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The Redwoods are on my bucket list to see as they are the largest organism on the planet. Great pictures Matt.

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It is on the list. Any recommendation as to where to go in Yosemite or Seqouia? They seem to have multiple entry points and routes and it is not always obvious which to choose when you only have a day at each place.
I usually approach Yosemite from the San Jose valley, so I prefer to enter on Rt. 140. If I only had one day to explore Yosemite on a motorcycle, then I would skip the Wawona area and points south of Yosemite West.

Since you are coming down the west coast, I suggest that you enter Yosemite via Rt. 120 because it has some pull off areas on the way into the valley where you can view the granite and smaller waterfalls (also, there is a gas station along this road inside the park as you head down into the valley - filler'up). Follow 120 into the valley and then take a left onto Rt. 140 and then a right onto Wawona Rd. (Rt 41) at Bridal Veil Falls. Keep going up the hill and stop at Tunnel View (Do whatever it takes to get the picture of your dreams at this point). Then continue up the hill through the tunnel and make a left onto Glacier Point Road (enjoy the awesome views and go all the way to Glacier Point). Then back track down to the valley. Pay attention when you exit the tunnel, because it is very easy to be distracted by that awesome view in front of you (stop for more pictures if the lighting is better than before). Take the loop through the valley (you will stop many times for traffic and viewing, etc.). Then get back onto Rte. 120 and head back up the hill where you came into the park. When you reach the gas station (Filler'up-again) make a right turn and follow that road through the park (many views, stops, hikes, etc along the way) and exit Yosemite NP at Tioga Pass.

On your way down to Mono Lake, there is a spot where I saw a grove of bright yellow Aspen trees about this time a few years ago (pictures). Mono Lake has a few spots to see with towering mineral structures (however, I went there in a car and I can't recall if the road is totally paved or not).

I have not been down the eastern side of the Sierras but it's on my bucket list. I have been down I-5 on the other side and I wouldn't take that route on my bike. However, I don't know how much civilization is on the eastern side (gas stations, food, lodging).

Enjoy. Others may chime in, but this is what I would do with a single day to ride my bike through Yosemite NP.
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I usually approach Yosemite from the San Jose valley, so I prefer to enter on Rt. 140. If I only had one day to explore Yosemite on a motorcycle, then I would skip the Wawona area and points south of Yosemite West.

Since you are coming down the west coast, I suggest that you enter Yosemite via Rt. 120 because it has some pull off areas on the way into the valley where you can view the granite and smaller waterfalls (also, there is a gas station along this road inside the park as you head down into the valley - filler'up). Follow 120 into the valley and then take a left onto Rt. 140 and then a right onto Wawona Rd. (Rt 41) at Bridal Veil Falls. Keep going up the hill and stop at Tunnel View (Do whatever it takes to get the picture of your dreams at this point). Then continue up the hill through the tunnel and make a left onto Glacier Point Road (enjoy the awesome views and go all the way to Glacier Point). Then back track down to the valley. Pay attention when you exit the tunnel, because it is very easy to be distracted by that awesome view in front of you (stop for more pictures if the lighting is better than before). Take the loop through the valley (you will stop many times for traffic and viewing, etc.). Then get back onto Rte. 120 and head back up the hill where you came into the park. When you reach the gas station (Filler'up-again) make a right turn and follow that road through the park (many views, stops, hikes, etc along the way) and exit Yosemite NP at Tioga Pass.

On your way down to Mono Lake, there is a spot where I saw a grove of bright yellow Aspen trees about this time a few years ago (pictures). Mono Lake has a few spots to see with towering mineral structures (however, I went there in a car and I can't recall if the road is totally paved or not).

I have not been down the eastern side of the Sierras but it's on my bucket list. I have been down I-5 on the other side and I wouldn't take that route on my bike. However, I don't know how much civilization is on the eastern side (gas stations, food, lodging).

Enjoy. Others may chime in, but this is what I would do with a single day to ride my bike through Yosemite NP.
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Day 13: Crescent City, CA, to Williams, CA, 355 miles today/ 4,179 total

Today was the best riding day of the trip thus far. I was surprised when I saw the mileage total as the untold story is that those miles covered probably 3,000 curves! Maybe a slight exaggeration, but the PCH from Leggett to Fort Bragg and route 20 from Fort Bragg to Willits were simply amazing. The best I have ridden outside the Alps. They make Tail of the Dragon look like a straight road. And 101 from Crescent City to Leggett was quite nice also, but more 45 mph sweepers rather than the 10-35 mph turns on the other two roads.

And the weather was nearly perfect. Cool 54 and misty at Crescent City, but warmed into the upper 60s and 70s in the afternoon. Got our ride through the redwood tree at Leggett with antennas scraping all the way through. I have yet to review my "GoPro" (wife on back with new Sony) pictures from today, but I think picking ten will be a huge challenge. And too bad we can't upload video.

I haven't always been a big fan of the land of fruits and nuts, but then I've never been north of Marin County before. I am very impressed with Northern California thus far.
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Day 14: Williams, CA to Tulare, CA, 365 miles today/ 4,544 total

Yosemite was the keystone attraction today and it didn't disappoint, well just a little. We had a more than three hour ride to the park from Williams so even with an 8:00 start it was after 11:00 when we arrived. After reading the park status this morning with warnings of one hour waits at the gate and heavy congestion in the park, we were expecting the worst. We were third in line at the route 120 entrance and it took us all of three minutes to get in.

There was a fair amount of traffic on the way in, but it moved at a decent pace ... about 1/2 LT speed. We rode in to the visitor center and then looped back and exited on route 41. Unfortunately, a fire closed the road to Glacier Point (the only disappointment) so we continued on south down 41 to position for Sequoia tomorrow.

Yosemite is spectacular. It is so close in and tall that it is hard to capture on a camera, even one with a pretty wide angle view like our RX100. I have yet to review my wife's pictures from today, but I know the grandeur can't be captured in any meaningful way so y'all just have to ride there yourselves!


Today was yet another day of perfect riding weather. I know this can't last, but we sure are enjoying it while it does!

I am racking up miles faster than I thought. I was hoping to get home with around 7,000 miles and avoid an enroute oil change, but it is looking more like 9,000 which is more than I like to stretch Dino oil. I have heard that some places like AutoZone will loan you a drain pan and let you change in their parking lot. I hate to do that, but may have to or find a Beemer dealer who can work me in. Unless their is a forum member in the Vegas, Arizona or New Mexico area who would be willing to host an oil change.
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Day 14: Williams, CA to Tulare, CA, 365 miles today/ 4,544 total

Yosemite was the keystone attraction today and it didn't disappoint, well just a little. We had a more than three hour ride to the park from Williams so even with an 8:00 start it was after 11:00 when we arrived. After reading the park status this morning with warnings of one hour waits at the gate and heavy congestion in the park, we were expecting the worst. We were third in line at the route 120 entrance and it took us all of three minutes to get in.

There was a fair amount of traffic on the way in, but it moved at a decent pace ... about 1/2 LT speed. We rode in to the visitor center and then looped back and exited on route 41. Unfortunately, a fire closed the road to Glacier Point (the only disappointment) so we continued on south down 41 to position for Sequoia tomorrow.

Yosemite is spectacular. It is so close in and tall that it is hard to capture on a camera, even one with a pretty wide angle view like our RX100. I have yet to review my wife's pictures from today, but I know the grandeur can't be captured in any meaningful way so y'all just have to ride there yourselves!


Today was yet another day of perfect riding weather. I know this can't last, but we sure are enjoying it while it does!

I am racking up miles faster than I thought. I was hoping to get home with around 7,000 miles and avoid an enroute oil change, but it is looking more like 9,000 which is more than I like to stretch Dino oil. I have heard that some places like AutoZone will loan you a drain pan and let you change in their parking lot. I hate to do that, but may have to or find a Beemer dealer who can work me in. Unless their is a forum member in the Vegas, Arizona or New Mexico area who would be willing to host an oil change.
Amazing pictures Matt. Complements to your wife

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Day 13: Crescent City, CA, to Williams, CA, 355 miles today/ 4,179 total

....Fort Bragg and route 20 from Fort Bragg to Willits were simply amazing. The best I have ridden outside the Alps. They make Tail of the Dragon look like a straight road. And 101 from Crescent City to Leggett was quite nice also, but more 45 mph sweepers rather than the 10-35 mph turns on the other two roads.
That's one of my favorite roads too and I've done it a couple of times on the LT. I was supposed to do the Fort Bragg ride this weekend (a group of SoCal & NoCal riders get together in the Fall for the Fort Bragg ride and in the Spring for a Cambria ride), but had to cancel due to family health issues. Sounds like you're hitting a lot of really nice spots on your tour! Continue to ride safe and have a great time!!

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Amazing pictures Matt. Complements to your wife
She is my GoPro hero. Yes, that's bad...

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She is my GoPro hero. Yes, that's bad...
If I ignore that, will it go away?

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Day 15: Tulare, CA to Ridgecrest, CA, 206 miles today/ 4,750 total

Today was either the best day yet or tied with Day 13. If the road
quality had been better, it would have been the best riding day overall.

Fires again complicated a visit to Sequoia National Park. We decided not to visit the visitor center as that was too far north and would have made a very long day. We started up route 190, but found that was closed by fire. Backtracked to near Porterville and then let Miss Garmin find the back roads to Hot Springs road to head to Sherman Pass road for our traverse of the Sierra Nevada.

What a ride! Other than almost uniformly poor road surface (was I ever wishing for Alpine road quality!), the scenery and twists and turns were fantastic. It took us nearly six hours to cover 206 miles and all but 60 of that was in second and third gear. From the climb through the foothills, to the Sequoias, to the Sherman pass at 9200', to the high plateau, to the descent down the desert landscape of Nine Mile Canyon, just a superb display of God's creation.


My wife took 94 pictures and several videos. I will have trouble picking out 10 to attach to this post.

The only downers were the rough roads littered with sand washes sometimes across both lanes, loose gravel and some larger softball sized rocks on many corners, one big dip I never saw coming and my first LT failure. The failure may be related to the dip, but I don't think I hit it that hard. When we stopped for coffee after getting to Ridgecrest, my wife noticed oil on the front wheel. Sure enough, the right fork seal is puking oil. This bike hasn't made it through even one of its ten years without some significant failure and this year is now no exception. Hopefully, the leg will retain enough oil for the next 4,000 miles to get me home without ruining the fork bushing.


I very nearly visited RDL for a new saddle, but decided before dropping a grand on new seats I would see if I could get through this trip with no failures. If I did, I planned to order an RDL this winter. Now, I plan no further investment in the LT and will start looking for a new ride in the next year or two. I want a bike I can ride at least 10,000 miles between failures.
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More Day 15 pics. Just couldn't get by with 10.
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When you replace the fork seal install new bushings & dust cover at the same time. If you follow the manual it will be a lot of extra unnecessary work. Remove the two socket head bolts on each side of the ball joint after you remove the wheel & brake calipers. The fork tubes will then slide off.
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Once again......I appreciate you taking the time to share with us. Its just amazing.....

My wife is revved up........and so am I. Before we were married I took some solo trips but can think of nothing I would like to share with my wife more than this. Well....maybe a Lottery win might top it.

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Day 16: Ridgecrest, CA to Kingman, AZ, 348 miles today/ 5,098 total

We hit the road at 0700 to beat the Death Valley heat. The first few miles due east along the lower edge of the China Lake Naval Air Warfare area were brutal right into a brilliant sun rising above the mountains. CR178 finally turned north as the temperature began to climb from 64 into the upper 70s when we reached route 190.

Route 190 was a pleasant ride compared to the rough surface of route 178 and it was quite cool crossing the mountains and only began to warm as we approached Stovepipe Wells. After a short break there, it was closing on 90 as we left towards Furnace Springs. The highest temp we saw was only 92 and that was at our lowest GPS altitude reading of -234 ft. We exited the park before 11:00 after having a very pleasant ride through stark, but nonetheless spectacular scenery. And we used less then 1/2 tank of gas and did not need our emergency water stock.

The pictures simply can't capture the colors and expanse of Death Valley. Definitely a ride that should be on every riders' bucket list.

The ride through Vegas was unremarkable and the stretch down to Kingman was less than fun with temps hitting 96 and scenery that became monotonous after a while. We decided to call it a day at 3:30 as we are cool climate people in the desert now.

All in all, another nice day. And a bonus is that my fork seal seems to have leaked very little today if at all. Maybe it was just a one time burp from the lower outside pressure at 9,000' combined with the hard hit in the dip which likely bottomed the front suspension. Other than losing 2 psi per day from the new rear BT020 and having the oil down almost to the bottom of the sight glass, all is well. My rear tires have never held air pressure. I lose 2/3 psi per week at home, but am losing that much each day on this trip. I lathered the rear tire with soapy water last night thinking I had picked up a nail, but I could not find a leak.

I bought a spare wheel a few years ago thinking mine might be unusually porous, but the "new" wheel behaves the same. And I have metal valve stems from Kurvey Girl front and rear. The front holds pressure well. I wish I knew why the rears seem to let air out at a way too high rate compared to my other vehicles. Any ideas?

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If you are not seeing any leaks around the bead or valve stem. I would replace the valve core just for fun if you haven't done that yet. Losing 2-3 lbs/day should produce some bubbles somewhere. My BT-020 holds pressure very well.

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I always scrub the bead are of the wheels before I mount the new tire and that seems to help. Last 6,500 mile trip I never had to add air.

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I always scrub the bead are of the wheels before I mount the new tire and that seems to help. Last 6,500 mile trip I never had to add air.
Yep, I handed Cedric a used green scrub pad ( not as harsh as a new one) and some alcohol after we got his tire off this weekend. He said whats that for? Lots of black crud after the dismount in the bead area. I think it helps also.

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I always scrub the bead are of the wheels before I mount the new tire and that seems to help. Last 6,500 mile trip I never had to add air.
I do that also. Doesn't help. I think I have two porous wheels. They look porous all around the drop center area. I need to find a good sealer to try. They have lost air since new with several tires, both ME880 and BT020 and at least three different valve stems. The only common denominator is the wheels themselves.

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Day 17: Kingman, AZ to Gallup, NM, 361 miles today/ 5,459 total

Today was mainly an I40 day with great weather and typical desert scenery most of the way through Arizona. We did stand on the corner in Winslow Arizona and had a great lunch at a cafe right on the corner.

After lunch, we headed east again and took the loop through the Petrified Forest and painted desert and that was very nice albeit on rough road most of the day. The scenery took a turn for the better as we neared the New Mexico border.

I will note that in eastern Arizona and Gallup the Native Americans (Navajo I believe) beggars are like mosquitos. We were swarmed every time we stopped. At a gas station in Arizona just before we crossed the border and then multiple times at the O'Reilly auto parts store.

Finished the day in Gallup with my first ever parking lot oil change. I was down to the bottom of the sight glass so I needed to buy one quart and a funnel anyway so I asked if there was a place in town that would let me use their facility for a DIY oil change. They said everything was closed, but then said I could use their parking lot. I mentioned needing a drain pan and they went back and produced a dusty one. I have never changed the oil only and I didn't want to mess with the filter even if I could have found one, so I guessed on the fill amount. I added 3.5 quarts which just touched the sight glass on the side stand. Looks like I am just slightly over full now on the center-stand, but should not be grossly so.

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You gots to do what you gots to do.......

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Day 18: Gallup, NM to Santa Fe, NM, 195 miles today/ 5,654 total

Decided to make this a light riding day and spend the afternoon exploring Santa Fe and then spend the night there in one of their older hotels, the Old Santa Fe Inn. I made a few trips to Santa Fe over the years for conferences and some joint work with Los Alamos, but my wife has not been here before.

Outstanding weather and crowds are light so a great day to stroll around town.
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Day 19: Santa Fe, NM to Amarillo, TX, 283 miles today/ 5,937 total

Left the outstanding Old Sante Fe Inn at 8:00 AM under clear skies with an even 50 degree temperature. Had a great ride down highway 285 which is a sparsely traveled two-lane with great pavement quality. Then 190 miles droning along I40 to Amarillo. Making this a short day so as to sync up with a high school class mate on Friday northeast of Dallas.

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Day 20: Amarillo, TX to Vernon, TX, 240 miles today/ 6,177 total

We rode by the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame on the way to our hotel last evening and decided to visit it before leaving this morning. I am not a horse person, but it was a very nice place and worth the $6 it cost us after application of their over age 55 discount and the BOGO coupon my wife found in the hotel pamphlet rack.

Our main sightseeing destination today was Palo Duro Canyon state park, claimed to be the second largest in the US. It was a nice ride, but the temps had already reached 90 by then after the 76 at our hotel. Even so, we enjoyed an hour or so of cruising through the canyon. The traffic in this area, park included, is nearly nonexistent compared to back home so that is a nice bonus when sightseeing from the bike.

After leaving the Canyon, be headed south to Tulia to pick up 86 east to 287 east. The heat continued to build and the LT registered 99 when we stopped for lunch in Silverton. We left the Cafe at 101 degrees and the temp rose to 102 and stayed there for the next hour until we passed under an isolated shower. The shower was mostly virga, but a few drops got down to us. To illustrate the effectiveness of evaporative cooling in the desert, in about a mile the temp dropped from 102 to 84! Unfortunately, once past the shower the temp climbed back to 100 within a few miles and remained there until we reached our hotel.

We could have ridden farther, but it wasn't much fun with little interesting scenery and temps running 100-102.
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Day 21: Vernon, TX to Rockwall, TX, 221 miles today/ 6,398 total

Today was a somewhat cooler ride across Texas with temps reaching only 92 before we reached our destination. We are spending the night with a friend from high school. Our first non-hotel stay of the trip.

Had a great dinner and then went down to the lake to watch the sunset and get a brief tour of their church. A great way to end a great day.

Not many pictures today, but a fantastic sunset. Unfortunately, we forgot to take our camera so only iPhone quality pictures of the sunset.
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Day 21: Vernon, TX to Rockwall, TX, 221 miles today/ 6,398 total

Today was a somewhat cooler ride across Texas with temps reaching only 92 before we reached our destination. We are spending the night with a friend from high school. Our first non-hotel stay of the trip.

Had a great dinner and then went down to the lake to watch the sunset and get a brief tour of their church. A great way to end a great day.

Not many pictures today, but a fantastic sunset. Unfortunately, we forgot to take our camera so only iPhone quality pictures of the sunset.
Still beautiful on the iPhone.

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Day 22: Rockwall, TX to Brandon, MS, 404 miles today/ 6,802 total

Today was a hot ride down I20 through east Texas, Louisiana and into Mississippi. Not much to say. Just not a fun ride.

I have heard that Vicksburg is a neat town to visit, but this isn't the right time of year for a Yankee to visit. I need temps in the 60s to do outdoor exploration.

We are headed next to the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. I trust it is air conditioned.
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Vicksburg is a nice place to visit. I spent the night in a hotel there for a couple of nights to tour the battlefield - very interesting. I rode the LT through it stopping at various places to walk around, including one of the Ironclads. After that, I rode up to Huntsville to stay with friends for a few days and visited the Space Museum there before going on to Chattanooga for the '14 CCR. If you can, you should also take in the Wheels Before Time Museum in Maggie Valley, NC. It's nice riding from Chattanooga to there. Great trip, and your's sounds likewise.

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Vicksburg is a nice place to visit. I spent the night in a hotel there for a couple of nights to tour the battlefield - very interesting. I rode the LT through it stopping at various places to walk around, including one of the Ironclads. After that, I rode up to Huntsville to stay with friends for a few days and visited the Space Museum there before going on to Chattanooga for the '14 CCR. If you can, you should also take in the Wheels Before Time Museum in Maggie Valley, NC. It's nice riding from Chattanooga to there. Great trip, and your's sounds likewise.
I have only toured Gettysburg in detail and have thought about doing a civil war battlefield tour. I would need to do the southern sites during January.

I think that could be a fantastic way to spend a few weeks.
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Day 23: Brandon, MS to Leeds, AL, 246 miles today/ 7,048 total

The roads in Mississippi and Alabama were as good as Louisiana's were bad. We had an enjoyable ride down I20 in mid 70s temps until after 10:00 when things began to heat up. We got to our hotel around 1:30 and changed into more comfortable clothes for the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum visit. Since it was less than two miles from the hotel, we risked life and limb and rode in street clothes that short distance.


What a place! This should be on every motorcyclists' short list of places to see. Motorcycles of all brands and vintages literally stacked to the ceilings. And you can walk outside and watch the cars practice on the track. I took dozens of pictures, but will work hard to select a representative ten to attach. This was absolutely worth a half day of time and $30 admission.
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And I thought the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, IA was good? This one looks much nicer, but at $30 a short, I can understand why. I wonder if they provide discounts for seniors (AARP), MOA or AMA members? Those were some beautiful pictures, and thanks for posting them!

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Day 25: Flowery Branch, GA to North Myrtle Beach, SC 360 miles today/ 7,614 total

Decided to change plans slightly and head to Myrtle Beach to take advantage of the off season hotel rates. We got a huge king bed efficiency for $72! And it is right on the beach. Nice.

The Atlantic was very warm with nice 3-6' waves. In fact, it was warmer than every outdoor pool we have used thus far. The only downside is the salt water in the eyes. There is a surf and rip tide warning from the storm still off the North Carolina coast, but it wasn't bad at all. It is hard to believe we were overlooking the Pacific less than two weeks ago.

We finished the day with a nice supper at an Irish pub with a seaside deck. Other than the humidity and bugs, both of which were absent in the western states, it was a great ending to the day.

Another amazing thing is that we have yet to encounter significant rain. Just a couple of isolated showers in Texas that didn't even warrant rain suits. I am sure that will change as we start north tomorrow.
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And I thought the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, IA was good? This one looks much nicer, but at $30 a short, I can understand why. I wonder if they provide discounts for seniors (AARP), MOA or AMA members? Those were some beautiful pictures, and thanks for posting them!

I haven't been to the National so I can't compare the two, but Barber was easily worth $15 a person. I saw no discounts.

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Day 26: North Myrtle Beach, SC to Kitty Hawk, NC, 321 miles today/ 7,935 total

An uneventful ride north on route 17 to route 64 east was punctuated by a fairly interesting ride across three long bridges on the way to Kitty Hawk. See the attached weather warning screen shot. These were the strongest and gustiest winds I have ridden on my LT. I was able to stay within the left half of the right lane, but some of the gusts on the high points of the bridge arches would move the LT 4-5 feet sideways in a heartbeat.

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See the lighthouses..........its a must. Takes you back in time. Corolla is just up the road in Duck or south to the hatteras light house, Bodie is close by as well. GREAT places to eat.
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Day 25: Flowery Branch, GA to North Myrtle Beach, SC 360 miles today/ 7,614 total

Dang Matt, you were 9 miles from me the morning of the 25th. Somehow you failed to mention Flowery Branch as an end destination or I would have made an attempt to go see you and the Mrs.

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Dang Matt, you were 9 miles from me the morning of the 25th. Somehow you failed to mention Flowery Branch as an end destination or I would have made an attempt to go see you and the Mrs.
We didn't know until that day that we would be staying at my wife's brother's house as we weren't sure of his work schedule. I should have looked up your town. I was thinking for some reason that you were more in the city. Bummer.

I post more real-time updates on Facebook for family and friends to track and mentioned flowery branch there during the day at either our lunch or coffee stop, but you didn't see that...
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Day 27: Kitty Hawk, NC to Chincoteague Island, VA, 200 miles today/ 8,135 total

We made a slow start this morning as the Wright Brothers memorial didn't open their gates until 9 AM. And the government is never early, unless sending tax notices!

For a pilot, Kitty Hawk is an awesome place. It is a simple, yet powerful memorial. The rugged life and hardships the Wrights endured to help give us the magic of powered flight is simply stunning and really demonstrates their monomaniacal pursuit of their dream. I was glad we took the couple hours required to see this memorial. We did not stay for the 11:00 ranger led tour, but I am quite well versed in the Wrights story so I don't feel like I missed much.

We then made a leisurely ride up route 168 to 13 to cross the Chesapeake via the long, long bridges and tunnels, thankfully with much more moderate winds than yesterday. Since we arrived at Chincoteague mid-afternoon, we decided to tour the park this afternoon and evening and catch the sunset. Another great day with fantastic, and thankfully cooler, weather. We did not get to see the wild ponies up close, but it was still a nice and relaxing ride around the nature loop as the day was ending.

P.S. Only a government employee would park a ute right where one would normally take a picture of a monument! Sheesh.
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At this point I got to ask. Are you glad its about over/had enough or wish it could go on? I know most anyone misses home but its interesting to see your reply. I would say by now I would be worn down and most likely looking forward to seeing home for some rest. At the same time that was the adventure of a lifetime........one I can only hope to make one day. I have followed you daily and its been very enjoyable. I have really appreciated it. I am also glad the BMW has given you good service and there have been no accidents. Your wife is a real trooper. You are lucky to have her. Many simply would not do it. Ride safely in. Take care.

We think ours will happen a little differently. My wife is several years younger than me. She is in the medical field and is finishing some much needed school work to become a contract PA/Nurse Pr. Her dream is for us to buy another motor home and live 3 months away every year...taking the bike as we go.

So when we travel it would base out of a different and closer location.
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Day 28: Chincoteague Island, VA to Manheim, PA, 214 miles today/ 8,349 total

Nothing too exciting today. Just a leisurely ride north on routes 113 and 1 into PA. Delaware isn't that long a state, but the construction and stop lights every few miles make it seem much longer. Similarly, route 41 through PA seemed to take forever with construction, stop lights and truck traffic. Definitely not in Montana or New Mexico any longer.


Tomorrow is a short ride home on familiar roads.
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At this point I got to ask. Are you glad its about over/had enough or wish it could go on? I know most anyone misses home but its interesting to see your reply. I would say by now I would be worn down and most likely looking forward to seeing home for some rest. At the same time that was the adventure of a lifetime........one I can only hope to make one day. I have followed you daily and its been very enjoyable. I have really appreciated it. I am also glad the BMW has given you good service and there have been no accidents. Your wife is a real trooper. You are lucky to have her. Many simply would not do it. Ride safely in. Take care.

We think ours will happen a little differently. My wife is several years younger than me. She is in the medical field and is finishing some much needed school work to become a contract PA/Nurse Pr. Her dream is for us to buy another motor home and live 3 months away every year...taking the bike as we go.

So when we travel it would base out of a different and closer location.
My wife is ready to get home, but I don't think it is so much being tired of travel as wanting to see the kids and granddaughter. I am much the same. Were it not for family at home, I would have no qualms doing laundry again and heading to Alaska.


However, there are a few reasons I need to be home for a while:
1. Need to replenish the bank account.
2. Need to fix the dryer which quit heating a week ago.
3. Need to fix one of my AC units which appears to have died while I was away.
4. Get a boiler in my new workshop so I can work in it this winter.

And I will need a week to sort through mail and such.

I think the motor home option is great for many folks. We have a 24' camping trailer, but we only make short trips and stays of a week or less. I like the minimalist approach to my adventures. I can't even fathom being tied to a motor home. But that is just me.

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I spend a lot of time on the two lanes across the US "fly over" west. Gas stations get scarce. When planning a route, I check Garmin Basecamp, Google maps/earth, along with searched for fuel near xxxx. My Garmin has led me astray a number of times to closed fuel stations. I find google maps is more up to date and many times will have gas stations that are not in the Garmin.

As you have found, finding fuel off the interstate can be challenging. On US6 west from Ely, NV to Tonopah, NV there is 173 miles between gas stations (both Shell). Midway thru the trek, there is a sign that reads "Next Services 89 Miles", which shows someone has a sense of humor. The entire route also has no towns or rest areas, but plenty of open range and few vehicles.

On my recent trip, I once fueled after only 40 miles, because the next fuel was 161 miles away, and that was only a single station. The following station was 15 miles after that.

Glad you made it home safe.

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Day 26: North Myrtle Beach, SC to Kitty Hawk, NC, 321 miles today/ 7,935 total

An uneventful ride north on route 17 to route 64 east was punctuated by a fairly interesting ride across three long bridges on the way to Kitty Hawk. See the attached weather warning screen shot. These were the strongest and gustiest winds I have ridden on my LT. I was able to stay within the left half of the right lane, but some of the gusts on the high points of the bridge arches would move the LT 4-5 feet sideways in a heartbeat.

The winds were strong enough to move my helmet and head around even while traveling at 60 mph. And my wife did not enjoy the ride at all. However, the forecast for tomorrow looks much better so hopefully we can have a nice tour of the Wright Brothers memorial before heading north and getting off the island with less of a workout.
We get those wind speed routinely here, one of the reasons my gas mileage isn't very good.

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I spend a lot of time on the two lanes across the US "fly over" west. Gas stations get scarce. When planning a route, I check Garmin Basecamp, Google maps/earth, along with searched for fuel near xxxx. My Garmin has led me astray a number of times to closed fuel stations. I find google maps is more up to date and many times will have gas stations that are not in the Garmin.

As you have found, finding fuel off the interstate can be challenging. On US6 west from Ely, NV to Tonopah, NV there is 173 miles between gas stations (both Shell). Midway thru the trek, there is a sign that reads "Next Services 89 Miles", which shows someone has a sense of humor. The entire route also has no towns or rest areas, but plenty of open range and few vehicles.

On my recent trip, I once fueled after only 40 miles, because the next fuel was 161 miles away, and that was only a single station. The following station was 15 miles after that.

Glad you made it home safe.
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Day 29: Manheim, PA to Lawrenceville, PA, 191 miles today/ 8,540 total

Today was our coldest departure since leaving Santa Fe. 59 degrees when we left and we continually lost ground arriving home to 50 degrees. A chilly, but fairly short ride. Almost had to put the rain suits on as a windbreaker under a mesh jacket gets a little cool when riding in the 50s for a couple hours. However, a couple stops for warm-up sufficed to get us home.

In summary, we covered 8,540 miles in 29 days for an average of 291 miles per day. We traveled through 26 states and the province of Ontario. We bought an $80 national park pass and used it for $114 of park visits and the convenience of just handing them the pass and then moving on was nice. I haven't entered fuel purchases into my spreadsheet yet, but the BMW computer says we averaged 43 mpg. I have no idea as to total cost, but will have that in a week or so after entering all my receipts into MS Money. That will take some time...

The bike ran well. The only issues were a one time right fork seal leak, a slow leak in the rear tire that magically corrected itself, and my left parking lamp burned out sometime along the way. The rear Bridgestone was losing 2 psi or so each day until we crossed Death Valley. I topped it off to 48 in California the morning we crossed Death Valley as the gas station had a service bay and the mechanic let me air up free. I checked again a few days later in Dallas at a friends house and still 48. Checked a few days later in Atlanta and still 48! I was amazed. I haven't check since then, but will do so once I get caught up on mail, bills, etc. Strange that it just stopped leaking magically.

A fantastic trip overall. I ticked off two more states from my bucket list, leaving only Hawaii unvisited. We had phenomenal weather! 29 days and never had to don the rain gear for rain. We wore it a couple days for warmth, but encountered only two light showers in Texas that cooled us off, but barely got us damp in the 102 temps. We were blessed with safety in addition to great weather not having a single close call on the road. The only part of the plan that went seriously unfulfilled was riding the Going to the Sun road in Glacier National Park. We could not ride Crater Lake either, but we have driven that by car so that was a minor disappointment at most. All in all, a fantastic trip.

Time now to catch up at home and start planning the Ireland (fall 2018) and Alaska (summer 2019, hopefully) trips. And save enough to pay for them!
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Today was our coldest departure since leaving Santa Fe. 59 degrees when we left and we continually lost ground arriving home to 50 degrees. A chilly, but fairly short ride. Almost had to put the rain suits on as a windbreaker under a mesh jacket gets a little cool when riding in the 50s for a couple hours. However, a couple stops for warm-up sufficed to get us home.

In summary, we covered 8,450 miles in 29 days for an average of 291 miles per day. We traveled through 26 states and the province of Ontario. We bought an $80 national park pass and used it for $114 of park visits and the convenience of just handing them the pass and then moving on was nice. I haven't entered fuel purchases into my spreadsheet yet, but the BMW computer says we averaged 43 mpg. I have no idea as to total cost, but will have that in a week or so after entering all my receipts into MS Money. That will take some time...

The bike ran well. The only issues were a one time right fork seal leak, a slow leak in the rear tire that magically corrected itself, and my left parking lamp burned out sometime along the way. The rear Bridgestone was losing 2 psi or so each day until we crossed Death Valley. I topped it off to 48 in California the morning we crossed Death Valley as the gas station had a service bay and the mechanic let me air up free. I checked again a few days later in Dallas at a friends house and still 48. Checked a few days later in Atlanta and still 48! I was amazed. I haven't check since then, but will do so once I get caught up on mail, bills, etc. Strange that it just stopped leaking magically.

A fantastic trip overall. I ticked off two more states from my bucket list, leaving only Hawaii unvisited. We had phenomenal weather! 29 days and never had to don the rain gear for rain. We wore it a couple days for warmth, but encountered only two light showers in Texas that cooled us off, but barely got us damp in the 102 temps. We were blessed with safety in addition to great weather not having a single close call on the road. The only part of the plan that went seriously unfulfilled was riding the Going to the Sun road in Glacier National Park. We could not ride Crater Lake either, but we have driven that by car so that was a minor disappointment at most. All in all, a fantastic trip.

Time now to catch up at home and start planning the Ireland (fall 2018) and Alaska (summer 2019, hopefully) trips. And save enough to pay for them!
A great trip Matt. Thanks for taking us all along.

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Day 29: Manheim, PA to Lawrenceville, PA, 191 miles today/ 8,540 total

Today was our coldest departure since leaving Santa Fe. 59 degrees when we left and we continually lost ground arriving home to 50 degrees. A chilly, but fairly short ride. Almost had to put the rain suits on as a windbreaker under a mesh jacket gets a little cool when riding in the 50s for a couple hours. However, a couple stops for warm-up sufficed to get us home.

In summary, we covered 8,450 miles in 29 days for an average of 291 miles per day. We traveled through 26 states and the province of Ontario. We bought an $80 national park pass and used it for $114 of park visits and the convenience of just handing them the pass and then moving on was nice. I haven't entered fuel purchases into my spreadsheet yet, but the BMW computer says we averaged 43 mpg. I have no idea as to total cost, but will have that in a week or so after entering all my receipts into MS Money. That will take some time...

The bike ran well. The only issues were a one time right fork seal leak, a slow leak in the rear tire that magically corrected itself, and my left parking lamp burned out sometime along the way. The rear Bridgestone was losing 2 psi or so each day until we crossed Death Valley. I topped it off to 48 in California the morning we crossed Death Valley as the gas station had a service bay and the mechanic let me air up free. I checked again a few days later in Dallas at a friends house and still 48. Checked a few days later in Atlanta and still 48! I was amazed. I haven't check since then, but will do so once I get caught up on mail, bills, etc. Strange that it just stopped leaking magically.

A fantastic trip overall. I ticked off two more states from my bucket list, leaving only Hawaii unvisited. We had phenomenal weather! 29 days and never had to don the rain gear for rain. We wore it a couple days for warmth, but encountered only two light showers in Texas that cooled us off, but barely got us damp in the 102 temps. We were blessed with safety in addition to great weather not having a single close call on the road. The only part of the plan that went seriously unfulfilled was riding the Going to the Sun road in Glacier National Park. We could not ride Crater Lake either, but we have driven that by car so that was a minor disappointment at most. All in all, a fantastic trip.

Time now to catch up at home and start planning the Ireland (fall 2018) and Alaska (summer 2019, hopefully) trips. And save enough to pay for them!
Thank you so much for sharing your trip with us. I really enjoyed reading the summaries and looking at the pictures. Maybe you should create a sign up list for people wanting to go to Alaska in 2019. Unless you just prefer to go by yourself. Have a good rest in your own bed with your own pillow for a change.

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Re: 2017 Western US tour

Yeap, the ride reports were fantastic. Thanks again for taking the time to share.
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