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Old 02-18-2019, 03:34 PM
 
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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I find Denver traffic more terrifying than mountain roads but that might just be me.

Your route won't take you over anything treacherous, most of it is I-70 and while you'll go over some passes they are easy to navigate in the summer, do be careful at dusk and dawn with wildlife on the road.

Please do remember the left lane is for passing, I see people going up to the Eisenhower Tunnel all the time chugging along at 50mph in the left lane forcing others to pass on the right. Also had a guy randomly switching lanes without signaling and then figured out he was trying to avoid the puddles, fun times.
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Old 02-18-2019, 04:31 PM
 
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you can always do red cone pass also
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Old 02-18-2019, 04:46 PM
 
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Most of the paved roads in Colorado are fine for a normal car with good tires.

OTOH, if you want an adventure, try this in a Jeep:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr7Nkl0pkJk
Haha. I never tire of showing this to people. .

OP your route is on either interstate highways or divided four-lane roads. They arenít bad and definitely have guard rails.
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Old 02-20-2019, 08:45 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I see a perfect CO mtn vehicle FS in Bend OR at the moment... (this type of vehicle is very rare / hard to find)


search for
1978 Toyota FJ 40 Cummins - $45000


quite impressive bucket list of features that would be nice in CO.
1978 Toyota Fj40 Land Cruiser, Full restoration, paint and body perfect, all door and window seals are new, engine is a Cummins 4BT with industrial injection injection pump, pod injectors, very powerful and still will get 35+ mpg, 5 speed transmission, 205 transfer case, rearend is a ford 9 inch with strange axles, front end is a narrowed dana 44, crossover steering, power steering, power brakes, front dis(c)k brakes,
...

Recently saw a similar 4BT conversion of a Bronco 1 (which is another great CO rig.)
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Old 02-20-2019, 09:02 PM
 
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Why are guard rails needed? Just don't drive off the edge.


P.S. I will never do Red Mountain pass again in my life. I am too much of a sissified Eastern boy.


I realized that I need to ask this question a different way, because we too are sissified!!!

How many roads will we encounter from my destinations in the original post that have steep drop offs with no guard rails? We are several months out, and we can already see the fear pictures in our minds!
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Old 02-20-2019, 09:25 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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How many roads will we encounter from my destinations in the original post that have steep drop offs with no guard rails?
Very few... ... ALL of Interstate Highways are WIDE and well guard-railed.
Avoid Independence pass (2 lane into Aspen).

BTW... if you are coming toward Cheyenne from the North or the West and headed to Denver... , take 287 from Laramie to Ft Collins (Very pretty, very safe). Saratoga Hot Springs. Snowy Range, and Vedauwoo are nice nearby WY spots to see.

If inbound to Cheyenne from the East... consider dropping into CO from Sidney, NE (after a tour / camping at Cabela's / or seeing Car Henge (Alliance, NE))
Pawnee Grasslands are nice, and site of many Cattle mutilations Cattle Mutilations (Interesting CO history). Nice place to watch stars and sight UFO's.

Will be a very safe and easy and enjoyable trip for you... (unlike the trips millions of us took over CO mtn passes in the 1950 - 60's (before tunnels...)) including school buses. LOADED to the max!!!. A FT driving job I did mtn passes in a dinosaur with 3m miles. More than one trip, lost my brakes (as in BROKEN, not overheated). Bang to the floor, figure it out from there!

http://www.city-data.com/forum/membe...lion-miles.jpg

After you get your Mtn goat legs... drive the Beartooth (spectacular) MT / WY = NE corner of Yellowstone.
http://beartoothhighway.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MexvfTkAse8

Trail Ridge Road in CO is another that is fun, but very mild. It was our daily (nightly = no police) 'race track', growing up in Estes Park during the era of Muscle cars and performance motorcycles. It was also my first 100 mile in one day bicycle ride. That was beyond foolish! (picked the weekend they had 'chip sealed' = 2-3" of loose pea gravel to push though for 10 hrs straight)

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Old 02-21-2019, 12:34 PM
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Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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the fear pictures in our minds!
Stop worrying.
Just increase your life insurance and make your beneficiaries happier.
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Old 02-21-2019, 06:06 PM
 
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How many roads will we encounter from my destinations in the original post that have steep drop offs with no guard rails? We are several months out, and we can already see the fear pictures in our minds!
None. For real.
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Old 02-21-2019, 08:12 PM
 
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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Honestly, you'll be fine. Some fun was had with your thread but there is nothing terrifying on your route.
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Old Yesterday, 09:22 PM
 
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Do what StealthRabbit said, drive the Beartooth Highway, omg it’s beautiful, you’ll never forget it. It only has a small window for being open due to elevation/snow, something like June-Sept.

Also, spend some time in Rocky Mtn. NP. It will be crowded but worth it.
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