|10-27-2011, 05:15 PM||#1|
Joined: Oct 2011
Father/ Son ride of a lifetime...
This my first post so I'll keep it short for now...
Ever since my dad was a teen he has wanted to cruise coast to coast in the US on a Harley. He's not a Harley fan by any stretch but when in Rome....
He is turning 53 next year, and although he has been riding bikes for the past 18 years or so, has never managed the time to fulfil this one great dream of his (spent 18 years in the Royal Navy, father to 6 kids, now working a full time shift based job whilst running a small start up business as a mobile tyre fitter and air con overhauler).
As I am about to get fully licensed this side of xmas and he has a good wedge of holiday time saved up, we decided that next summer would be a good time to finally put a tick on this item of the bucket list whilst getting a chance to spend some father/son time together which frankly is needed as we have a VERY rocky history....
However, as with anything of this nature, a lot of logistics is required and as a result, I we are hitting some walls fairly early on and I would appreciate any of your guys (and girls) help or advice.
The original plan was to hire two Harleys out of LA and taking a couple of weeks, cruise the Southern states eastward before ending up in Jacksonville where he has some friends. However the issue lies with how to get the bikes back to LA once we're done as it would appear there are no companies that operate with drop of points around the US. Is this true or are there companies that do this and I just havent been able to find any info on them?
Also, can any of you recommend any places worthwhile seeing? While my dad and I are going to avoid most of the regular tourist traps, we will be doing a stretch of Route 66 and seeing a few of the landmarks along the way.
And finally (for now) do any of you who have done something similar have any advise or handy tips when it comes to long distance riding in the US?
|10-27-2011, 08:40 PM||#2|
diplomatico di moto
Joined: Mar 2004
Location: The Trans-Mississippi
2) The I-10 Corridor along the Southern parts of the USA will be HOT in the summertime. You'll want to plan something farther North, at least along the I-40 corridor.
3) Route 66 will either really suck, or be kind of interesting to you. It doesn't exist anymore as a real road and all you'll find along it's route are relics and abandoned buildings between a few interesting stops.
4) It is 2,400 miles between Los Angeles and Jacksonville if you take Interstate 10. Depending upon how long you have for this trip, you will either see a lot, or not much of the USA. This could easily turn into a 4,000 mile trip if you deviate from a straight line.
5) Personally, I'd recommend either making a Western loop out of Los Angeles, or an Eastern Loop out of Jacksonville. The USA is a pretty big place to see in one trip.
Hope this helps...
Rocker59 (aka guzzimike), Aux Arcs (NW Arkansas)
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rocker59 screwed with this post 10-27-2011 at 08:53 PM
|10-28-2011, 10:46 PM||#3|
Joined: Jul 2011
Two weeks is not enough if you want to see some of the great parts of Route 66. I agree with the last post that going further North, maybe through Colorado would make your ride much more memorable.
My son and I did the "4corners tour" of the SCMA. Our blog: http://4corners.us and had an excellent time unfortunately had do go 550 miles per day. 22 days and 10 days of rain.
We did The Tail of the Dragon, Beartooth pass, Florida keys, etc It was a lot more work than I thougth it would be to stay on schedule.
Good luck with your ride. You will look back on it for the rest of your life.
|11-09-2011, 07:59 PM||#4|
Joined: Jun 2009
I would personally look at launching out of San Francisco and going north then east, Monatana, and back to SF. Or I would would hit the southern states shooting for the Bueridge parkway.
My son is 19 and I am 49 and we have taken 2 long(2500+) mile MC trips and those will be memories I will always cherish and I am certain that my son will remember them long after I am gone. Do it now don't delay another minute.
|11-10-2011, 09:00 AM||#5|
Joined: Nov 2006
Location: Ensenada, Baja California
I agree start arond SF and go north, so much more to see! then go east and see maybe some NP (if you are into it) and make a loop and forget about the trouble of returning the bikes.
My girl is about 4 and WE can't wait until she is big enough to reach the pegs, and one day we will tour together, and mother can follow us in the truck! lol!!
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