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trip planning 101

I am just getting into doing some touring and longer rides
(for me any way) and I am wondering how you went about selecting your routes and finding the roads and the points of interest along the way? How do you plan your time to see everything on your list and finish about on time?
As I start to plan for longer and longer rides I am finding that the planning process seems to be an art in and of its self.
I have been reading the ride reports here for several months and I am amazed at what can be packed into a two week trip.

How is this done???

thank you

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Re: trip planning 101

Karen and I start by planning a route on 2-lanes
Then figure about 300 miles/day stopping in a place that sounds good.
Then look at 1/2 way through that day and find another place that's interesting for a lunch break.
OR................................
On our 11,000 mile ride this summer, we made up the next days route every evening.......

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I'd actually suggest getting with a group ride to see how/what occurs. leave the routing up to the group leader to get a sense of what is needed, what you like. barring that the above post is pretty acurate. don't plan on too much too soon, just enjoy the ride and time with the SO or others.

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I like Starfighter's approach of planning as you go. I don't want to be pressured into following a rigid schedule, and I find it hard to predict things like how I'll feel on a given day, how the weather will be, if I'll find interesting back roads to explore, if I'll be on a great road and feel like sailing right on by the town I'd planned to stop in and keep on riding, and so on.

There are so many variables that come into play that trying to control everything takes a lot of the fun out of it for me. Leaving things to unfold as they will, to the extent I can, makes for a lot more fun.. for me. YMMV. <g>

Think about what your goal is. It might be that you really want to see each of a list of places, or it might be that your goal can best be defined as "I want my wife and I to have a nice time riding." Probably it will be somewhere in between. I guess I'm suggesting that you plan your trip more with the nice ride in mind than the list of places you "have" to be.
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Re: trip planning 101

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I am just getting into doing some touring and longer rides
(for me any way) and I am wondering how you went about selecting your routes and finding the roads and the points of interest along the way? How do you plan your time to see everything on your list and finish about on time?
As I start to plan for longer and longer rides I am finding that the planning process seems to be an art in and of its self.
I have been reading the ride reports here for several months and I am amazed at what can be packed into a two week trip.

How is this done???

thank you

Jadm
San Jose CA
Asking folks on this list is a great way to start. There is a huge wealth of knowledge around roads and rides for the entire country on this site. There are also a number of websites that can help as well. www.pashnit.com, for example, is famous for documenting pretty much every great motorcycling road in California; I still use this all the time. There are similar sites in a lot of other states as well, a couple of simple Google searches can turn these up. There are also website for Scenic Byways - http://www.byways.org/ - that can help as well.

Of course, there's always just getting out there and exploring. Point the bike in a direction and when you see a road that looks interesting, turn and ride down it. Even if it's not what you expected you saw something you've never seen before.

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