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Old 08-21-2016, 05:58 AM   #11
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No better way to travel. We will use the interstate to get close but then all back roads. Leave in 3 days and plan to go to the Dakotas. We have ideas on what to see but no real plan. Just wandering!


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Old 08-21-2016, 06:15 AM   #12
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My wife and I love the back roads too and avoid Interstate highways anytime we can. In Texas we're lucky because the TxDOT has a website that lists (by region) low vertical clearance bridges/underpasses: TXDMV.GOV - Structures with Low Vertical Clearance

If we're heading out on a new route, we check to make certain there are no obstacles. And, we've avoided some misery by doing so.

Last summer we spent 3 weeks traveling Florida. We took Interstates most of the way out there, but coming home we took the back roads. The first 100 miles took us three days simply because we found so many great places to stop.

Did I mention...we LOVE retirement!! :-)
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Old 08-21-2016, 06:47 AM   #13
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Very seldom do we use/go Interstate. We mostly use State roads,"Back Roads" can lead to places you Don't want to go! We use "Paper Maps and GPS" We left the Goshen Rally and are headed to the State of Washington and Down! No reservations or travel plan only way to travel is "Wing It"! Youroo!! Waiting to load on the "SS Badger" Tuesday AM!
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Old 08-21-2016, 06:56 AM   #14
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Back roads through Colorado to Mesa Verde, then Moab? My suggestion would be to get off I-70 at Limon, CO and take US 24 to Colorado Springs--that route avoids the entire Denver metro area. From CO Spgs, take scenic CO 115 to Canon City and US 50 west to the Royal Gorge, Salida, Monarch Pass, and Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP. From Montrose, go south on US 550 to Ridgway, then take CO 62 and CO 145 to Dolores and Mesa Verde NP. From there take US 491 to US 191 to Moab.

For campgrounds, try to get an electric hookup site at Black Canyon NP, an electric site a Ridgway State Park's Elk Ridge campground, and/or an electric site near Telluride at either the Forest Service's Matterhorn or Cayton campground (don't miss Telluride's box canyon and waterfall, if you haven't been there before). Finally, an inexpensive (with a Federal Senior Pass) electric site at the Juniper campground at McPhee Reservoir near Dolores is not only perfect for visiting Mesa Verde, but is right next door to the best Anasazi museum in the nation (IMHO).

Have a great trip!
Ex-Coloradan here and this is wonderful advice!

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Old 08-21-2016, 07:03 AM   #15
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Love the back roads too but....

many truckers (esp. loggers) use those roads too and it makes for a miserable drive being tailgated by a pushy trucker who will pass you in a very dangerous place sometimes then cut in too soon causing you to brake even after you have slowed to let him by.... It's as if he is saying "GET OFF MY ROAD".

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Old 08-21-2016, 12:03 PM   #16
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Back roads certainly let you see more of the country than interstate driving does. The interstate is for getting you places when time is of the essence, but blue highways (blue on the map) allow you to get a better feel for the character of an area. Both have their place. Of course, winding roads allow you to see the most. Good in Florida, but hair raising when going up a mountain! I can't wait until we can retire and full time! The dream is there, but it's getting more difficult not to think about it daily. We still have at least six years, so this is not good!!!

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Old 08-21-2016, 12:14 PM   #17
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I love the back roads. If you follow the truck route you will bypass most of the low clearance obstacles. Some of the back roads can be pretty hairy. The closer to a city, the crazier the drivers. I will take my chances with truckers over big city folks all trying to be the first person to the mountains. There or some mountain roads in southern Utah where you can see your own tail lights.
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many truckers (esp. loggers) use those roads too and it makes for a miserable drive being tailgated by a pushy trucker who will pass you in a very dangerous place sometimes then cut in too soon causing you to brake even after you have slowed to let him by.... It's as if he is saying "GET OFF MY ROAD".

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Yes they will, and yes, you can just ignore them. But if traveling east/west in CO you have only the interstate and many county/state highways.
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