Originally Posted by sheldan2
I am doing a 4 corner trip in July/ August time frame. leaving NC, going north to Maine, crossing into Canada, going west till Glacier National Park, crossing back over, hitting Washington, turning back to Yellowstone (only place I have reservations), going south till the Grand Canyon, going west till California, turning east back to Florida and back north home. I plan on staying mostly at KOA kabins along the way if at all possible, if not, hotels are not far. 30 days, no plans other then to go wherever. bike will be serviced, new tires etc and take it day by day. I will carry some tools, but not a whole lot, will probably do an oil change along the way.
If you're visiting Yellowstone be aware of timing your exit from the park. I'll assume you're staying at the West Yellowstone KOA. Most tourists will try to leave around sunset. This is also feeding time for elk and bison along the park road which means every car will want to stop to take pictures creating a huge back up. If you wait until dark you run the risk of having a close encounter of the large ungulate kind.
KOA cabins are not too bad. My only criticism was a shortage of outlets needed for charging laptops, cameras, cell phones, smart phones, headsets, etc. A short cord/power strip solves this problem and takes up very little space.
The basic cabins have no water so you might want to consider a collapsible water bladder (MSR, Platypus, etc.) so you have water on hand for drinking and coffee.
The nearest KOA to the South Rim is almost an hour away. There are several motels very close to the main entrance (The Grand and a Best Western). They might be more expensive than the KOA cabin, but the time saved by not having to ride for an hour+ could be worth it.
Going to the Sun Highway was under construction when we were there in 2008. There were times when we had a twenty+ minute wait. Darn the bad luck that we had to get off the bike and enjoy a spectacular view for twenty+ minutes.
Sounds like a great trip. I hope you'll post a ride tale with pictures.