2018 April: Florida - California - Florida in 26 days

Discussion in 'Americas' started by gpax, Mar 27, 2018.

  1. gpax

    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    Ride along as my V-Strom 650 takes me across country and back April 3 - 29, 2018. Follow me as I start off slow and ease off ... enjoying the journey.

    April

    2 Home, Pensacola, FL
    3 Quality Inn & Suites 3211 Venture Park Drive, Lake Charles, LA (337) 480-0898
    4 Motel 6 Kerrville 1810 Sidney Baker Street, Kerrville, TX 78028
    5 Motel 6 Kerrville 1810 Sidney Baker Street, Kerrville, TX 78028
    6 Motel 6 Kerrville 1810 Sidney Baker Street, Kerrville, TX 78028
    7 Antelope Lodge 2310 West Highway 90 Alpine, Texas 79830
    8 La Quinta Inn Las Cruces Mesilla Valley, Mesilla, NM
    9 Motel 6- Safford 1578 W. Thatcher Blvd Safford, AZ 85546 (928) 428-5851
    10 Hacienda Motel Yuma, South 4th Avenue, Yuma, AZ, United States
    11 Rancho Pensaquitos, San Diego, CA 92129
    12 Rancho Pensaquitos, San Diego, CA 92129
    13 Rancho Pensaquitos, San Diego, CA 92129
    14 Rancho Pensaquitos, San Diego, CA 92129
    15 Super 8 Yucca Valley 57096 29 Palms Highway, Yucca Valley, CA 92284, USA
    16 Preferred RV Resort 1801 Crawford Way Pahrump, NV 89048
    17 Virgin River Hotel and Casino 100 Pioneer Blvd, Mesquite, NV 89027
    18 Quality Inn Springdale At Zion Park, Zion Park Boulevard, Springdale, UT
    19 Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn, Bryce, UT, United States
    20 Moab Rustic Inn, East 100 South, Moab, UT, United States
    21 Moab Rustic Inn, East 100 South, Moab, UT, United States
    22 3 Step Hideaway, 2430 Lisbon Valley Rd. LaSal, UT 84530 435-249-5567
    23 Aneth Lodge Budget 6 645 East Main Street, Cortez, CO 81321
    24 Alpine Inn of Pagosa Springs, Solomon Drive, Pagosa Springs, CO
    25 Motel 6 3400 Will Rogers Dr Santa Rosa NM 76950
    26 Motel 6 8601 Canyon Drive Amarillo, TX 79110
    27 Days Inn Hillsboro 307 Southeast Interstate 35, Hillsboro (Texas), TX 76645
    28 LaQuinta Inn Lafayette North 2100 NE Evangeline Thrwy, Lafayette, LA 70501
    29 Home, Pensacola, FL
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  2. black 8

    black 8 coddiwompling motographer

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    safe travels Greg...
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  3. RJ44

    RJ44 Been here awhile

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    Enjoy the trip. Ride safe.

    Rob
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  4. joenuclear

    joenuclear Still here....

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  5. lifetravelled

    lifetravelled Been here awhile

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    Good luck and stay safe
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  6. KKORO

    KKORO Been here awhile

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    Not too fast now!

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  7. Tewster2

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    Ride safe Greg
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  8. kickstandsup

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  9. B10Dave

    B10Dave Long timer

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    Safe travels Greg. I'll be along for the trip vicariously.
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  10. Sifox

    Sifox Been here awhile

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    Wow... That looks like a busy fun month. Look forward to reading about your awesome trip.
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  11. Zubb

    Zubb he went that-a-way...

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    +1 for Prison Hill Brewing
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  12. Halen

    Halen Suerte O Muerte

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    Kerrville -- enjoy riding the Three Sisters, some epic roads!
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  13. oldgrizz

    oldgrizz Long timer Supporter

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    Have a great one buddy
    I will be following.

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  14. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad Former World's Foremost Authority Supporter

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    Sounds like the trip is planned, wouldn't this be more like a preface to a ride report?
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  15. JBird

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    I'll be following along! Have a great trip - and a little less of an adventure this time around.
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  16. dano619

    dano619 Been here awhile

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  17. gpax

    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    I can relate to the Moon launch. The rocket is on the launch pad. Planning is done. The countdown has begun. Now all the dignitaries are dropping in. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we had visitors until 10PM. Got nothing done. Tonight I worked on pairing up my Zumo 666, Sena 30K, Sena RC4 and iPhone 6+. My RC4 came in today's mail from Revzilla but the indicator lights did not work correctly. I was handed off to Sena tech support. Then back to Revzilla. At least a half hour of total time listening to obnoxious wait music. Pain in the back side. I want to operate the system with voice commands as much as possible since I can't feel squat with my gloved hand on my 30K.

    I could only find one Gerbing glove. Haven't seen the other one since I was in Alaska. Ended up ordering a new pair. Used the gloves and heated liner jacket in Alaska and might run into cold weather on the trip.

    I've got to find my inReach cradle and mount it as well as move my phone mount. Shouldn't be a problem. I just need to do it. I am almost ready to throw my clothes on the bike and launch. Hope to have it all packed by tomorrow evening.
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  18. gpax

    gpax Honda NC750XD Yamaha XT250 Kawasaki VN-1700

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    Happy Easter. Less than 48 hours. April 3rd at 9am. 377 miles of interstate to first hotel. No camping this trip. My friend Joe is riding along to California with me. We will stop for three days of riding the hill country of Texas.

    25 liter Firstgear Torrent 25 Waterproof Duffle is filled with clothes and ready to be my backrest. My wife insisted on 2 sets of nice shirts, shorts and sandals for four days with my son. For riding gear I am taking 2 pair of jeans, 2 long sleeve lightweight desert riding shirts, 2 long sleeve smartwool cold weather shirts, two short sleeve t-shirts, one sleep set (briefs, shirt and shorts). Packed away in side case rainsuit. Packed away in other side case Gerbing jacket and gloves as well as turtle fur neck cover. Riding jacket will be mesh Joe Rocket summer jacket with fleece vest. Oxford riding boots with gore tex liner. Summer gloves with H2O Out gloves on standby. Anticipate hot weather going west and back until Utah. Cold weather in Colorado and New Mexico. Warm weather from Texas to Florida.

    Taking GoPro knock off, Canon video camera, Olympus Pen EPL8 camera, iPhone 6+, Zumo 660, Sena 30K and inReach SE satellite unit. Zumo 660, iPhone 6+ and inReach are wired into bikes power. Mounted a Sena RC4 on the clutch grip. Will need to recharge the Sena 30K nightly and camera batteries as needed. Have paper maps with me as well.
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  19. black 8

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    gpax,

    will you start a thread in epic adventures???

    been watching for it to pop up and follow since we are still in trip planning...

    B8
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  20. oldgrizz

    oldgrizz Long timer Supporter

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    Sounds like you have it all in hand a d are goid to go. Have a great safe trip. Again I am jealous. Stoll have 2 feet of snow in my yard and today tbe temp is minus 5 C

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