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Old 11-01-2010, 02:06 AM   #1
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Atlanta to San Diego via Denver mid Nov

Returning from the Middle East and flying in to Atlanta on or about 6 Nov to start a solo trek from ATL to San Diego, stopping off in Denver to visit my folks if the weather permits. I plan on sticking to twisty backroads, and picking up some trails here and there along the way.

First the route:

So far, the route looks like this, but I already need to cut it down, as I have to be in San Diego by the night of the 21st. Google map routes now included via links - some maps are a single leg, some have multiple legs on same map. Maps and there associated legs are grouped by colors.

Day 1 - Atlanta, GA to Tupelo, MS
Day 2 - Pick up the Natchez Trace in Tupelo and end in Alexandria, LA. Along the way I'll ride the Shaiffer Road from the "Oh, Brother route" laid by backwoodsKLR.

Day 3 - Alexandria, LA to Austin, TX - nothing special planned here yet, just A to B so far.
Somehow shoehorn a visit to Max Bialystock in DFW for some TX BBQ in here
Day 4 - Austin, TX to Marfa, TX incorporating the Twisted Sisters route
Day 5 - Marfa, TX to Marathon, TX through Big Bend, riding Pinto Canyon Rd and FM 170 (actually planning reverse of the route shown here)
Day 6 - Marathon, TX to Carlsbad, NM, spending some time at the caverns (may have to axe that and push on as close to Taos as possible to make time)
Day 7 - Carlsbad, NM to Taos, NM - this is where weather, and whether or not I can get to Denver, becomes a factor

Day 8 - Taos, NM to Denver, CO going through Pagosa Springs and picking up US 160 to US 285. Anticipating this will probably not be doable due to weather, though.
Day 9 - Denver, CO to Royal Gorge, CO
Day 10 - Royal Gorge, CO to Natural Bridges, UT
Day 11 - Natural Bridges, UT to Escalante, UT via Hanksville, UT
Day 12 - Escalante, UT to Bryce Canyon, UT via Marble Canyon, AZ
Day 13 - Bryce Canyon, UT to Vegas
Day 14 - Vegas to San Diego, CA


The Steed:
In Atlanta, I'll be picking up this :


2006 1200GSA purchased via eBay from Olson's Moto Works in Albany, NH. Paul Olson is great. I had a great buying experience, and totally recommend them.

The Equipment:
For me:
Arai XD-3 helmet
Rukka Armas suit
Gaerne SG10 boots (offroad)
Vendramini 498S Marathon boots (onroad - considering deleting, trying to decide if its worth carrying them so as not have to ride 3,500mi in MX boots)
Held Warm n' Dry gloves
Northface jacket
Kuhl sweater
6x shirts, skivvies, socks
2x cargo pants
1x street shoes
Laundry bag
Toiletry bag
Hooah! wipes
Baby powder
Macbook
Digital SLR camera
Headlamp
Gerber
Knife
iPod
Camelback

For the bike:
New set of TKC 80s
Garmin Oregon 550t (Still haven't decided what paper map brand to take - will buy in ATL where i can get hands on look at them)
SPOT 2 Satellite GPS Messenger
Highgear Solar Pod charger
RKA Saddlebag Liners
Tire gauge
From Adventure Designs:
-Explorer Lite Tank Bag by Wolfman
-Wolfman Bag Waterproof RainCover
-The Ultimate Compact BMW Tool Kit with Tool Roll
-Micro Tire Pump Kit with Tubeless Repair
-Double BMW to American Cigarette Adapter
-Ultra Pod II
-Primus 1.0 liter Bottle
-Wolf Fuel Bottle Holster


This is my first solo major adventure. Would appreciate any comments, observations, invites, etc.

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Old 11-01-2010, 05:09 AM   #2
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We've got snow in our forcast for this week in the midwest.

Colorado will either be 80 or 18. Rain on the west coast is snow in the Rockies this time of year.

Keep flexible schedule, you won't know till you're out there.
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Old 11-01-2010, 05:36 AM   #3
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We've got snow in our forcast for this week in the midwest.

Colorado will either be 80 or 18. Rain on the west coast is snow in the Rockies this time of year.

Keep flexible schedule, you won't know till you're out there.

^This

trust me when I say "Yer gonna freeze yer ass off southerner!!!!"

Stay outta Utah, and Northern,NM....Taos is a Ski Resort for a reason.

I was in damned near freezing conditions in Montana in July.


I am probably gonna have the same start and end point by months end, and I am going to follow the Gulf through AL, MS, LA, TX, then chase the Mex. border to the Pacific. Atleast I will have Big Bend to ride through.

The roads may not be ANYTHING like the NW I had the privilege to ride through this summer, but The desert *may* pretty.
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Old 11-01-2010, 08:04 AM   #4
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trust me when I say "Yer gonna freeze yer ass off southerner!!!!"

Stay outta Utah, and Northern,NM....Taos is a Ski Resort for a reason.

I was in damned near freezing conditions in Montana in July.
Rode the Alps in Sept and there were several passes that were just above freezing. The Rukka suit was amazing at keeping me totally warm. The Held Warm n' Dry gloves might as well be called just Dry, though - taking glove liners this time. I figure as long as the roads are clear, I should be OK - and if not, I'll find a bikeshop and buy some heated gear.

There's just too much good stuff to see in Southern Utah to not go - but, I guess I can't see EVERYTHING on this one trip.
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Old 11-01-2010, 10:35 AM   #5
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Have a plan B. Denver area, Northern NM can be doable mid November, but bad weather and very cold can roll in quickly. As already said, plan to freeze your ass off.
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Old 11-02-2010, 05:57 AM   #6
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Now with route maps linked in OP. Some maps just have a single leg - most have more than one. Routes contained on a single map are grouped together by color.

Roger on the stay flexible and don't count on making it into Northern NM and CO.

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Old 11-04-2010, 11:55 PM   #7
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Have a plan B. Denver area, Northern NM can be doable mid November, but bad weather and very cold can roll in quickly. As already said, plan to freeze your ass off.
trick is to watch the weather and keep heading south if need be.
today would have been the day to be in colo.
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Old 11-05-2010, 12:19 AM   #8
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today would have been the day to be in colo.
In Naples, IT waiting to get back on the Freedom Bird...
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Old 11-08-2010, 02:34 PM   #9
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Just finished 2 days learning to ride dirt at Highland Park Resort near Cedartown, GA in preps for the trail riding I've got planned. Rode a KTM 250 SFX and was pleased with how comfortable I was able to get - of course the big pig of a 1200GS will be a completely different story. Hopefully, I got some decent helmet cam video - will post, if so.

I should be getting on the road to head to Tupelo tomorrow afternoon, or Wed morning. First trail riding will be on Day 2 on the Schaiffer Road South of Jackson, MS. Anybody want to volunteer to be part of my SPOT contacts?
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Old 11-08-2010, 08:07 PM   #10
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Taos is a Ski Resort for a reason.
The town of Taos is at about 7,000 feet...

The Ski resort is about 19 miles away and 2,200 feet higher at the base...

The weather can vary quite a bit between the two...
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