Planing my first big solo ride

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Yeti Man, Apr 25, 2013.

  1. LewisNClark

    LewisNClark Long timer

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    I do solo long rides every year. Usually Atlanta to Montana and Idaho.

    Not mechanically inclined so I have a list of Beemer dealers handy. Only issue I've ever had was finding the right size tires in Wyoming. Took 3 days to get a rear tire bused in, and 3 days in a motel waiting.

    I do 500-600 miles a day but bike, weather, camping, being tired changes that quickly. I don't like drinking water but force myself in hot summer weather. Being dehydrated is a no no on long rides. On the road I simply stay away from booze.

    On long trips (4,000+ miles)...take a day or half day off, just to rest/wash clothes.

    See the sights...if I see something of real interest I might only do a 100 mile day. It is about the trip and sights..not the miles.

    Been to a number of the distillery factory tours..hands down. Jack Daniels distillary is the most impressive.:deal Probably 3 hr tour. South of Nashville. Highly recommend. So close to Nashville, I'd do a few miles of the Natchez Trace would be worth it.

    Air fare is relatively cheap today. On long, long rides and tired I have on a number of trips put bike and gear in a mini-storage for a month, fly home, to return and pick up where I left off.

    Finally - I'm uncomfortable solo without my Glock.
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  2. Gimme 2

    Gimme 2 wheels , with nobs

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    take as little as possible. let the adventure begin:clap
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  3. QED

    QED Been here awhile

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    biggest mistake people make is figuring out what they might possible need and taking it. There are stores along the way. If you find you need something, you can always buy it on the road.
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  4. Yeti Man

    Yeti Man Yep, I'm that guy

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    take as little as possible. let the adventure begin

    Yes indeed!

    If it dont ft in one of the tree saddlebags, it aint going!

    Besides, I need room for bourbon to bring home!

    Yetters
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  5. Witold

    Witold Been here awhile

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    Oh, absolutely, gotta try the local foods. I meant it in the context of big meals at McDonalds and other chains. Best to stay away from sugars that will have you crash 1/2 hour later as well...

    When I started riding, I explored a lot on my own. My first 500 mile ride was probably wondering around West Virginia somewhere. (I'm in DC.) But now, 500 mile rides are pretty standard for guys in this area. 400-ish mile day rides is what it takes to get to the top roads and sights from DC...
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  6. Rider351

    Rider351 Dude

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    I am in AZ...
    Did my first long ride 3 years ago and was tracked closely by the local sheriff and chased by hillbillys.

    No booze on the trip and as others have said - find the hotel when you are about 1 hr from it. My wife operates as my command center and finds me the best deals on TripAdvisor. I call when I am about 1 hr from the desired spot.

    I am doing MI to West Virgina and back to AZ in Sept amd am wondering which backroads to mix in with the slab. SEND IDEAS ....Nashville a must.

    Another good note was hit the slab in late afternoon and get off the country roads. I learned that via the deer fear factor....had a few fly past me.

    Good tips gang

    Tom
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  7. cb1313

    cb1313 Adventurer

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    Will you be riding through Arkansas ? cb
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  8. Yeti Man

    Yeti Man Yep, I'm that guy

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    CB

    My route takes me south of Little Rock and then up the slab to Memphis, Nashville and into KY.

    Got some cool sights to check out?

    Yetters
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  9. rufusswan

    rufusswan Been here awhile

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    Yea, he's saying that if you slab thru Arkansas (the Ozark mountains) you have missed it.
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  10. Yeti Man

    Yeti Man Yep, I'm that guy

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    Rufus

    School me bro!

    Whats the best route to see the good stuff?

    Yetters
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  11. rufusswan

    rufusswan Been here awhile

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    The 'scenic' routes may not be on the way to where you are going :D!

    Check out the Ozark Region here : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ozarks

    The thru route to the south is OKC, Little Rock amd Memphis. The thru route to the north is OKC, Tulsa, Springfield MO and Sikeston. Both are 4 lane boring and avoid the mountains in NW Ark.

    If you have the time, go somewhere in between, it may be slow but it makes for great riding. You can go to Tulsa and hook south a bit on 69 and enter at Ft Smith Ark or just turn left and explore your way across. Both states are about 300 miles wide.

    Hwy 62 crosses in north Ark until you hit bayou country, then you can go to Jonesboro, then Memphis. Unless you turn north up to Sikeston.

    On the MO side you can take 160 and skirt the state line or 76 and catty-wampus your way east.

    Plan on at least one day to get in and one to get out. Here are the Ark scenic stuff: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arkansas_Scenic_Byways
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  12. rufusswan

    rufusswan Been here awhile

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    The 'scenic' routes may not be on the way to where you are going :d!

    Check out the Ozark Region here : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ozarks

    The thru route to the south is OKC, Little Rock amd Memphis. The thru route to the north is OKC, Tulsa, Springfield MO and Sikeston. Both are 4 lane boring and avoid the mountains in NW Ark.

    If you have the time, go somewhere in between, it may be slow but it makes for great riding. You can go to Tulsa and hook south a bit on 69 and enter at Ft Smith Ark or just turn left and explore your way across. Both states are about 300 miles wide.

    Hwy 62 crosses in north Ark until you hit bayou country, then you can go to Jonesboro, then Memphis. Unless you turn north up to Sikeston.

    On the MO side you can take 160 and skirt the state line or 76 and catty-wampus your way east.

    Plan on at least one day to get in and one to get out. Here are the Ark scenic stuff: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arkansas_Scenic_Byways
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  13. gharnden

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    Get the best rain gear you can afford
    More tools than basic kit
    Tubes, tire irons, tube plug kit, and portable air compressor
    Having said that, do not take more than you need. I always seem to
    over pack. It adds unnecessary weight causeing the bike to not handle as
    good. As already suggested, you can always buy things on the road as
    needed.
    Get a great tank bag
    Your bike has great wind protection which is one of the most important things
    to me. You can go for many extra miles with great wind protection. A
    good frame mounted fairing/windshield is worth its weight in gold. I have
    an Aeroflow on my R1200GS and my bike is as good as my RT on the
    highway.
    Eat a decent breakfast, light at lunch, and what ever you want at night.
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  14. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone Innocent culprit

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    +1 on riding through the Ozarks (northwestern Arkansas and southern Missouri). Much better than anything north or south.
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  15. cb1313

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    I am in North Central Arkansas about 15 miles from the Missiour border. Route 62 travel through my town ( Mountain Home).
    Google M/H and blow it up untill you have Tulsa to the left, Springfiel. MO in the north , Little Rock to the south and Memphis to the east.
    THERE ARE NO MAJOR roads except route 62 so the means EVERYTHING travels on 62. It's a nice ride but can be a headach due to lack of passing and small town cops. I have about 40,000 mile in 10 years of back road riding here and you CAN NOT be in a hurry. There is a north-south road from Little Rock to Springfield the can save some time but I don't think you are going that from North.
    Most any "B" roads between Springfield and little Rock are great back roads BUT you can expect to only travel 35-45 miles in a hour. There ARE small areas the have 4 lanes but they only last for a few miles.
    I have traveled from Little Rock to Memphis and it's flat and full of Cottons fields, Highway 40. Nothing to see and can be dusty and windy. Also full of 18 wheelers.
    Between Oklahoma City and Little Rock there is a toll road with a very high speed limit 80 mph ( I could be wrong , it has been a few years ago). Doesn't cost much and it was nice to be able to blast down the road for a while (car). Not much to see either.

    Cb
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  16. Yeti Man

    Yeti Man Yep, I'm that guy

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    Thanks for the tips, will plug them into BaseCamp for Garmin and see where i can go!

    Yetters
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  17. Ironheadziggy76

    Ironheadziggy76 What the hell?

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    I don't know how old you are, but I'm a fat old fart with a bad back, knee, shoulder, etc. Get gas before you need it, and walk around a bit at each stop to keep the joints from getting stiff. Hit the can, grab a bottle of water or something to stay hydrated with.

    I always pack way too many clothes. Just take what you really need for rain and temp changes. As others have said, you can always pick up what you forgot along the way.

    I have extra 12 volt outlets on all my bikes so I can charge batteries, phone, what have you.

    The main thing is to relax and enjoy the trip! I'm sure you've probably already checked out this site, but just in case.

    http://kybourbontrail.com/

    Living in Western Kentucky I think you will find most everyone friendly for the most part. If you tour the Jack Daniels distillery and then head north on I-65 toward the Bourbon Trail, and you like Corvettes, stop in Bowling Green, KY. The National Corvette Museum is there as well as the Corvette plant, the museum normally has at least one of every year Vette on display.
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  18. Yeti Man

    Yeti Man Yep, I'm that guy

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    Well I feel like an old fart (49) but try to act younger as often as i can. But all of your input is well received and I will work it into my plans.

    And yes, the bourbon trail website is saved on my computer.:D

    Yetters
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