John and Janet 2016 Utah travel blog


We are ready for our 2016 Spring Road Trip. We will leave New Jersey in mid-April. We will travel cross-country to Manitou Springs, Colorado. From here we will cross the Rockies and visit northern Utah. As usual, we have a planned route but our trips never go exactly as planned. Last year we broke down on Day 1 and had a much shorter trip than planned.

Much of our trip is about scenic drives. As always, we will avoid the interstates. We look forward to visiting many National Parks, Historic Sites and Monuments. We like to find “Americana” along the way. We hope to see a lot of wildlife. I will take pictures and John will fish. We will use our motorcycle whenever possible and record our adventures with our GoPro Camera.

Highlights of our Planned Route:

We will travel from New Jersey to Manitou Springs, Colorado. We will visit friends and family in Ohio. We will see covered bridges in Indiana. We will visit a museum and the Harley Davidson Factory in Kansas City. We will see Fort Larned in Kansas and Old Bent’s Fort in Colorado.

We will revisit Manitou Springs, Colorado. We like the Pikes Peak area and there are sites here that we have not yet visited. We may climb Pikes Peak again!

We will cross southern Colorado. Our route will depend on the fishing reports. Our ultimate destination is Durango (for the train ride) and then Mesa Verde National Park.

Our first stop in Utah will be Moab. We will visit Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park.

Our next stop in Utah will be Vernal. We will visit Dinosaur National Park and go fishing.

Our return route will include fishing the North Platte River in Casper Wyoming. We will continue to the Black Hills of South Dakota where there are many opportunities to ride the motorcycle.

We will cross South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana. In Ohio and West Virginia we will again visit friends. Eventually, we will find our way back home.

This is the plan. We intend to be on the road for two and a half months. Of course, it is just a plan. It is always fun at the end of the trip to see how we do.

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