How much $$$ for approx year long trip around the US?

Discussion in 'Americas' started by jackc1027, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. randyo

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  2. nuttynu

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    Let me know what ya think..

    I'm having this plan for 2015 ..

    $15k budget
    6 months to ride it.

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    ??? Thoughts. Advice ?...
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  3. lightcycle

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    You seem to have based your trip riding on Interstates between large cities. Is this what you want to see?

    On a motorcycle, I'd want to spend as much time on twisty back roads with amazing scenery, and less time sitting in big city congestion. (ie. why isn't Deals Gap on your map?) But to each their own.

    We've done a cross-US trip before and we based it around the US National Parks and Forests. Great roads, amazing scenery and easy access to camping.

    Budget looks great for camping & groceries, does it include tires/oil change? Might be a bit tight for moteling and restaurants.
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  4. mpatch

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    I think someone once said "the interstate system is the best way to get somewhere and not see anything" or something like that
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  5. nuttynu

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    Yes and no.

    This is just a pre map of the route. But I'm planning more research in each individual states to find nice scenery ride and must see place. The states are just basics pin points of the route I want to head towards. .
    I'm rounding it up to maybe a total of 15k miles total.

    Added all the expense and came to around $13k
    That's with gas,food,3 sets of tires,5 oil chanfe. With about $1k reserve for misc broken bike parts (incase)
    And trying to camp at the most . Hoping its no more than $20 a night. Or hopefully there are free space.

    This is just the planning stage. I just did this quick map so I can get an average mile total idea of what I'll be working with. And it doesn't look so bad.



    Ie... See Vegas, the salt flats, the Grand Canyon, , mt Rushmore , Florida beaches.

    Ps... How's is your adventure going ?
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  6. Mr_Gone

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    You had it.

    "Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel from coast to coast without seeing anything." — Charles Kuralt.
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  7. Two Wheeled 'Tard

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    DO IT. JUST DO IT. STOP THINKING AND JUST FUCKING DO IT.

    That being said, money IS something you will need. I did a 27,000 mile trip in just over four months back in 2009, and I figure I spent $1500/month. In ideal situations, yes you can do it a lot cheaper, but when you're on the road for long periods of time shit WILL come up. Something will break, you'll lose something critical and need to replace it, bike will need maintenance, etc.

    This total cost included gas, a set of tires, a semi-major repair (new crankcase cover, never saw the rock that punch a hole in it), about 20-30 hotel rooms and paid campsites ranging from $9/night to $100/night. I also lost and had to buy a new set of cold weather gloves ($150) and bought a new pair of riding pants ($200).

    90% of my meals were cooked super-cheaply on a camp stove (those $0.89 instant pasta packets are great!), I became an expert at stealth camping anywhere, and it helps that my bike was a shaft drive so there were no chain/sprockets to worry about replacing.
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  8. Two Wheeled 'Tard

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    Stay the hell off interstates.

    And unless you have friends or family you want to see there, I'd advise you to skip Florida. It's pancake-flat and crowded as shit, and quite expensive.

    Instead, spend more time in the Appalachian Mountains. Ride the Blue Ridge Parkway, check out the Tail of the Dragon, and FOR FUCKS SAKE go to the Barber Motorsport Museum in Birmingham, Alabama.
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  9. rufusswan

    rufusswan Been here awhile

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    Like most folk, you know you can't go everywhere in the lower 48. Those that do know that the only Great Riding between the Rockies and Appalachia is the Ozark Mtns.
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  10. Mr_Gone

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    +1
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  11. randyo

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    I gotta call BS, mr Kurault don't know how to open his eyes

    While I don't advocate riding exclusively on interstates, they are the best way to avoid cities, they also get you across large expanses of places you've been before to get to new places to explore

    and many places, the surface roads are so forested in, ya can't see anything but trees, interstates will get you on to high open ridges with better views

    and, if you've seen one cornfield, you've seen them all
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  12. nuttynu

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    yess!!! great advice all. i will consider and do a little more research

    deff going to do it!
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    I can't speak to the cost, but I can speak to doing what you want while you have the freedom and ability. In 1993, I wanted to take a crack at racing mountain bikes professionally, so I headed west got after it. I left home with my tools in the trunk, bikes on a bike rack, and $500.00 cash in my pocket. Along the way, I found a job, a wife, and a life. I'm still here, and every day when I wake up and see mountains out my window, I feel like I'm on vacation. Now with Facebook, I've learned what became of the less adventurous people I left behind. You don't want to be one of those people.

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    Great words CJ !
    This is true. I want to do all this. Being young, not married,no kids. Nothing to worried about.

    I mean I can wait till I'm retired.... But then it'll be a whole different style...

    YOUNG AND WILD
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  15. damasovi

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    hey amigo, I have a spread sheet that can help you calculate the amount of money you need, i just need your email to send it.

    let me know if you are interested.

    OK now i read it all and send you the spread sheet. I saw you map and coming from the north please take 101 and hwy 1, hwy 1 is one of the best roads in the US (Lonely Planet named it #1), After Sacramento I-5 is good for making miles and that is it.

    I am trying to figure out hot to put in the trip of my life, I am looking at a 10K mile trip (up your state) a 8K mile to Panama, a 6 around my country or just a smaller 2 k one around Baja... the one I take will depend on the time I have and to some extend the money, but with a job, family and a house to pay I just can't take a year off, but never stop dreaming!!
    So what I want to say is maybe all 50 states are not worth your time (at this time) and more compact rout could be a lot cooler!

    You go!! regardless of the bike (what do you have?) and the destination... you will know how much you can and will.

    Damaso

    PS JUST GOOOOO!!
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    For the OP it in not only about how much you will spend but also how much you can earn.
    Be sure that you can make enough money while working to pay for your living as well as save
    some $$$ or you will never travel too far.Like others have stated, if you have needed skills work
    times will be short leaving more time and money to travel.
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  17. bk brkr baker

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    This part here really miss's the good stuff.
    The Ozark's in Mo. and Ar. are good ,but your line is a transit N to S. through them. Birmingham to Atlanta, what are you going to see? Barber's outside of Birmingham is worth it , but why go to Atlanta ?
    Anyway the good riding is North Ga.,Eastern Tn. ,Western N.C. Western Va., West Virginia and Eastern and Central Ky. Millions of cruves,hills and valleys.
    It's your trip ,enjoy the good parts.


    jackc1027,
    If you pass through Ky. and need some work or a place to stay, message me I have both. I raise tobacco and cattle and the fun never ends.Good riding too.
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  18. jackc1027

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    Awesome! I really appreciate the offer. I will 100% be taking you up on this if (when) I pull the trigger on this. I am just trying to get some type of financial system down.

    I did want to say thanks to everyone who responded in this thread. The general consensus seems to be to just go for it, and figure it out own the road (quite literally). I will keep this thread updated when I make my decision to go.
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