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It's major for me anyway. It's quite early to start planning, but I can't help it. I'm busting at the seams ever since my wife gave me the green light. I'll be leaving around mid-April of '07, going cross-country and riding some of the greatest roads in the U.S. of A.!

The basic route is this:
Ohio > Kentucky > Tennessee > Mississippi > Arkansas > Oklahoma > Texas > New Mexico > Arizona > Nevada > California > Oregon > Washington > Oregon > California > Nevada > Utah > Colorado > Nebraska > Iowa > Illinois > Indiana > Ohio.

Attached is the first VERY rough draft of the trip. What I'm looking for in this thread are road suggestions that are in the general vicinity of this route. The main areas that I want to focus on are the Texas Hill Country, and the West Coast (from San Diego up to Washington State). I also can't miss seeing the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas (just a quick ride-through), US 50 ('the loneliest road in America'), and the Bonneville Salt Flats. Having said that, all suggestions will be considered and are welcomed. Feel free to PM me if you don't feel comfortable responding to this thread.

During this ride, I am also looking forward to meeting as many bmwlt.com members as humanly possible. But that's for another thread as the trip draws nearer.
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Joe.. you almost made it into the deep "Hill Country".. that route will need to drop further south... I'll send you some info..

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Joe.. you almost made it into the deep "Hill Country".. that route will need to drop further south... I'll send you some info..
I knew I could count on you and Dick for that.
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Joe,

Sounds like a great adventure! I am sure you will get many excellent suggestions from the group.

Should you not have it, I highly recommend Jamie Jensen's "Road Trip USA" as an additional source. The book provides considerable information about two lane highway travel in the US. Much of it is on-line here http://www.roadtripusa.com/index.html

Since you are traveling the great roads of the US you might want to check out some of the oddball road side attractions. I try and find a few here and there to give me something differant to include in the Ride. http://www.roadsideamerica.com/index.html

New business commitments this year will prevent me from doing any real trips. I look forward to hearing about yours. In the mean time, if you are at all like me the planning is almost as much fun as the doing, almost.

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Joe.. you almost made it into the deep "Hill Country".. that route will need to drop further south... I'll send you some info..
Hey, Channing - he's almost got it. That's San Antonio at the southern point of his run thru Tejas, isn't it? Those four leetle squares would be somewhere in the Hill Country, southwest of Junction.

Joe - spend a leetle time looking around on this webpage. Working with an area map, you can prolly choose and pick those loops that come close to your major route. Channing is prolly gonna give you some more detail of the Tejas Hill Country - I'll be doing the same over the next several weeks. You'll have plenty of time to organize all the info.

BTW - not knowing the reasons behind some of the turns and points on your map above, I'm thinkin' you're missing some really good stuff further up north in AR. A lot of points of interest up there; some really great riding; and maybe a service stop into BMW of Bentonville.

Anyway, stay tuned. More coming your way from the Hill Country gang, I'm sure. Some here; some by PM; and if you're agreeable to it, some by snail mail for those of us PC-challenged (me, for e.g.!! ).

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Right-o, Dick.. he's playing right into our hands.. hahahahaha.. oops, did I say that outloud..?

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Right-o, Dick.. he's playing right into our hands.. hahahahaha.. oops, did I say that outloud..?
Darn right too! Have your way y'all! I wanna be a Texan before this ride is through!
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Right-o, Dick.. he's playing right into our hands.. hahahahaha.. oops, did I say that outloud..?
Maybe we can get him a little further west of I-35 as he leaves Okla. sounds like we could have another RTE at the Hard 8. then on down to the Hill Country on some of the back roads. And then to the Sunset for breakfast of pancakes.

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Check out the attached file. If you don't have this much time, PM me to discuss your priorities. Otherwise, here's what's included in your escorted tour (if weather, timing, health ... line up, I'd join you):
#3: a ride to the top of Sandia Mountain aboard the longest tram in the world; if you don't want this, cut out two hours (if you have to choose between a ride to the top and the tram, do the ride -- see below)
#7: a stop at Bandelier National Monument for a two hour walk on groomed trails (destinations TBD -- check out their website); again can cut 2 hours off if you're not interested or don't have the time.
#8: if it's the right day of the week, a one hour visit to the "Old School House" musium in Los Alamos (this is where Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and General Groves went to school as boys (at different times) -- it's probably the reason they selected Los Alamos for the atomic bomb project).

An optional stop at the Sante Fe old town square and a fast and wildly fun ride to the top of Sandia crest (#14 - a must do on GT!).

This would be a lot to pack in one day. If you have more time, there's a lot more to see ... to the north Taos, Red River, Wheeler Peak, which might not be snow covered in April. However, going further north into CO (at high elevations) might mean running into heavy snow and ice. Otherwise, I'd recommend Durago-Ouray-Telluride-Cortez with a visit to Mesa Verde.

There are some other rides to consider as well (south of ABQ). However attached route packs the most bang in a short time IMO.


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It's major for me anyway. It's quite early to start planning, but I can't help it. I'm busting at the seams ever since my wife gave me the green light. I'll be leaving around mid-April of '07, going cross-country and riding some of the greatest roads in the U.S. of A.!

The basic route is this:
Ohio > Kentucky > Tennessee > Mississippi > Arkansas > Oklahoma > Texas > New Mexico > Arizona > Nevada > California > Oregon > Washington > Oregon > California > Nevada > Utah > Colorado > Nebraska > Iowa > Illinois > Indiana > Ohio.

Attached is the first VERY rough draft of the trip. What I'm looking for in this thread are road suggestions that are in the general vicinity of this route. The main areas that I want to focus on are the Texas Hill Country, and the West Coast (from San Diego up to Washington State). I also can't miss seeing the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas (just a quick ride-through), US 50 ('the loneliest road in America'), and the Bonneville Salt Flats. Having said that, all suggestions will be considered and are welcomed. Feel free to PM me if you don't feel comfortable responding to this thread.

During this ride, I am also looking forward to meeting as many bmwlt.com members as humanly possible. But that's for another thread as the trip draws nearer.

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... o.k., it won't upload .htm files -- drats. I'll send an email.

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Last year I was planning a trip through Utah & Arizona (Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon and The Grand Canyon) in Late April. Well there was still snow in the areas. The North road into the Grand Canyon was still closed. Did not open till the First week in May.

So depending on the amount of snow that is receive this winter you may want to wait until the second week of May to go into the higher elevations out west. If you are going into the National and even some State parks check their web sites before starting your trip as they will give you the road conditions there. Dress warm as the night time temps are still cold in the higher elevations in April.

The Weather Channels web site has a satellite view of the areas that will show snow:
http://www.weather.com/?from=globalnav

Here are a some of sites that I have used to plan some of my trips:
http://www.motorcycleroads.us/
http://www.motorcycleroads.com/
http://www.pashnit.com/motoroads.htm

If you get into Nevada you have to make the trip around Lake Tahoe. Give me a yell if you are in the Reno, NV area maybe I will be available to show you some of the sites. There is some real nice riding in the Sierra Nevadas.

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Well Joe, if it was me, I'd make a slight change in the Rocky Mnt region, namely:

Your plan as posted:
Ohio > Kentucky > Tennessee > Mississippi > Arkansas > Oklahoma > Texas > New Mexico > Arizona > Nevada > California > Oregon > Washington > Oregon > California > Nevada > Utah > Colorado > Nebraska > Iowa > Illinois > Indiana > Ohio.

What I'd do:
Ohio > Kentucky > Tennessee > Mississippi > Arkansas > Oklahoma > Texas > New Mexico > Arizona > Nevada > California > Oregon > Washington > Oregon > California > Nevada > Idaho > Wyoming > South Dakota > Iowa > Illinois > Indiana > Ohio.

And that's to avoid the run on I-90 from Denver through Nebraska is about one of the booringest routes in the world. Going through Idaho > Wyoming > South Dakota you'll get a chance to hit Yelllowstone park, the Tetons, the Big Horns and more. Yea, there'll be some straight flats out there - but man, some of the rest.

Oh, OK - you'll miss Pike's peak - but it's more'n worth the trade.

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Joe - hard to tell from that map - but looks like your trip down the left coast is along 101.

If so - I'd suggest taking HWY 1 (coastal route) from at least Fort Bragg all the way down to LA.

Seeing as you're missing the Sierra Nevada ( ) area - this is a must ride... (an can be made is a day or two as long as you don't pass through San Francisco ).

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Looks like a great trip.

As you head north in California, you need to stick with Highway 1 from about San Luis Obispo up to Monterey at least. Much better than 101. Even above the Bay Area Highway 1 is still a great ride, if you can afford a little bit of extra time.

And when you get near Fortuna in NorCal, I'd detour across Highway 36 towards Red Bluff (see my avatar ). That could take you all the way across to I5, and it would be worth it even if you just turned around and ran it back to the coast.

Or you could always run 36 about 2/3rds across then cut north on 3 then west on 96 through Happy Camp. From there is a small forest road that cuts up to Oregon and the 199. That puts you in Grants Pass, where you have a couple of options for heading back to the coast.

And if you get near Oxnard/Ventura, you have to take Highway 33 (where Rider magazine does most of its bike tests & photo shoots), then you can cut over to the coast again on 166 (which looks like it's already on your route).

And you'd have a place to stay for a couple of days if you needed. But you gotta bring your own name tag.

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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:
  1. 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 )
  2. 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.

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Hello Joe

.... I live in southern California, half way between LA and San-Diego, so if u need any assistance in this area, let me know ....
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Don't forget Talemena Drive in AR/OK.

It starts in Mena AR, take AR 88 West, turns into OK 1. Its kinda like Cherehola Skyway but as a couple of really tight decreasing radius turns. Beautiful road that follows the ridgline of the Washita Mountains. Its just a tad north of where you're map is leaving Arkansas, and its south of I-40.

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And you can count on a room at my casa. Care for a personal tour of the 3's?
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Now there's a great offer!!

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Don't forget Talemena Drive in AR/OK.

It starts in Mena AR, take AR 88 West, turns into OK 1. Its kinda like Cherehola Skyway but as a couple of really tight decreasing radius turns. Beautiful road that follows the ridgline of the Washita Mountains. Its just a tad north of where you're map is leaving Arkansas, and its south of I-40.
Yeah, that's a good ride! I can send you a .gdb file of the route tonight if you like Joe....
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Some more fodder for the Tejas Hill Country rideabout.

Clickeroo, and actually, some more areas of the country are available there also. Way much fun!!
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We need to talk about the back roads of Santa Inez (Solvang & local wineries like Fess Parker's) in Santa Barbara County & lunch at The Cold Springs Tavern. This area was made famous in the recent movie "Sideways" If you haven't seen it, check it out from the video store.
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A must do is Refugio Pass. The Circle Bar B is right out of a 50's B & W Western!
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If you don't take 62 thru Kintuck you might as well stay home. Make sure you fuel up, there are stretchs over 100 miles of twisties with no gas stops.
Takes you down to the twin Birdges at Cario Ill. (there is also a ferry crossing if you would rather do that)
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Joe -

Not sure of the timing of your trip or of your route leaving Seattle, but I'd highly recommend the following route that you would pick up at Renton, WA (Hwy 169), joining Hwy 410 at Enumclaw. Hwy 410 will take you around the east side of Mt. Rainier Natl Park and over Chinook Pass where you can pick up Hwy 123 to Hwy 12. If you take Hwy 12 westbound to Randle and then south on Hwy 131/Forest Road 25 you'll find an awesome 2-lane road around the east side of Mt. St. Helens (be sure to take the side trek up to Windy Ridge) that will spill you out into the Vancouver/Portland area or Hwy 14 at Carson along the Columbia River Gorge. Great option to I-5 from Seattle to Portland. Some roads have experienced damage during the heavy rains we've had recently so I'd suggest looking in detail as your trip gets closer.

Your route into Colorado looks like you're heading home, but Hwy 40 from just east of SLC to Steamboat Springs is also a great 2-lane ride that can take you into the greater Denver area where it looks like you are headed. Take a look at Hwy 40 - you won't be disappointed.

I can check on road conditons locally as you get closer to your trip - be glad to do so.

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You are gonna have an absolute blast! Problem is that there are so many good places to go, and so little time. Your trip could be planned from a week to a year! Even with a year you would leave out good places.

Sure wish I had a bike, would love to show you the San Diego area roads. If you are in San Diego on a weekend, go to the San Diego BMW club breakfast on Sunday Morning at 8:00, there are usually 30-40 bikes there and at least one ride will start out about 9:00, sometimes two or three different ones.

Upload the map on the BMWOCSD web page: http://www.bmwocsd.org

Not a bad road on that map, and there is a grading chart with numbers on the roads so you know what to expect.

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sounds like an awesome ride. How long you taking for this, couple weeks??
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For the area around Kerrville, I've done this loop before and thought it was awesome. I'll check with some of my buddies that live in the Austin area if they have any more ideas.
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Not that I've come to expect any less from the greatest forum on the net. You guys ROCK!!!

Thanks to everyone so far. I'll be contacting each and every one of y'all via PM to get more details. I appreciate all of the information thus far, as I really want to make this a ride of a lifetime. Well...one of them anyway.

Keep the suggestions coming...please. Two little details I left out of my original post. 1 - I have approximately 3 weeks for this ride. 2 - I am most interested in great roads and meeting people. I'm not a museum and/or landmark kinda guy. Sorry. But I still welcome suggestions on things that I just HAFTA SEE. I can get pretty subjective on that stuff.
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Here you go Joe...

Of course, you know you are messed up - no way you are gong to make all these great places everyone is talking about!

Can't believe you aren't swinging through Big Bend and the River Road ...

Whatever you end up with, post it back so we can steal bits and pieces, ok?
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Joe,
I would skip Texas and go up and down in NM, CO, and AZ. That's where all the Texans will be that can get away.

If your bent on going HWY50 in Nevada stay down south in UT and CO.

How does your bike handle in a breeze? That time of year "will" have a little breeze 20 mph to 40 mph in the western states. It might get windy occasionally.

But what do I know since my only job is to travel.

Post another draft when you add some of these suggestions. I might help you tweak it.
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Joe;

My wife and I did almost the same trip 1 1/2 yrs ago to about 6000miles.
From Chicago though.I see you are not going to southern Utah.
If you have the time stop by ZION national park for a day. Its the start of the grand canyon. Some of the best sceanery in the country and you can do some short hikes if you like. It could be on the way to vegas like we did. Some good roads and long tunnels.
Stop by Williams city its an old west town right off route 66.
You will love the Oregon coast some fast sections some slow. With alot of small towns it may slow you down,depends on your time frame.

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If you don't go through the spectacular red rock country and national parks of southern Utah, you will miss one of the most memorable geological wonders of the world as well as a damn fine ride.
Coming back from California, you can go through Zion's National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Capitol Reef National Park and continuiing east, hit Canyonlands near Moab, Utah and Arches National Park. Exiting Moab, head south and east towards southern Colorado and go through the Four Corners Area and visit Hovenweep and Mesa Verde cliff dwellings, as well. There are many more locations to visit but those listed above are an absolute MUST!
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This should keep you busy for a while...

http://www.pashnit.com/

Pashnit is THE source for Cal. If it's asphalt and curved... it's on there.

Not to rain on your parade but, you will have to be careful in the higher altitudes and northern states in April. It can be done but you may have to haul azz south to duck a storm or two. Not a problem if you are aware a day ahead.

Random thought #1. You have enough time to do a 4corners tour.

http://www.usa4corners.org/

Random thought #2. I've ridden in almost all 50, for my money you'll get the most bang for your buck West of the divide. I could spend a whole summer in just Colorado, Utah and Cal. Heck, I spent 5 weeks on the road west of the divide in 05 and barely scratched the surface.

Must see...
From Fortuna @ the coast, HWY 36 to A-16 to Redding. Get a nice new saddle from Rick Mayer while you're there. Go back to coast on same route.
(oh lawd, Ken and I agreed again)

Must ride PCH Hwy-1 at least from Cambria to Monterey. Top ten on the planet. Ride it both directions if you can.

YOSEMITE! Enter from the west, the east gate WILL be closed in April

TAHOE, keep a weather eye.

ZION, ZION, ZION! 12 and 95 east to Colorado are sweet too.

What ever... you are gonna have a blast. Prepare for 5 weeks of no work. You'll be too amped the week beforehand and useless the week you get back! Your head'll be in the clouds.
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Not that I've come to expect any less from the greatest forum on the net. You guys ROCK!!!

Thanks to everyone so far. I'll be contacting each and every one of y'all via PM to get more details. I appreciate all of the information thus far, as I really want to make this a ride of a lifetime. Well...one of them anyway.

Keep the suggestions coming...please. Two little details I left out of my original post. 1 - I have approximately 3 weeks for this ride. 2 - I am most interested in great roads and meeting people. I'm not a museum and/or landmark kinda guy. Sorry. But I still welcome suggestions on things that I just HAFTA SEE. I can get pretty subjective on that stuff.
Well then, plan on joining me and perhaps a few beemer buddies for a great New Mexican meal as well.

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Maybe we can get him a little further west of I-35 as he leaves Okla. sounds like we could have another RTE at the Hard 8. then on down to the Hill Country on some of the back roads. And then to the Sunset for breakfast of pancakes.
Bruce I don't know if Joe could handle the Hard 8 and the Sunset both. He may never want to leave Tajas

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It's major for me anyway. It's quite early to start planning, but I can't help it. I'm busting at the seams ever since my wife gave me the green light.............
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Hit the San Simeon, CA, castle on PCH. Founded by Hearst, the publishing magnate. Here's the link. http://www.hearstcastle.com/ If you can, ride PCH from there to San Francisco. SO and I have been to many estates around the world. This is a very interesting jewel....along a great road that squirms for miles and miles along the Pacific. Don't forget to loop the 17 mile at Pebble Beach... http://www.beachcalifornia.com/17mile.html The brunch at Pebble is amazing. Do you have time to hit Canada?

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Bruce I don't know if Joe could handle the Hard 8 and the Sunset both. He may never want to leave Tajas

Steve, you are probably right about that. Might have to beef up the suspension of the bike to handle both places on the same ride.

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Hit the San Simeon, CA, castle on PCH. Founded by Hearst, the publishing magnate. Here's the link. http://www.hearstcastle.com/ If you can, ride PCH from there to San Francisco. SO and I have been to many estates around the world. This is a very interesting jewel....along a great road that squirms for miles and miles along the Pacific. Don't forget to loop the 17 mile at Pebble Beach... http://www.beachcalifornia.com/17mile.html The brunch at Pebble is amazing. Do you have time to hit Canada?
They don't let motorcycles onto 17 Mile Drive or into Pebble Beach. I am one of only 3 motorcyclists I know of who have ever ridden in there (to the country club) for a friend's birthday party. His family had to pull A LOT of strings to get us in on bikes; talk about a bunch of people looking like their world had just collapsed!

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That's why I'm hangin' out with you high brows! To get me into all the exclusive joints!
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I Have Made A Similar Trip To The One You Are Planning. Except I Did Not Go East From Dallas Area. The Things I Know Of That Are Worth Not Missing Are, From East To West Are , S.w Utah, Grand Canyon, Sondona , Death Valley, Sequahoh Nat Forest, Nappa Valley, San Francisco, Then Back Sierra's . From There I Went To The South. But Eithier Way You Are Going To Have A Wonderful Trip. Good Luck And Stay Safe.

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It was fun and all (especially screwing with the stuffed shirts in that place) but I've had a way better time and met much nicer people in way seedier joints than that. But, I will say the single women in the place really took a liking to us, rumbling up on our Harleys, wearing our club colors, and swingin' WAY more attitude than we deserved. This was in 93 and the whole Harley thing wasn't quite as insane yet, so a dentist, a wine somalier, a VP of engineering from HP, and my sorry ass could still pull off the bad boy thing and make it work! It was a fun night!

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Joe --

I second the suggestion to reroute and try to make it to Yellowstone and from there to Cody and then Thermopolis (T-Rex dig site). The weather will probably be against you in April, but I find the North Rim of the Grand Canyon MUCH nicer than the South Rim - less people and better views.

AAA offers a map for "Indian Country" although it might be from the California Auto Club originally. I used that map years ago to get through an indian reservation in S. Dak. on a dirt road.

Do you mind hiking? I also think that Bryce Canyon is a must see sight. Also Mesa Verde. You can "see" Bryce from the rim. To really get a feel for these parks, you have to take a couple hour hike, but I think they are well worth it.

Oh - there's an alligator farm in Colorado www.gatorfarm.com

Have a great trip,
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Hey Joe.....did this trip on my LT......give me a Pm or call sometime
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CO weather is so iffy that time of year - we'll pray for no snow! Mi casa es su casa if the Den metro area is on your route.

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Yep...I'll be swinging by, you betcha. It'll probably be about the second week of May '07. Snow?! I laugh in the face of snow! (Yea...RIGHT!)
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Hmm... Looks like about 8 days, right?

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