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|Apr 23rd, 2007 6:17 pm|
Dick and the others are right. You're missing plenty of really nice bike roads all around. IMHO, you may want to consider the Natchez Trace Parkway from Nashville, TN to Natchez, MS. Great road with lots of history! I'd also swing down to south Louisiana from there and view some of Katrina's and Rita's mess. They wiped out complete towns down there along the coast. I live near Hot Springs, AR now and Highway 7 through here is another great ride but it would be more zigzagging but has great hairpin turns and cutbacks.
|Apr 22nd, 2007 11:45 pm|
let me know when you think you will be heading through Nevada.
If you have the time, jump off the I-40 and go along route 66 in Arizona.
The road is old but very historic... head to Kingman > then over to the Hoover Dan (a must see) then into Las Vegas...
PM me or call 702-768-1660 and I can give you details.
|Apr 22nd, 2007 10:36 pm|
Originally Posted by zippy_gg
|Apr 22nd, 2007 7:53 pm|
Brett, thanks for the update on the Joe guy!
We are looking forward to seeing him on the left coast.
|Apr 22nd, 2007 7:43 pm|
Well, Joe is heading out 20W. He is looking forward to visiting the rest of you hoodlums in LT/GT Land.
Heads up Texas!
Oh, and for you Texas boys, the wife and I will be headed to Cleburne/Ft Worth area the week of May 12th (something like that). I hope to be able to meet some of you all and do a RTE and maybe have the Grifster or somebody show me the hill country!
Will keep y'all posted.
|Apr 22nd, 2007 7:33 am|
Rock on. Sorry I didn't see this sooner, I'm never on anymore.
If you need a free place to crash, always welcome at my post-divorce dump:
Long Beach, CA
Stop at any bike store and buy the norcal and socal madmaps or see madmaps.com
|Apr 21st, 2007 11:05 am|
Is your 4030 a stop at Gerlach? Some great roads in southern OR and northern CA. When are you planning to be through OR anyways? It would be great to ride a road or two with ya.
|Apr 20th, 2007 11:16 pm|
guitar show in dallas
I figure you were not gonna stop for it, but there's an awesome guitar show in dallas that started today thru sunday. A lot of great acts are playing. My brother lives down there, offered to fly me down for it. I figured if I only had the skills for it that I'd love to K1200 it down there. Needless to say, I'm already booked for the weekend.
Have a great trip my friend.
- Big Bad Brad
|Apr 18th, 2007 12:14 am|
Originally Posted by messenger13
|Apr 17th, 2007 11:54 pm|
Just 3 days left to get ready and head out!
Combing back through this thread is enough to make my head spin. But I can keep revisiting it while on the road. I'm sure each day is going to be a new and exciting adventure. I am really getting pumped up for this one. WOW! Thanks everyone for your contributions.
|Feb 16th, 2007 9:26 am|
Originally Posted by grifscoots
Your going to get a lot of suggestions for each of these states, but you'll notice every one in Texas is trying to lead you into the Hill Country. There is a very good reason. I live in Houston and ride over to the Hill Country as often as possible cause it is incredible. The food, roads, twistys, beer, and people all make it a special trip. I'll meet you and Grif and gladly show off my state and favorite ridin. You won't be disappointed, I promise!
|Feb 15th, 2007 11:06 pm|
Cross the Columbia River at Astoria, Astoria bridge is a blast, hug the coast along 101. Head inland at Long Beach, come up through Willapa Harbor (if traveling at night, some of the animals along the side of the road are actually full sized steel cutouts!) and Raymond to Aberdeen. At Aberdeen, I would head north on 101 around the Olympic Peninsula. Through Humptulips, Amada Park, Forks. At Sappho, you can head north to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and ride along the water to Port Angeles. If you have the time, follow 101 south to Union, stop in at the Gerbing manufacturing facility, follow highway 106 from Union to Allyn. Take Highway three to Bremerton where you can hop a ferry to Seattle. I have always found the view of the Seattle skyline as you come around the point to be spectacular. Roads south from SEattle would depend on the weather. The Columbia River Gorge, particularly the sections of old Highway 30 that parallel the new freeway give you a wonderful vantage point.
If time is of the essence, 101 to 104 just past Port Angles, cross the Hood Canal Floating Bridge. If you time it right, you may be stopped on the bridge by a passing Trident nuclear sub heading from Bangor to open waters. There is a navel undersea museum in Keyport that may be of interest. Again this route can end in Bremerton to take the hour long ferry ride to the Port of Seattle.
If you are in need of service, South Sound BMW in Fife, just north of Tacoma, Lake City BMW east of Seattle, a dealership by the airport in Portland as well as a small shop in Salem are available. I have had pretty good luck with the South Sound group. I have no experience with the other dealerships.
Port Townsend to Whidbey Island is a short ferry ride (but call ahead as this ferry can be cancelled if the route is scheduled at a severe low tide). The ride through Coupeville, Oak Harbor and over the bridge at Deception Pass through the tulip fields of LaConner can be either spectacular or a very long damp ride!
If it were later in the year, Highway 12 to Spokane to Lewiston, south to Boise along highwy 95 to New Meadows to highway 55 to Boise. Boise to Salt Lake City South to Nephi. Highway 28 to Salina. 24 to Torrey to 12 Boulder Escalante, Tropic to Bryce Canyon.south on 89 to Carmel west on 9 through Zion National Park. This inland route is iffy in April but I wanted to throw it out there as an option.
Best of luck to you! The person issuing this kitchen pass deserves a reward!!
|Feb 15th, 2007 5:47 pm|
This is a pretty cool site that you can post your track files and the info about your route, and collect information from other riders. It's new but it is pretty good so far.
|Feb 15th, 2007 11:46 am|
Ditto on doing the 109/101 loop around the Olympic Peninsula. Ferries are an optional shortcut to avoid coming back up to Seattle via I-5 through Tacoma (a freaking mess). Although you'd miss the Hood Canal Bridge and Bremerton, taking the loop 3/4 of the way around (clockwise) will lead you to Port Townsend, whence you can take the ferry to Keystone, then up through Whidbey and Deception Pass toward Anacortes, then come back down I-5 approaching Seattle from the North. Or continue on 20 - The North Cascades Highway to Mount Baker is stunning, but the roads can be closed if it's still "winter" up there. If you do that, come back down SR-9, instead of I-5.
(Stoopid Yahoo! Maps won't put you on the ferry! To go from Pt Townsend to Anacortes, it routes you through Seatle. Humph!)
Are you looking forward to riders rendezvousing with you and riding sections of this adventure, or were you planning to enjoy it solo, hooking up with folks when you stop along the way?
|Feb 14th, 2007 1:41 pm|
California to Washington
In my opinion the best place to ride in California is the Serria Mountians, however you will find that snow will close the best passes in April and snow storms are still the rule. Suggest a run up the coast along Big Surr to San Franciso. Do not pass by Hearst Castle without taking the tour! The castle is jaw dropping. Depending on your time limits you can just stick to the coast all the way through Northern California the coast nothing short of spectacular. It WILL RAIN in Oregon and Washington make sure you have rain gear. If you stay to the coast you can cross the Columbia River in Oregon and move into Washington. Once in Washington stay on Rt 109 in the Olympic Penninsula. Do not pass the Hoh Rain Forest, the ride into the park is great. Once in the park there is a very easy hike through an uncut natural rain forest, you will never see anything like it anywhere. If you bring your pass port you can get on the Ferry in Port Angles and go to Victoria B.C. then take the ferry from Victoria B.C. to Surry B.C. and head south back to the U.S. If you want to get to Seattle instead you can stay on 101 to 20 to Port Townsend and take a ferry to Whidbey Island, from there you can get on Rt20 and end up an hour north of Seattle on Rt 5. Just depends on what you want to see and if you want to go into Seattle. The Cascade Loop is a surpurb ride but in April you will hit snow, it is not suggested for a spring ride. If you want to do a bit of touring in Northern California contact me, depending on your time and interests and the weather I would be happy to guide you through the limits of my riding day and maybe more if the timing and weather is right. I am currently planning a ride to Victoria B.C. in August if you have Microsoft Streets and Trips I can pass it to you when I finish.
|Jan 6th, 2007 11:00 am|
Southern Utah a Must!
You've got to get to the 4 corners area as mentioned earlier, but it would be a collossal mistake to miss southern Utah. Zion's National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands, Arches and of course Capitol Reef to mention a few of the incredible geologic wonders of our country. You can ride through almost all of the parks without retracing your steps and continue your trip west. Of course, the northern rim of the Grand Canyon is nearby, as well.
|Jan 6th, 2007 10:41 am|
|messenger13||I really appreciate all of the input in this thread. This has been just great...you guys ROCK!|
|Jan 6th, 2007 8:24 am|
|STARFIGHTER||I agree w/ Zotter (kind of) I'd change it to Oregon, Idaho, Montana (LOLO Pass don't ya' know)then take hwy 2 east (the only way to crosss the plains) and finish at the White Turkey drive-in in Conneaut ohio.............................................. ..........................|
|Jan 5th, 2007 7:29 pm|
We did some of this trip last year, left Florida in the middle of April,
the timing was good except for some of the higher elevations,
If you're gonna do the Hard 8 in Texas, pick a date, I'll meet you there.
You can't do it all but try to see Texas Hill Country, Northern New Mexico
the Four Corners area and monument Valley,
as much of Colorado and Utah as you can manage.
Zion, Bryce Canyon and the southern side of the Grand Canyon.
Arches and Canyonlands if you've got the time
(get yourself a National Parks Pass, $50 gets you into all the NP for a year)
Ride through Death Valley, make time for the Avenue of the Giants (redwoods) incredible
Yosemity will probably still be closed (snow)
and last don't ride at night, watch out for the wildlife,
them Northern deer and Elk get as big as a horse.
|Jan 5th, 2007 11:30 am|
Let me know when you're planning on making the OK-TX transition. If timing works out, I may just meet you up in OK for the ride down. Always lookin' for an excuse to head up there for some catfish.
The map looks like you're coming down 35 -> 35W -> 35 on your way south through Texas. I'm near DFW Airport, about 15-20 off your route, and we have plenty of room for you if you want a place to crash for the night.
|Dec 10th, 2006 5:19 am|
Since you'll be riding N/B on the left coast, ride as much of PCH (Highway 1) as possible.
The Danish village of Solvang (approx 60 min's north of Santa Barbara) is very scenic, also.
When you know where you'll be lodging during the trip, we can figure out where to toss back a couple of cold ones!
|Dec 9th, 2006 10:37 pm|
Originally Posted by meese
|Dec 9th, 2006 10:23 pm|
Originally Posted by dougholck
|Dec 9th, 2006 8:54 pm|
|retiredjj||When you arrive in Washington don't head straight for Seattle. Go up the Olympic Penninsula to Port Angeles. Take the Black Ball Ferry, Coho, across to Victoria, B.C.. Then take the ferry from there to Vancouver, B.C.. Pick up I-5 south and turn off onto the North Cascades Highway. Basically angle across eastern Washington down to Pendelton, Oregon. Then into Idaho on down to Salt Lake and pick up your route. Just my opinion but unless you just have to see Seattle stay clear. Lots of traffic and lots of traffic. One alternate is to come back from Victoria through Port Angeles. Head for Bremerton then take the ferry to Seattle. Very scenic. Leave Seattle asap and head east on I-90. Then proceed as mentioned above.|
|Dec 9th, 2006 8:16 pm|
From Vegas, enter CA thru Death Valley, Proceed to coast, go north on Hwy 1 to Montery. Then go east to Yosemite, north thru Serria Nevadas to Tahoe, then west to Sacramento for dinner with the HDDC Posse, continue west to the "City by the Bay" and north up Hwy 1.
Escorts available if we know when you are in the area.
Last May several of the HDDC Posse did a Southwest tour and attended the "Red River Roundup" and may do so again in 07. May was perfect, April may be alittle early for several areas on your route ("April showers bring May Flowers"). Delay till May and attend a day or two of the Roundup (not sure of dates, check with Jeff or Grif), then hook up with the Posse for ride to Ca?
If you want to extend your trip a few weeks, join me for a ride to Prudhoe Bay, leaving CA first part of June.
See you on the Road
|Dec 7th, 2006 7:35 pm|
Originally Posted by GBarnes
|Dec 7th, 2006 7:18 pm|
Originally Posted by Zotter
Hell, with that route you'll miss the entire state of Colorado, which is like not even doing the trip at all!
OK, maybe that's a little bit of an exaggeration. But seriously, Joe loved what little he saw of Colorado during his CCR trip in '04. I'd hate for him to miss more of it this time around.
|Dec 7th, 2006 6:47 pm|
Hmm... Looks like about 8 days, right?
|Dec 3rd, 2006 12:47 pm|
Originally Posted by dsauer608
|Dec 3rd, 2006 9:49 am|
|dsauer608||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.|
|Nov 30th, 2006 10:35 pm|
|brettb10||Hey Joe.....did this trip on my LT......give me a Pm or call sometime|
|Nov 30th, 2006 2:34 pm|
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,
|Nov 29th, 2006 11:50 pm|
Originally Posted by messenger13
|Nov 29th, 2006 4:36 pm|
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.
|Nov 29th, 2006 4:24 pm|
Originally Posted by DavidTaylor
|Nov 29th, 2006 3:43 pm|
Originally Posted by fas
|Nov 29th, 2006 3:33 pm|
Originally Posted by katnapinn
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.
|Nov 29th, 2006 3:26 pm|
Stop on PCH
Originally Posted by messenger13
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?
|Nov 29th, 2006 11:42 am|
Originally Posted by Bruce
|Nov 29th, 2006 10:58 am|
Would like to meet and ride with you thru middle and western TN. Have some roads in mind. Also have a room here with garage space and tools, trailer, etc. Cheers.
|Nov 28th, 2006 11:51 pm|
|slowflyn||+1 what Meese said.|
|Nov 28th, 2006 11:32 pm|
Originally Posted by messenger13
|Nov 28th, 2006 9:49 pm|
This should keep you busy for a while...
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.
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.
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.
|Nov 28th, 2006 9:32 pm|
America's Road Trip
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!
|Nov 28th, 2006 8:00 pm|
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.
|Nov 28th, 2006 6:47 pm|
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.
|Nov 28th, 2006 4:50 pm|
|hdfan||Do I have a route for you. PM sent|
|Nov 28th, 2006 4:29 pm|
Talimena Scenic Byway OK/AR
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?
|Nov 28th, 2006 4:08 pm|
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.
|Nov 28th, 2006 12:40 pm|
|vstromboli||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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