Old 05-27-12, 05:48 PM
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I have crossed the high Rocky Mountains in Colorado a few times with a loaded bike and it is very tough. Unless you are ready to hit 11,000 ft and up with 4,000 ft. climbs where the weather can reach extremes, you should consider going through Arizona, New Mexcio, north from Santa Fe, up through the San Luis Valley in southern CO. Then cross La Veta Pass on the east side of the valley and follow Interstate 25 through frontage roads and bike paths up the front range.

As for the New Mexico and Arizona portion of the ride, I am not experienced, but I do know for a fact that the mountains passes are lower in elevation and warmer down there.
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