Long Way Across - SF to Boston

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  1. BarkALot

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    I have to be in Boston for a week in July, which messed up my plans to ride to Inuvik & Tuk... I've decided to ride to Boston & ship the bike back after my work week.

    What are the interesting routes/spots between SF and Chicago? I will probably pass through both Chicago and up into Toronto (family and friends).

    I've done the 50CC thing in the past, but on this ride I plan to sort of meander across the country, perhaps doing 500-600 mile days rather than 1500 mile days. Would like to see some small towns across the plains etc..

    Would it be best to ship the bike from a BMW dealer in Boston back to my dealer here?

    thanks for suggestions.
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  2. Piston

    Piston Been here awhile

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    well i can't say much for the rest of the country, but once you get to boston be sure to hit up the white mountains of NH-the kangamangus highway is a can't miss ride, also take the auto road up mt. washington while your there.
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  3. joefromsf

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    Devil's Tower is pretty cool.
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  4. HMR71

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    How about following HWY 50 (small highway that goes coast to coast) as far as you care and then heading north to Chicago?
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  5. BarkALot

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    thx for the suggestions.. HWY 50 is the sort of thing I was looking at, but its a bit farther south than I wanted.

    Was thinking of riding up through northeastern Cal, up to the Grand Tetons, and then back down to 80..
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  6. BarkALot

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    Devil's Tower is a great idea... thx
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    Cheap Ryder Ride for enlightenment

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    Stop by in Helena Mt. and I will tell you stories of multiple trips to Inuvik starting in 1979. Then you will really regret not getting there this summer.
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  8. BarkALot

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    Is that all Helena's got to offer ?
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    After reviewing time constraints & balancing family committments I narrowing it down to a coast to coast to coast..

    Tues - San Fran to Rawlins, WY
    Wed - Rawlins to Chicago - overnight w/ friends
    Thurs - Chicago to Toronto for weekend w/ friends & family
    Sun - Toronto to Boston for the week
    Fri/Sat/Sun/Mon - Boston to San Fran...

    Apart from it being roughly 1000 miles from the start, Rawlins is where Larry Wilcox (co star of CHIPS) grew up... now if that ain't an attraction I don't know what is....:evil hopefully there's a shrine or historic marker
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    kbasa Roubaix! Super Moderator

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    Ever been to Yellowstone? Arches at dawn? Bonneville?
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  11. BarkALot

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    hmm.. Bonneville. capital idea.
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  12. arcticcatmatt

    arcticcatmatt wanna be adventurer

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    aww your skipping NY! :D
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  13. garandman

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    Except for 315 miles of NY Thruway!

    What is your planned route from Toronto to Boston? If you get an early start, you could swing north somewhere east of Albany, cut through the Grreen Mountains in Southern VT, take NH Route 9 up to Concord, take the 'mangus, then take 16 and 95 down to Boston.

    It would be a shame to ride all that slab and then skip some of the many great roads in central and northern New England.

    The stretch from Toronto to Boston via Route 90 is something over 500 miles and 10 hours riding or so if the border crossing is clear. But it's not very interesting until you get to the Appalachians, called the Berkshires in MA, Green Mountains in VT, and White Mountains in NH. The route I described above would add a good three hours. If you wanted a more interesting route that's only a little longer, you could swing N onto Route 2 around Troy NY and take it across MA in lieu of the MA Turnpike.

    Wanna ship your bike to our office in Manchester, NH, take Southwest to the airport, and ride off from there? I work with a BMW aficionado and I bet he would help. I'd watch.:rofl

    If you are gonna do the Route 90 section, sign up for an EZPass - http://www.e-zpassny.com/. I don't think NY state requires a deposit for the transponder like MA and NH do. You will save a lot of time at tolls, and a little money.
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  14. BarkALot

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I could head up to about Cornwall and then down in to Vermont and to Boston. I'll fiddle around w/ Google maps and see what I can plot out
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    well, 5 days before the ride begins and I have accomplished two tasks..
    1) washed the bike
    2) made a list of things to take

    this is planning far in advance of normal for me. I'm waiting for my tank bag to arrive, but have been wondering if I should replace the pillion seat with some form of rigid waterproof case..

    Has anyone fitted a pelican or something onto the pillion platform when the 3 vario bags are installed?

    thx
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    well, once I find a cable to connect to my camera I'll post pictures.

    1009 miles first day from Danville to Rawlins WY

    500 or so the next day meandering across WY, Nebraska and to Des Moines. Life is so much better off the beaten path.

    900 or so to Toronto the third day to the warm embrace of friends and whiskey/whisky/Canadian beer.

    rested a couple of days then down from Toronto to Boston for another 500 miles.

    I'll be in Boston this week and will get the oil changed, then shoot back to SF on Friday about mid day.

    The GS ran great. My Olympia AST jacket and Ranger pants were pretty good in the hours of drizzle to Boston, but failed in the thunderstorm around Toronto airport and the rain/lightning/hail crossing the continental divide into WY.

    In fairness, the rain in Toronto was the equivalent of someone pouring bucket after bucket of water over you, and that would be tough for anything short of rubberized vinyl.

    oh, and in advance of my run back to SF I would personally like to fire whoever designed the GS seat. What an unmitigated piece of crap. Felt like someone trying to pry apart my ass bones with a 2x6 in preparation of driving a Suburban up my poop chute.
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  17. joefromsf

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    Tim,

    Looking forward to your pics. I may be doing a SF->Boston run in early November with return in early December. Of course I'll be taking southern route cross country and looking for a clear weather breaks for the final dash to and from Boston.

    I'll want to hear more about the Olympia AST suit, especially if you hit more rain. I was think about getting one for my trip to replace my first-generation Kilimanjaro.
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  18. BarkALot

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    Joe .. will do..

    just got the oil changed here in Boston in prep for the ride back on Friday afternoon..

    I was surprised at how little oil the bike burned on the way out.

    tim
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    Have a great return trip. Unfortunately it looks like rain for the next several days.
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  20. BarkALot

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    oh crap. I hadn't checked that.. Riding in the rain is one thing that just gets miserable after about 12 hours!:D
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