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Question Planning First Trip: San Diego to Dallas and Back

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I'm planning my first long distance trip on the LT. This is my first bike and I've put over 3800 miles on it since February. Mostly commuting in moderate to heavy traffic 40 minutes each way. I've taken a few 1.5 hour trips with some riding time in the rain. Haven't seen too much hot weather yet.
I have a conference I need to be at in Dallas by late Friday June 2nd. If I were to take the cage, I would do 2 long days, but from what I have read, three days would be more prudent on the bike.
I plan to leave San Diego out highway 8 to the 10 and spend the first night in Tucson with relatives. The second day should bring me to Odessa, TX and finally into Dallas on the third day.
From what I remember as a kid, this is not a very scenic or interesting route, but I really just need to get there and I was interested in trying an excursion on the bike. I think Iíve solved most of my packing issues and am still working on hydration. Even with a Camelback I havenít found a good way to get water on the road with my full-face helmet. Got my mp3 player hooked up in a very crude way, but functional. Iím thinking things will be getting warm and humid but not too bad by early June.
Donít have a GPS yet so Iím using Auto Club maps in a tank bag. Just packing basic tools, compressor, plug kit and not planning to carry any spare parts (except fuses). The bike has 7800 miles on it and was just serviced and has a new front tire.
Is this too aggressive? Too soon? Any advice on the route? Iím assuming there is plenty of gas and rest stops on such a major route. The AAA maps list gas stations but there are major gaps in coverage according to them. Iím assuming that their listing just isn'tít complete. Can anyone confirm? Would like to put in some half day rides prior, but it dosen'tít look like it will happen.
Thanks for any input/comments.

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post #2 of 15 Old May 17th, 2006, 5:13 pm
 
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I used to live in Phoenix and made the trip on I10 to San Antonio area several times. Fuel stops are pretty few and far between. I always looked for a fuel stop when my tank was half-full (or empty). It is a long way between towns in Southern New Mexico and West Texas.
Not the most scenic ride, for sure. I think Texas has just raised the speed limit from 75 to 80 in West Texas. At any rate, Texas speed cops will usually give you a few miles over the limit.
Drink plenty of water and keep greased up with sunblock.
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Looks like abit over 1300 miles. About 200 miles and you could do a Bun burner for IBA ride. Looks more like a two day ride for ya.
For the heat I would suggest some type of evaporative cooling vest. If you can't get one in time then I would just soak the T-shirt and wring out at each rest stop. Placed under a mesh jacket it keeps you somewhat cool while riding. The heat will tirer you out if you don't keep cool. I have heard that the evaporative vest don't work quite as well in hot HUMID weather. They seem to do better in Dry heat. The phase change vest is more expensive but might work better in humid hot weather.

Hydration. The camel bak is excellent to have. Used it many times the last two CCR trips. Mounted the camel bak to the luggage I had strapped to the back seat and just bought an extension tube so that I could have the tube go along the side of me just under my right arm and just hung the mouth piece off the tank bag. This allowed me to flip the valve open with gloves on and just slide the tube under the full face helmet. You then just grab the mouth piece with your lips and you know the rest. Worked out great. The first few sips though are a bit warm but better than nothing.

Soft rag with spray Honda cleaner for cleaning the windshield. Keeps you from scratching the windshield with the station squeegee.

Healthy snacks always good to bring. Too much garbage at the Gas stations.

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You are right in planning three days if your not accustom to riding long distance. Try and stop to stretch every hour or two this will really help you ride longer in a days time. Just relax and enjoy the ride you will be fine. Try and be prepared for any weather raingear, hot or cold this will allow you to ride before dawn and after dark if you choose too. Don't kill yourself riding too long in one day it takes all the fun out of it and thats the reason we ride fun, fun, fun.

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I have done Dallas to Los Angeles in 2 days on the LT and the same on my girlfriend's F650 ST.
You should be OK from San Diego to Dallas in 2 days on the LT.
On both my trips from Dallas I stopped in Las Cruzes, NM (just West of El Paso) to spend the night. Lots of Motel 6 type of motels...
Coming fron San Diego you can easily get past El Paso on your first day,and find a motel.
You are right about nothing scenic on the West side of Texas...
Watch out for the strong winds in AZ.
You will most likely get into heavy traffic on Friday evening in Dallas... Perhaps the locals from this forum can give you some good advice on the topic.
As far as riding the LT for hours on end on the highway... there isn't a better bike for that! I got into the habit of stopping every 150 miles, whether I needed to or not, just to stretch, get gas, water, etc... That way you can easily go 300 miles (2 tankfuls) in the morning, and same in the afternoon. if you are comfortable you can go another tankfull before stopping for the night and you are up to 600-750 miles/day before you know it.

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Not sure which forum this should go in.
I'm planning my first long distance trip on the LT. This is my first bike and I've put over 3800 miles on it since February. Mostly commuting in moderate to heavy traffic 40 minutes each way. I've taken a few 1.5 hour trips with some riding time in the rain. Haven't seen too much hot weather yet.
I have a conference I need to be at in Dallas by late Friday June 2nd. If I were to take the cage, I would do 2 long days, but from what I have read, three days would be more prudent on the bike.
I plan to leave San Diego out highway 8 to the 10 and spend the first night in Tucson with relatives. The second day should bring me to Odessa, TX and finally into Dallas on the third day.
From what I remember as a kid, this is not a very scenic or interesting route, but I really just need to get there and I was interested in trying an excursion on the bike. I think Iíve solved most of my packing issues and am still working on hydration. Even with a Camelback I havenít found a good way to get water on the road with my full-face helmet. Got my mp3 player hooked up in a very crude way, but functional. Iím thinking things will be getting warm and humid but not too bad by early June.
Donít have a GPS yet so Iím using Auto Club maps in a tank bag. Just packing basic tools, compressor, plug kit and not planning to carry any spare parts (except fuses). The bike has 7800 miles on it and was just serviced and has a new front tire.
Is this too aggressive? Too soon? Any advice on the route? Iím assuming there is plenty of gas and rest stops on such a major route. The AAA maps list gas stations but there are major gaps in coverage according to them. Iím assuming that their listing just isn'tít complete. Can anyone confirm? Would like to put in some half day rides prior, but it dosen'tít look like it will happen.
Thanks for any input/comments.

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As others have said, it's an easy ride - although there's not much to see in West Texas. I just did that route on my way to TJ from Chicago and went through Dallas and then followed your route. You can easily do the ride in two days, but you may wish to think about three since it's a first trip.

On your way back consider going through Mexico - there are some beautiful mountain rides on Mex 2 through La Rumorosa.

Plenty of gas stations along the way - even in Mexico.

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I have made that trip several times (actually past Dallas second day). But, if you have not done any 800 mile plus days, you should not plan on doing two in a row, leaving yourself the option to stop ANY time you get too tired to keep going safely. Then if you do keep going, that is just fine too.

The fuel stops are pretty far apart from Yuma well into Texas. There are plenty for the LT's range, just be sure you don't ever try to "stretch" it, may have a nasty surprise. Hint: Carry one or two ESR fuel bottles, available at REI, or most camping stores. The one quart ESR bottle I carried really saved my butt big time once! My stops going east were usually Yuma, or Dateland (loved the date shakes there), then Lordsburg, then Van Horn. From there on to Dallas, fuel stops are more plentiful.

There are lots of ideas on how to dress. After a lot of LD riding in all types of temps, I wound up using mesh pants/jacket, with polypropylene (underarmour) underwear under it. That keeps the wind off your skin, and wicks sweat away. If it gets cool (or wet), rain gear on top of that, and if it gets cold, stop and put on Gerbings heated gear under it all.

One thing I found that heps a LOT when it gets hot is neck bands that have crystals in them to soak up and hold water. You can get them at welder's supply houses locally. I got mine at the big welders supply on Clairemont Mesa Blvd. I carried a couple in doubled gallon size zip lock bags (they usually leak at the corners ) Seems the articles are true, keep your neck cooler, which cools the blood flow to your head, and your whole body feels better.

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Take your time

Relax enjoy yourself, the bike will be fine.
Put 2 extra quarts of water in your trunk and leave them there, for emergency use only.
Like many others have said never pass a gas station when you are at 1/2 tank or under.
Keep your skin covered in the heat, the sun will beat you up fast. Also when you rest, stay outside but in the shade, sitting in an AC to long will drain you when you get back on the bike.
I find morning runs to be less tiring in the heat then evening, roll out at 4 run till 10, and you can have close to 500 under your belt. You can stretch that out with more breaks for a couple more hours and still be out of the afternoon sun.
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I got home yesterday on the same route you are taking. I did it in 3 days, close to 550 a day. It is getting hot when you get to Yuma, low 100s. Texas is humid!!

No problem with gas. I found that if the station is closed...smaller towns that the pumps are left on 24 hours if you use a credit card. Beware of the police on 10 in the Austin area, lots of pulled over cars. O tolerance for speeders.

I hit the road each day by 5 am and ended at 1:00 I would enjoy the day at the hotel/motel pool. Drink lots of Gatoraide or similar. Keep an eye on tire pressure and oil....

Very little road construction, afternoon showers.

Have a safe trip.

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I got home yesterday on the same route you are taking. I did it in 3 days, close to 550 a day. It is getting hot when you get to Yuma, low 100s. Texas is humid!! Have a safe trip.
Thanks for the information. Very handy! Where did you make your stops? Did you have advanced registrations? Any trouble finding accommodations on this route? Is there anywhere where the temp went down significantly? I'm planning to have some layers handy, but plan to primarily wear the mesh suit. Thanks again.

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I have made that trip several times (actually past Dallas second day). But, if you have not done any 800 mile plus days, you should not plan on doing two in a row, leaving yourself the option to stop ANY time you get too tired to keep going safely. Then if you do keep going, that is just fine too.
Part of the deal is that I am attending a working conference and need to show up ready to go, not beat up from the road. Depending on how I feel, I might do the return in two days, but we'll see.

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The fuel stops are pretty far apart from Yuma well into Texas. Hint: Carry one or two ESR fuel bottles, available at REI, or most camping stores. The one quart ESR bottle I carried really saved my butt big time once! My stops going east were usually Yuma, or Dateland (loved the date shakes there), then Lordsburg, then Van Horn. From there on to Dallas, fuel stops are more plentiful.
Thanks for the specific info. I bought two of the fuel bottles just in case.

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I wound up using mesh pants/jacket, with polypropylene (underarmour) underwear under it. if it gets cold, stop and put on Gerbings heated gear under it all.
I've got mesh jacket and pants, long sleeve underarmor top and 3/4 shorts (couldn't find full length,) light hiking pants and shirt. I'm carrying my Aerostich Darian and liner for cold/wet. Anything really get that cold on this route in June during the daylight?

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One thing I found that heps a LOT when it gets hot is neck bands that have crystals in them to soak up and hold water.
I'm going to carry some cotton t-shirts to soak in water as others have suggested if the heat gets to that point.
Thanks for all the advice. It really helps.

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The cooling neck bands really help. Basically, you're cooling the blood that flows through major arteries in your neck, which has a direct effect on how cool you feel overall. Plus they pack small, too.

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I keep my Camelback in my Chicane bag and it is always handy. To avoid the first few hot sips from the bag, I always blow into the tube when I'm finished drinking and it moves all the liquid back into the back. It only gets hot when it's in the tube and exposed to the sun.

Spend the money for a hydrating vest. They soak for about 5 minutes and make a huge difference. I bought a Silver Eagle and won't leave the driveway without it. http://silvereagleoutfitters.com/shop/vests.htm.

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