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Old 09-09-2014, 07:15 PM   #1
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Flagstaff to Savvannah and back

My wife is competing in the Masters Nationals (oly weightlifting) in October, the meet in in Savvannah GA.
Normally my October trip is in the Western states, this year I'll be leaving Flagstaff heading for Georgia.
I've driven the route before in a truck, and know my way around the freeways. I guess the question I have is, what are must stops, roads must ride.
I've never ridden in the South, any advice on where to go or where to avoid is much appreciated.
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Old 09-09-2014, 09:34 PM   #2
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Do you have time to go to Big Bend?

Or the Texas Hill country?
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Old 09-10-2014, 06:56 AM   #3
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Do you have time to go to Big Bend?

Or the Texas Hill country?
It's my October trip time, so I have 2 weeks. So yes, I do. Talk about Big Bend?

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Old 09-11-2014, 05:05 PM   #4
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Fun roads

Going south will set you up for a fun Nati Park (never been there).
Hill country and Austin is good.
East of Houstin is San Jacinto monument.


Riding through the gulf coast is good.

Take southern route to New Orleans. So go through Morgan city. The roads are flat, but the views are good.

Then gulfport.

Ride up coast of GA.

Go back home through northern GA AL MS...
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Old 09-12-2014, 07:38 AM   #5
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thanks Juice
I have a preliminary route mapped out which takes me the way you suggest.

This may be an insensitive and/or idiotic concern but: I worry about small town Southern LEO's and speed traps. Is this justified or am I being stupid.

Obviously I'm not going to be doing triple digits on the mighty GSA, but a moderate rate of speed is to be expected over and above what's posted.
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To Clarify

Just to clarify, I've ridden hundreds of thousands of miles in the Western states, and Canada, and understand where to be careful speed wise and so forth. The KRS would net me a couple speeding tickets a year, the KLT about 1 a year. Since I got the GSA I've been thankfully ticket free, with the exception of a warning for jumping a traffic line a a Watsonville stop light, early in the morning.
Having read all the horror stories of small southern municipalities making their budget off of questionable traffic stops and so forth.. Are my worries justified? or should I just SLOW down. meh.
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Old 09-12-2014, 11:33 AM   #7
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Florida

There was a town in Florida that took the cake. In the news a week ago.

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I can't say I experiended any speed traps. I do not know of any towns.


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I did see a lot of R1200GS MC in the region. Maybe even more than the KLR.
So you should find some friends.

If you ride throug Jackson, MS. The Jackson thread is very friendly! If you need any help, post up there. Should get a response in no time, I guarantee.
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Old 09-12-2014, 12:21 PM   #8
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thanks. Puts a different light on it for sure.
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Old 09-13-2014, 01:16 PM   #9
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thanks Juice
I have a preliminary route mapped out which takes me the way you suggest.

This may be an insensitive and/or idiotic concern but: I worry about small town Southern LEO's and speed traps. Is this justified or am I being stupid.

Obviously I'm not going to be doing triple digits on the mighty GSA, but a moderate rate of speed is to be expected over and above what's posted.
Having traversed GA many times this year, via slab and back roads, I have not seen the small town speed trap. I have been pulled over by the small town LEO because he wanted to checkout the bikes

Now if your going 50mph through a downtown 25mph zone, you should expect what you deserve. Otherwise 5-7mph over is usually ok.

I have seen the interstate speed trap, GSP or Atlanta metro uses laser, one saving grace is that the laser cannot be used while moving. If you see a car on the side of the road, any car, guess what, slow down. You can see a car at a distance before the laser can tag you.
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^^^^^ this .. Agree hundred percent
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Old 09-13-2014, 01:36 PM   #11
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agreed.
Always go slow through town, lots to see and experience in small towns anyway.

it's the middle of nowhere 2 lane with 45 mph posted...
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Old 09-13-2014, 06:43 PM   #12
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Common sense. The rural south is no different than the rural anywhere else. Some places work the speed limits, some don't. If you assume the speed limit means what it says and
You adhere to it, you should be good.
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Old 09-13-2014, 06:57 PM   #13
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that said, many of the small towns in the west have a decommissioned police care with a mannequin in it. Once you get the hang of the west, you can go pretty rapid.

As far as speed limits go, I get them, but if I was going to drive the speed limit I wouldn't be on a bike.

Closing in on 60 I don't do stupid stuff. At least not at the rate I used to. Still like to go fast though.

Looking forward to exploring a new to me part of the country.
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Old 09-13-2014, 07:02 PM   #14
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[QUOTE=sanjoh;25066617]Having traversed GA many times this year, via slab and back roads, I have not seen the small town speed trap. I have been pulled over by the small town LEO because he wanted to checkout the bikes

I did get out of a stiff fine once, years ago, when the LEO came up on me, me fully geared on my pristine 1977 R100RS, stopped for a moment, and said..
'my brother has one just like this'.

Said slow down and be safe, and I was on my way.
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Old 09-13-2014, 07:18 PM   #15
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Having traversed GA many times this year, via slab and back roads, I have not seen the small town speed trap. I have been pulled over by the small town LEO because he wanted to checkout the bikes

I did get out of a stiff fine once, years ago, when the LEO came up on me, me fully geared on my pristine 1977 R100RS, stopped for a moment, and said..
'my brother has one just like this'.

Said slow down and be safe, and I was on my way.
Could go the other way too.
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