Day Six: Headin' Home.
We woke up to rain again this morning.
Since US 50 wasn't too far from where we camped off of CO 149 we decided to start the trip back home. Plus, we figured it would be slower going on the motorcycle in the rain and we needed to be back to work.
This ended up being a good choice because it rained for the next three days. That annoying storm chased us the whole way home. I think it was the same storm we tried to outrun on the motorcycle two days ago!
The next few days followed a pretty standard pattern. We would wake up to rain, spend all day trying to get in front of the storm, and finally get in front of it for a couple of hours - only to wake up to rain the next morning.
While I don't really enjoy riding motorcycles in the rain, if you have all the right gear it's not so bad. Plus, not much is better than traveling and exploring on a motorcycle no matter what the weather throws at you.
It ended up taking us four days to get home. You know what they say: one mile in the rain equals two miles in the sun on a motorcycle. That was certainly true for this motorcycle trip.
On the way home, we picked up US 50 and rode through three quarters of Colorado on it. While traffic was a little heavier on US 50 than it had been on other roads we rode in Colorado, the sites were absolutely amazing.
I think it's probably hard for motorcycle riders to find anything not to like about the roads in Colorado.
One last piece of advice for anyone that is planning a motorcycle trip through the mountains: you will want to pack clothing for a lot of different situations. In the higher elevations through some of the mountain passes the temperature dropped to 35 degrees Fahrenheit and we found ourselves putting on everything we brought. In the lower, parts the temperature rose to 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit! So, plan appropriately and bring a lot of layers for your motorcycle trip.
On long motorcycle trips, you'll want to bring clothes for a lot of different temperatures. It was 40 degrees at this pass, and an hour later it was 75 degrees!
As a final pictorial thought, remember that you're going to pick up a lot of dirt on your motorcycle if you do any kind of distance. Just remember that it will all come off with a little water! Spend your time enjoying the trip, not worrying about your dirty motorcycle. Did you buy it to look at or ride?
Here's what mine looked like after 4000 miles.
great read , ive had the rt.50 trip on my mind for years, time, money, life been kinda in the way. havent done a trip this long ever, but hoping to get around to it by next summer. i thoroughly enjoyed the pics and story, thanks for sharing!
Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 7:36 AM
Great ride brutha. I rode for 2 weeks with some friends from NC to out West, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, S Dakota and circling back around to NC. It was a great ride. Loved your story and pics. Thanks for sharing. Dave
Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 12:02 AM
I took a nine day trip from East Tennessee to Vermont in September. Trip was great,we had only two days with any rain (first and last). Vermont has some great areas to see and to ride.
I am planning on a Highway 50 ride next summer. Your log and pictures have given me some great ideas.
Other than the gravel, it sounds like most of the road surfaces were in good shape.
Sat Oct 17, 2009 at 11:00 AM
i'm planning a coast to coast trip on hwy 50 on my restored/modified honda 750 four in spring of 2010. was going to do it this year but the restore ran longer than expected and i still want to get the bugs out.
Tue Jul 28, 2009 at 12:04 AM
Totally enjoyed it, better than a RT.66 trip.Would like to do the RT.50 from beginning to end one day.......
Fri Sep 26, 2008 at 6:36 PM
Poker Alice in Lake City opened the 2008 season with new owners. Best to pass it by until matters get sorted out.
Plan your trip to ride 149 during daylight hours. Ride at night and you will miss some of the best Colorado has to offer.
Tue Jul 15, 2008 at 7:32 PM
Oh no...you were so close. My favorite road in the whole U.S.is just west of there. It's hwy 92 through the Black Canyon. just west of Gunnison is Blue Mesa Resevior and at the Dam,(which is a sight in itself)is hyw 92 it goes to Crawford,where Joe Cocker has his "Mad Dog Restaraunt" bikers riding in get a free bandana. All his gold and platinum awards are hanging on the wall. He lives on a ranch not far from there.anyway it is a beautiful ride you can ride the whole Canyon or cut back to Delta to get back on hwy 50.I have traveled thousands of miles on my harley all through the states and Canada many times and anytime I am anywhere near colorado, I will go out of my way to ride this stretch of road,sometimes twice in one trip,especially in the fall. Oh well... I guess you will just have to take another road trip. RIDE SAFE...Scott
Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 10:39 AM
Hi Chachi - we packed pretty light - you're forced to when riding two-up for over a week. Bare essentials only plus a laundry stop. No problems whatsoever with the wind in Colorado - riding was smooth and easy. It was a little gusty in Kansas, but still not bad if you are expecting it.
Mon Aug 27, 2007 at 9:52 AM
How light did you pack ??? Any problems with wind in Colorado ??
Fri Aug 3, 2007 at 11:33 AM
Great story! I grew up in Colorado unitl I joined the Navy which brought me out to Maryland. I think I might be riding US 50 back to Colorado to see the folks because of your story. Thanks!
Sun Jun 17, 2007 at 10:45 AM
Great story and thanks for the advice about raingear...I have been planning a multi-day trip from Lynchburg, VA down the length of the Blue Ridge Parkway to the end of the parkway in North Carolina. Its about 500 miles of twisties, mountain passes and so on. The one thing I hadnt really though very hard about was raingear and I realized after reading your story I had best get something better than I have for this trip. While I am down there, I'll be riding the Dragon's tail. I plan to take some notes and photos and write something to post here when I get back.
If you have any other advice for a first-time multi-day traveler, I am all ears.
Sat May 5, 2007 at 5:58 AM
Great pictures! You need a map of the trip.
Thu Jan 11, 2007 at 8:52 PM