Scooters Across America: San Francisco to New York

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Jeffrode, Jun 24, 2014.

  1. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    That's some quality father/son time.

    :lurk

    Wadda ya gunna do with those bikes once you're in NY?

    ...and where did you get the 70?

    Be well out there!
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  2. damurph

    damurph Cold Adventurer

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    Good riding to yee.
    Your dad told me about the scooter trip last year when he stayed here and he talked of you but never mentioned that you were doing it together. He is rightly proud of yourself (and your sis).

    Quality time.
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  3. conchscooter

    conchscooter Long timer

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    I love my scooters but seeing America at 35 mph....my hat is off to you. Perhaps its time stop writing off Chinese clones? This is a great story.
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  4. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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  5. JT105

    JT105 Let's Ride

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    Wow! This is fantastic.
    I had a Honda CT70 when I was 15 and drove that thing everywhere (but no more than 50 miles from home). You guys have some guts.
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  6. Jeffrode

    Jeffrode Adventurer

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    6/27/2014: Today

    The day started out at a reasonable time since it was all going to be highway and only a little over 200 miles. As we were starting we were scared about what the weather would do throughout the day.

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    It looked like it might turn out nasty. We started with these great farm roads which show us small town America and where all of our food comes from.

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    We continued and wrapped along I-80 on a frontage road and next to this incredible. Had little showers in the morning but today we were headed for the sun not the rain.

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    We continued towards our first gas stop and in my dad’s typical fashion his route ended on being tougher than he thought. We ran into a gravel dirt road, it wasn’t too bad since it was fairly well maintained and only 5 miles long but the scooter doesn’t like any dirt at all.

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    By now the sky was turning awfully dark so we decided to just have a quick snack and skip lunch in order to beat the rain. We made it to another dirt road that we though was only dirt up through the canyon but 10 miles later decided that it must continue all the way to the next gas which was another 50 miles. We turned around and had to reroute but by now the storm caught up with us. For the next hour we battled our way out and finally made it to the clear. Good thing we made it out of there in time.

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    We had a long 40 mile to our next gas stop and then yet again we had to get ready for the rain to make the last 40 miles into Wyoming. Ten miles into the final section we had to stop at a construction zone and then somebody got out of the car behind us and wanted to talk to us about our journey. We then continued up the road another mile or two and decided that the rain was going to get worse so we were going to put more clothes on. The same couple stopped and offered us to stay at their house. We battled our way up the hill and into Wyoming.

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    Half way up the hill we entered Wyoming and had to have a quick stop and get a picture. We then continued up the mountain. This was our hardest climb yet, it was a 10-15% slope in the middle of the pouring down rain on the worst gas that they have had, 85 which was the only gas at the last stop, as well as being over 7000 ft. It was a long and hard climb we dropped down to 10-15 miles per hour and still we being passed by fully loaded semi’s. We finally made it to the top and there wasn’t even a summit sign. We dropped into town and got to stay at this amazing guest house right on the river. We went out for dinner and it is time to call it a day.

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    So we had a get dinner and it is time to hit the hay today was a long day covering 250 mile with 5 hours of that being in the nasty rain. Our rain clothes worked great and we stayed dry which made the whole lot more bearable. Tomorrow we are making the journey through Yellowstone and then staying at the other side so it should be scenic and slow moving mile perfect for the scooters.

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  7. CharlestonADV

    CharlestonADV I do my own stunts!

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    You guys must be in terrific shape.:clap
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  8. Blader54

    Blader54 Long timer

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    You be some tuf dudes! Total respect. In for the duration. Cheers!
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  9. Jeffrode

    Jeffrode Adventurer

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    6/28/2014: Today we began in Jackson, WY and were to make the journey through Yellowstone to Cooke City, MT.

    The morning started out bright and early in Jackson, WY in this beautiful cabin that we stayed in thanks to Guy and his wife. We were located right off of Fish Creek. It is amazing how much water was flowing through the river, coming from a Californian.

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    It was a damp and COLD morning we passed by the bank and their thermometer said 430. We started out with all of our cold weather gear since we knew it was going to be 50 miles of highway to the park. Got all ready and hit the road and traveled by this incredible antler statue.

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    Got a quick pick and then hit the road across the valley and towards Yellowstone. There were spectacular clouds that were forming in the mountain so we had to stop to warm up a bit and get a pic.

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    We just having a great morning so far, just a little cold for us on the scooters we are wanting a bike with some nice fearings like the Tenere. We continued on and with our luck the last couple day hit some more rain. There is nothing, nothing worse that 40Deg and raining.

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    So again we battled the rain but the cold is what really got to us. We had to stop and get hot chocolate in order to warm up and then we continued on our way to Yellowstone.

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    Decided we need a good father and son pic so we snapped this one and then continued on to Old Faithful. On the way we ran into some snow and it even resulted in getting the scooter stuck.

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    We continued on an by now the rain was nice enough to let off for a little while. We had a great lunch at the cafeteria and then we there at the perfect time. We were able to watch Old Faithful go off and it was just amazing how high the geiser go off.

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    We then continued on and crossed out highest peak and at the same time the continental divide. The scooters made it all the way up to 8400 ft in the cold, wet, and rain.

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    We continued on seeing some of the beautiful mountain countryside in North America. We also finally figured out why their rivers are so full and their forests are so green. It is because of all of the rain that we keep getting dumped on us. In the park we ran across 2 moose and a ton of buffalo. It is great seeing them come back.

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    If you look closely there is a whole herd of buffalo on the hillside. There were just specular views of the entire forest. This just shows one of the amazing valleys in the park. So we finished off our day and ended in Cooke City, MT. tonight we also finally changed the rear tire of the scooter. It was a fairly long day with 215 miles traveled and many hours of rain mixed throughout the day. It ended with a nice dinner at the Beartooth Cafe, just a great way to experience Yellowstone at 35mph.

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  10. bigblockbarry

    bigblockbarry Random Misfire

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    In! I'm not missing this ride.:lurk
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  11. Jeffrode

    Jeffrode Adventurer

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    6/29/2014: Today we began in Cooke City, MT and was to go over the beartooth highway and end in Sheridan, WY.

    Today we decided to start a little bit later due to the fact that the previous morning was really cold so we did not set off until 8am. The route started with a few miles of this neat back highway leaving town. We saw a couple deer and even bambie crossing the road.

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    Then we worked our way across the valley and headed up for the morning climb. There were astonishing view that lied ahead throughout the day but first we had to go up and up and up, without balloons though. This marked the start of the beartooth highway.

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    By now we had slowly climbed our way up to around 7000 feet. It was also quite chilly had to be in the low 30’s. We continued on our way climbing up the mountain we ran into some incredible waterfalls and lookout spots along the road.

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    Keep going full throttle at 20 mph seeing all of the extraordinary view of the mountains and valleys below. We also had started to work our way up to all that rain from the previous day that was littered along the sides of the road.

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    We made it across the snow covered valleys and up to the summit some how. At the top we reached 11000 ft a new record for the scooter, they didn't really like it either. The temperature had also dropped and the wind had picked up which made it way colder. At the peak it was in the low 20 or high teens and with 25 mph wind gusts. It made it for a COLD ride even at 20 mph. At the top they were running a ski lift and the were skiers going down the mountain, kinda weird to see at the end of June.

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    We now worked our way down off the mountain and were able to warm up and stop at our first gas stop. We had an uneventful ride across the valley towards our lunch stop. Had a quick bite to eat and they headed back up into the mountains.

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    This was another challenging climbs for these mini bikes in went up 3,600 ft in 10 miles A very steep climb going up to 9,400ft another high pass for the scooters.

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    Went down the mountain and then hit a dirt road for a while. This was one of the best maintained dirt roads that i have ever been on just perfect. We ran into a buck of cows and even some longhorns. Had to stop and ask if he wanted to donate them to the scooter and snap a picture.

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    The day had lead us back and forth between Wyoming and Montana several time so we ended up with a variety of entrance signs to each state. This was a reasonable day with about 240 miles traveled and A lot of good times ranging from the 11,000 ft peaks to the 3,500 ft valleys and everywhere in between. We finally got a day without rain and just had an enjoyable experience and the new tire on the 70 works great. We were wishing for the heated grips and jacket in the morning. We we ended up in Sheridan and got to blend in with the local harley crowd.

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  12. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    Really great stuff--enjoying it all.
    I feel so silly----since I've been riding a big 250 all over the place :deal
    I don't need that great big thing !!!!!

    Thanks for this !!
    BigDog
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  13. CharlestonADV

    CharlestonADV I do my own stunts!

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    Mini-bikes across the Beartooth.:thumb:thumb
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  14. Bluebone

    Bluebone half band

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    Epic trip. This can only get better. Should be interesting when you start getting into higher traffic areas.
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  15. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze I keep blowing down the road

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    awesome ride! I did Beartooth and Yellowstone in July 2010. You are right, it was cold there! Yellowstone is like a giant refrigerator. :lol3
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  16. NJDRT-RDR

    NJDRT-RDR Been here awhile

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    In

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  17. SQ Beemer

    SQ Beemer Been here awhile

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    Awesome! I am so in on this trip.

    The long and flat stuff must be so boring!
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  18. rascalman

    rascalman GhostRider, the clock is ticking

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    I'm in !!
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  19. AceRph

    AceRph Affluenza Free! Administrator

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    I'm liking this. Cool trip.
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  20. longrides1

    longrides1 Been here awhile

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    You guys must have long attention spans!

    I was riding on fresh chip seal road yesterday doing 25-30 mph and thought about your trip and the time it will take.:eek1
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