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Originally Posted by valygrl View Post
If you do use your general route, you've optimized Colorado for flat, busy, dangerous and boring roads. (not a hard route, though). Here's an alternative (one of many) that is nicer. http://goo.gl/maps/JL8i Highway 285 carries too much traffic near Denver, is open and exposed and windy, and has one part (leaving Buena Vista) that is narrow twisty, and has no shoulder and bad visibility. In the route I show, the part near I-70 is actually on frontage roads & bike paths, you don't have to ride the freeway. Pretty much anywhere in central mountain CO is good EXCEPT hwy 285 (and of course, 70 and 25). Hwy 50 is OK but there are nicer options.
Thanks for the reply valygrl. About my route through Colorado, I think it was based off a few Bikely routes I found and the Bicycle Colorado map I ordered. Your route sounds much better and takes me past all my favorite ski spots, thanks for the map. Is this a basic guideline or is this the exact route you would recommend back into Denver?
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