tires for Colorado. If the highway sign states "chains or snow tires required" and you proceed without them, it can cost you a healthy fine. It's about that season, you know.

My best advice is to really watch the weather in the mountains.

Have a safe trip,

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#10 aids10

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 07:57 AM

THX Breckenridge for the real time data; looks like snow will be touch and go.

THX Dutchman; corrected typo., it appears I was initially too ambitious. :rolleyes:

Instead of lengthening duration and in the interests of snow related drama (i'm a shorts kinda guy); I'll remove the Colorado loop and go from Taos-2-Durango then onto Utah.

This will reduce mileage from 5,000 to 4,000 odd; effectively splitting drive time & sightseeing to 18-days each.

Much Appreciated! :D
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