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Old 02-02-2010, 02:36 PM   #1
catweasel67 OP
Joined: Aug 2009
Location: Vienna, Austria
Oddometer: 8,856
The Goose wants to go to NA

Me and the Goose in NA

ok, thanks to input from you guys I've got the following route as a guide.. am listing my route, and updating it, in the hope that if I've missed anything massive one of you will shout. I'd hate to fly back and have someone say "you mean you went to so and so and didn't see thingie!!"

At time of writing (15th July) I have 8 clear days of contingency. I'm gonna trim that down to leave 5 using the other 3 to shorten days. If I've not used at least 1 of the days by the time I get to New Orleans I'll eat it up there, I'll apply similar discretionay contingency chowing at other key points.

Route Overview (LINK to map)
  • Leg 0 - Vienna to Munich - 14th/15th August - ride up, train back.
  • Leg 1.2 - Toronto to Muskegon (26th August) (LINK to route) gonna hop a late night ferry to Milwaukee. 621km.
  • Leg 2.2 - Milwaukee Ferryport to HD Museum (LINK to route) 5.5km
  • Leg 3.3 - Milwaukee to Lake Miills (LINK to route) -starting to look for new tires now....ideally I'll have them before I get to Boise. 522km
  • Leg 4.3 - Lake Mills to Kadoka (LINK to route) 679km
  • Leg 5.4 - Kadoka to Hardin (LINK to route) 689km
  • Leg 6.2 - Hardin to Yellowstone (LINK to route) 447km
  • Leg 7.2 - Yellowstone to Twin Falls (LINK to route) scrubbing Twin Falls (pretty much a random choice) here I come...500km
  • Leg 8.2- Twin Falls to Austin (LINK to route) 580km
  • Leg 9 - Austin to Fremont - The Pacific coast and to see if I can find my heart again (LINK to route) 765km
  • Leg 10 - Fremont to Death Valley (LINK to route) 767km - re-routed through Yosemite.
  • Leg 11 - Death Valley to Grand Canyon (LINK to route) 300km
  • Leg 12 - Grand Canyon to Monument Valley (LINK to route) 524km
  • Leg 13 - Monument Valley to Santa Fe (LINK to route) 597km/7750km
  • Leg 14 - Santa Fe to Roswell - (LINK to route) 325km/8075km
  • Leg 15 - Roswell to San Antonio (LINK to route) 892km = re-routed to via scenery route 84
  • Leg 16 - San Antonio to Baton Rouge (LINK to route) 764km/9709km
  • Leg 17 - Baton Rouge to New Orleans (LINK to route) may stay in recommended from another thread 137km/
  • Leg 18 - New Orleans to Memphis (LINK to route) Gracelands...679km/
  • Leg 19 - Memphis to Nashville (LINK to route) - Gran Ol' Opry? 373km/
  • Leg 20 - Nashville to Birmingham (LINK to route) some motorbike musuem? 355km/
  • Leg 21 - Birmingham to St.Petersburg (LINK to route) a fairly random stopping point on the way to Miami 900km/
  • Leg 22 - St.Petersburg to Miami (LINK to route) 879km/ -modifed to include Key West
  • Leg 23 - Miami to Jesup (LINK to route) (754km/
  • Leg 24 - Jesup to Ashville (LINK to route) 544km/
  • Leg 25 - Ashville to Front Royale (LINK to route) 759km/
  • Leg 26 - Front Royale to New York City (LINK to route) 534km/
  • Leg 27 - New York City to Punxsutawny (LINK to route) 501km/
  • Leg 28 - Punxsutawny to Toronto (LINK to route) 476km
  • Final Leg - return flight to Vienna 1st October (bike flies on the 5th)
  • 9th/10th October - Munich Octoberfest + ride back back to Vienna :)
Total Mileage is about 16.3k km. It's creeping up quickly from my ceiling of 13k so I may have to cut a few corners at some point.

My objectives are;
  • Ride USA coast to coast on my 'Goose
  • Check out some musical (rock, country, jazz and blues), historical and natural monuments (in that order of priority)
  • Have a vacation where I can understand the language and read the menu
  • Meet people, drink beer, eat food
Direct Costs Incurred to date (10th February)
  • €50 for NA maps for Zumo 660 bloody €50 for NA mapsource maps cos I cocked up and Garmin weren't super stars.
  • €10 for 2x large wall maps of NA (so far only used the one but it's come in very handy as a quick reference point)
  • $3700 for bike shipping
  • €1k for flights
  • $750 for 2 months insurance (am going for a month and a week but they only insure in monthly units)
Packing List (for 6 weeks)

Bike & Luggage
  • Moto Guzzi Breva 1101
  • Hepco & Becker 30l hard cases
  • MG tank bag
  • 60l North Face "seat bag"
  • Garmin (with loaded routes)
Camping Gear
  • Tent (Seedhouse SL2)
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Guitar + amp + spare battery
  • Headlamp
  • Passport
  • Bike Insurance
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • 2 credit cards + ATM card
  • Canadian $200?
  • American $1000?
  • Bike registration document
  • Bike Boots x 1
  • Socks (inc casual socks) x 5
  • Sandals and casual shoes
  • Crash helmet + Leather Jacket/Jeans/gloves/crash helmet liner
  • Keks x 5
  • T-shirts x 5
  • Board Shorts x 1 (doubling as swimming trunks)
  • Cargo pants x 1
  • Cargo shorts x 1
  • travel towels x 3 (the real tiny ones)
  • Contact lenses x 2
  • Contact lense solution x 1 (hope to buy more on route - the all in one stuff)
  • Glasses x 1
  • Small shower gel (more to be purchased on route)
  • 1 x deoderant (as above)
  • Chapstick
  • Suntan lotion
  • First Aid Kit
  • Sun Glasses
  • Hard case for glasses
  • iPhone
  • ipod
  • Shure earphones
  • Pondering iPad vs netpad..sorely tempted...need storage for pictures + basic edit functions, e-books, websurfing + funk appeal.
  • Post e-copies of passport, insurance, route to my secure cloud

catweasel67 screwed with this post 07-23-2010 at 02:50 AM Reason: moved plan to top of thread to help me
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Old 02-03-2010, 12:36 PM   #2
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Location: Buckeyeland
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Your euro ATM card may work, depending what 'network' it cooperates with. Various bank ATMs may support different networks. Example: My STAR card works on PLUS networks. Worked fine in Mexico, works all across the USA at any STAR ATM or other ATM with a PLUS logo. Check the back of your card.

Credit cards are widely accepted everywhere, except possibly smaller 'mom & pop' operations. But most any national chain will take plastic, even McDonalds if you 'need' a Royale mit Kasse.

Oh, and based on what I experienced in Germany, a 'continental breakfast' at a hotel here in the USA will grossly disappoint you.

What bike are you bringing over?
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Old 02-03-2010, 03:14 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by mark883

What bike are you bringing over?
my Breva 11, and thanks for the info on cards :) sounds like carrying a couple hundred bucks + plastic should see me through.
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Old 02-05-2010, 07:12 PM   #4
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Location: Moscow, Idaho
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Come on over. We even have card pumps and ATM's in Idaho. Visa and Mastercard covers most everything.

Not many responses so I'll offer a couple. Sept is great in the West. Late Sept should be very good for fall colors in the New England States. You are basically starting at the wrong end if the country, and it is a long way across.

Maybe head west, do the Great Lakes, Chicago, Mt Rushmore, etc. 5-6 days.

Hit some of the big calling card parks. Glacier, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Death Valley. These are big parks and take a day to visit plus a long day of travel, or more, in between. 10 days.

Vegas. ? days. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, 3 days.

Now you are in the middle of the country and have a week and a half to get to Toronto.

A long way to the Alamo, and Colorado is still out there.

Hit New Orleans then head north thru Dragon country to New England for the fall colors and festivals.

Hit the Maine coast if possible.

Ft Meyer in Virginia is splendid for US Military History. Tomb of the Unknown, Pentagon, Arlington Cemetary, Custis-Lee Mansion, the Old Guard and a cavalry unit. All in a close walking distance. Beautifully maintained.

While crossing the west Great Basin Nat Park and Canyon De Chelly are treats that many pass.

Hwy 93 is a good route north/south from ID to Vegas. Hwy 50 is good east/west thru UT and NV. I-90 in ID and MT is a good interstate as well as I-15 in MT. 15 is horrible thru Salt Lake City. The whole Utah population lives against 15 in the SLC area. 89 or 89a across south UT. These are a few good traveling roads.

So many choices. If you narrow it down a bit maybe some more help will come along.

I hope that helps.
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Old 02-06-2010, 09:45 AM   #5
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thanks Thetourist, reckon it's time I bought me a big map and sat down in a pub with a few beers. You've given me some great food for thought and have painted a sweet picture for me.

thanks again. Next step is paper planning.
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Old 02-06-2010, 01:19 PM   #6
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