across the usa in 3 days...or less

Discussion in 'Americas' started by F800ekelley, Nov 23, 2012.

  1. HeyWhatever

    HeyWhatever HTFU !

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    I am just a stickler for 5 to 7 over the speed limit, so, most often when riding, I am waving cars by me...:rayof

    I had a ticket for 15 over in 2002, 19 over in 2006, and 19 over in 2008...

    I also had a lot of freaky stuff happen to my bikes and cars within a short period of time...
    (fire/ bike, hit by someone while asleep at home and not in my car/ car, broken windshield/ -20 below F, and two hail storms)...

    Now my insurance is low... I want to keep it that way... so, yeah, I pass people going the speed limit or lower... or the idiots on the BRP that you can sit behind for 30 minutes before they notice you.

    Life is just easier that way... :clap
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  2. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

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    Spare me/us the ride report on riding a MC for 20 hours straight. I suggest a sane trip of longish days with a good nights sleep so you are not a fatality waiting to happen. If you want to talk about great riding roads then do it on a trip that's not a mad dash from A to B! FWIW, this is not what motorcycling is about. I watch trip planning with an ear for trying to help pothers get into some good riding, you have it all wrong-just click it into mapquest & go.
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  3. ride4321

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    39 hours on that one mapped out version isn't even close to realistic on a bike. That's 60mph average for 39 hours. I was kicking ass riding from NY to Colorado mostly on interstate last year and that took 4 days and every day was around 12 hours of riding. I smoke though so there's one extra stop every tankful.
    For comparison I rode from upstate NY to NW Arkansas this past spring, around 2K miles the way I went. I did the scenic WV roads and also hit the Smokies on the way. That was a 4 day trip and it seemed like I was riding the better part of every day. That's the result of riding scenic twisty motorcycle roads.
    Best way to do your trip in 3 days will be all interstate and never stopping to take in anything along the way. It can be done but if you don't have to rush it'd be way more fun taking a week. Lot's of good stuff if you can work the Ozarks/Smokies and WV into the mix.
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  4. Lone Rider

    Lone Rider Registered User

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    There really, really are people who consider this kinda thing as an accomplishment and being worthy of respect.
    There are lots of different folks out there, eh? :D
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  5. acejones

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    There are also people out there who do this sort of thing because they need validation.
    Yes there are a lot of different folks.
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  6. Alcan Rider

    Alcan Rider Frozen Fossil

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    Your questions and statements are at odds with one another, although I doubt that you realize that... at this point.

    Staying with family is not conducive to quick, early departures, such as you will need to make this trip work. Same with "good places for food". If you're going to attempt a lot of miles in a short time, McD's, Burger King, and the like are where you will have to partake of sustenance. Sitting down to enjoy a meal will be a luxury you can ill afford.

    Do you enjoy riding at night? For making time that is usually the best. It will be cooler, traffic is usually moving at a rapid rate, and LEO presence is generally lighter. To put in 15 hours of riding will require 18 hours of being wide awake and active. Any time you stop drops your average overall speed an amazing amount, so you want to pack as much in the way of necessities with you, and have them readily accessible.

    If you manage it, this will undoubtedly be quite a learning experience for you.
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  7. smr238

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    If you are willing to ride all interstate, the trip should be doable. You should be able to average 50 mph if you stick to all interstate, avoid cities during rush hours, and limit yourself to reasonable stops. I would do a 16 hour day on day one as you should be rested at the start of the trip. That should put you around Oaklahoma City. I would shoot for Indianapolis on day two which should take about 12.5 hours. If you still feel good in Indy you can always keep going. That should put you about 11 to 12 hours outside of Philly. The amount of distance you want to cover in the time you have allotted is doable, but will be uncomfortable. I have done some over ambitious trips, and for me the most important thing is to keep well rested.
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  8. Advntr

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    Fatigue is a killer...
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  9. Lone Rider

    Lone Rider Registered User

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    That's the word I was looking for: validation.
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  10. F800ekelley

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    Alcan rider- and SMR thank u for the great advise I think the 3 days will be 3 days first 18 total hours and second two will be 15hour days I think the rest is a great point my plan is since the sun rises in the east I will not travel in the morning as it is very annoying to travel with the sun directly in ur eyes pain in the a$$. My main stops will be gas and stretching. So travel will start from noon on. I actually scheduled 4 days to do this now instead of 3 still very excited. Hopefully I run into so advriders on the way to cheer up my spirits
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  11. F800ekelley

    F800ekelley Adventurer

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    Side comment I will not be eating burger king or mcdonalds as those foods make me very lazy and tired I have fruit packed and natual ways to stay awake no enegry drinks as those make u crash
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  12. Dirtysouth

    Dirtysouth Stud fee waived for noobs

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    First time I witnessed this, it was a big rig rolling along at a pretty good clip. Once I figured out what he was doing, I had to wring out the SV650s to get around him. I acknowledged him with a wave and have thought Texans were some of the nicest people since. Not long after that, my sister in law and her husband moved to Texas so I get to experience the courtesy pull over at least once a year when I visit.
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  13. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    2400 miles. Three days. 800 miles per day. That's 12-14 hours each day.

    Completely do-able. However, there won't be much time for sightseeing and sitdown meals.

    The short way would have you take I-44 between OKC and STL, to get from I-40 to I-70... That would allow you the opportunity for some great twisties in The Ozarks.

    I can personally say that Fayetteville AR to St Louis on all twisty backroads will take you 8-9 hours. I-44 cuts that time in half.

    If you're running ahead of schedule at Tulsa, take US-412 East. At Siloam Springs, take AR-16 East. You'll stay on AR-16 to Clinton. At Clinton, take AR-9 North. At the State Line, cross into Missouri and grab MO-19 at Thayer. Follow MO-19 North all the way to Cuba. Then, get back on I-44 and continue on.

    You will have had your fill of Ozarks twisties by the time you reconnect with I-44. It's 600 miles from Tulsa to St Louis on this route, and you will have had a full day of riding by the time you see St Louis.

    Ozarks Google Map Link

    :deal

    It's just over 1,000 miles from Phoenix to Tulsa. On those western highways, that's a 15 or 16 hour ride. If you knocked that out the 1st day, got a hot shower and a night's rest, you could hit the Ozarks on day two. Phoenix to Tulsa Google Map Link .

    On Day three, St Louis to Philadelphia. You'll have 14 or 15 hours of I-70 droning for the final 900 miles. STL to Philly Google Map Link .
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  14. guavadude

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    Leaving at noon everyday will mean spending most of your time riding at night which means you'll have to slow way down to not outrun your lights. I'd invest in the most powerful lights your bike can handle.
    There are SO many suicidal deer out there...no way I'd ride at night. Trying to stay focused and alert at night will sap your energy.
    I'll take my chances with LEO's and traffic I can see over deer anytime.
    Add more days, avoid all highways, taste the steak, see the sights, sit by a river, take some pics, live to tell about it.
    I get walking directions on google maps and start from there. It's a crow flies route with no highways then drag route to twisty roads on the way.

    If you're going to stick to the highways you might as well trailer it or buy a Goldwing.
    My $.02.
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  15. acejones

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    Agreed about the deer. Even if you see them you cannot predict what they will do.
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  16. kag

    kag Wander Lust

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    From 0600 to 2200....ride. Let the miles take care of themselves.

    Long distance riding is about logging miles not sight seeing.

    I am a realist...not a doubter....good luck on doing this day after day in the heat but as an avid night rider I know you have to be on your game and not tired covering long distances at night or it will end badly. Better to stick to the daylight hours and there will be a lot of them in the summer.

    But you do as you see fit
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  17. 4PawsHacienda

    4PawsHacienda Been here awhile

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  18. theshnizzle

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    What the heck will you be doing until noon everyday? Holy, by that time I have been riding six hours at least already. And night riding is stressful and fatiguing. But, when I have to ride at night there are more trucks on the road and I use them as blockers for deer.

    I stay pretty much in the left lane and away from the right lane closest to the wooded areas so if one comes from the opposite side, I hope to see it running across the median first and if it comes from the same side of the road as me,hopefully it will slam into a truck before me.

    thats my theory anyway........

    But trying to stay alert and focussed after a long day of riding already,well, good luck. Not saying it cant be done,but its certainly not without significant risks.
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  19. bananaman

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    Ok, I'll bite...

    In 2009 or 2010 I rode from Phoenix to Tucson to El Paso to Dallas to Madison. I made pretty good time from Dallas to Madison: 13.5 hours.

    I've ridden from Madison to LA in a little over 48 hours, and from Madison to Seattle in just under 48 hours.

    I've driven a car from Madison to New York in 17 hours. This I've done several times.

    After the ride from Dallas to Madison, I got into my truck and drove to Minneapolis.

    Three days from Phoenix to Philly will be tiring, but otherwise easy.

    You'll have to stick to interstate highways and you'll want to go about 7-9 mph over the speed limit.

    Go to the IBA website for info. Especially on lights, diet, hydration, fuel, road hazards, basic bike prep, basic bike maintenance, and all kinds of shit you need to know.

    I used to like this kind of thing. Somewhere between St. Louis and Madison, after riding close to 100 mph all the way from Dallas, I stopped liking it at much.

    I would offer a little bit of a different opinion on the practicing. I would say, Don't Practice. Because ignorance is bliss. The first time I rode 1000 miles, I actually rode closer to 1500, and by the end, I'd ridden from Tampico, Mexico, to Madison, WI in about 72 hours.
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  20. biosci

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    Ride your own ride. Enjoy the experience. The memories ALWAYS outlast the discomfort.
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