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Old 04-12-11, 10:20 AM
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Portland OR to Denver route suggtions

Planning to ride from Portland (Astoria) to Denver (Longmont actually) beginning in early June 2011. Intend to do it credit card style so need to follow a populated, paved route. Thinking that the Google bike route has too much unpaved routing and with a lack of paved frontage roads I-80 isn't a good choice in Wyo. Thinking of going through Salt Lake and using US 40 across much of CO. Help!
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Interestingly enough I'm also planning a similar ride in July for a HS reunion in Longmont. It is tough for me to take too many days off at once, so I'm likely to break it into two pieces. First a five day ride from Portland to Boise (mostly via US 26). The second part of the trip is mostly similar to what you get if you tell Google maps [Boise to Longmont + "Avoid Highways"]. Fairly direct, but not the most scenic.

If you get a chance to swing further south via US 40, that is better though parts of 40 can be busy without much shoulders. Here is my report of a ride I did from Salt Lake to Fort Collins along some of that route: https://www.mvermeulen.com/saltlake/index.htm I'd expect this to be nicer than the WY parts of my ride above, but I've done it once already and will do some more direct riding...
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Originally Posted by Longmont_Tom
Planning to ride from Portland (Astoria) to Denver (Longmont actually) beginning in early June 2011. Intend to do it credit card style so need to follow a populated, paved route. Thinking that the Google bike route has too much unpaved routing and with a lack of paved frontage roads I-80 isn't a good choice in Wyo. Thinking of going through Salt Lake and using US 40 across much of CO. Help!
Have you looked at the Adventure Cycle's TransAm route? It passes just on the other side of the Rockies from Denver. You could turn off the trail at Walden and go over either Cameron Pass or Trail Ridge Road. You could continue on to Kremmling and go over either Trail Ridge or Berthoud Pass or you could go to Silverthorn and get to Denver over Loveland Pass. The route isn't exactly set up for credit card but then there aren't too many routes that cross the Western US that are. Lots of spaces without places
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As a rough guide, I might something similar to what you propose but as follows: Follow your route to Jackson. Then Rock Springs, Craig, CO via Maybell, CO, Steamboat Springs, then Walden, Fort Collins, Longmont (if you are not a hill climber) or via Estes Park if you are a hill climber.
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Originally Posted by TulsaJohn
As a rough guide, I might something similar to what you propose but as follows: Follow your route to Jackson. Then Rock Springs, Craig, CO via Maybell, CO, Steamboat Springs, then Walden, Fort Collins, Longmont (if you are not a hill climber) or via Estes Park if you are a hill climber.
I agree with you that a route via Rock Springs, Craig, Steamboat Springs would be preferable to what gets plotted across Wyoming on my default route.
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Wondering about the TransAm as I am not especially interested in going out of my way to visit Missoula. I like the Trail Ridge option as it gets into Colorado. The ride from Walden through Rand to Granby is a favorite of mine. Maybe...

Originally Posted by cyccommute
Have you looked at the Adventure Cycle's TransAm route? It passes just on the other side of the Rockies from Denver. You could turn off the trail at Walden and go over either Cameron Pass or Trail Ridge Road. You could continue on to Kremmling and go over either Trail Ridge or Berthoud Pass or you could go to Silverthorn and get to Denver over Loveland Pass. The route isn't exactly set up for credit card but then there aren't too many routes that cross the Western US that are. Lots of spaces without places
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I like your US 40 route from Heber east. Plan to do that to Granby and then use Trail Ridge to get to Longmont.

I did as you suggested using Google maps from Astoria to Vancouver WA to SLC. Found it left the Columbia at US97 and then used 206 and 19 to get to US26 to Bosie. Is that a good route for credit card touring?

It actually took a wide miss of Bosie (rte 78) and wandered around quite a bit to avoid I-84 in S. Idaho and N. Utah to SLC. Would like some additional suggestions on routing detail for this segment.

Originally Posted by mev
Interestingly enough I'm also planning a similar ride in July for a HS reunion in Longmont. It is tough for me to take too many days off at once, so I'm likely to break it into two pieces. First a five day ride from Portland to Boise (mostly via US 26). The second part of the trip is mostly similar to what you get if you tell Google maps [Boise to Longmont + "Avoid Highways"]. Fairly direct, but not the most scenic.

If you get a chance to swing further south via US 40, that is better though parts of 40 can be busy without much shoulders. Here is my report of a ride I did from Salt Lake to Fort Collins along some of that route: https://www.mvermeulen.com/saltlake/index.htm I'd expect this to be nicer than the WY parts of my ride above, but I've done it once already and will do some more direct riding...
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