Around the USA on BMWs

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by judgebill, Mar 24, 2014.

  1. judgebill

    judgebill Been here awhile

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    That's the plan, around this great United States on a pair of BMWs, Erik and Bill, in the month of April, year 2014. No record-setting attempts, just a ride to see some old friends, meet new ones and see the countryside. We'll leave Los Angeles on the 1st of April, ride south to San Ysidro, take a couple pictures and then head east. We go to Florida, Maine, Washington and back to California. Pictures all the way. Experienced riders but old bones call for staying in motels or private homes. We'll talk about equipment, people we meet, experiences we have and the sights and sounds of our country. Hope you can join us and have as much fun as we plan to have. See you on the road.
    Judgebill and ErikMotoMan
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  2. Tex76

    Tex76 Motersykle Advntyers

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    Epic!! I'm heading out to do an Eastern loop over the next month. I'll watch your ride report and if we get close, beers on me :freaky
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  3. Serbchaser

    Serbchaser Chasin' the Serb

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    This will be good:deal

    Looking forward to following along:1drink
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  4. judgebill

    judgebill Been here awhile

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    Erik and I are in the last-minute planning stages. Need to install new tires before we begin. Have been spending a lot of time with emails, phone calls and other details. Anticipate bringing too much stuff but once we get started it will all settle down to an acceptable routine. Once we hit the road I'll give you an update on our equipment and anticipated routing. First stop will probably be Phoenix, Arizona (after taking a picture in San Ysidro, Ca). Looking for friends along the way and would like to take your picture. Give a shout. Probably cross the country on I-10 to Florida.
    :clap:clap:clap
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  5. disconnected

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    Sounds great. Look up West Virginia, it's a ton of fun. Are you on GS bikes, or street oriented bikes?

    Greg.
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  6. MassiveLee

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    Neither :D

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  7. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    If you come by the DC area I would be happy to do a little maintenance on your bikes and give you a good meal. Maybe ride along a few hundred miles.:deal
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  8. Boondox

    Boondox Travels With Barley

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    Pit stop with tools (incl tire changer) here in Vermont if needed. Only one guest bed and you'd probably have to share it with a dog or two, but the offer's there.

    Pete
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  9. judgebill

    judgebill Been here awhile

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    Almost ready. Have been talking with suppliers and friends. looks like this coming Tuesday (4/1) will be departure day. Erik is working hard to put both bikes in shape (thank God because my wrenching talents are non-existent). Interesting to see how people react to announcements of the trip. Some immediately change the subject to something that seems to interest them more, others accept the announcement with calm acceptance and still others are curious as to why? when? where? While we do have a rough itinerary we find that slavish attention to a schedule inhibits opportunities...so while we now where we will stay the first night (Phoenix is our plan) after that we have maybes and hope-for's as destinations. We should make Miami on the 6th, Madawaska, Maine on the 14th. Madawaska is our mid-point and we have allowed a couple extra days to explore the Nations's capital and the space museums. Details we will work out as we move along. Stay tuned for what we actually do. :clap
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  10. MassiveLee

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  11. squiffynimrod

    squiffynimrod maximum shrinkage

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    Subscribed.

    And you've given me my new sig line..................

    "slavish attention to a schedule inhibits opportunities"
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  12. BTL

    BTL No more snow!!

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  13. PrimalScream

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    Sounds like the beginning of an epic adventure! I-10 from CA to NM...Zzzzz. If you want to see the beauty of Arizona, think about Highway 90 from Benson down through Sierra Vista, highway 80 from SV through Bisbee, Douglas, & back onto I-10! Bisbee is our little secret & is a great ride, as well as a super overnight destination!! :photog
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  14. Mcgee

    Mcgee Been here awhile

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    Ok, sounds great. I will be ready to here about your ride. Want to the same thing when the time allows.
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  15. ricochetrider

    ricochetrider MotoMojo

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    Subscribed fer sure.
    When you come up the east coast, shout when you get close to PA. You're welcome here for a beer and a bite. I may he able to ride a ways with you too, if scheduling allows. Send a PM if ya want. I'll be watching this thread.
    Keep the shiny side up, guys.
    Cheers.
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  16. testrider

    testrider Been here awhile

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    subscribed. Have fun!
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  17. motor_roy

    motor_roy Been here awhile

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    Subscribed... Can't wait for updates... Be safe, have fun.
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  18. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Hey Judgebill.

    This is Questor from Scorpion.
    I've found your thread.

    Looking forward to following along.
    Enjoy the ride.

    Q~

    P.S. More pics please...
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  19. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    When you get to Louisiana, unless your in a hurry, need to do old 90 which is 182 in places to see the real Louisiana. New 90 in the East is pretty much a Freeway from New Orleans to Lafayette.
    I'll be keeping an eye on your progress and can steer you along the coast after Lafayette all the way to Galveston, Tx.
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  20. judgebill

    judgebill Been here awhile

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    Here we sit, still in Los Angeles waiting for tires. Small glitch but then if life didn't present these "learning opportunities" it would be pretty dull. At least that's one way of looking at it. Tires now mounted on both bikes, radar detectors in place (illegal some places, we know) and luggage all packed. Plan, and like all plans this too is subject to revision, is to leave tomorrow morning at O dark thirty. Probably closer to 7am or so. To San Ysidro and then Phoenix to stay with friends. Then on to Texas and wherever our noses point. Promise pictures once we actually get on the road. :clap
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