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Contiguous 48 States Voyage Planning

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Nick Makwell, Jan 5, 2008.

  1. Nick Makwell

    Nick Makwell Bavarian Murder Weapon

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    Hi folks. Been a long time dream of mine to ride across the contiguous United States (the lower 48) - next dream is from top of North America to tip of South America....

    Anyway, here's my ideas

    Long trip - not just a dash across the highway, I want to take time and look at a few things, mainly historical and geographical landmarks, with maybe some cultural icons as well.
    1-2 months probably?
    Some dual sporting would be good, although my dream bike - here me out - is a 2004+ HD Sportster, but they dont do too bad on gravel roads. I wont limit the areas I see by the form of transport, if I need a KLR, I'll ride a KLR!
    Some camping, but also cheap hotels etc are an option
    New England in the fall is a must

    My questions:
    any threads to point me too regarding trip planning/adventures?
    best routes you can think of, taking in all 48 states?
    any and all destinations that you think are worth it - I need some inspiration!
    and much more - feel free to give your opinion!!!
    Many thanks!
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  2. Nick Makwell

    Nick Makwell Bavarian Murder Weapon

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    Addendum:

    idea is to start in Kalifornia, buy a bike there, get sorted, leave, do the trip and end back in Kalifornia. Then fly home.

    Barber Motorcycle museum/thingy is near top of list, so must do.
    I'm starting to make a list of things to do and see, and I think the route will make itself up from there - glad to here of any additional ideas!!

    oh and no interstates if I can avoid it - back roads, old highways etc and minimal city time too.

    timeline? probably year after next before my wife and I start a family, probably be the last time I can do it for a LONG time!!!! (lets hope the AUD stays near parity with the USD!)
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  3. Levvy

    Levvy Been here awhile

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    Nick - I'm in the process of planning the same thing, but I'll be setting a much slower pace (6 months or so - starting late spring of this year). I'll also be more dirt oriented since I'll be on a KLR, but I'm not planning anything crazy since I'll be riding alone for most of the trip. I don't have any concrete plans yet as to specific places or rides, but feel free to ping me in 3-4 months and I'll be happy to share what I've come up with.
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  4. kluts

    kluts The Lost Tourguide

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    There are lots of books out there that talk about the blue lines-- the backroads of America. The secondaries that don't get much travel. They're worth a look. William Least Heat Moon's book written in the 70's Blue Highways, is a start. Went from Missouri to the east, a lot in Appalachia.

    I know the most about the West and could give you a list of places and roads to see... below... and I will try to keep it away from the big places I know you'll have to see because they are there. For now,

    Kaleefornyia

    • Modoc County's Lava caves
    • Hwy 96 down the Klamath (or up) and Somes Bar-Callahan Rd
    • Titlow-Forest Rd. 1, off 36
    • Western portion 36 Red Bluff to Fortuna
    • The Lost Coast
    • Tin Barn Rd near Jenner/Ft. Bragg, CA
    • Hwy 1 of course
    • Hwy 108 and Sonora Pass
    • Monitor Pass Hwy 89 and Ebbets Pass Hwy 4
    • Oroville/Quincy Highway
    • Arcata to Trinidad, CA
    Oregon
    • The Columbia Gorge scenic routes only
    • Hwy 35 up from Hood to Mt Hood
    • Coos Bay region-- Read Kesey's Sometimes a Great Notion and ride through here slowly. Beautiful and haunting. The Umpqua River is pretty, too.
    • The Dunes north of Coos
    • Astoria
    Washington

    • Hurricane Ridge
    • Port Townsend Fairy to Whidby
    • Hwy 20 North Cascades Winthrop to Burlington
    • Hwy 11 Chuckanut Dr Anacortes to Bellingham
    • The San Juans. Just Do it. Take the Ferry to Vancouver Isl. and Victoria
    • Whidbey Isl.
    • Mt Baker Highway
    • Hwy 9 north of Snohomish, WA
    • North up the river from Newport, WA to CDN border
    • Montana
    • Virginia City north of I-90 Dirt
    • Try for Marysville too Dirt
    • Idaho
    • Swan Valley, Victor, over the hill to Jackson Hole
    • Wyoming
    • Jackson and the Wind River Range
    • The Bighorn Mtns and Cody-Sheridan (grand open territory)
    • Rawlins-- STAY AWAY
    • Utah
    • Moab region
    • Hwy 12
    • Colorado
    • Colo Nat Monument
    • Black Canyon of the Gunnison
    • Telluride
    • Silverton
    • Nevada
    • Virginia City and Dayton
    • Tonopah
    • Goldfield
    • Austin
    • All of the above towns have just enough "weird" in them to be really interesting
    Hope this whets the appletight.
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