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Southwest Tour to Paonia

Ride Date: 
Jul 14, 2014
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Distance: 
300-more miles
Direction: 
Other
Difficulty: 
Intermediate
Ride Notes: 

We have been discussing this for quite a while: how can we encourage people to go on a touring ride who may not have done one before? Granted, there are a lot of our members that have ridden across the country any number of times, but for those who are new to touring we felt it would be a good idea to set up a well organized tour, without demanding levels of miles between stops, a 'go as you please' pace, several options to bail out and head home, and an excellent destination. So, that's what we did. We came up with a ride that will cover about 350 miles per day, taking four days to get to the Top O’ the Rockies Rally in Paonia, CO, and will explore some of the greatest roads and most beautiful country along the way.
We will be leaving Susie's on Monday, July 14 at 9:00 AM, heading up I-80 to Fernley, NV, and across Nevada on US 50 to our first stop in Eureka, NV. We'll be staying at the Eureka Inn/Best Western Plus that night.
Tuesday finds us going east and south to Panguitch, UT, staying at the Purple Sage Motel. The roads between Cedar City and Panguitch are outstanding motorcycle roads with incredible views of the Cedar Breaks National Monument.
Wednesday we'll be riding on one of the best motorcycle roads in the country - highway 12 from Panguitch to Torrey. Bryce Canyon is on this road, which should give you some idea of the scenery. After that highway 95 going to Blanding, UT, will re-mind you of the scenery from the roadrunner/coyote cartoons we all watched as kids, minus the falling anvils and pianos. We'll be staying at the Gateway Inn in Blanding that night.
More fantastic roads will be on tap for Thursday, in particular the Million Dollar Highway between Silverton and Ouray, CO, one of those roads you just have to do on a motorcycle at some time in your life; it's that outstanding. If you've come along this far, you might as well attend the rally in Paonia, a favorite of many of the RCB members.
Some details:
You will have to make your own reservations at the motels and register yourself at the rally.
Rally: http://bmwmcc.org/tor_rally.php
Eureka Inn: 775 237 5247
Purple Sage Motel: 800 241 6889 or 435 676 2659
Gateway Inn: 866 598 2278 or 435 678 2278