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Old 05-10-2013, 11:27 AM   #1
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Around the US trip

Hello folks!
I am new to the forum.
I am starting a trip next June and I would like to get some advice from the most seasoned riders.
It will take me about 8 months according to my calculations, and it involves something around 10 to 11 K miles. I'll start in Florida, heading west to California, north to Vancouver, Canada. East to Virginia and back south home.
I have most of the places I want to visit on a list.
I have made reservations for places to stay for the first leg (Miami to Vancouver).
I have decided not to make reservations for the second leg to have some freedom.
I have been visiting different forums and learning from them, but this one specially called my attention for the variety of raiders and lenght of the rides.
Any advice will be highly appretiated.
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Old 05-10-2013, 12:29 PM   #2
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Old 05-11-2013, 10:34 AM   #3
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Here in the New River Valley (Va) there is roads everywhere to enjoy.
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Old 05-12-2013, 10:03 AM   #4
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Stay off the Interstates
Most calling card roads are overrated.
Zig Zag. Get to the interior of areas.
National Parks are always good.
Colorado does not have all the mountains
California has amazing forest roads
WA, OR, ID has huge desert areas
Death Valley is the most surprising Nat Park I've visited.
Throw away the schedule You'll figure that in about a week..
8 months !!! Need a guide? I will guide for gas.
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Old 05-12-2013, 10:29 AM   #5
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Stay off the Interstates
Most calling card roads are overrated.
Zig Zag. Get to the interior of areas.
National Parks are always good.
Colorado does not have all the mountains
California has amazing forest roads
WA, OR, ID has huge desert areas
Death Valley is the most surprising Nat Park I've visited.
Throw away the schedule You'll figure that in about a week..
8 months !!! Need a guide? I will guide for gas.
I've got a question: why was Death Valley the most surprising national park? I'm heading to the west coast next year (I hope) and am planning to ride through Death Valley. Is is better or worse than you expected?
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Old 05-12-2013, 10:27 AM   #6
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I apologize if I'm not comprehending something, but you're suggesting an 11,000 mile trip that takes 8 months, right? That's less than 50 miles per day, which should take about an hour. That leaves you a helluva lot of time to do whatever you want. With eight months, you could see nearly everything you wanted to see, with lots of time to spare. With eight months, you don't need a plan. You can wake up each morning and just ride wherever you choose.

My only advice is, see the national parks and ride some great roads. Get a National Parks Pass ($80) and that's free admission to the national parks and I think most of the national monuments, too. Ride the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Chief Joseph, and the Beartooth, and the Million Dollar Highway (550) and Highway 1 up the Pacific coast, and a hundred other roads I'm forgetting because the list is too long. Seems to me that you have almost too much time on your hands.

Take time in some of the national parks to hike around, get off the beaten path. I read somewhere that less than 10% of the people who visit Yellowstone walk more than 100 yards from where they parked their vehicle. Go see what others are not seeing!

Ride on!!!
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:21 PM   #7
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Most Nat Parks are about what you see on tv travel show. Some photographer sets up and waits all day or days for beautiful light and pics. It's hard to equal that with a pass thru drive.

Death Valley was not anything like Death Valley Days tv show.
Not like the pics I'd seen. Nothing I'd seen had done DV proper justice.
There are huge mountains and deep-deep valleys.
Wild flowers in spring and freeze your niblets cold in winter.

DV Rec Area is huge. An all day ride to get thru. There is probably 2-300 mi of pavement inside DV
I've been there 4 times and still haven't done any significant off roading.
Go see "the Racetrack" in the evening.
Spend at least a half day at Scottys Castle.
Ride the length of the park as well as the width.


I might add, any nat park needs at least a day to appreciate. You need to be there when the light is good.
This is especially true with the desert parks. Get there early in the morn or late in the eve to catch the shadows and changing colors. Overcast days also help.

I was at Grand Canyon at noon. It was just a big hole. About 6pm it came alive.
The same with Monument Valley. Stunning after the sun went down. Of course, I then had to ride out in the dark and find a camping spot, but that is the price for good experiences and pics. Finding a camping place after dark is its own adventure. Wake up in the morning to find people staring at you. "Where am I".

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Old 05-12-2013, 07:48 PM   #8
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Death Valley was not anything like Death Valley Days tv show.
Not like the pics I'd seen. Huge mountains and deep-deep valleys.
Wild flowers in spring and freeze your niblets in winter.
DV Rec Area is huge. An all day ride to get thru. There is probably 2-300 mi of pavement inside DV
I've been there 4 times and still haven't done any significant off roading.
Go see "the Racetrack" in the evening.
Spend at least a half day at Scottys Castle.
Ride the length of the park as well as the width.
Very cool info. When I go, I'll try to plan spending more time there than just a sprint across it.
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:57 PM   #9
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Death Valley is a God forsaken desert. I live in the God forsaken desert so I should know. It's good for a ride through but I wouldn't get too caught up in it.

Now the Redwood forests, coastal roads and the mountains, that's some riding right there. It's green and there is water. Which is good.

Throw away your schedule and reservations. Wander about.

Here's how we do it. Wake up. Eat breakfast. Do bathroom duties and pack your stuff.

Follow some interesting roads from ~7am to about 430pm. Stop at a bar. Get a drink. Tip the bartender. Ask him/her where a good place to eat is. Then ask them where a good place to stay would be.

Check into place to stay after filling up gas tank. Check air oil and important nuts and bolts. Rinse and Repeat.
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:17 PM   #10
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The Redwood Park is just a freakin' hallway of trees.

I live in north Idaho. It's nothing but trees for hundreds of miles.

That is exactly why traveling is fun and mind opening. Something for everyone.

My schedule is to get up, pack, eat a snack. this could be at sunup to 7 am. I don't carry a clock.
Real breakfast at the next town or by 9 am.
Ride 5-6 hrs with breaks.
Late lunch, taking my time.
Ride till the sun starts down.
Find a camping spot or motel.
I'm usually on the road 14-16 hrs since I can't sleep if it isn't dark.
I don't like sitting around in "camp" for 3-5 hrs waiting for dark.
Ride all day taking breaks for whatever pops up. Conversation, maintenance, repacking, scenery, or wild women.
Just enjoy yourself.
On an 8 month outing you will need vacations from the bike.
You will figure it all out.
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:15 PM   #11
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I have to agree about cancelling you reservations. You have locked in half your trip. Reservations are not all that hard to come by, except maybe some coastal campgrounds or busy cities.

At some point, you will be talking to some locals (hopefully) and decide to attend some 3 day event or whatever, throwing off all of your reservations. Cancel them now and be free...

Instead, I would suggest just having a general plan, and setting a goal to reach California in around 40 days, Vancouver in another 30, that sort of thing.
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