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Old 01-30-2013, 06:54 PM   #16
Sjoerd Bakker
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Sounds like the making of a fine vacation . All the route suggestions given
are excellent , .
As you will be on the bikes for only the first week make it a
point to do Big Sur then and some of the mountain roads out and back
to Lake Tahoe , excellent curvy bike roads but misery in an RV.
Otherwise feel free to wander .
With the RV you obviously will not need to buy camping gear but will
want to locate campgrounds and RV parks ( not always the same)
Note that if you have an RV it is permitted
by WalMart that you park overnight on their parking lot ( at
least in many states they allow it) And WalMart is in nearly every
town of a certain size and should be easy to locate.
Een beetje zuinigheid hindert nooit , hè ?

As far as driving style in the USA compared to Europe
it is much slower . US city drivers seem to take ages to
start moving once a light changes to green.
Unless a signs says otherwise it is okay and legal
at traffic lights to turn right on a red AFTER having
come to a complete stop and making sure you
will not interfere with traffic having the green.
Stick to speed limits , fines double in construction
zones and jail time if you touch a worker( good idea)

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Old 01-31-2013, 05:56 AM   #17
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Thanks a lot for these advices. They're very useful for me as I hope to stay longer in the US and therefor decided to try and win one of the GreenCards the Government grants. So it might be a great possibility to discover the country riding my bike. In the end I will be arrested or forced to pay fine just for doing something, which is absolutely common over here.
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:53 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by Sjoerd Bakker View Post
Note that if you have an RV it is permitted
by WalMart that you park overnight on their parking lot ( at
least in many states they allow it) And WalMart is in nearly every
town of a certain size and should be easy to locate.
Good one, I forgot about that. Good business decision on their part, too, since RV drivers are likely to need supplies. Just make sure you park in Walmart's portion of the parking lot. The other stores nearby may not have the same welcoming policy.

KOA campgrounds are another good spot to park your RV for a night, but not necessarily cheap. They often have a market, showers, and a park-like setting. There is a good one in Petaluma California only a mile from the Lagunitas Brewery.

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In the end I will be arrested or forced to pay fine just for doing something, which is absolutely common over here
Let's hope not! You only get arrested if you are doing something completely outrageous such as blasting through school zones at warp speed, failure to pull over when the police are chasing you, or drunk driving. They are generally friendly while giving out fines, and you can pay them by mail when you get home. It is not uncommon to get a verbal warning, but that may not be the case for tourists. When you are far from home (US or foreign resident) , they know you will just pay it rather than come back to show up in court and argue your case. Showing them respect helps a lot.
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