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Old 10-28-2012, 12:03 PM   #1
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Why so much "planning"?

Isn't having unknows the spice of life? I can see being prepared (ie tools, proper gear, some idea of the area/culture, $$, etc.) but planning every stop, camping/hotel spot, road etc. seems to take most of the fun out of any trip no matter the mode of transport. See so many people following or asking for "routes" to get somewhere. The lease enjoyable trips for me have always been when I have a set destination and a set time to get there.
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Old 10-28-2012, 12:19 PM   #2
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following the front tire...

I get on my bike with a general idea of where I want to go but that might change at any time depending on what the intersection looks like. My wife kind of wants to know the general area of the state and/or the edges of the adjoining ones, some place to look for the body. I just know I need to be back on Sunday night. I plaln to find breakfast in the morning, usually works out. Lunch anmd dinner are another issue.
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Old 10-28-2012, 12:45 PM   #3
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I plan every trip extensively over our long and icy winters. It keeps me sane till riding season starts again in March of the following year. But I have yet to follow any of those exhaustively planned trips.
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Old 10-28-2012, 01:23 PM   #4
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I plan every trip extensively over our long and icy winters. It keeps me sane till riding season starts again in March of the following year. But I have yet to follow any of those exhaustively planned trips.
Kinda figured that's what most do. Could be worse things to do with your time.
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Old 10-28-2012, 02:00 PM   #5
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I plan every trip extensively over our long and icy winters. It keeps me sane till riding season starts again in March of the following year. But I have yet to follow any of those exhaustively planned trips.
This is what I do, also. I plan my next trip and try to find interesting destinations during the winter.

However, I usually follow my plans pretty closely once I take off, but I leave the GPS and maps and itineraries at home. The route in my head takes me to some very interesting places.
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Old 10-28-2012, 02:11 PM   #6
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I just get on the damned thing and go. Ended up in Labrador once with a bald set of Tourances. Not too bright but sure made it interesting. Weather determines my route usually and camp gear means i don't need reservations.
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Old 10-28-2012, 02:14 PM   #7
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I'm leaving NE Kentucky when storm Andy clears a bit and have yet to decide what route I'm taking back to New Mexico.
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Old 10-28-2012, 02:29 PM   #8
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I'm just back from a 4-day, 2400 mile trip (Boston, KY, NC, TN, VA) did lots of google mapping to get the lay of the land (and the location of various dragons and snakes). And then made it up as I went, changing on the fly based on what roads looked squigglier on the map. What a blast. I agree, too much planning makes it feel like a checklist rather than an adventure.
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Old 10-28-2012, 02:42 PM   #9
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I'm just back from a 4-day, 2400 mile trip (Boston, KY, NC, TN, VA) did lots of google mapping to get the lay of the land (and the location of various dragons and snakes). And then made it up as I went, changing on the fly based on what roads looked squigglier on the map. What a blast. I agree, too much planning makes it feel like a checklist rather than an adventure.
That about sums up the extent of my planning.
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Old 10-28-2012, 03:10 PM   #10
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I'm just back from a 4-day, 2400 mile trip (Boston, KY, NC, TN, VA) did lots of google mapping to get the lay of the land (and the location of various dragons and snakes). And then made it up as I went, changing on the fly based on what roads looked squigglier on the map. What a blast. I agree, too much planning makes it feel like a checklist rather than an adventure.

When I got back from my 2400mi ride to Arkansas and back, I had a friend ask me

"Don't you know what a straight line is?"

My reply was

"That's the point"

The Ozarks have some awesome roads.
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Old 10-28-2012, 03:15 PM   #11
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Isn't having unknows the spice of life? I can see being prepared (ie tools, proper gear, some idea of the area/culture, $$, etc.) but planning every stop, camping/hotel spot, road etc. seems to take most of the fun out of any trip no matter the mode of transport. See so many people following or asking for "routes" to get somewhere. The lease enjoyable trips for me have always been when I have a set destination and a set time to get there.
Aim low and chances are good you'll accomplish that. It amazes me that people meander through life and simply accept whatever happens to come their way. No plan.

I've got to ask, why is it important to you how others plan a trip? Have you ever tried planning a ride?
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Old 10-28-2012, 03:31 PM   #12
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Aim low and chances are good you'll accomplish that. It amazes me that people meander through life and simply accept whatever happens to come their way. No plan.

I've got to ask, why is it important to you how others plan a trip? Have you ever tried planning a ride?
I could give a shit less how others plan. The most I have ever planned a ride was a specific destination and a time I wanted to get there, I hated it. Now I just get on and go and let the weather, my mood, or whatever is in my head dictate where I go.

Never heard the saying "wanna hear god laugh, tell him your plan"?
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Old 10-28-2012, 04:18 PM   #13
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This is not new wisdom! From Lao Tzu in the Tao: “A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” (OK, I'm not quite that evolved, after all I did have to make it back home for family and work.) To each his own. So funny that folks could actually get cross with each other over the "best" way to travel on our expensive luxury toys for leisure!
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Old 10-29-2012, 11:09 AM   #14
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Isn't having unknows the spice of life? I can see being prepared (ie tools, proper gear, some idea of the area/culture, $$, etc.) but planning every stop, camping/hotel spot, road etc. seems to take most of the fun out of any trip no matter the mode of transport. See so many people following or asking for "routes" to get somewhere. The lease enjoyable trips for me have always been when I have a set destination and a set time to get there.

+1 Well said, jeez I just found a thread on here about what socks to wear on a trip!!!!
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Old 10-29-2012, 11:23 AM   #15
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+1 Well said, jeez I just found a thread on here about what socks to wear on a trip!!!!
Smart wool and wear them until they stand up on their own, usually about 3-5 days then rinse them in whatever cleanish water is available and repeat.
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