1. Adventure Rider Print Magazine!
    We're doing a print magazine this November - 128 pages of high quality adventure riding stories, photography and interviews!

    Click here to purchase a copy for $9. Limited copies still available.
    Dismiss Notice

Contiguous 48 States Voyage Planning

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

  1. Nick Makwell

    Nick Makwell Bavarian Murder Weapon

    Dec 31, 2005
    Queensland, Australia
    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!
  2. Nick Makwell

    Nick Makwell Bavarian Murder Weapon

    Dec 31, 2005
    Queensland, Australia

    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!)
  3. Levvy

    Levvy Been here awhile

    Nov 15, 2005
    Oakland, Ca
    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.
  4. kluts

    kluts The Lost Tourguide

    Aug 2, 2006
    Gateway to Everywhere Else
    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,


    • 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
    • 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

    • 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.