Albany to Austin relocation

Discussion in 'Americas' started by rdcamp, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. rdcamp

    rdcamp Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2013
    Oddometer:
    106
    Location:
    Albany, NY
    So, I'm potentially planning to visit Austin TX for a couple months this summer/fall

    Leaving between July and September as I want to see my sister Graduate HS, and stay with my family for my birthday.

    This is my first cross country trip. Beyond Akron /Gettysburg I will definitely be riding solo

    Bike is a 1986 BMW R80RT.

    Here is the basic route I have planned

    Albany> Akron 500 miles (Stay with friends)
    Akron> Nashville 500 miles (unknown)
    Nashville> Little Rock 350 miles (unknown)
    Little Rock> Austin 500 miles

    Or Alternate

    Albany> Gettysburg PA 334 (definitely camp out) See battlefields, etc
    Gettysburg> Knoxville 500 (unknown)
    Knoxville> Little Rock 500 (unknown)
    Little Rock> Austin 500 (most recent intelligence leads me to probably hop on the natchez trace and bypass Little Rock)


    BUDGET:

    Delta Airlines 1 way ticket costs $430 US

    I imagine I could do this on a moto with 500, the advantages include SEEING America and not getting molested by TSA, and of course: Having reliable transportation once I reach my destination

    I usually get around 200 miles per tank, including some of the reserve.

    So I've calculated 150 miles per tank with some reserve left,

    12 refuels at 5 dollars a gallon. 300+ dollars for gas

    This is on superslab, simply because it would be quickest.

    Navigation will be done via maps and android.

    I'm going to ride rather light. I'll have changes of clothes, a laptop of some sort, tent, sleeping bag, pillow in case I need to KOA it.

    Maybe 2 sets of nice clothes for when I get there, more stuff can be UPS'd down.

    So I'm looking for information. information. information......

    Cool stuff to divert off the superslab for :)

    Riding Company

    Good twisties

    Tech/mechanical advisement

    Coffee/bacon and eggs

    Places to stay (couches, tent space)

    Spiritual guru

    I will expand this as the time closes and I decide whether to pull the trigger on this endeavor or not:)

    By all means PM me here, or email me/text call

    rob.distelcamp@gmail.com

    518-291-6746

    -Rob D
    #1
  2. UpST8

    UpST8 turnin gas to noise

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2007
    Oddometer:
    7,808
    Location:
    californication
    :lurk
    #2
  3. exhaust_nut

    exhaust_nut Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2005
    Oddometer:
    195
    Location:
    San Diego, CA
    Have you considered the temperature of Texas in July? I just moved from Austin recently, yep I couldn't take the heat so I got out'a the kitchen.

    Average temp in Austin in July is 95-100 FYI.
    #3
  4. rdcamp

    rdcamp Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2013
    Oddometer:
    106
    Location:
    Albany, NY
    Understood.

    I'm originally from Baton Rouge, but that was many years ago when I was a wee lad
    #4
  5. engineer1984

    engineer1984 Adventurer

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2008
    Oddometer:
    42
    Location:
    Ogden, UT
    I live in Houston and I made trip from Appleton, WI to Houston, TX and back. I also went thru Little Rock on one of the ways.

    I would recommend to take scenic roads thru AR and MI if possible. I took scenic 6, if I remember correctly. I'm not sure where this picks up as I went North to South.

    There are '3 sisters' near Austin which are intersecting roads that are all labeled 3xx which are supposed to be fun.

    As far as TX goes, get into hill country as quickly as possible. East TX isn't exciting, in my opinion.

    Arlington has a neat setup / memorial for the JFK assassination.

    Waco is home of Dr Pepper.

    Bryan, TX is A&M land and there is a cool bar on Lake Bryan.

    Brenham, TX is home of Blue Bell Icecream, which is pretty cool. There is an airport with a 50's diner that serves the local icecream in a shake that is amazing. You can sit on a bench outside and watch small planes take off and land: http://www.brenhammunicipalairport.com/index_files/page0003.htm

    I've mountain biked or climbed through as much as TX as is reasonable for me. The good spots tend to be where you are ending the trip, near Austin. Get some BBQ in either: Luling, Giddings, Lockhart, or Llano. Famous places are in all these cities.

    Take a dip in Hamilton Pool once you arrive near the city. It will be crowded on the weekend.

    A few nice parks (with camping) in TX:
    Enchanted Rock
    Pace Bend
    Lake Whitney
    Pedernales

    PS You're gonna sweat your balls off.

    Have fun.
    #5
  6. JimNtexas

    JimNtexas Been here awhile

    Joined:
    May 6, 2008
    Oddometer:
    298
    Location:
    Austin Tx
    A few random thoughts for you:

    1) Even if your bike uses premium I think your average gas price will be under $5/gallon in and near Texas.

    2) It's hard to overstate how hot and humid it can get in Texas in July. For that last 500 mile leg consider leaving very early, and plan to get off the road by 2 or 3pm. Between about 1pm and 6pm in July is not a good time for a long trip in Texas, especially on the interstates!

    3) I-35 between Dallas and Temple sucks the big one. Lots of construction, slow traffic, lots of two lanes between jersey barriers with no shoulders, dogs and cats living together, human sacrifice, mass hysteria!

    Once south of Temple I-35 is not so bad as interstates go.

    5) Remember that Davy Crocket is considered a Texan, and he only lived here six weeks.

    Welcome, fellow Texan!! :clap
    #6
  7. rdcamp

    rdcamp Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2013
    Oddometer:
    106
    Location:
    Albany, NY
    @Jim

    And the gas cost measurement is absolute worst case scenario, this way I will have extra money in budget, she runs fine on regular, one of the last of her breed :)

    Thankyou. What would be a suitable secondary road to get off the superslab?

    Im gonna assume that far south id be better off holing in an air conditioned hotel then a tent
    #7
  8. UpST8

    UpST8 turnin gas to noise

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2007
    Oddometer:
    7,808
    Location:
    californication
    Has anyone mentioned how hot it's going to be?
    #8
  9. No False Enthusiasm

    No False Enthusiasm a quiet adventurer

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2009
    Oddometer:
    6,449
    Location:
    Small Town, Texas
    #9
  10. rdcamp

    rdcamp Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2013
    Oddometer:
    106
    Location:
    Albany, NY

    What? I thought I was going so far south that it would be winter time!!!! :wink:
    #10