Planning a trip you'll never take

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  1. Gham

    Gham Long timer

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    In Michigan we experience about 9 months of bad weather,followed by 3 months of ok weather.
    It's just good enough to make an escape to somewhere else.During the down time of early winter,actual winter and late winter I tend to dream about far away places and things I would like to see.I usually plan some elaborate journey during this time,all the things I would like to see,the roads I would take and possible camp sites.
    This year I planned a vacation to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island...I must have spent 100 hours going over possible routes, reading about the local sights,and can't miss roads.

    I know I will never take this trip but it was fun planning.I don't consider it a waste of time because I did it mostly at work :lol3.

    Anyone else ever do this? Plan a trip you know you'll never take...
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  2. boatpuller

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    Why not make the trip? This ain't a dress rehearsal after all.
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  3. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    LOL. Planning is half the fun sometimes.

    I have done it, but not intentionally. A few years back, I planned a big loop through the American South. Started a thread about it and everything. Then a big project came up at work, and the trip was cancelled...or postponed.

    Fast forward to the present time, and another window of opportunity has opened up for me. So, I resurrected the old thread, and picked up planning where I left off.

    Although I like the planning phase, I also feel the need to follow through. Not everyone can get a lot of time off work, but you can see some amazing stuff in a short period of time. Especially someplace within driving distance. If the vehicle is the issue, some rental car companies have some pretty cheap options these days. I rented a little Hyundai in SoCal for $19.99/day. A 2-week trip up to Nova Scotia would run $300, and the thing got about 40 mpg. I have no idea if you can cross borders with a rental, though. Sixt Car Rentals let me do it in Ireland.

    Oooh look...U-Haul has pickups for $20/day, so you can take the bike!

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  4. madrider5150

    madrider5150 Been here awhile

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    I tend to take trips I don't plan..

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  5. Menhir

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    I plan potential trips...

    ...Trips that I have no immediate plans for, but that I would like to do if an opportunity presents itself. It's fun, it gives me an opportunity to gain a bit more proficiency with routing programs, and if an unexpected chance arises and I have some time to sqeeze in some touring, most of the work is already done.
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  6. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    I think it also improves general knowledge of world geography, which can't hurt.
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  7. madrider5150

    madrider5150 Been here awhile

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    I do need to plan better. Just a week or two ago I left to ride the north Cascades highway. Rode a few hundred miles and got a motel room. Checked the road conditions and the road still was still closed.

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  8. blender

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    +1 for this. On your deathbed you’re not going to be thinking “I should have spent more time planning rides I never took”.....
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  9. Gham

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    Here's my problem with the Nova Scotia thing,my wife just can't do 2-3 weeks on a bike..plain and simple.I actually considered riding to maybe Portland Maine and flying her there and both of us ride around for a week or so and then fly her back home.I can probably afford it and I could putz around New England for several days by myself.

    Option #2 is (and I hope this happens) she goes on an Alaskan cruise with her mom and I got almost 3 weeks to myself to go wherever I want.

    I didn't mean to make it sound like it was completely undoable it's just highly unlikely.I spent weeks just researching crap and really have no idea whether I'll ever get there or not.


    Like others have said,the geography lesson is half the fun of planning.
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  10. Turtletownman

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    Pre-retirement, the only way to make a long trip was to hit the slab to a destination and then ride. When the clock ran down it was slab home again. From Michigan, you are probably within 2000 miles of the ride. This is could be done in one week with a weekend on either end, but it would be tight. This is assuming the Honda or the Harley one is reliable for the trip. Go-you will never have a better opportunity.

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  11. kantuckid

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    Enjoying the planning is spot on, plus it's how I end up where I chose, not someone else.
    I have done preliminary planning for a number of places, some I'll get to(knock on wood) others probably not but they are on my bucket list, none the less. Having had 4 surgeries since 2014 I have spent some of my rehab time planning trips, other time planning work projects and the rest working hard to get back in action.
    Life is a process of decisions? Some people sit on their ass for hours others of us do stuff.
    I often see comments toward spontaneous directions and the value added for unplanned rides where you just turn this way and that. While I agree it's fun to "go down that road" and see what's there, it's also pretty neat to go where you decided and see what you wanted, not counting less spoiler time wasted.
    I honestly don't need geography lessons as I read that stuff and have since childhood. Interestingly geography is often no longer taught in school curriculums, I'm old enough I had it and still feeding off of whats out there in the world.
    Nova Scotia is a neat place but I like Maine even better and it's closer if your time constrained. Ontario and Quebec -same thing. In my wife's case she loves to travel and we enjoy similar taste in destinations BUT! she's not a rider nor a long distance passenger so no expectation of her sitting on that tiny spot behind me for thousands of miles.
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  12. Gham

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    I didn't realize how bad my geography was until I got on this site and started reading ride reports,I knew where a lot of places "were" but not much about them.
    You like Maine better than Nova Scotia? Mind you I've never been to either.
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    I planed a trip from Las Vegas to Ushuaia two years ago. Wanted to leave right after graduating. It took me about two years of saving money and months planning and dreaming of the places I was going to visit. Graduation day came and I was ready to leave 3 days later. I rode out to Mt Charleston (ski resort close to Vegas) to camp out and test my gear for one last time. On my way there a lady tried everything possible to kill me with her car. I went flying and landed on my left leg and slammed to the ground. Two weeks later I was having knee surgery. Had to get my MCL, ACL, PCL and meniscus reconstructed. It took me over six months to get moving again. During rehab I got a job and signed a two year contract that will expire this coming February and hopefully then I will hit the road.
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    Best of luck and hope your next trip works out!
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    Our world is full of folks who don't know where whole states are located or which coast, hard to believe but true. In riding 21,000 miles of Mexico the people there who have not left their country often are like USA/gringos and lack info about other parts of their own country. Urbanites and rural people who don't travel or know geography are both potential "don't know-never left this general area types.
    Lots of ADV'ers ask trip questions as they've been working all their lives and tied down somewhat until the new trip comes along. Another factor is people who only take "canned trips" on a tour group deal. Not having done the digging or planning they lack basic knowledge of where their going or been.
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  16. kantuckid

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    Do the trip.
    I'm 74 and my trip days are numbered, do the math. Still got a long bucket list too!
    Travel when young is a real eye opener to the world that no other experience can replicate while vibrant enough to do harder aspects, like hard hikes, long backpacking, so on.
    I wish my back was as good as my knees-even though I have meniscus tears in both knees they remain osteo arthritis free unlike my hips, hands and back, aging is being lucky on one hand and a PITA on the other:lol2
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    I spend my winter evenings going over my favorite atlas, the National Geographic Adventure Atlas. It has thousands of little out of the way interesting places marked in red.

    With a yellow highlighter I mark any place or road that strikes me. I do this all over the country. While this might sound like over planning for places I might never go, it's not.

    You see my favorite way to travel is only to plan the amount of time and general direction. Oh, I might have specific destination, say Colorado, but beyond that it's all up to weather or whim.

    So from Virgina I head more or less west. Taking a southern route in the spring. Whoa, snowstorms hit the Rocky Mountains. Need to take an extra four days, no problem. I would drop down the Natchez Trace then work my way across Texas and come up through New Mexico.

    I never carry a map of where I'm heading I carry a atlas for where I might end up. I don't know the answer to that until I get home.

    A trip can be interrupted for many reasons. Having that atlas full of plan B's not only saves your vacation it creates adventure.
    So tell me. How many of you have ever visited the Coondog Graveyard?
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  18. Gham

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    I do plan on accommodations some because I like to stay at State Parks if they offer lodging and they usually fill up quick in the summer,but it does take some of your flexibility away.
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    Right now I'm looking at a couple day trip to Owen Sound,Ontario...I don't know if I'll ever get there but it's in planning,just gotta get the wife healed up from her surgery.It was a rough one.
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