Day 01- Sun Aug 11th – Dublin – Denver Colorado
Outbound – Dublin – Chicago 09.55-12.00 ORD - Denver 13.20-15.09
Please remember that you will need a valid ESTA to enter the USA. There is no rush at this stage to get this done, but do not forget about it!
We have a Welcome Dinner this evening and overnight in Denver.
Day 02 – Mon Aug 12th – Collect our bikes – Leadville, Colorado
Via Pikes Peak,
We collect our motorbikes at Eaglerider’s depot in Lawrence Street and once the formalities are complete, we get on the road!
It really is a beautiful drive through White River National Forest. There are majestic views, jutting mountains, big horn sheep, sometimes elk herds, several quaint mountain towns.
Day 03 – Tues Aug 13th – Leadville – Gunnison Colorado
Over Independence Pass into Aspen and Redstone and Black Canyon.
Independence Pass, originally known as Hunter Pass, is a high mountain pass in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado in the United States. It is at elevation 12,095 ft (3,687 m) on the Continental Divide in the Sawatch Range. The pass is midway between Aspen and Twin Lakes, on the border between Pitkin and Lake counties.
Much like the Grand Canyon, there are two rims to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, with the southern having many more view points.
Day 04 – Wed Aug 14th – Gunnison – Durango, Colorado
Through the Million Dollar Highway, Though the entire stretch has been called the Million Dollar Highway, it is really the twelve miles (19 km) south of Ouray through the Uncompahgre Gorge to the summit of Red Mountain Pass which gains the highway its name. This stretch through the gorge is challenging and potentially hazardous to drive; it is characterized by steep cliffs, narrow lanes, and a lack of guardrails; the ascent of Red Mountain Pass is marked with a number of hairpin curves used to gain elevation, and again, narrow lanes for traffic—many cut directly into the sides of mountains. During this ascent, the remains of the Idarado Mine are visible
Day 05 – Thurs Aug 15th – Durango – Kayenta, Arizona
Today’s destination is Kayenta, still in Colorado, to see the Great Sand Dunes. The landscape changes slowly, turning into mountains. San Juan Forest’s pine trees rise towards the azur blue sky. On the way, you’ll cross the Great Divide, this invisible line separating the Pacific from the Atlantic.
We also get to see Monument Valley before arriving into Kayenta.
Day 06 – Fri Aug 16th – Kayenta – Bryce, Utah
Boulder, Esclante, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon
From Kayenta we will ride up to sleepy Mexican Hat, briefly a frenzied gold- mining camp, which takes its name from a riverside sandstone hoodoo – it actually looks like a south-of-the-border sombrero. We ride on past the Valley of the Gods, where much of the movie “Thelma and Louise” was filmed, and cross the Colorado River where it pours into Lake Powell. Lake Powell has 1960 miles of shoreline, which is more than the entire Pacific Coast and 96 water-filled side canyons. We ride along the southern tip of Capitol Reef National Park, across aspen-covered peaks, along the buff-colored sandstones of the Devil’s Backbone, through the Escalante Wilderness, and finally to Bryce Canyon, where we overnight. This is a day you'll never forget
Day 07 – Sat Aug 17th – Bryce – Fillmore Utah
Day 08 – Sun Aug 18th – Fillmore – Winnemucca, Nevada
Open ride on America’s Loneliest Highway. Stopping and riding at Salt Lake Flats
The main characteristic about this highway is the absence of buildings, towns or really anything man made. You still encounter cars (though not too many) but other than that you pretty much drive straight sections followed by mountain passes.
Winnemucca is the only incorporated city in and is the county seat of Humboldt County, Nevada, United States. Winnemucca is known as the "basecamp to Nevada's backcountry," an area dominated by the stunning Battle Mountain.
Day 09 – Mon Aug 19th – Winnemucca – South Lake Tahoe (or Stateline)
Looping around Lake Tahoe
Day 10 – Tues Aug 20th – South Lake Tahoe – San Francisco CA
Via Sierra Mountains
Donner Pass is breathtakingly beautiful. For those who know the story, it's hard not to think about the group of California-bound pioneers who were stranded here in the 1800s.
Day 11 – Wed Aug 21st - Free-day in San Francisco
Yours to Explore! Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 39 – so much to see and do!
Day 12 – Thurs Aug 22nd – San Francisco - Napa
Visit to a Winery California's Wine Country is a perfect place to visit. Its combination of incredible wineries and majestic scenery will be pleasing to your both your palate and your mind's eye
Day 13 – Fri Aug 23rd – Napa – Mendocino CA
Old Highway 1 – a lovely drive so enjoy it as best you can!
Day 14 – Sat Aug 24th – Mendocino – Cresent City CA
Up Highways 1 & 101 through the Redwood Trees, Avenue of the Giants. The Avenue of the Giants is a scenic highway in Northern California, United States, running through Humboldt Redwoods State Park. It is an old alignment of U.S. Route 101, and continues to be maintained by the state as State Route 254
Day 15 – Sun Aug 25th – Cresent City – Newport, OR
Oregan Coastal Drive A scenic drive extends along the oceanfront all the way into the center of the city. It passes Pebble Beach and the municipal airport, and the Castle Rock National Wildlife Refuge offshore. Closer to downtown, Battery Point Lighthouse is on an island so close that it is accessible by foot at low tide
Day 16 – Mon Aug 26th – Newport – Astoria OR
More coastal roads Oregon showcases its coastal treasures with around 80 state parks and scenic overlooks along US Highway 101 south of Astoria.
Day 17 – Tues Aug 27th – Astoria – Portland OR
Ride along the Columbia River as it meanders along the waterway that led Lewis and Clark to the sea to arrive in Portland in time for lunch
- Bike drop-off
- Farewell Dinner tonight
Day 18 – Wed Aug 28th – Depart for home
Return Portland – Chicago 08.00-14.02 ORD – Dublin 19.45-08.00 +1
Day 19 – Thurs Aug 29th – arrive in Dublin