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Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by A2OD, Jul 6, 2013.
And here I thought it was just me.. I couldnt wait to get out of there. I wonder why?
i try to avoid KTM shops
- The midwest. @#$%& Corn and beans for a thousand miles in every direction. Flat, straight roads all neatly squared off by the original land surveyors.
I live in the far western suburbs of Chicago. Have for 11 years. There is nowhere to ride that is even remotely interesting without a day long ride through this hell to get there.
- metropolitan areas
- public campgrounds and their mostly annoying herds of big screen TV equipped RV 'campers'
- Gulf coast - too hot, humid, and just looks crappy for the most part
- New Orleans - smells like piss and vomit...and swamp
- Florida - too many bums
Give me the desert any day. Southern Utah. Namibia. Northern Cape and Karoo in South Africa. Red deserts of Wyoming. Mountains and rivers of Montana and Idaho. The more desolate and remote the better. If all I can hear is the wind, the waves, the birds, or the river, I am at my happiest.
I need to move out west
All major cities and Kansas.
285 around Atlanta anytime.
I grew up near there. It can be pretty rough for sure. You are outsiders and don't belong there. Additionally, Highway 2 through that part of the state is very dangerous with angry and drunk drivers. It is not ever very good. However, Lewis and Clark started that fight with the Blackfoot so scores need to be settled.
They actually have a "club" here called the 88's.
You get a set amount of time to go all the way around 285.
If you make it (alive and not in jail) your adverage speed was 88 MPH or above.
I grew up there, even had a store in Geneva, moved to New Mexico 25 years ago and realized I should have a bike, or 7 or 8. And next week is a lunch of the Four Stroke Singles Owners Club. 1500 miles away in Illinois which I'd love to go to but all that midwest corn and beans...... I could go to Utah instead.
Geneva itself is a great little town to live in...as are many of the towns and cities that surround Chicago. It's the greater midwest that is just not my idea of the great outdoors, especially for adventure riding.
New Mexico is on my list for my 3 month 'Ride Around America' trip next year.
If you want any route suggestions let me know. Now what to avoid, West Texas, but there are actually a few interesting spots even there.
Will do. Thanks. Still in the early route planning stages. As soon as I have something a little more interesting I will create a thread in the Trip Planning forum.
I-75 (I-95 doesn't bother me in the south - see next on list)
The north eastern US. - everything from Maryland north, with the exception of Western PA
States that don't allow CCW/reciprocity
I don't mind interstates or Kansas. StL is fine with me, but I'm a Cards/Blues fan. I just try to get through East StL, Ill quick.
All of New England, and anywhere else large groups of Yankees have gathered. For all that matter, it's usually more pleasant to avoid single Yankees as well.
Wondered why when I first read this. Now I see you're from Texas. I get it now.
Some cool stuff to see there, but the traffic and lights were terrible. I remember running from the Jefferson Memorial to my bike so I could miss the onset of rush hour. I made it... barely.
Suburban shopping area blvds - distracted left-turners, off-duty sales clerks on the cell, and the rest annoyed by stop lights. E.g.: Pa. rt 611 from Stroudsburg to Toby.
Interstates in general
Women drivers on cel phones
HW58 in SE Virginia( got TWO tickets within 15 minutes)
Chicago, but never been there
NYC, but never been there
DC, have been there
Police stations, police cars, have been there, too
My ex wife's house, for obvious reasons.
I avoid cities with a population over 50,000 and all bars after dark.