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Anyone here done Coast-to-Coast all 2-lane?

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Zapp22, Oct 7, 2007.

  1. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b Supporter

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    I've come to believe that roads change too fast for ANY one source to keep up. Many roads are the responsibility of local gubmint (town/township/county) and the roads get paved or not based on their budgets. I recall Perry County, Ohio, had many terrible paved roads that improved mightily when they ground them into gravel. Roads CAN revert with just wear but it takes longer.

    (For the "how far by bicycle" question I say start modest (60mi/100km) and increase during the ride instead of starting heroic and needing serious rest. DAMHIK. Mine was all out of Columbus OH and includes Charlotte NC, Boston MA, and no-place-in-particular Ontario. I carried essentially the same stuff as on a motorcycle except more water-bottles, lighter clothing, and smaller tools.)
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  2. BlaSTr

    BlaSTr Adventurer

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    I'm about to leave from Ft. Lauderdale and head to Newport Beach, CA to start a new job. I've got a 10 days to get there and have 4 requirements:

    1. minimal interstate
    2. Big Bend National Park
    3. Tuscon AZ (family, laundry, a good meal, and a few laughs)
    4. no snow

    I've been playing with M$ $&T as well as Garmin Mapquest but have, on recommendations here, gone out and bought a paper atlas/state maps. I've also been perusing sites that have good riding road recommendations but I don't think I have that much time. I'm not planning on camping as the trip is paid for by the employer :D.

    What I've been doing is checking out the map for good looking roads and inputting the data to the mapping program to give me distances, road conditions, and new updates. It is not easy but having deadheaded on the interstate more than I want, the challenge to make it on the "blue highways" and see a better part of the warmer south than on the slab.
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  3. Zapp22

    Zapp22 ZAPP - Tejas

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    I'd love to give you an escort for a couple hundred if you pass through anywhere I-10 on your way to West texas.
    pm....
    z


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  4. jdavidallen

    jdavidallen 04 KLR 650

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    BlaSTr,

    I am about to head west myelf, from Tampa to who knows where and back. I want to at least go to NM, AZ, and Utah if its not too cold. I have 26 days of leave to use. My last day in the Army is Friday 26 Oct.

    I used Garmin Mapsource to plan a route from Tampa to Ft. Walton Beach using the smallest roads possible and reasonable driving speeds. Mapsource said the route would take 18 hours:eek1. At that rate i would never make it out west and back by Thanksgiving.

    Which paper maps did you buy? How do you like them?
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