Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Houston, TX, USA
Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, etc, in early December???
Hey guys, I'm picking up a bike in coastal Oregon, near Portland the last week in November, and riding back to Houston. Other than having significantly frozen cajones, the bike is K1200LT, so its running about 900 pounds wet without me or equipment on it (1200 loaded).
Any ice or snow, and Houston shuts down. I can, however, tell you anything you want to know about getting around a traffic jam. Seriously, the government becomes completely ineffective, TV stations broadcast meaningless information, society begins to break down, policemen start randomly beating people, and looting runs rampant.
Then, when it starts to snow, everyone just walks around staring at the white stuff coming from the sky. Needless to say, I don't have much experience riding on anything other than wet pavement, and that's on light little street bikes.
What's the best route?? In my opinion, the safest route is HWY 101 (PCH) down to Los Angeles, then across the south on I-10, but I've done that several times from San Francisco both on a bike and in a car, so I'd like something new. I'm not in any particular hurry, as I'm leaving on a Wednesday and don't have to be back till Monday AM.
Obviously the weather for the next 10 days or so will have a major impact on the decision, but if I were to ride today:
Straight West, tuck 'em and ride. Take I-84 till I hit 25 south, all the way to I-10. I seriously don't want to put my tires on any frozen water though. Not this early in the relationship. Maybe next year, or if it were a GS-Adv (more likely to financially survive a spill).
South on I-5 to Weed, CA, across to Reno, NV, south to Las Vegas, NV, home from there.
South on 101 to Sacramento, across death valley, again through Vegas, and home from there.
I'd like to at least see the rockies in the distance, but certainly don't want to risk making an insurance claim looking at something I can see next summer in much more appropriate conditions (and after 6 months of riding the beast).