|04-26-2012, 06:49 PM||#1|
Joined: Oct 2009
Location: Atlanta, GA
Yearly adventure trip on GSpots, ideas welcomed
Atlanta, GA - I'm beginning to plan my yearly mototrip with my father and brother and wanted to get some advice from fellow ADV'rs. My father and I both ride r1200 GS's, my brother a restored r90/6, and have done a tour of the Grand Canyon/Bonnie Salt Flats via Atlanta, GA in 2010. We did the entire east coast, including Niagara Falls, Lake Ontario, Halifax Novia Scotia via Atlanta in 2011.
We have about 10-13 days of riding we can do. We have discussed the Pacific Northwest (trailer to Montana and unload the bikes) or going back up the East coast and do a tour of the White Mountains, or go up to the Cabot Trail in Novia Scotia.
What are your suggestions?
2013 BMW R1200 GSW | 1972 BMW R75/5 toaster | 2011 Husky TE310
"4 wheels move the body, 2 wheels move the soul"
|04-26-2012, 07:55 PM||#2|
Sounds good, let's go!
Joined: Mar 2005
Location: Bassett, NE
That's a tough one. With less than two weeks you would spend a lot of time coming and going to Montana even if you tag team drove straight through.
Yes, there is some really great riding in the PNW and British Colombia, but that is best done when you have more time. It would be a burnout tour in 13 days. And you would spend a couple days there and a couple days back and only have a little over a week to hit the backroads.
I would head north again. It never gets old. North Carolina, up through the Smokies, West Virginia, Pennsylvania Dutch country, Upstate New York, over through backcountry Vermont, White mountains to the top of Mt Washington, over to Bar Harbor and camping in Acadia Natl Park, maybe ferry from Maine up to Nova Scotia this time for something a little different and up around Cape Breton on the Cabot Trail. Beautiful riding, nice folks, and head south home.
The only other thing I have done is fly to Costa Rica for two weeks and rent a dirt bike and rip around. But summer is the rainy season down there. That is something that is better to do at spring break. Pretty cheap two week vacation though, and it is something different.
Living in the corner of the country limits your options for the short vacations. Maybe others will have better ideas.
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|04-26-2012, 08:15 PM||#3|
Riding is my passion
Joined: Feb 2004
Location: Newnan, GA
I'm local to the Atlanta area also and have done several trips out west and most times we trailer somewhere out there to save time.
In 2006, a buddy and I trailered to Kalispell, MT from Atlanta so we could ride to AK and back and honestly that was a horribly long drive. 40+ hrs driving straight through both ways. We had 3 weeks to do that trip to AK and back and covered 6500 miles on the bike and over 11k+ miles total that trip. It was a great trip, but it was so rushed and that drive stands out as never ending in my mind still 6 years later.
In 2008, I went back out West with 4 friends. That time we trailered to Denver, CO and honestly that is a much easier drive at around 24hrs. We spent 2 weeks on the bikes and went all the way into Canada up the Ice Fields Pky and covered all the states out West from WA to AZ.
In 2009, my wife and I were on our 2 week honeymoon trip and once again we wanted to go West. We trailered to CO with just the 2 of us, bikes in the back of a 3/4 ton Diesel doing the drive in about 24hrs again. That trip we never left the US. We headed West from CO through UT & NV to CA, went up the coast, did OR & WA, Glacier NP, Yellowstone, and came back down though ID & WY. The only 2 states out west we didn't visit that trip were AZ & NM. Now my wife wants to go back so she can add those to her mapp.
CO is a much easier drive then MT from Atl since its only 24hrs vs 40+ and with a solid 2 weeks out there, you can cover a lot of ground on the bikes.
I could ride around in CO & UT a week alone and not get bored. UT is actually pretty amazing scenery wise. NV is obviously mostly desert, but was still actually enjoyable. We spent 3 whole days in CA and loved it. OR & WA happened to be extremely hot when we passed through so were pretty miserable, but the PNW definitely has a nice appeal. ID & MT have their good sections, but there are definitely sections of MT that seem to huge and vast. Glacier NP is definitely a must see in my book, but its all the way on the northern end of MT. WY sometimes seems like it will never end in parts of it, but everything out West is just amazing compared to what we have here on the east coast.
If you can get a solid 2 weeks, I would drive to Denver and start your trip there. I really would not want to make that drive to MT again unless I just had to. From there, you can put together a great trip and head up to MT and the PNW if you want to.
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