Howdy fellow ADV riders. After getting laid off a few weeks ago, I decided it's time to tour the US. I am planning to take a 6 week solo trip across the US, to see the Space Shuttle liftoff on June 13th. I leave San Diego on June 1st and head for the desert. I'm planning on camping most of the trip, but with the heat I may try to find a couch to crash on or two. If anybody is game, I'll buy the beer. :)
This is my first solo trip so I'm sure I'm off on a few base assumptions. ;) I'm also looking for some good routes and advice on places to stay/camp/drink.
General plan: June 1st leave San Diego to Phoenix AZ. After that, I am not really planning on where to stay other than just a planned route. Areas I'll be going thru: Roswell, NM. Corpus Christi or Austin, haven't decided yet. Houston/Galveston, New Orleans. I want to camp out on the bayou, have no idea if that's even doable...skeeters may eat me alive. Continuing on to Gulfport, Mobile AL, Pensacola, Panama City, Apalachicola Bay (sounds fun). Gainsville, Ocala National Forest (camping?), Daytona Beach.
At that point I am going to hang around a few days at Cape Canaveral and watch the shuttle launch. Been wanting to see that all my life. Thanks to Nickel for the inspiration on that one. I wish I could get media access to film the lauch. :)
Once the launch is over, I plan on going down to Miami and on to Key West. I'd like to camp on one of the Keys for a night or two. That just seems so awesome.
My route 'back' is not as defined. I am going to spend a week in east TN with my folks. Probably ride the Dragon. Maybe spend some time in DC. Start heading West on June 30th. I have friends in Boulder and Salt Lake city, so planning on a day in each of those. I'dl like to make it out to Laguna Seca to see the last day of MotoGP if I can. Then back down to SD later that week.
Here is my route:
SD to Cape Canaveral
Cape to Key West
Key West to Knoxville
Knoxville to Laguna Seca: http://tinyurl.com/qlwr3n
Laguna Seca to San Diego, CA: http://tinyurl.com/p8dgcq
BTW, the bike is a BMW F800GS. I'm going to try to video tape the whole trip in HD, especailly the launch. Anyone have thoughts on a decent cam-corder mount for bikes? I am going to try to turn the content into a Moto-Adv video podcast when I get back. :)
I'm bringing a tiny laptop and plan on blogging, taking pics, twittering (@n8foo
), updating ADVRider, etc. And applying for jobs, d-oh.