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Old 01-17-2012, 02:42 PM   #1
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Advice needed from the other side of the world

Hi Team

So I have the wanderlust again and am planning a month long trip to the US.

I have some friends in Riverside CA that I would like to catch up with so that will be my start and finish point. I've worked out a route that' I think is pretty epic. Some feedback from you 'mericans would be great and if you could answer a few questions for me that would be awesome!

Firstly, are the daily distances too ambitious?

2. I'll be camping as much as possible. I’ve found a site (www.koa.com) that has camp sites at most of my stops. Anyone had experience with these sites?

3. What have I missed? I have 3 spare days in my itinerary that can be filled. I'll be on a rental bike, so no hardcore off-road stuff and I want to stay off Interstates as much as possible. I’m more a “What an awesome road and look at that view!” guy than a “on 1879 this happened here” guy.

4. Recommendations for a bike rental company that will rent me a Vstrom or something similar? All I can find on the net is Harleys rentals!
5. How much should I budget for gas?

I'm looking at doing this July/August 2012

Route can be seen here

Day by day itinerary.
Day 1 Riverside – San Luis Obispo – 271 Miles
Day 2 San Luis Obispo – San Francisco – 255 Miles
Day 3 San Francisco – Tourist
Day 4 San Francisco – Yosemite – 276 Miles – Small Hike afternoon?
Day 5 Yosemite – Las Vegas – 410 miles
Day 6 Las Vegas – Tourist – Parachute with the Flying Elvi?
Day 7 – Las Vegas – Grand Canyon – 324 miles – via Hoover Dam
Day 8 Grand Canyon – Loa UT – 412 miles
Day 9 Loa – Salt Lake City – 247 Miles
Day 10 Salt Lake City – Tourist – Day trip to Bonneville
Day 11 Salt Lake City – Moab – 285 Miles
Day 12 Moab – Tourist – White water rafting or day hike
Day 13 Moab – Santa Fe – 370 Miles
Day 14 Santa Fe – El Paso – 308 Miles
Day 15 El Paso – Day trip to Mexico - Tequila!
Day 16 El Paso – Phoenix – 403 Miles
Day 17 Phoenix – Joshua Tree – 340 Miles
Day 18 Joshua Tree – Riverside – 120 Miles
Day 19
Day 20
Day 21

Any feedback, advice, recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Must post my picture in the single men for the women of ADVRider thread :-P

Cheers

Mark.
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