$1000 in the pocket, how far can we go?

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by 243Win, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. 243Win

    243Win Been here awhile

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    Plan is to leave home Monday and head east across the northern portion of Washington State and simply head east until I run through half my money and then turn around and come home.

    The ride is like my last, to clear my head. Monday would have been my start date at my old employer if I'd successfully nailed my last two interviews. Well the interviews went very well, but somethng apparently went awry on me. The last ride did a lot to help me get my head on straight and get over the depression of getting laid off.

    I'm hoping to get at least as far as Glacier Nat. Park. Never been to Montana before. If the money is holding out, N. Dakota is a possibility too. No time set, just go and come back when funds are depleted. Route back will be 12 across Idaho and southern Washington out to the coast and essentially circumnavigate Washington as I close into home.

    If anyone is traveling in that vicintiy and spies a dark gray SV650n with luggage (and Moose brand handguards) sporting an ADV sticker or two, drop by my camp, I mix a pretty good Gin&Tonic.:freaky

    I'd prefer to take my DR650, but I've got plans for it and I won't have time to fix it up in time to leave Monday, I worked all winter on my SV making some mods to make it roadtrip comfy so it is ready to roll, I only need to mount a top box and it is good to go.

    More to come, I like to post from the road while the experiences are fresh in my mind.
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  2. Flashmo

    Flashmo Whatever...

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  3. MikJogg

    MikJogg Weekend Adventurer

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    sounds good :lurk
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  4. Hulked Up

    Hulked Up Been here awhile

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    I took a similar trip in 2005 at the end of an 8 month lay-off, just before I started a new job. Pretty cathartic. You can always get another job. You can't always get the time for a trip like this.
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  5. Flying-D

    Flying-D Just Passing Through

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    Plan on getting past Montana! I can make it to the west coast and back from here (Missouri) on less than $1000.00. Enjoy the ride.:freaky
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    bk brkr baker Long timer

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  7. Reconstructed

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  8. Hominid

    Hominid Been here awhile

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    he's not kidding - he does mix a good G&T :freaky
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  9. Hominid

    Hominid Been here awhile

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    When I travelled East through Montana back in 2004 I branched off of I-90 just East of Missoula and took 12 to Roundup, then branching South to see the Little Big Horn Monument. I think Montana is the road kill capital of the U.S. so keep your eyes out for animals, live and otherwise. Little Big Horn was worth the time.

    Another highlight of that trip was Devil's Tower, which is not too far from LBH. I wasn't expecting much, after all it's just a big rock, right? But it really was impressive in person. There is camping there, but there are also places to camp not far from there that would be better.

    If you have the time make a run through Yellowstone. Entering from Cody to Cooke City via Dead Indian Hill Road and Chief Joseph Hwy is awesome for either entering or leaving the park. Very steep with switchbacks, but the views are incredible when coming from the East. I spent one night at Buffalo Bill State Park before taking that route - it's very convenient for an early morning start to roam through the park.
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  10. on2wheels52

    on2wheels52 Long timer

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  11. eupson

    eupson n00b

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    Give em hell out there, take no prisoners, and keep the road reports coming in. I'll just have to sit back and enjoy the read.
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  12. Eagletalon

    Eagletalon Been here awhile

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    Sounds like a great ride and a good challenge for yourself as well with the $1,000 budget. No better time to think than when going for long rides. What is your time frame?

    John
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  13. elindst

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    Good luck old man - no sleeping on lumpy ground this time.
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    FargAT Been here awhile

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    i'm in.
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    ficoszac y...ahora???

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    in mexico??? can you live for a month whit that budget mi amigo!!!!!! :freaky
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  16. 243Win

    243Win Been here awhile

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    Looking to leave Del Rancho Chihuahua (home of the cushioned toilet seat) in Port Orchard on Monday the 11th.

    Head up to Port Townsend and cross on the ferry to Whidbey Island and then over the Cascades on 20, the North Cascades Highway. Camp the first night will be near Winthrop hopefully. From there on the ride is all new territory for me and since I'm want to dawdle at times, it is hard to say where I'll end up the next day. I plan on sticking to all the northern most paved routes across Washington into Idaho and Montana. I'm guessing I'll be somewhere near Glacier around Wednesday/Thursday.

    After that, it is anyone's guess where I'll head. Taking my Rand McNally atlas and talking to locals and allowing for weather to steer me along. Be somewhat like a gentleman we met on a dresser Harley last year up at the top of the North Cascades pass.

    "Hi I'm from Eastern Canada, know any good roads going in that direction?"

    "I hear HWY 12 across Idaho is nice."

    "Sounds great, I'm off!"

    And away he went.
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  17. Hominid

    Hominid Been here awhile

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    Hey, I know a great place just outside of Winthrop :lol3
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    AZ_ADV_RIDER Demons In My Helmet

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  19. 243Win

    243Win Been here awhile

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    Kids, let me remind one and all this fact is precisely why we are taking off on this trip. To forget that bit of trivia.

    Tomorrow is the big day, but we'll see if I actually make it out. My wife, the financial rock I rely on right now is not feeling well so I may have to delay a day. Otherwise a late start is in order and a short ride where I won't make it over the Cascades to Eastern Washington.

    I still have a couple of things to sort out with the bike, like a shifter adjustment for the hiking boots I'll be wearing instead of proper riding boots and some minor packing to sort out. I have a fantastic pair of Sidi's I ride in, but they kill me to walk around in and on my last trip I passed on some walk-about due to footware. This bugs me somewhat as I've had a major foot injury in the past due to improper footware, but since I'm riding the SV650n and not a dualsport and will stick to pavement the whole way, hopefully a set of sturdy Merrills will be adequate.

    As to the packing, I'm sort of obsessive-compulsive. I'll pack all up once and then unpack it all to make sure I've not overlooked anything and I'm good to go. This habit has paid off more than once in the past on assorted trips of various destinations and mode of travel.

    Also, since I'll be traveling with my sole computer, I need to do some back ups of data I need to keep safe and make sure the machine is good to go. Takes a little time there.

    Today was wrapping up some chores about the place, oil change for the wife's car and get a close cropped hair cut to alleviate "hair-care" on the ride. I learned the last time out to shave the beard and head and camping is much easier in the long run. Had to mount a top-box today as well and then search about for where I hid the Spot transponder and GPS on top of everything else. It was handy that the bear spray was all in the same hiding spot as I'll be camping and cooking in grizzly country on this trip. Heck, I get bears in my yard, this trip shouldn't be much different overall.

    I'll post a photo of the bike tomorrow ready to roll.
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  20. Hominid

    Hominid Been here awhile

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    Obsessive? Nah - well, maybe.

    Send me a link to your spot transponder.
    I don't have it handy.
    Wish I was going on this ride with ya.

    I'm packed and ready to fly out in the morning.
    I'd rather be riding.

    Good luck and let go of those demons on the road. :norton
    Sleep peacefully under the stars.
    You might want to shoot for Tumwater campground outside of Leavenworth for a first night.
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