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Old 04-30-2014, 02:38 PM   #1
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Riding across the US on my Triumph T100! From SF to Québec by the south road

Hello!

I am a french guy traveling for the last 5 months around the world, so far I crossed Europe and India backpacking.

Tomorrow I start a coast to coast and a bit more trip for next few months this time with a motorcycle. I will mostly camp and couchsurf during this trip. The plan is to be in Miami by May 30th.

This is my tentative roadmap, I am very flexible on the itinerary once I arrive in Québec City early July:



And few pictures from the bike before and after I set it up for this trip:

First time on the bike after 6 months stored in a friend garage:



Rail kit installed:



Bike fully loaded:



I will keep a road book here... Excited to be on the road tomorrow first hour :)
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Old 05-06-2014, 06:45 AM   #2
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California crossing!

3 riding days - 6 gas stop - 750 miles - 2 memorable highway CA-1 & CA-78



For the first day I went from San Francisco to San Simeon, the weather was perfect. Beautiful scenery. The only issue was the 17 mile drive is not allowed to motorcycle, this was the main reason of this trip. I did a lot of road trip along the pacific coast, and I never took yet this road. Next time I am in a car, I need to do it!

Picnic with ocean view:


Picture stop:


Should I sleep with the sea elephants tonight?





That night I camped south of Big Sur, $25 for a camping spot is a bit rush, but I felt shy to camp outside an official campground.





Second day is San Simeon to LA with a mandatory stop in Malibu at the Neptune’s Net café to feel the local motorcycling ambiance. I stopped in LA where I slept to a friend place. Best place to stay when you are on the road :)



Third day I left early in the morning to go first to Oceanside before to take the CA-78. I didn’t know this freeway, and it’s a very good surprise. Beautiful forests, curvy lines before long and straights road where you feel as the king in the middle of the desert.









That night I stopped to Yuma, AZ where I decided to stop to a motel. Didn’t feel to camp tonight, this is going to be the dilemma of my trip I think. Where to sleep… :) Dinner in a nice chinese restaurant with the perfect cookie fortune related my last few months traveling!



I now realize why the gas stations are the main attraction of long distance motorcycle travelers. Specially after a desert crossing and you know your gas tank is pretty empty!



So for my Arizona crossing, I want no wind, gas stations every 10 miles and a good balance between curvy and straight alternate roads :)
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Old 05-06-2014, 07:16 AM   #3
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à ton arrivée à Québec, tu te sentiras chez toi! ça ressemble à une ville en Normandie. Bony voyage!
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Old 05-07-2014, 10:09 PM   #4
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Arizona Crossing!

Merci GB :)

2 riding days - 4 gas stops - +500 miles (total ~1300 miles) - Old US-80 and AZ-79 (also a lot of 8 and a lot of 10, but less fun :))



I spent the last two days in Arizona. After a good night at the hotel in Yuma it was very windy early in the morning. I started to visit an old friend to Yuma County who gave me some information on the weather to expect for the next hours of the day. The first 30 minutes it was a fight to keep the bike straight, after a while I got used to it and the wind also started to reduce in the middle of the day. It was a good exercise to ride with so much wind :)

Following the Old US-80 to try to escape the boring 8, I ended up to go north to Phoenix what was a very good idea. Phoenix is a very pretty and impressive city when you enter from outside. I didn’t expect it was that big with so many skyscrapers.



After Phoenix I went south again through the 79 and Florence to avoid the US-10. It was windy again but the view was beautiful and the colors on the Santa Catalina Mountains very dramatic I really liked it! I slept to a friend place in the Oro Valley.




Day 2 in Arizona looks straight forward and the only plan is to reach New Mexico, few gas and rest stops with a visit of the things, it’s definitely worth $1 and the cashier gave me some great advices.





Tonight I tried to stop to a KOA campground to check it, it’s crazy expensive $33 for $2 more I found a motel on priceline. I need to start to understand how is working camping in America! So far from the beginning of the trip a lot of nights at friend’s place, 1 camping night, 2 motel nights.

Another interesting point, for last 24 hours, I don’t meet so many bikers anymore, but I talk a lot with truck drivers. How is it possible to do Los Angeles to Miami in 2 or 3 days!! This is crazy...



I definitely need to start to look at the go pro video I did for last few days :) Not sure yet where I go tomorrow, Texas or more New Mexico?
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Old 05-08-2014, 11:06 AM   #5
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What a terrific adventure - I'll be following along from my computer.
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Old 05-08-2014, 08:21 PM   #6
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Nice trip report and pictures, have an awesome adventure!

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Old 05-08-2014, 09:45 PM   #7
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Let me know if and when you hit the MS gulf coast, I'm in Gulfport.
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Old 05-09-2014, 03:58 AM   #8
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Respect lfrancois.

Enjoying your comments and thoughts, thank you for taking the time to share your ride with us.
Very pretty Bonnie you got there.

A couple of things, you HAVE to do Bourbon St. in New Orleans.
Everyone should spend at least one night of their life on Bourbon St.

And Key West has a clothing optional bar, check it out...

Cheers and thanks again for sharing, keep them coming.
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I wish you a great trip through the southern stretches of this vast country we call home. If you should ever happen to repeat this adventure along a more northerly route feel free to call me and we'll be happy to set you up in our guest room.

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Old 05-09-2014, 10:26 AM   #10
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Day 6 a bit of New Mexico and Texas!

Riding Day #6 - 2 gas stops - 1705.5 miles - NM-28 - TX-20 - I-10 - TX-90

Today was a day with a lot of encounters. I talked to the owner of the motel, after I told him about my trip in India and my experience in Gujarat, he explained me 80% of motel owned by Indians in USA are owned by people from Gujarat, what is a lot since I have the feeling I always stop in an Indian family each time I spend a night in an independent motel here.



After that I took the NM-28 road to Mesilla, you don’t really leave Las Cruces to arrive there. I met Larry, a 74 years old biker very friendly and in a perfect shape, I still want to ride as much as him when I will be his age :) Before to leave he offered me some cereals bar and a biker bible, only in the US you can find that!




Larry gave me some tips to ride the NM-28 and after the TX-20 as much as I can to El-Passo. Once in El-Passo I took the I-10 before to exit to the TX-90. I wish I made few stops on the NM-28 to take some pictures, it was very pretty!

I took my lunch in Texas, $4.99 for a full meal with soup and desert and it was awesome, I don’t miss California for that! :)



Once I passed El-Passo, I did my I-10 duty for the day, it’s now time to enjoy the TX-90 to Marfa TX! Very nice road with a very pretty scenery and interesting sightseeing once you arrive near Marfa.





Time to buy new luggages for my bike :)



Even military stuff look artsy in this town!



$87 motel vs $15 camping, tonight I camp!

Now I am waiting for people in Marfa to wake up and visit some art galleries :) The goal for today is to go south and see a bit of Big Bend State Park.
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What a terrific adventure - I'll be following along from my computer.
Thanks Vikingtazz!

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Nice trip report and pictures, have an awesome adventure!

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Thanks Poolman!

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Let me know if and when you hit the MS gulf coast, I'm in Gulfport.
Contevita, I will definitely let you know, I think I should be there in 1 week.

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Respect lfrancois.

Enjoying your comments and thoughts, thank you for taking the time to share your ride with us.
Very pretty Bonnie you got there.

A couple of things, you HAVE to do Bourbon St. in New Orleans.
Everyone should spend at least one night of their life on Bourbon St.

And Key West has a clothing optional bar, check it out...

Cheers and thanks again for sharing, keep them coming.
the dog.
dogtiredRAT! I will do it, I want the clothing optional bar :) It's perfect since I have very little clothes with me :)

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I wish you a great trip through the southern stretches of this vast country we call home. If you should ever happen to repeat this adventure along a more northerly route feel free to call me and we'll be happy to set you up in our guest room.

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712)255-4461

Bon Voyage,

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I will think about it when I will decide to bring back the bike to LA! :) Merci Marc!
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Old 05-11-2014, 06:15 PM   #12
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Yes, Yes, Yes!! Another Triumph Bonneville on the road
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Old 05-11-2014, 06:45 PM   #13
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Am now reading both of these Triumph based Cross-America rides. Both of you are great with your cameras as well. Take lots of photos down in Key West !!!
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Old 05-12-2014, 07:23 AM   #14
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Very nice Francois, I am enjoying following along!
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