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Old 01-17-2014, 06:27 PM   #1
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Headed North

As part of my 6 trip plan to grab all 50 states; I'm headed North to grab Colorado, Nebraska, South/North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and then returning to Texas.

I have a few questions for anyone who has ridden these areas:

1. How long of a day is it to ride to Rushmore and through the Badlands? What other sites are in the immediate area that I should check out?

2. Are there better scenic roads through Minnesota then what I have mapped?

3. How long does a tour of the Harley Davidson museum take? I'm not a Harley guy; just figured I'm there I might as well check it out.

4. Any recommendations as far as a place to stay or see on this map would be appreciated.

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Old 01-17-2014, 09:32 PM   #2
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Minnesota: Highway 1 is a good road. I'd probably stay on 1 all the way to 61. Highway 61 there, what they call North Shore Drive is very scenic, though very touristy.

In Bemidji, you're very close to Itasca State Park, the headwaters of the Mississippi River. You probably shouldn't miss that.

Do you know what kind of bike you'll be on? The Echo Trail out of Ely is pretty cool, though a bit out of your way, and it's gravel.

In South Dakota, the unfinished Sitting Bull Monument is pretty amazing, though some people find it controversial. It's pretty near to Rushmore.

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Old 01-17-2014, 10:52 PM   #3
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4. Any recommendations as far as a place to stay or see on this map would be appreciated.
Have you ever toured the Mountains in Colorado? Well if not I would go thru that state further west to catch the better roads.

Take a little detour like this.

http://goo.gl/maps/JktyZ


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Old 01-18-2014, 04:44 AM   #4
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As part of my 6 trip plan to grab all 50 states; I'm headed North to grab Colorado, Nebraska, South/North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and then returning to Texas.

I have a few questions for anyone who has ridden these areas:

1. How long of a day is it to ride to Rushmore and through the Badlands? What other sites are in the immediate area that I should check out?

2. Are there better scenic roads through Minnesota then what I have mapped?

3. How long does a tour of the Harley Davidson museum take? I'm not a Harley guy; just figured I'm there I might as well check it out.

4. Any recommendations as far as a place to stay or see on this map would be appreciated.

1. - you can easily accomplish both in a day, although you may want to hit the light show at Rushmore at night. Also, don't miss riding the Needles Highway in Custer SP while there - http://www.blackhillsbadlands.com/ho...yspeternorbeck

4. - camping or staying in a motel?
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Old 01-18-2014, 08:16 AM   #5
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1. I'll be riding my Ninja 1000.

2. I do plan on doing some camping; but not the first two days as I'm going to ride straight from Texas to South Dakota.

3. Most likely I'll spend two days in Rapid City to ride everything.

4. Thank you guys so far for the suggestions.

5. I have 6 days planned to ride all of Colorado in August; so I'll be passing through only this trip.

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Old 01-18-2014, 08:58 AM   #6
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5. I have 6 days planned to ride all of Colorado in August; so I'll be passing through only this trip.
I see.

What type of riding do you like to do?

Theres is a lot of superslabbing on the flatter parts of of the continent in that trip. Usualy that area mapped is an area you have to go thru to get to where you wanna be.
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Old 01-18-2014, 01:48 PM   #7
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Coming back from Sturgis this year I took a northern route and almost the same route through Minnesota. Fargo's a drag, a bunch of lights on Bus. 94/10. Otherwise nice riding. You have to jump across the Mississippi and stop in Riderwearhouse.

BTW I also hit the Badlands in ND and it is quite different from the SD Badlands. Well worth seeing if you have the time.
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Old 01-19-2014, 06:54 AM   #8
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I see.

What type of riding do you like to do?

Theres is a lot of superslabbing on the flatter parts of of the continent in that trip. Usualy that area mapped is an area you have to go thru to get to where you wanna be.
IMO, of course.
You can do a ""ride by trip" or a smell the roses trip. Some spend a summer in CO & just get a taste. I've been going there all my life on a now & then basis & I've not really seen many places there...Wave @ the locals when your there.
I suppose you'll have more fun than a truck driver on your 6 days of Colorado but sure not my idea of "seeing Colorado". Why not do one area "sort of well"?
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Old 01-19-2014, 02:01 PM   #9
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6 days in Colorado I'm sure won't be my last trip in Colorado ever. I'm sure I'll take many more trips there; just the planning for the 6 days has left a lot of things on the cutting room floor.

Right now I do one trip to knock out a few States a year and see a few local attractions and then I do one off ride.
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In riding the Badlands; what is the most popular rode? 240 or 44?
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6 days in Colorado I'm sure won't be my last trip in Colorado ever. I'm sure I'll take many more trips there; just the planning for the 6 days has left a lot of things on the cutting room floor.

Right now I do one trip to knock out a few States a year and see a few local attractions and then I do one off ride.
look @ www.motorcycleroads.us for ideas
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Old 01-21-2014, 08:32 AM   #12
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1. I'll be riding my Ninja 1000.

2. I do plan on doing some camping; but not the first two days as I'm going to ride straight from Texas to South Dakota.

3. Most likely I'll spend two days in Rapid City to ride everything.

4. Thank you guys so far for the suggestions.

5. I have 6 days planned to ride all of Colorado in August; so I'll be passing through only this trip.

My suggestion would be to stop short of Rapid City and spend the night in Kadoka or Wall, SD. Then plan on riding the Badlands Loop (240) from east to west at sunrise. Sunrise and sunset are when the badlands are at their most colorful and by getting out there early you'll miss the RV crowds and have the place mostly to yourself.

Rapid City is a wonderful town, and if you get the chance be sure to take in the Museum at the SD School of Mines, but you might be better off staying two nights up in the hills rather than in Rapid City. Look into staying at the Lodge in Custer Park. Otherwise, Hill City, Keystone or Lead will put you in the thick of things.

The lighting ceremony at Mt Rushmore is pretty cool. Roughlock Falls off of the Spearfish Canyon is a great place to chill and have a picnic.
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Your route loops around the Unglaciated area of WI/MN/IA, which is one of the best motorcycling terrains in the country. This is the portion of Wisconsin south of I-94 and west of Madison to the Mississippi and the bluff country in MN and Iowa on the other side of the Mississippi. In WI the county roads are identified with letters and are known as the "alphabet roads". They are all paved and well maintained. If you need to make some time across this area take a look at Hwy 33, especially the section through Wildcat Mt.
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Something to make Iowa interesting would be to stop at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa.

Feel free to PM me with any specific questions.
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In riding the Badlands; what is the most popular rode? 240 or 44?
240! It's the one that takes you through the largest and best part of the park
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