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Old 02-10-2014, 10:05 AM   #31
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Bit by bit I'm piecing parts together ... it's taking longer than expected though! Thanks for your ideas greg I'll look in to them :)

My best quote has been by sea to Jacksonville I believe ... 595 by HCtravel and then up to $100 handling fee the USA side. I will have them seal the deal via email and if the fee is higher try and work stuff out.

From there I have as long as I want to volunteer for the St Augustine Wild Reserve which looks fantastic and then on to Miami to meet a friend. From there it will be up to Tennessee for the JD tour and to listen to some good music. It will take a little while from Miami to Tennessee so still searching stops between :)

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Old 02-21-2014, 03:53 PM   #32
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I'm planning to ride east to west through the USA in May of 2014. I'll pm you my email if your interested. What I found but not sure on your schedule is in March Although a few months into the year. Some of the northern states are still snow covered. And could add unexpected blizzards or snow days of curled up in the tent staying warm. What are you going to be riding??

As for me I'm 27 going to ride a 2008 BMW R1200GSA. I'm headed to Grandma's house in California then back to the east coast.
What an intriguing development. I'll leave that same time.

I'll push out of Roanoke, VA toward Cincinnati, then westward toward the Black Hills.
Then to northwestern WA for the ferry.

Let me know when you get your in the works thread up.

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If going to Alaska from WA, be sure to secure a slot on the Marine Alaska ferry during the summer time. Peak season.

Also, if inTEXAS cech out the three sisters. Really great roads in the hill country.
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Old 02-23-2014, 06:01 AM   #33
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Gutted people seem to be going May sort of time ... I just can't contain myself and want to leave sooner


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What an intriguing development. I'll leave that same time.

I'll push out of Roanoke, VA toward Cincinnati, then westward toward the Black Hills.
Then to northwestern WA for the ferry.

Let me know when you get your in the works thread up.

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If going to Alaska from WA, be sure to secure a slot on the Marine Alaska ferry during the summer time. Peak season.

Also, if inTEXAS cech out the three sisters. Really great roads in the hill country.
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Old 02-24-2014, 10:56 AM   #34
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I just read the part about being vegetarian. You will have no problem finding good food in any larger city. For the smaller towns, you might try Indian restaurants (India, not Native American). They tend to have some interesting stuff. In Murphys, a little town here in the Sierra Neveda foothills, there is a restaurant that specializes in vegetarian meals. Just check out the pictures of some of their dishes:

http://www.mineralrestaurant.com/gallery/

If all else fails, the appetizer menu usually has tasty options. You could also order no meat pasta or veggy pizza.
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Old 02-24-2014, 06:52 PM   #35
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Great advice

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IMO best way to ride E-W if you have the time :

-fly into the north east and buy a bike
-ride New England state loop
-down south following the Appalachian mtns
-spend time exploring S.W. North Carolina
-ride N.W. angling across Tennessee > western Kentucky > southern Illinois
-enter the Ozarks in Missouri
-ride the Ozarks exiting in Oklahoma
-work your way to the Oklahoma panhandle and come into New Mexico.
-ride northern New mexico > Colorado
-your now in the western mtn goods and the skies the limit
-work your way towards Idaho
-ride Oregon 26 west to Bend & then explore the mtns
-ride out to the coast and then south to california
-explore the northern california roads
-continue south on the coast
-work your way down the coast to the mountains north of LA
-head east to the Sierra Mtn
-work your way north criss-crossing the Sierras.
-finish in Reno, sell the bike, fly home.

that would be amazing!
Great advice.
You don't need a carnet, but do yourself a favour and buy a local bike, they are cheap in the USA. If you fall in love with it you can always freight it home when you are finished in the Americas. You will most probably want to return and do more trips anyway. Its easy to find some place to leave it.
After America, fly to Vladivostok and buy a used Ural unit and ride it to the UK.
That's my plan anyway. I'm doing it in stages, I'm currently halfway? through doing the Americas.
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Old 02-27-2014, 05:56 AM   #36
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The veggie ideas and restaurant look perfect :) cheers for that!! Also I'm kind of in love with my drz :p and I know its mechanically sound so there's a lot less stress there and I'm shipping it home from LA and going to Australia and probably buying a bike there to avoid carents and the 1500 bill of shipping back to the UK. Any one know the logistics of buying in Aus?
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:49 PM   #37
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I would have an alternative route incase weather is still to cold and snowy for the northern states, it has been one of the coldest winters on record over here. I was in Yellowstone and the Teton's late July a couple years ago in a 4x4 and got stuck on Teton pass for about a half an hour in a freak snow storm. Anywhere north of Denver in the rocky mts it can snow any day of the year when you go to the higher altitudes and almost all of Yellowstone is above 8,000ft. But who knows maybe I will run into you out on the road somewhere I am planning to head out the first week of May but I haven't decided on where. Lastly most of the drivers in the U.S. don't exactly fallow the speed limit on the bigger highways, and if you get on them you may be finding yourself stuck in traffic pushing speeds over 100mph, on your bike I would avoid interstates when possible.
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Old 03-05-2014, 06:28 AM   #38
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Hmmm contemplating buying a bike in the USA now ... Any advice there? And I really hope it doesn't get too cold haha!! Early may? Where will you be leaving from/going to?
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Old 03-05-2014, 08:31 AM   #39
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So you will go to Yellowstone in late winter...OK, no big deal. If there is too much snow to get around on the bike, park it and hire a tour from one of these guys:

http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/transbusn.htm

I knew a guy who went in mid winter. He said he would never forget watching the Old Faithful geyser erupt, and the mist turned to ice as it fell back to Earth.

I be you could rent a pair of snowshoes somewhere as well.
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Old 03-05-2014, 10:22 AM   #40
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A tour guide for a day or so would be a fantastic idea!! Thanks for the link! Ahh I'm getting more excited by the day! I've found a klr for sale in ft Lauderdale from a shop that I've contacted so I've got to see if its possible to buy (paperwork wise).

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Old 03-05-2014, 02:27 PM   #41
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I would be leaving from the flat lands of indiana and probably heading to the Smokey mountians or twards the grand canyon death valley area just havent made my mind up on a location yet definitely will be the first week in May. Would love to d the north west us or yellowstlne just know better from past experances.
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Old 03-06-2014, 03:20 PM   #42
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Let me know your final plans and I'll sort mine out and we can see if we cross paths for some story swaps
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Old 03-06-2014, 04:43 PM   #43
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I'm following this thread with interest, helping me with plans for 2015
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Old 03-09-2014, 03:12 PM   #44
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Glad I can be of guinea pig services haha!
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Old 03-10-2014, 11:08 AM   #45
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Glad I can be of guinea pig services haha!

I'll have to buy you a beer or two to say thanks. I work in Bethnal Green during the week. Escaping back to Norfolk at the weekends.

Have you had a look on Horizons Unlimited..?
http://www.horizonsunlimited.com

Or UKgSer

http://www.ukgser.com/forums/forumdi...ral-and-South)

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