Hi folks. My girlfriend and I did a car-supported tour in and around Yellowstone, the Tetons, and E. Idaho last summer. We camped all but one night (there really wasn't a place to camp in Victor, ID IIRC).
We also did RAGBRAI last summer and are already planning to do it again this summer (I'm going to roll self-supported) as well as some one-day rides (Elephant Rock, Loveland CCBT).
The people we did Yellowstone with last year were a lot of fun and are thinking about doing a S. Colorado bicycle tour this summer. It will be too early for us to go, though (my school doesn't get out until a week later... all of us are teachers, so we all have summers packed with "fun" plans).
I asked my girlfriend if she would like to do something with just us since we won't be able to do the "teacher tour" this year. My time frame would be mid-late June.
We would be self-supported.
We would prefer to camp most nights if possible. 1 night out of 6-7 in a motel would be OK and possibly welcomed by the lady.
I think a good daily mileage to average would be about 50-60, less if we have a lot of serious mountain terrain. Realistically one big mountain pass is going to really tire out my girlfriend. One per day and hopefully every other day. I've done RtR so I am familiar with several passes.
We live just north of Denver (Thornton). We could start from there or farther south in Highlands Ranch where were family is.
I have been messing around with Google Maps, but I'm not sure which roads are good for bikes, what is scenic, etc.
Give me some suggestions. Starting in Denver Area and ending there as well. Out-and-back ok for segments, but would prefer a loop to mix-up the scenery.
I'd also be interested in hearing about similar trips around Utah. We would be able to drive to the SLC area and then ride 6-7 day loop from there. Seems like Utah has a LOT of national forest, etc.