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Old 05-01-2015, 09:28 PM   #1
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USA by KLR in 70 days

Hey gang, this ride started on April 18th. I have covered the eastern states and am just now turning west. After crossing Texas, a large portion of this trip will be spent in Utah, Colorado and New Mexico exploring national parks. Then, the plan is to ride the whole Pacific rt 1, bop over to Glacier National Park, the Bad Lands and Black Hills, then home to Maine via any interesting route.

I don't think that I will post text and photos here, because I am already doing that on my blog. I will post links to recent posts and excerpts, or something.

Anyway, read away, offer your critiques and advice's and enjoy!

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Below is a map of my trip so far:


Here are a few pictures to wet your appetites:

My bike ready to go

Brooklyn

Gettysburg wine country

Shenandoah/Skyline Drive

Blue Ridge

Typical camping situation

NC

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Old 05-01-2015, 10:18 PM   #2
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Man I am definitely following this one. I really like that luggage rack you rigged up. Looks like a nice clean loadout. Have you been exclusively camping, or also staying in motels along the way?
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Old 05-01-2015, 10:24 PM   #3
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Man I am definitely following this one. I really like that luggage rack you rigged up. Looks like a nice clean loadout. Have you been exclusively camping, or also staying in motels along the way?
Thanks! I'm really happy with my load out so far, I may swap the straps for shorter ones with buckles soon.

As for camping, yes. Just camping and friends and family, who I have scattered all over.
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Old 05-02-2015, 07:11 AM   #4
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Love the hammock tent. How do you keep the bugs off?
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Old 05-02-2015, 11:02 AM   #5
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The old KLR looks immaculate and well set up too! How is that seat arrangement working for you? It certainly looks sumptuous. Can you find somewhere to sling the hammock each night? Looking forward to your updates.
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Old 05-03-2015, 04:04 AM   #6
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this gonna be amazing RR........keep goin
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Old 05-03-2015, 04:33 AM   #7
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In for this one! Looks like a great ride, and nice setup!
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Old 05-03-2015, 08:09 AM   #8
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If you are crossing NM on Rt 60....(VLA is an attraction) give us a PM!
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Old 05-03-2015, 08:21 AM   #9
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I'm in (a fellow KLRer)
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Old 05-03-2015, 08:46 AM   #10
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Use the Tent Space and Camping List to find inmates along your route who have local knowledge of places and roads not to miss and a free shower/washing machine to tidy up now and then.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=869519

These 70 days are going to help shape your outlook on life and people for the the rest of your life.

Safe travels and stop and say Hi when passing thru Nor-Cal.
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Old 05-03-2015, 04:14 PM   #11
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Thanks guys! In Lafayette, LA at the moment at a cool hostel called The Blue Moon Saloon. I know I said "hotel budget zero," but this place is more of a destination than a comfy sleeping arrangement. Besides, staying here costs less than a day of fuel.

I got in last night around 8:30 after slabbing it 350+ miles from Navarre, FL. 350+ because I dinked around for much of the morning looking for gators in the bayou. No luck.

I took today to explore a bit and do some much needed maintenance, and will be leaving in the morning headed North, contrary to my original plan to cut across Texas. Ill bang a left in Arkansas and head towards CO via Oklahoma. I decided that I would rather see some mountains and new states rather than slog it across TX.

Maintenance today included a valve clearance check. The bike's first ever as far as I know, and well over due at 10,800mi.

Everything looked to be in spec, but the left exhaust valve was right at its lower limit of .006in clearance, the right was close at .007in. Should I plan on shimming my valves in a thousand miles?



Here's the scene at the hostel. I'm not sure I would plan on being able to disassemble your bike here like this, it just happens to be a particularly quiet Sunday. Normally folks would be starting to file into the attached bar/venue by now @6pm. I do however recommend this hostel to ADV riders. $19 for a night that includes a great live show on Weds, Thurs, Fri & Sat + a drink ticket. What more could you want?

Thanks!

**disclaimer: I will likely borrow language from this post in my upcoming blog. I hope you don't feel cheated.
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Old 05-03-2015, 04:40 PM   #12
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This looks great and what a neat looking KLR you have. I fancy doing the USA soon, maybe by bicycle maybe by motorcycle. LuckyTiger what do you think, and any other Americans here, about wild camping in USA?

It easily done i.e. easy to find places that no one will bother you at night, and how is it generally received by people? I ask because I just spent a year in South America and wildcamped most of the time. I enjoy it and of course it saves money too!

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Old 05-03-2015, 05:38 PM   #13
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Thanks! I'm really happy with my load out so far, I may swap the straps for shorter ones with buckles soon.

As for camping, yes. Just camping and friends and family, who I have scattered all over.
Nice, looks really good! Subscribed
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Old 05-03-2015, 05:41 PM   #14
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Old 05-03-2015, 07:24 PM   #15
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This looks great and what a neat looking KLR you have. I fancy doing the USA soon, maybe by bicycle maybe by motorcycle. LuckyTiger what do you think, and any other Americans here, about wild camping in USA?

It easily done i.e. easy to find places that no one will bother you at night, and how is it generally received by people? I ask because I just spent a year in South America and wildcamped most of the time. I enjoy it and of course it saves money too!

Cheerio!
Well none of my campsites so far have been "official," so yeah, go for it. My next few will be in national forests i think, those are free and nice. I have yet to encounter a land owner, so I haven't heard any opinions there. I have had two amiable encounters with police: one on the stoop at the dollar-store/church and one on the beach in Florida. They seemed understanding
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