GT Trippin

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by pegbeater, May 18, 2020.

  1. pegbeater

    pegbeater Been here awhile Supporter

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    :clap:clapI know this isn’t dirt, or technically ‘adventure’ riding as some people see it. But this will definitely be an adventure for me.

    Well, I am now not the one guy on this site with only one bike!! Just purchased a 2020 Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 in Mississippi....... and I am in California.

    2100+ miles in 4 days seems doable, right?

    I will be traveling very light. Backpack, snacks, sleeping bag, hammock and tarp. I think the hardest part will be finding a place to bed down at night and not get hassled.

    Will be starting in Jackson, to Wichita Falls, to Albuquerque, to Needles and finally Roseville.

    I have a basic list of stuff I’m taking. Any suggestions on must haves for that trip would be great! Any must see sites on or near that route I might be interested in also.

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    ~ Cadillac Ranch just west of Amarillo on the left side of I-40
    ~ Midpoint Cafe in Adrian, TX (mip point of Route 66)
    ~ Maggies Dinner in Madrid, NM (Wild Hogs fame)
    ~ Seligman, AZ
    ~ Cool Springs Station on Oatman Hwy in AZ
    ~ Oatman, AZ
    ~ If you head north on US 395 you'll have a great view of the Sierra Nevadas
    ~ Manzanar, WWII Relocation Site
    ~ Convict Lake just off US 395 in Mammoth Lakes, CA
    ~ Mono Lake by Lee Vining
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  3. pegbeater

    pegbeater Been here awhile Supporter

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    Awesome! Thanks for the locations. Always wanted to go to Cadillac Ranch. I will definitely put some of those on my hurried agenda. I have been up 395 several times on my bike. I’m hoping if I have time, I can come back that way.
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    What prompted a purchase in Mississippi instead of more local? I understand that fly and ride concept though. I think I would try to avoid I-40 though. Not pleasant riding it.
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    pegbeater Been here awhile Supporter

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    Yeah, I shopped new first. After tax, license, dealer fees and interest the bike seemed a lot less obtainable for me. So I saved up a little more and found a slightly used current bike with lots of upgrades for less than msrp. It just happened to be in Ole Miss.
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    Is there something I should know about 40?
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    That it is interstate hell. It is more than packed with semis and they will be flying right now. If you like riding at 90+ and still feeling like you're likely to get run over, it's a great road. Find one of the side tracks and all of a sudden you'll find the roads that your new RE is meant for. The joy of your new bike will not be found on I-40 and CA-99. Leave those roads to the Goldwings, RT's and the like.

    I have ridden a similar route through that area a couple of times. (Both on a BMW R1150GS) You might consider making the run from Jackson to Dallas on the interstate then crossing Texas on the 180. Make a stop in Roswell, NM then onward to Las Cruses. You will be on I-10 for a short distance then pick up Route 70 to Globe, AZ, then Phoenix, then I think I would opt to head to Vegas and up the 95 to Tonopah. If Sonora Pass is open, you'll have a wonderful ride crossing the Sierras, if not, the last leg up to S Lake Tahoe and across is beautiful as well.

    You bought a great day ride bike. Put it on the roads it is designed for and the enjoyment will be high. Congrats!
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    I looked and once you get yourself to Roswell, start heading north on the 380 to the 60. Once in Arizona, you will pick up the 40 at Holbrook then run it to Kingman. From there, onward to Vegas and the 95 north.
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    driven it several times, holding a left turn gets tiresome. think left lean.
    might want to follow the ranges out of al be turkey to santa fe westward.
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    Hmmm!!?? :hmmmmm:hmmmmm:hmmmmm Dilemma! Sites or ride. I have a brother near Dallas, so I may decide then. I really want to see the Cadillac Ranch. But I have contemplated taking 20 out of Dallas instead. Is that the better route?
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    pegbeater Been here awhile Supporter

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    On another note, does anyone have feedback on the Coker Deluxue Firestone’s? These are on the bike now. Wondering about tracking in grooves, rain, traction?
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    Better than what? :) You could take the 287 out of Dallas up to the Cadillac Ranch and then the 40 to Kingman and then Vegas. There are lots of routes. It sounds like time is an issue. I tend to think that the UFO museum in Roswell is a better tourist attraction than the Cadillac Ranch but to each their own. The real thing for me would be avoiding the superslab. I-40 is always miserable. I have ridden and driven it several times. Now during COVID, traffic is more messed up with anger and speed. I know I have ridden in western AZ on the 10 at nearly 100 mph and was only holding with traffic. There were cars and boat pulling trucks passing me. I wouldn't want to be on my Triumph in those conditions. Not too sure the Enfield would be good in them either.
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    Ok. Something to think about. I will likely make the discussion at Dallas. That’s where I’m stopping to visit my brother. Roswell does sound good too. And yes, I am on a pretty tight schedule
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    Ok. Looks like I will be doing 20 from Jackson MS to Dallas. Then up 287 to 40 in Amarillo. 40 to either 395 or 99.
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    I hope you listen to Amarillo Highway while riding the 287. Great song!
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    Ha! Nice!! I will be loading the iPod!!
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    First day down. It was hot and I am tired. Definitely a hard bike over long distances.
    Made it from Jackson MS to about 50 miles shy of Wichita Falls.
    So far the hammock is working well. Way cooler tonight.
    Headed to Cadillac Ranch and midway cafe tomorrow. Gonna be warm again but not as bad as today. Saw some great sites!

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    And another one gone!! Day 2 in the bag!
    Really tough day of riding. Super windy all day across N Texas and into New Mexico. A strong headwind for about the last 150 miles to Albuquerque was really challenging for me and the bike.
    Got to Cadillac Ranch. Very interesting. Some guy on the side of the road will sell you cans of spray paint to use on the cars! I bought one. Paint fumes for all!! It was a very popular place today with lots of people.
    Made my way to the midway cafe on old Route 66 and......it was closed!!?? Apparently, it’s never open on Monday!! Bummer. I was hungry too.
    Next, Tucumcari. If you’re not a Clint Eastwood or Lee Van Cleef fan....this probably means nothing to you. Think Dollar trilogy, you’ll find the reference eventually!! Cool place also on old 66
    In the hammock at the mm 207 rest stop before Albuquerque. Still super windy. Bobbing and swinging like I’m at sea during a hurricane!

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    Day 3. Another long one. Stopped a lot today to see sites. Didn’t make it all the way to Needles, got as far as Kingman.
    Rest of the way home tomorrow.
    Really beat and it got late fast!

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    Was a little short with the update yesterday! It was late, and I was way tired.
    I have been about an hour behind my schedule this whole trip. I just had too much fun visiting with my brother the first night and probably stayed a little too long. Way worth it!! (Changed my oil too)
    Alittle more on yesterday. I fought head on winds for the first half of the day. Once I got to the mountains in Arizona, it was nice. Rode all 28+ miles of the Petrified Forest national park in Arizona. That is a must see. It was great. Walked around Old town Flagstaff a bit. A lot of stuff still Covid closed there. Managed to find some Hawaiian BBQ that was great. People were super friendly there. Stayed a little to long there as well. Sun went down on me and it got COLD. I did not pack any cold weather stuff. Bolted down the hill as quick as possible attempting to snuggle my warm twin engine all the way to Kingman
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