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Old 04-24-2013, 09:09 AM   #1
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Albany to Austin relocation

So, I'm potentially planning to visit Austin TX for a couple months this summer/fall

Leaving between July and September as I want to see my sister Graduate HS, and stay with my family for my birthday.

This is my first cross country trip. Beyond Akron /Gettysburg I will definitely be riding solo

Bike is a 1986 BMW R80RT.

Here is the basic route I have planned

Albany> Akron 500 miles (Stay with friends)
Akron> Nashville 500 miles (unknown)
Nashville> Little Rock 350 miles (unknown)
Little Rock> Austin 500 miles

Or Alternate

Albany> Gettysburg PA 334 (definitely camp out) See battlefields, etc
Gettysburg> Knoxville 500 (unknown)
Knoxville> Little Rock 500 (unknown)
Little Rock> Austin 500 (most recent intelligence leads me to probably hop on the natchez trace and bypass Little Rock)


Delta Airlines 1 way ticket costs $430 US

I imagine I could do this on a moto with 500, the advantages include SEEING America and not getting molested by TSA, and of course: Having reliable transportation once I reach my destination

I usually get around 200 miles per tank, including some of the reserve.

So I've calculated 150 miles per tank with some reserve left,

12 refuels at 5 dollars a gallon. 300+ dollars for gas

This is on superslab, simply because it would be quickest.

Navigation will be done via maps and android.

I'm going to ride rather light. I'll have changes of clothes, a laptop of some sort, tent, sleeping bag, pillow in case I need to KOA it.

Maybe 2 sets of nice clothes for when I get there, more stuff can be UPS'd down.

So I'm looking for information. information. information......

Cool stuff to divert off the superslab for :)

Riding Company

Good twisties

Tech/mechanical advisement

Coffee/bacon and eggs

Places to stay (couches, tent space)

Spiritual guru

I will expand this as the time closes and I decide whether to pull the trigger on this endeavor or not:)

By all means PM me here, or email me/text call


-Rob D

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Old 04-24-2013, 09:39 AM   #2
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:54 AM   #3
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Have you considered the temperature of Texas in July? I just moved from Austin recently, yep I couldn't take the heat so I got out'a the kitchen.

Average temp in Austin in July is 95-100 FYI.
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:02 AM   #4
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I'm originally from Baton Rouge, but that was many years ago when I was a wee lad
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:28 AM   #5
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I live in Houston and I made trip from Appleton, WI to Houston, TX and back. I also went thru Little Rock on one of the ways.

I would recommend to take scenic roads thru AR and MI if possible. I took scenic 6, if I remember correctly. I'm not sure where this picks up as I went North to South.

There are '3 sisters' near Austin which are intersecting roads that are all labeled 3xx which are supposed to be fun.

As far as TX goes, get into hill country as quickly as possible. East TX isn't exciting, in my opinion.

Arlington has a neat setup / memorial for the JFK assassination.

Waco is home of Dr Pepper.

Bryan, TX is A&M land and there is a cool bar on Lake Bryan.

Brenham, TX is home of Blue Bell Icecream, which is pretty cool. There is an airport with a 50's diner that serves the local icecream in a shake that is amazing. You can sit on a bench outside and watch small planes take off and land: http://www.brenhammunicipalairport.c...s/page0003.htm

I've mountain biked or climbed through as much as TX as is reasonable for me. The good spots tend to be where you are ending the trip, near Austin. Get some BBQ in either: Luling, Giddings, Lockhart, or Llano. Famous places are in all these cities.

Take a dip in Hamilton Pool once you arrive near the city. It will be crowded on the weekend.

A few nice parks (with camping) in TX:
Enchanted Rock
Pace Bend
Lake Whitney

PS You're gonna sweat your balls off.

Have fun.
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:46 PM   #6
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A few random thoughts for you:

1) Even if your bike uses premium I think your average gas price will be under $5/gallon in and near Texas.

2) It's hard to overstate how hot and humid it can get in Texas in July. For that last 500 mile leg consider leaving very early, and plan to get off the road by 2 or 3pm. Between about 1pm and 6pm in July is not a good time for a long trip in Texas, especially on the interstates!

3) I-35 between Dallas and Temple sucks the big one. Lots of construction, slow traffic, lots of two lanes between jersey barriers with no shoulders, dogs and cats living together, human sacrifice, mass hysteria!

Once south of Temple I-35 is not so bad as interstates go.

5) Remember that Davy Crocket is considered a Texan, and he only lived here six weeks.

Welcome, fellow Texan!!
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