Epic journey costs

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by DeadByrd, May 14, 2009.

  1. DeadByrd

    DeadByrd BMW does it best

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    So I read about all the amazing trips that people take from Seattle to Argentina, or from Oklahoma to Alaska, even jaunts around western and eastern Europe. My question is what kind of money are people spending in the way of preparation for the trip, costs spent during the trip, etc. I understand that the amount spent can vary from rider to rider. It can depend on how you live while on the journey.

    What I'm looking for are stories from people who've done some pretty epic trips and what they spent roughly. Also what they spent it on. Your input is greatly appreciated! Money is tight in this economy and I would like to get an idea of what trips cost.

    As for me, I'm planing on a trip for this summer. Leaving from Portland, OR heading south through the Red Woods, down across the Golden Gate bridge, cutting over through Yosemite National Park, down to Las Vegas. From there to the Grand Canyon up through Salt Lake to Yellowstone, and heading through Montana, Idaho, and Washington on my way back to Portland. Its a small journey compared to my next from Portland down to South America.
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  2. Hootowl

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    This subject has been discussed here before (do a search). Horizons Unlimited is a very good place to get information about trip costs.
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  3. DeadByrd

    DeadByrd BMW does it best

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    I do searches, but never really find the answers I want. If it has and people know what the links are to those threads I'd be more than happy to follow them and read on.
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  4. swingset

    swingset Got the knack.

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    Could have just said "My trip cost $X,XXX for 5,000 miles" and burned less calories.

    But, there's no joy in answering it when you can teach him a lesson is there?
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    rattlesnakejake Been here awhile

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  6. bananaman

    bananaman transcontimental

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    $15,000 from Wisconsin to Ushuaia to Buenos Aires, then flying myself and the bike home, including everything, and when I say everything, I mean everything, except that I used frequent flyer miles for flying my living body. 15,000 miles, 4 months.

    $3,000 from Wisconsin to Wiseman, Alaska, and back. 9,000 miles, three weeks.
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  7. WOXOF

    WOXOF Just wander'n

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    ~$9000 on my last trip
    87 days, 20,600 miles riding around the U.S. and Canada
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  8. Jamie Z

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    You can give a man a fish...

    This has been discussed at least a few times. Here's a good thread. In it you'll find my own budget description.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=268538

    The good thing about traveling in the US is cheap gas. Gas was my most expensive item when I traveled. The bad thing about traveling in the US is that if you stay in hotels, it's near impossible to find a room for less than $30 per night.

    Jamie
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  9. bananaman

    bananaman transcontimental

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    I figure a dollar a mile, but this includes everything.
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    Malindi Zen Adventurer

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  11. bananaman

    bananaman transcontimental

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    $1/mile, occasional 1000 mile days... riding is expensive!
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  12. bananaman

    bananaman transcontimental

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    Holy SHIT. :eek1 That's a serious spreadsheet! You even budget for duct tape?!
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  13. Malindi

    Malindi Zen Adventurer

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    Hey ... I wanted to know what it all cost... I forgot to budget for crush washers though :baldy
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  14. Jamie Z

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    I don't think it's fooling anyone, it's just a matter of definition. On my trip to Mexico, I didn't intend to change tires, chain, or sprockets en route, so I didn't include that in my budget. I also didn't include insurance on the bike, since that was already paid for and I'd have insurance on the bike whether I went to Mexico or not. I did include Mexican insurance in my budget.

    I didn't include the cost of brake pads, though I included the cost of two light bulbs I had to replace in Texas.

    At home, I keep my bike in good maintenance. When I calculate my budget for a ride, be it a short or long ride, I count the money I spend from the time I leave home until the time I get back.

    I mean, why don't you count your opportunity cost of missing work?

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  15. B.C.Biker

    B.C.Biker mighty fine

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    Have to agree its how you look at it. I don't often add up the food when I travel. I eat the same way on a bike trip as as I do the rest of the time.Sometimes in a cafe,cook some,sometimes a sandwhich on the run. But then I work seasonal away from home so a road trip is a natural extention for me.The only extra for me is the odd hotel. Even "regular wage slaves" probally spend more than usual if they just stayed at home but woke up and did what they wanted for two weeks or more. Gas in the pick up to go to the hardware store. Load up the kids to go fishing. Yard work, beer with the boys, it all costs. Maybe the way one should look at it is what would the $ differance be. Most likely a wash for most folks. Best way to find out is just go. Grab some cash and Visa card. Head some place super cool you want to go before you get to old to enjoy it. If you start to spend so much it upsets you turn around. Trust me ,you'll always make more money. This doesn't really answer your question directly but its late at night for me. Free advice(worth it !) from some one who tries to fit in now and again but is much happier following my heart.
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  16. bananaman

    bananaman transcontimental

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    In fairness to US travel vs non-US travel, I've found that US travel is much, much less expensive. If I do a 1000 mile day here, chances are it'll only cost me the gas, a little rubber, some oil, and probably not even a hotel. Meanwhile, 1000 miles in Peru, or Ecuador, of up-and-down-and-turn-and-dropsies... this can be a lot harder on equipment, especially expensive things like brake pads, shocks, and panniers. I can get 10,000 miles on a front TKC under normal use, but in South America, where you're always on the brakes, that front tire wears just as fast as the rear.

    But how do you define "epic?" For some, it's a ride across the state. For others, it's a trip around the world.
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  17. TwoShots

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    Might as well add your cost/hour for time spent on ADVRider, updating your mapsource software, etc.... right? Don't forget the cost of the broom used to sweep the garage floor around your bike. Heck, add the portion of real estate tax for your garage where the bike is parked while planning your trips.

    Oh and the cost of the ruler used to figure out how many square inches of pannier space is consumed by camping gear. Be sure to include the cost of the scale used to weigh the titanium spork from REI as well.

    :rolleyes

    How anal will you allow yourself to be before waking up to realize you've sucked all the fun out of a ride?
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  18. TwoShots

    TwoShots Vagabond

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    I get the point. Riding, ownerhsip, and maintenance costs on a checklist makes complete sense. Heck, I've gone so far as to include pre-staged tires, extra chain and sprockets, spare shifter linkage, and a few other show stoppers.

    However, I learned to avoid extreme-anal-cost-planning by meeting other riders - guys who had every penny accounted for: cost/megapixel of their digital camera, the cost/ounce of their coffee mug, etc.

    Blah. Boring. Turn the freakin' key and go.

    But seriously folks, who buys a bike intending to do some adv type riding without considering the costs ahead of time? Research is free.
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  19. Alcan Rider

    Alcan Rider Frozen Fossil

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    Wow! You must travel in luxury. :D

    Even staying in motels every 2nd or 3rd night, throwing in a 1K day on occasion, I average between $.25 and $.50 per mile. Unless I happen to buy a new bike while I'm traveling, then the budget is blown for the next few years.:(:
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  20. ghostrider1964

    ghostrider1964 Edumacated Red Neck

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    Well said Bananaman!:clap I may never see South America or Africa or Asia...but I see a hell of alot of North America...Hell, I drive alot of roads here that would challenge some places foreign... that said, Adventure is defined in the HEART and SPIRIT!!!:gerg
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