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Old 09-28-2012, 09:58 AM   #1
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A few months trip planning

I am starting around the first week of November and heading west from east TN area. Like the title states I have as much time as I want as long as I am back before March. I would prefer to keep it around 2 months but if I like what is happening, whats another month?

My issues is where to go. I was thinking Route 66 then PCH but if there is something better I would rather do that. I know I am entering winter and that is a slight concern but with my timeline and lack of a destination I am willing to have a slow progress and/or camping in winter weather.

I have been frustrated for the past few days while planning and am almost ready to say screw it and just start riding and see where I end up.

So what do you recommend I need to see/ride?
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Old 09-28-2012, 11:26 AM   #2
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Old 09-28-2012, 05:35 PM   #3
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If I was leaving in early Nov, I would first head to Pensacola via the Nathchez Trace for the Air Show the weekend of the 10th and 11th.

From there I would hug the Gulf coast with my next dot on the map being Big Bend National Park. Never been there but I hear it has alot of good riding.

From there, assuming it's now about Thanksgiving, I would head to the desert southwest with forrays north of the NM/AZ line as the weather allows. End up in southern Cal and maybe venture into Baja, MX...

I would pass on the PCH in the winter as they get alot of Pacific storms that could be unpleasant!


That's my thoughts!


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Old 09-28-2012, 05:52 PM   #4
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Follow the weather. Last year November was butt freezing in November in the four corners area. This year who knows. But generally November is a little late in the season for heading on a central route west.

I would probably cut over and take the Natchez trace down to Louisiana and cut across Texas to west Texas hill country past Austin/San Antonio. Head over to Big Bend National Park. Copper Canyon would be nice if it's not too cold. Although the high passes in the Sierra Madre can be icy in the mornings in December.

Maybe cut over through southern New Mexico and Arizona. Head through Organ Pipe, check out Kitt peak observatory, head over to Mohave and Death Valley, cut down through Tejon Pass and over to the California coast.

Of course southern Baja is mighty nice in December/January, so you could head down that way. Maybe take the ferry from La Paz over to Mazatlan and circle back home.

Just some ideas.

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Old 09-29-2012, 08:10 AM   #5
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Well I didn't want to say it but I have this burning desire to get into some snow and cold weather.

Here is a list I was given from a friend last night:

Zion UT
Moab
Rachel NV
Ouray CO
Mokee Dugway
New 85mpg highway in TX

I am going to plot all of these places out on my map and see if I can make a route from it all.
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:07 AM   #6
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New 85mpg highway in TX
why don't they make more of these good gas mileage roads! hahaha
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Old 10-16-2012, 08:45 AM   #7
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Snowy Destinations

Zion, Moab, and Ouray could certainly have snow at this time of year. Honestly, I'm not sure I would want to get into snow in/around Ouray, CO. It is an incredible place to ride during good weather, but would be downright dangerous with snow or black ice on the ground especially between Ouray and Silverton. If you go down the only thing I could suggest is bring a parachute...most of the curves do NOT have guardrails and it's a long way down!

I was in Zion last week and the fall colors were magnificent. The temps were in the mid 50's across southern Utah.

I would look toward Baja during this time and leave the snow and ice to the skiers and snowboarders!...just sayin'
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Old 10-16-2012, 10:20 AM   #8
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If I had than much time and was in eastern Tenn this time of year I'd head south and then west. Doing small towns and country roads as much as possible. I'd head towards San Diego and then do Baja. Great weather down there this time of the year.
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Old 10-16-2012, 12:14 PM   #9
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[QUOTE=battlecattle;19706286]Well I didn't want to say it but I have this burning desire to get into some snow and cold weather.
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OOOkaaay....
Ride up to Alaska ... through the Rocky Mountain corridor .... in December
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Old 10-16-2012, 12:19 PM   #10
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Big Bend is a good idea. Then head south in Mexico for a couple months.

I'd be careful with the snow. While you can certainly ride in winter and even when there's snow on the ground, a good winter storm will strand you, especially at higher elevations where they shut down roads rather than clear them.

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