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    Southwest to Rally

    Any suggestions from the members on rtes to take for scenic rather than highway riding. My gps is is telling me 40E to 35N/E at Oklahoma City into Des Moines. Southwest means from Phoenix area to Des Moines,

    I'll have my dry bag with camping gear with me, so camping rtes work for me. I'll just plan on leaving earlier than if I were to run the highways all the way. Bonus is I wouldn't need to spend for motels.

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    Southwest to Rally

    If it were me, I would probably go north through the reservations, San Juan national forest and the Rio Grande National forest on over to Colorado, maybe Pikes Peak and then to Des Moines. Well, you could also head East and cut up through the Ozarks and the Mark Twain forest


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    I'd go north to Flagstaff and then get on 160...160 through southern Colorado is pretty nice. Once you get past I-25 in Colorado, it probably doesn't matter much anymore.

    Or you could go north out of Durango and do the Million Dollar Highway through Ouray. Maybe take Hwy 50 out of Montrose over to Gunnison and then go from there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brianhinton View Post
    If it were me, I would probably go north through the reservations, San Juan national forest and the Rio Grande National forest on over to Colorado, maybe Pikes Peak and then to Des Moines. Well, you could also head East and cut up through the Ozarks and the Mark Twain forest


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    Quote Originally Posted by 20774 View Post
    I'd go north to Flagstaff and then get on 160...160 through southern Colorado is pretty nice. Once you get past I-25 in Colorado, it probably doesn't matter much anymore.

    Or you could go north out of Durango and do the Million Dollar Highway through Ouray. Maybe take Hwy 50 out of Montrose over to Gunnison and then go from there.
    Interesting, thanks. I'm due to travel the NP and historical sites in Utah, Colorado and NM in June.

    Keep the suggestions coming, all good ideas.
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    US 54 angles up to northeast hits Missouri near Fort Scott Kansas ( south of Kansas City home of best BMW dealer around I hear) from their lots of routs to Des Moines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 179212 View Post
    US 54 angles up to northeast hits Missouri near Fort Scott Kansas ( south of Kansas City home of best BMW dealer around I hear) from their lots of routs to Des Moines.
    Thanks, I'll check that out. Beats staying on 40/35 all the way into Des Monies
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    Quote Originally Posted by 179212 View Post
    US 54 angles up to northeast hits Missouri near Fort Scott Kansas ( south of Kansas City home of best BMW dealer around I hear) from their lots of routs to Des Moines.
    We go from Texas or New Mexico that way a couple of times a year. Our daughter and grandkids live in the Des Moines area. I like US56 and the 156 from New Mexico to Kansas 4 east of Hoisington. Then to Topeka. US56 has much less truck traffic than US54. From Topeka there are several decent ways, including US 69 from the Kansas City area north to Des Moines and US 75 up to 36 to St. Joseph, MO. So plot a course to Springer, New Mexico and go from there.
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    Thanks PGlaves, sounds like a good route.
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    Ditto

    I am following this post; trying to plan same sort of route from Phoenix.
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