STL to NYC area, with camping and time

Discussion in 'Americas' started by KipPrdy, Sep 28, 2017.

  1. KipPrdy

    KipPrdy n00b

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    I've been looking at similar routes others have taken, but not sure they're exactly what I'm after.

    The idea is to bow south, then shoot when I get near the coast to visit DC area and then up into PA and NYC area.

    Mostly, I'm after interesting roads. I'm riding a Versys, so not totally off-road... but I've done gravel and dirt just fine, if a bit slow.

    I don't have anywhere specific in between, just thought to aim for the parks, camp as I feel like it, maybe spend a day or so just reading and whatever. Maybe four hours a day, maybe more (or less).

    I'm planning to do this soon, with time to linger on the way. Looking at camping in state parks or wherever. Maybe a motel night or two for shower etc.

    I haven't done a trip like this in quite a while, so any advice/suggestions appreciated.
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  2. rd400racer

    rd400racer Long timer

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    Yeah, I'm kind of biased, but have you considered going through Kentucky and then up through West Virginia/Virginia? Plenty of nice campgrounds in the area and great roads to go with them. I finally ordered one of those Butler maps of this region and it shows some great routes. Not really sure which way to go once you hit the Penn area. I recently drove from Louisville to Philly but we did the slab. It was pretty country in south Pennsylvania.
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  3. Gargantuan

    Gargantuan Been here awhile

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    Have you ridden the Blue Ridge Parkway before? If not, that is definitely the way to go. I would cut south like you mentioned and cut across the very bottom of TN or the top of AL. The riding at the top of GA is really nice and you can then cut up into TN and NC (the dragon, cherohala skyway, etc are also in this area) to pick up the BRP. If you like the BRP and want more of it, just continue on to Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. At this point, you can continue kind of in this direction (though it will take you away from DC; not sure if you wanted to visit that city) into more rural PA and eventually cut west to NYC. You could also go through Gettysburg and then slab it to NYC to make time at the end.

    The Butler Map for TN, NC, VA, GA, AL, etc is really nice for specific roads too.
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  4. KipPrdy

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    Thanks. I looked up Butler - I'd thought they were just western, and they're now on Rever as well, so I paid for a month of that. (Which, due to auto-renew - which is purely for my convenience, since they wouldn't want to put me through the arduous process of clicking RENEW next month - will probably mean I pay for 17 years of it before I finally notice it on my credit card statement.)

    Looks like I'll angle south until I get to the Blue Ridge area, then wind north.
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