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Old 06-30-18, 10:15 AM
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My state is doing something right!

Colorado, thanks to Dougie Bruce and TABOR, is backwards to all the other state in the US. We are restricted on how much we can spend and how taxes are raised so we don't do much in the way of innovation when it comes to transportation. But, somehow, Colorado has put into place the Bustang. Up until yesterday, the Bustang ran from Denver to Colorado Springs, Denver to Fort Collins and Lamar to Alamosa. Yesterday they expanded the service. We can now go from Denver to Gunnison, Denver to Grand Junction and Grand Junction to Durango. It opens up all kinds of possibilities for touring...both on- and off-road. I've been planning on using Bustang for a Colorado Springs to Cañon City tour (it's not "Cannon" as you'll hear on Man in the High Castle). But now I'm looking at at Black Bear Pass mountain bike tour out of Telluride and/or a Gunnison to Glenwood Springs mountain bike tour over Scofield Pass using Bustang so that I don't have to find somewhere to park a car. The possibilities have just become almost endless.
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Old 06-30-18, 11:48 AM
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That's pretty huge, man. 😎 I might very well try that Colorado Springs to Denver ride, for $12. Heck, it'd cost more than that, just for drinks, if I rode it. 😁
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Old 06-30-18, 12:20 PM
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Cool. Are the bike racks first come first serve? Two or three? I'll be curious your experience. Just having something in addition to a rental car or Amtrak to go out the I-70 corridor is a good deal. Even more so coming from CDOT.

Now as far as comparisons with other states go...
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That really does open up a lot of doors for touring. I have ridden from Gunnison to Schofield Pass before. Most of it is a gentle climb with great road conditions. The climb from Crested Butte to Mt Crested Butte is steep in places, but very manageable. Once you pass Gothic the grade picks up considerably. Still though, the road condition is pretty good. A mile or so past Schofield the road gets pretty rough. I have never gone beyond that. The word is that the road gets very rough. Some of the river crossings can be a challenge, then the Devil's Punch Bowl area is treacherous. Of all of that the river crossings would be my greatest concern. Here's a pic from above Emerald Lake at Schofield Pass. I will be out there next week!!!!!

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Originally Posted by mev
Are the bike racks first come first serve? .
It appears bikes go underneath in the luggage compartment instead of a rack in front.

"Can I bring luggage on Bustang?
Up to two small, personal items may be brought on the bus and stored in overhead bins, or underneath the seat in front of you. Personal items may not occupy the seat next to you. Larger pieces of luggage may be stored in the stowage compartments under the bus. You may bring up to 3 pieces of luggage to stow underneath the bus. Bicycles, skis, or snowboards each count as one piece of luggage. The driver will open the compartments for you, but it is your responsibility to load and unload all of your luggage."
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Old 06-30-18, 06:54 PM
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I must have been confused in reading the amenities FAQ that listed bike racks: https://www.ridebustang.com/faq#n83
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Hmmmm... somehow I missed that. Looking through the photo gallery I see there is a rack on the front of the bus. Probably only holds 2 bikes though.
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Take it over to Grand Junction and Fruita. Lots of good riding here! Of course, you can also take your bike on Amtrak.
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See what great ideas people think up after a few bong hits?
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
See what great ideas people think up after a few bong hits?
I can't believe you said that, out loud. 😲😁 There seems to be a trend of smoking hash oil here, lately. ☮
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Originally Posted by cyccommute
Cañon City tour (it's not "Cannon" as you'll hear on Man in the High Castle).
What are the odds Colorado can add the tilde to "Cañon" on their road signs?

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5 hr 15 min bus ride from from Denver to Grand Junction for $43. Not bad.

But I'd have to lay my bike down loose on its side, bouncing around in the cargo hold? Not good.

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Originally Posted by Riveting
But I'd have to lay my bike down loose on its side, bouncing around in the cargo hold? Not good.
maybe you can bungee it to supports inside the hold. Every year my club does a ride to Brooklyn. We charter a bus to take people from Philly to various starting points in PA and NJ. Bikes are bungeed upright to supports inside the hold.
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Originally Posted by stardognine
I can't believe you said that, out loud. 😲😁 There seems to be a trend of smoking hash oil here, lately. ☮
Edibles.
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Originally Posted by pdlamb
What are the odds Colorado can add the tilde to "Cañon" on their road signs?

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Or just add a "y" like the rest of the English speaking people do.
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Or just add a "y" like the rest of the English speaking people do.
Stop making sense. It just makes it harder to be disagreeable. 🤨😁
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