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  1. #41
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    If you leave the winter coat home, I'd bring a warm sweater and flannel shirts in addition to a leather jacket. Bring a stocking cap and gloves. It can get quite cold and windy at higher elevations. When you are transiting different climates, layered clothing is the best way to do it.

    I forgot to mention - there are also hotels in Montrose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glc View Post
    If you leave the winter coat home, I'd bring a warm sweater and flannel shirts in addition to a leather jacket. Bring a stocking cap and gloves. It can get quite cold and windy at higher elevations. When you are transiting different climates, layered clothing is the best way to do it.

    I forgot to mention - there are also hotels in Montrose.
    So, where is a good place, about midway between Colorado Springs and Grand Junction off US50?

    Some say Gunnison, some Salida, some Montrose. Any cute place to stay? Also, that means extra time so some places you recommend where scenery or monument or something I should make sure to see?

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    Default That's Entirely up to You.

    What town to stay in, what motel to sleep in, what diner to eat in - Those are all matters of personal choice. Just as you found this site, you can find sites that get down to the nitty gritty level of the kinds of questions you're asking now. I can tell you where I'd stay, sleep or eat, but Donna might and probably would tell you something completely different, and glc would tell you something else entirely. It's up to you to make this trip yours. That is what we encourage most on this site. So just start doing some searches on town-name lodging and/or town-name restaurants, and/or town-name attractions and see what appeals to YOU.

    "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime".

    AZBuck
    Last edited by AZBuck; 11-08-2020 at 06:12 PM.

  4. #44
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    Gunnison is a bit more than halfway, but from a scenery standpoint, that would be the best.

    I also recommended previously the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, it's a national park. It's actually closer to Montrose than it is the town of Gunnison.

    Note that I'm not recommending specific hotels, I very seldom do that. I will only recommend hotels that I've stayed at and they stand out for one reason or another. I can only recommend areas in which to find hotels to your liking.

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    Thanks to all of you on this forum. I start in the morning. Don’t plan to stop, other than fuel, till I get to Hayes on Monday night but expect nicer scenery on way from Hayes to Colorado Springs on Tuesday, so will update here on Tuesday night.

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    Default Safe travels !

    Enjoy the ride and we will look forward to the updates!

    Safe travels.

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    Updated information: the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is closed. Here's what the website says:

    North Rim SR 67 CLOSED due to severe winter weather-Monday, 11/9/2020
    All areas on the North Rim, including SR 67, the North Kaibab Trailhead, and the Scenic Roads are closed until further notice as a result of a winter storm. Travel to the Kaibab Plateau is not advised. Call the road condition line at: 928-638-7496.

    Donna

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    Update! I left St. Louis this morning at 9:15 a.m., drove through the state on I-70, crossed into Kansas and finally ended up here in Colby, KS. I was pleasantly surprised. The past 10 months, old me has invariably taken a nap during the day, expected to pull into a rest area and nap but aI was able to drive on, about 600 miles from home.

    Tomorrow, I drive to Colorado Springs, a drive of 218 miles. Suggestions on place to stay?

    In any case, I will look up the maps now.

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    There are plenty of hotels in Colorado Springs. No specific recommendations. If you have a laptop or tablet, load up Google Maps and focus on the Colorado Springs area, then hit the Hotels button. On the way into town on US-24, I see 4 hotels by the airport at the Peterson Rd exit, all under $60.

    Suggestion - don't try to do any more 600 mile days. It will catch up with you.

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    I am hearing that road conditions are bad over Monarch Pass and also that an emergency was called for UT, that I-70 is backed up with multiple accidents today. People are advising me not to go without snow tires and such.

    https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopi...html#108409944

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