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    Colorado to NY State

    Hi all,
    I am pondering a tour of about 1700 miles from SE Colorado to the Finger Lakes Region of NY next May/June. Any advice?

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    I am looking to go to MI to Colorado some time next year or a year after that
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    Quote Originally Posted by countrydirt
    Hi all,
    I am pondering a tour of about 1700 miles from SE Colorado to the Finger Lakes Region of NY next May/June. Any advice?
    What part of southeastern Colorado? I'll assume somewhere in the Arkansas River Valley. Your best bet for getting out of the state would probably be to follow the Adventure Cycle TransAmerica route through Ordway and Eads to Lamar. Just keep following the route to Missouri. Once you get to the Mississippi, follow the Great Rivers route to the Northern Tier route.

    As an alternative, especially in the St. Louis area, you could investigate the Mississippi River Trail system. The Adventure Cycle routes will take you a long ways out of the way to avoid any metro area. When I did the Lewis and Clark, I found that the MRT would have cut off around 100 miles of travel.

    You could also cut off at Fair Grove on Map 9 and go north to Jefferson City. Cross over the Missouri there and pick up the Katy Trail to Washington where you can pick up the Great Rivers route on Map 1.

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    Actually coming from Branson. I thought I might take 160 to Kansas and then catch the TransAm at Great Bend.

    BTW - thanks for the great links to the trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by countrydirt
    Actually coming from Branson. I thought I might take 160 to Kansas and then catch the TransAm at Great Bend.

    BTW - thanks for the great links to the trails.
    How about going back to Trinidad and up US350 to La Junta, then pick up the TransAm at Lamar? US350 is a long stretch without any services but doable at 80 miles.
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    Think I would prefer 160 to Kim, 109 to LaJunta. Might as well start off the trip going downhill.

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