Here's a few suggestions -
First, you have GOT
to try and get to Birmingham, AL and check out Barber Motorsports Museum. It' s like you died and went to motorcycle heaven. You just have to go due south from Nashville instead of cutting over to Mississippi. It'll add a few miles and you'll want to spend the better part of a day there, but it is well worth it!
Once you get into New Mexico (BTW, if you go through Roswell I need a t-shirt!
) you may want to head up through Farmington to the Four Corners area and check out that area, then go over to Monument Valley. From there you can head over to Page, AZ and down to the Grand Canyon.
Las Vegas is cool if you're going to stop and check it out, but if you're just going to pass through and not stop you may want to skip it. The traffic is horrifying and the people driving in and out of there for about 100 miles around are completely off-their-rocker insane!
The last two times I rode a bike out of their I was doing 85-90 mph and getting past on both sides and it was not fun by any stretch of the imagination.
Once in California, when you're coming up from San Diego and through LA pick up Highway 33 in Ojai and take it up to 58 in Buttonwillow. Gas up in Buttonwillow then take 58 across to Santa Margarita. Both of these road are an absolute blast and without much traffic. Once there you can pick up 101 and do one of a couple of things:
- Take 41 over to the coast and ride the PCH up to the Bay Area (of course, you'll be riding down the PCH to go to Cambria if we get the planets aligned correctly on this )
- Take 101 north to Paso Robles, pick up Nacamiento Lake Dr., take it up to Interlake Rd and onto Lockwood San Lucas Rd, Then pop onto 101 for a couple of miles to 198, then north on Highway 25 all the way to Hollister, then on up to the Bay Area. Not much in the way of gas from Paso to Hollister, but it should be easy to make that on the GT.
There's no such thing as a bad ride on the PCH from San Luis Obispo all the way to Leggett. It's 586 miles of pure, unadulterated motorcycling bliss. Ne sure to ride through the Chandelier Tree
while you're up there.
In Northern CA you definitely want to ride the Avenue of the Giants, and may want to venture out from it to the Lost Coast. The road are rough and there is nobody out there, but it is a very unspoiled and untouched area. It's worth the trip just to experience the serenity of it.
Once in Southern OR try to take a tour of the Oregon Caves in Cave Junction. They are very cool and are well worth the time to visit. After that the OR coast is a beautiful ride, but a little slow due to speed limits and the various little towns along the way. But that does make it a more interesting trip. Same goes for the WA coast, just be sure to follow the highway 101 signs, you'll find a much more interesting route and a couple of neat little towns out there.
When you get down to Utah I would suggest dropping down to I-70 for the ride across into Colorado. much more interesting terrain, and you'll go right past Moab and Arches National Park, a must see. Or, you can go further south and pass through Zion, Bryce Canyon, and take scenic 12 over GRand Staircase Escalante up to Torrey, through Capitol Reef, then up to 70 and out to Moab and points beyond. There is a chance the road might be snowed in, but I've been through there in early May on a bike before and was able to get through with no problems ( the roads were plowed clear but it was really cold in stretches).
After that I don't know diddley about the what's cool to ride through, other than you might want to check out Carhenge