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The route across
June 30, 2009, 8:13 pm
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I plan on driving my 1972 BMW R75/5 motorcycle across the United States from San Francisco to New York City. I am taking Route 50, the last transcontinental non-interstate highway road. Most of the route is two lanes and lower speed.


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Comment by motodigital

We are rooting for you! Get going…

Comment by Bryan Lockwood

Can’t wait to hear how day one went….keep us posted.

Comment by Jen Gurvey

Remember to eat at VALENTINO’S pizza in Lincoln Nebraska. The perfect pizza

Comment by Barry Simmons

The best of the best you will find in Colorado. Make sure you have your camera charged to the max.
The below is describing an approach coming from the east::
Monarch Crests is the Continental Divide, elevation 11,312 feet-that is over two miles up. To the east is the Atlantic, to the west, the Pacific. What a beautiful sight! The air is clean. We can almost touch the sky. You can view road conditions from a Web-Cam.

Descending to the west we reach Gunnison, elevation 7,703 ft. In less then an hour, we dropped about 4,000 feet. There are plenty of motels in this town. Its character is similar to Salida.

Welcome to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Here you can experience one of the most incredible canyons in North America. Highway 347 climbs 2,000 feet in five miles to the monument entrance. Spring is a wonderful time to visit as snow may still highlight crooks and crevices. It brings dangers, though. Watch for icy conditions on roads and trails. Some of the trails may still have several feet of snow. The six-mile South Rim Drive leads to several overlooks from which to view the Gunnison River 2,000 feet below. These cliff walls are made up of rock that is 1.7 billion years old, some of the oldest rocks in North America. (taken from National Park Service recording)

After your canyon visit, we descend 2,000 feet to Montrose where we find comfortable accommodations for the evening. The city has been a supply point since the 1880s. First came miners following the Uncompahgre River. Today, local outfitters serve recreational interests in addition to the traditional ranching, farming and mining.

After passing through Delta, a town with great history, we are on our way to Grand Junction. The country gets very isolated and flat with few mountains on the side of the road. There are no more houses, no more ranches, just a straight piece of road on which cars travel. In its simplicity, its beauty lies in its magnitude, how large it is. People who have never seen the West should come out and view this area of the country. We are still about a mile high at this time, the air is perfect, clean, no pollution.

Route 50 reaches Grand Junction, Colorado, the place where the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers meet. In Grand Junction, we visit the Colorado National Monument. The monument is actually a state park.

The drive into Colorado National Monument is very impressive. We enter through the East Entrance where the elevation is 4,930 feet. A four-mile serpentine drive along the canyon walls brings us to the top. Massive boulders on both sides of the road wait for the right moment to tumble. Since they have waited for thousands of years, I hope they will stay in place until we have passed. Rim Rock Drive offers 23 miles of breathtaking views, The road winds along the rim and lets us enjoy panoramas of great rock sculptures, canyons and distant valleys. At the highest point, we can admire from 6,640 feet the Colorado River below.

We decided to camp high above the canyon. The sites are very spacious but they have no electrical or septic hook-up. The bathrooms have only cold running water. As we lay down, we could see the moon, the stars, and Junction City in the far distance. The canyons are below. I can see the city, the interstate, but I hear no sounds from civilization-just observe movements. It is very quiet.

Comment by Barry Simmons

Awesome. Can I get a witness?

Comment by motodigital

Well all i can say is what a ride. You are living it not talking it. Awesome

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