|06-17-2010, 11:59 PM||#1|
Joined: Feb 2010
Making Love To 6000 Miles of US Roadways
Yep, I'm preparing to head off and pop my adventure cherry. About a year ago I bought my first bike. Other than a Good friend of mine giving me pointers here and there, I taught myself how to ride. It took me all of 3 minutes to lay it down... haha. However I was going 1/2 a mph and managed to lay it down somewhat gently.
Anyway, I'm gearing up to see some of the US from a different perspective, from on top of an 02 SV650. Not exactly your prime touring bike from what I understand, but I have taken it from Boston, MA to Minneapolis, MN; which is about a 1500 mile trip. I rode 1000 miles the first day, grabbed myself a hotel and rode the other 500 miles the next day. So I have a small idea of what riding extended periods of time is going to be like on my little sport bike.
I'm leaving on June 20th, (this Sunday), from New Hampshire where the general "plan" will take me to:
Cincinnati, where I'll meet up with big bro,
Deals Gap NC,
Louisiana to see the oil spill,
Dallas to see lots of really hot dead things,
Then AZ to see the Grand Canyon,
Los Angeles CA,
Ride through Vegas,
Make my way up to Yellowstone WY,
Then to Minneapolis MN where I'll end the trip.
I'm opening this thread so I can report on the trip as I go along. However I will be "stealth camping", as I believe they call it, so I wont always have a chance to get online, but I am hoping do a fair amount of reporting with my cellular device. My stealth camping will consist of a tarp, a bag, and where ever I can find some open earth... I don't really know how these motorcycle trip things work... But I'm going to find out pretty quick! haha
hoping to do about 500 miles a day, give or take a few. I have myself a tank bag, tail bag(aka milk crate), and large backpack. No saddle bags unfortunately.
This trip is probably highly underfunded, I'm pretty sure I'm very unprepared, and I'm banking on lucky boxers to keep me from dying... BUT, as far as I am concerned there is no possible way for this trip to go wrong, because no matter what happens it's only adding to the experience and the adventure! ...Right?
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|06-18-2010, 01:03 AM||#2|
Chicken Strip Warrior
Joined: Apr 2009
Location: Seattle, USA
I'm more of a planner, myself, but I admire people who can just take off and ride by the seat of their lucky boxers.
If you have a choice, though, you might want to reconsider Arizona during the summer ... I plan to do the canyons sometime in the fall. We PNW'ers melt into a sticky primordial goo when it's over 85 for too long.
|06-18-2010, 01:15 AM||#3|
Joined: Aug 2004
Location: Cedar City, Utah
Outstanding! And a breath of fresh air. I'm guessing no GPS, no SPOT messenger, no $200 camp chair, and no titanium spork to stir coffee made in a portable press. Cool. Ride raw. So few do anymore it seems.
Looking forward to reading of your trek!
|06-18-2010, 02:19 AM||#4|
Joined: Apr 2008
Enjoy the ride
I just got back from a cross-country ride with 9,218 miles door to door. Yellowstone still has some snow, and Yellowstone lake with some ice remains. Great roads, sunny sky's and dry climate. Stop in and check out Flathead lake, Montana if you have a chance. South Dakota had great weather and roads were fun. Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial are great to visit.
On the way back to Maine I had to dodge Tornado's, hail and thunderstorms.
Enjoy your ride and try to spend most of your time on secondary roads to see more of this country. John
|06-18-2010, 08:46 AM||#5|
Seize this Honkus!
Joined: Sep 2006
Location: Palm Coast, Florida
Have a great time and good luck on your trip.
Here's what I would share with you. On June 12th I left Florida and arrived in San Diego 5 days later. I learned a couple of things and would like to share them with you.
The most important thing, IMO, you need to get is a camelback style hydration system. I thought running through Fl, Al, Miss, La, and Texas was rough with the heat and humidity. I was drinking about 5 litres of water a day out of that backpack. I would stop every 150 miles or so and refill it with ice so when it melted it would keep the water cool. Then I got to the desert out of Las Crusas on I-10 and it really got hot fast. Keep water on you at all times and drink all the time.
Run the deserts early early in the morning to beat the heat. 4am is a great time. You can get 6-7 hours in by the time it starts to get hot.
Be careful with your speed in the desert as fuel economy is more important than speed. Sometimes its 50 miles between fuel stops so plan those carefully through TX, NM, AZ, NV, and Ca.
Just my 2 cents!
Have fun and be safe!
"This is supposed to be a happy occasion. Let's not argue about who killed who"
|07-07-2010, 09:43 PM||#6|
Joined: Feb 2010
Well, I ended up not posting at all on the trip, and I would have really liked to stopped and taken pictures more often, but turns out there is not a whole lot of down time on these bike trips! when you're not riding you're eating, and when you're not eating you're sleeping, and when you not sleeeeping... you're riding some more! Pretty awesome though. And unfortunately I didn't make it as far as I would have liked. But it was still a really fun trip!
Well, and I know that good pictures make a good ride report, however, I'm not all that good at taking pictures, or even remembering to take them, but I did take a few.
This is Hampton Beach, NH. I rolled around is the sand for a bit, which was extremely difficult by the way... I almost dropped her several times, made quite an a$$ out of myself. But it was fun anyway. And all the beach bums found it very amusing. But I soon quit my horse play and got on the road before the cops showed up. From there, the trip officially began!
This is home for night #1. A cozy little wooded area off of interstate 84 just across the border of NY coming from CT. I didn't bother pulling out my sleeping bag as the temperature didn’t really allow it. Even at night it was pretty toasty. It was slightly creepy down in there, but the spiders and creepy-crawlies kept me company quite well. Not to mention the dam# blood suckers!
But this was it! Stealth camping! Which I believe is the term you well traveled cyclists have given this little gem of an experience! Haha. It was pretty bad a$$! I loved it!
And This is where Betty slept for the night. That brush may look harmless, but it all has thorns that are a good quarter inch long! terrible! But anyway, I slept just beyond my bike down the hill a bit. I slept well, and awoke at 5:30 the next morning and cooked myself (heated up) some chicken noodle soup for breakfast and got back on the road!
Stopped off in PA to cook up some more lunch. PA is a long friggin state to cross. Well, in New England terms it is anyway.
I met up with my brother Ben in Cincinnati and found a place to camp near Winton Woods State Park outside the city. Ohhh man, Big Bro was given me crap about this spot! Haha. Well, It was a rather swampy area, however, IN the swampy area we found a cool little mound to sleep on. I think it was an area that had been cleared out a long time ago to build something there, but it was too wet for them and it had been long since overgrown. I thought it was great! But, Boss is a little harder to please. But, it turned out that the swamp was a major breeding ground for skeeters and such…Bugs were pretty awful! Haha. but we managed to get some sleep.
Here is the lower area of the clearing. The bikes were pretty sunken in the next morning, but still standing! It was a pretty fun time driving in and out of there, especially with our sissy street riders! haha
Headed out the next morning and met up with our friend Miles, who had just come down from Canada and was headed to Georgia for a missions trip. Great timing! The three of us left together and made it to Cherokee National Forest in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee. As soon as we saw this river, we all had the exact same plan! Swimming! After long hot ride the water was tits!
Oh man, but before we got to Cherokee, we stopped at this gas station in Kentucky, And this old poor boy comes pulling up to the pump next to us in is 1980 something Pontiac. He steps out and he is just drenched in sweat. Then he comes over and starts talking to us about where we’re headed and what we’re doing, a wicked nice guy, but then we comment on how he must have been working hard because he’s soaked with sweat. Then he just starts going off!
“Helll Yeah I have! Like f#cking sh!t I have. And you boys know what? That son of a B!tch is trying to scew me a new hole” he says. And continues to say, “After all the work I’ve done for him he’s trying to not pay what he owes! Now, I’m a ‘Bible’ believing man”, he says, “I believe in all that old testament sh!t”, he says. “So, as the good book says, and eye for and eye. So, boys, what I’m going to do is grab myself a good old baseball bat and beat his rich white a$$!”
Oh man, the of us just busted out laughing, not sure that we were sposed to or not… but there was no holding it back. Haha, the three of us know the bible fairly well, and we’re pretty sure the God wouldn’t want this guy to f#ck someone up with a baseball bat… Anyway, gosh, the people you meet on this trips are just fantastic! Haha. We don't really have people quite like this in Boston! It's EPIC! And sorry for all the pretend language, just trying to tell it how it was!
Now, from the river, we continued on to look for a spot to camp. I don't have a picture of the actual camp site, but it was on top of this hill just up from a lookout point a few miles down from the river. This was an awesome campsite. It was a beautiful view, temp was nice, and the bugs were few! We had a good nights rest this night.
Here is the three of us from the lookout point below the camp site. Riding is so much more fun when it's done with a couple of cool dudes! Next stop, Deals Gap!!! Yehehehesssss!!!
Now, I'm not a very experienced rider... BUT, I did manage to grind a few pegs… First time EVER! Woohoo! It was a really fun time! everything I was hoping it was going to be! except for the coppers... They didn't seem as welcoming as all the rides were, although we had no trouble.
We made it into Mississippi that night, it was late and very dark, so we decided to camp at the Mississippi welcome center off of highway 59. We had a great nights rest. And the grounds keeper was a riot! But I gotta go for right now. I’ll tell you about him later. (soon!)
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