Solo Cross Country On A Scooter :-)

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  1. Nixels

    Nixels Face fears - live life

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    There are a lot of inmates in the Rockies regional forum. Post up something about your possible path & see if they can direct you.

    @Charla and Ben are outside of Denver(?:dunno) and @bonnie Abzug & her sidekick @Hayduke :hide are in Salida.

    If you're heading through the Texas Panhandle, stop in at Palo Duro Canyon - just south of Amarillo. Ms. Georgia O'Keefe kinda liked it there. :deal
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  2. No False Enthusiasm

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    Here are some routing ideas...

    Grand Junction, CO to Clovis, NM: https://goo.gl/maps/HqABR32pp2R2

    Silverton to Durango is dramatic, but will require some HP. For that reason, I'd suggest at least 250cc and hopefully with tubeless tires. Plugging is so much
    easier and faster than tube repair. As mentioned, Frog Toggs work well... rode 550 during monsoon a couple years ago... they worked well, and can offer warmth as needed.

    Clovis, NM to Austin, TX: https://goo.gl/maps/eYyHqjuajLC2

    Everybody should see Austin at least once in life... This route will take you through the High Plains to the Cap Rock region and through a variety of fine small
    towns, and small towns won't be too far apart.

    Austin, TX to New Orleans, LA: https://goo.gl/maps/VEHYgGwjf9P2

    After seeing Austin, I wouldn't waste the time to see New Orleans... but that's just my opinion. This route will allow you to avoid the Houston area...that's no
    place for a scooter of any size!?! Once again, plenty of beautiful small towns with great eating places... Winchester being one of my favorites. Of course, a
    million variations are available as you do more research.

    Will look forward to reading of your adventures...

    NFE
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  3. Mark Manley

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    I am not sure if you are aware of them but there is an English couple called Ed March and Rachel Laksham who are currently in the US travelling from Alaska to Argentina on a pair of Honda C90s, Ed has previously ridden from Singapore to the UK on his and is a big advocate of small bike travel, you might find their story interesting.
    http://wanderonahonda.co.uk/
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  4. AllSeasonRider

    AllSeasonRider Wandering, maybe a little lost...

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    Santa Fe is a really cool town, stop in if you can. Rt. 76 up to Penasco is really nice - low, hot desert in Sante Fe turns into alpine pine forests pretty quick. Rt. 518 down to Las Vegas, NM goes from pine forests to flat, open plateau, also a very pretty ride. Rt. 104 from Las Vegas to Tucumcari is nothing short of magical. I rode this last year in the reverse order (Tucumcari to Santa Fe) and it was one of the best bits of riding I did on an 8kmi mile trip (2015 ride report in my sig, if you want to see some photos).

    After coming through the Rockies and/or New Mexico, nothing Kansas has to offer is going to do anything for you.
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  5. Vic5491

    Vic5491 Been here awhile

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    The USB charger is the way to go for sure. Some scooters will support a heated vest but MANY do not have the surplus electrical power to do so so be careful about this. A water cooled 200 or 250 (Think Aprilia Sportcity 250, Vespa GT200, etc) would be my strong recommendation over a 150. Fuel injection is a major plus. Range is an important consideration too. All scooters are not equal!
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  6. squidchief

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    Not sure which way you are heading, but the best burrito I've ever had came from a little 5 table joint at ... of all places ... across the street from the Heavenly Valley gondola at Lake Tahoe. It had a chili rellano in it!!! No sauces were needed. Cost like $7 or $8. Place called Maya's café if I remember right.
    I've dedicated my life to finding the best Reuben sandwich and right now the king can be found in a little mining town in Northern Nevada called Austin. It's on hwy 50, "the loneliest road in America". It was the International Café and Bar. A bit sloppy, but holy cow!! Less than $10.
    Recommendation: I know you've told all your friends you're doing this and everyone wants to buy you something right? Subway gift cards can be lifesavers.... literally.
    Me, I'm a Diners, Drive in and Dives fan so I chart my routes then go online and see if I'm going anywhere near a place that has been featured on the show. Sounds like a great ride.
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  7. Sbless

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    That burrito sounds absolutely amazing!! I will be in the Tahoe area and I will most certainly hunt that beauty down :-)

    I probably won't be spending too much time in Nevada this trek, but that ruben has been bookmarked for further investigation ;-).

    I love travel, and I sure do love food, so yep, I'm on the same boat with planning out some good grub to help fuel the way!!

    Nice idea with the gift cards. My main request is that when I'm in town, that folks share a little of their time and show me the place that they love. If coffee, beer, or a hike is involved, I'm all for it! :-)

    Thanks for the input!!!
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  8. Sbless

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    Thanks for the tips!!! That sounds like a lovely ride north of Vegas!
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  9. Sbless

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    Thanks for the story share! I am loving what I am reading so far :-) Slow is good for the soul :p
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  10. Sbless

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    Thanks so much for those routes!!! This is some good food for thought :-)
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    Good call! I need to do some more digging in this amazing recourse :-) Palo Duro Canyon would be a beautiful place to explore for sure!! :p
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  12. Sbless

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    Haven't found a scooter yet, hopefully that will fall into place soon! Good thought on the Piaggio and the Mapquest book!!:-)
    Thanks for staying in touch!!
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  13. No False Enthusiasm

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    Santa Fe, Austin, and New Orleans.... not a bad sampling...

    One route that would be perfect for a small scoot would be the Natchez Trace... https://www.nps.gov/natr/index.htm

    444 miles of no heavy trucks, no billboards, nothing but rural rolling country. The farther north you go, the prettier it gets... Plenty of history, lots of good eating spots, though some may be hard to find. If you go to the northern terminus, the Loveless Cafe is popular.

    Here's an idea to get on to NC... including Natchez Trace... https://www.nps.gov/natr/index.htm

    NFE
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  14. Sbless

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    That sounds lovely! Thanks for the tips :clap
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    Here is the route I thought I had posted above... https://goo.gl/maps/37aEaXWwN1P2

    Natchez, MS: classic river town, lots of history...https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natchez,_Mississippi
    Muscle Shoals, AL: some of the '60s greatest music was recorded here... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muscle_Shoals,_Alabama
    Lynchburg, TN: tour a distillery... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynchburg,_Tennessee
    Tellico Plains, TN: lots of great roads in this area...https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tellico_Plains,_Tennessee

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  16. Sbless

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    This path looks brilliant! Lots of empty space to hunt down camping :) And stoked on the distillery suggestion too!!
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  17. NoVa Rider

    NoVa Rider Long timer Supporter

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    as noted, i highly recommend mike saunders. lostwithmike.weebly.com. he did exactly what you are planning. . ... http://lostwithmike.weebly.com

    good luck. . . .. :clap :clap :clap
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  18. Sbless

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    His blog is great! Awesome to see the breakdown of the gear he used, mine will end up being pretty similar :-)

    And thanks!! :wings
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  19. Cabaneiro

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    BTW keep in mind that Californian traffic law requires motorcycle to have more than 150cc to move by freeways. I don't know if cops really care of that, but this is what i learned recently, while passing the motorcycle license text :-)
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  20. Vic5491

    Vic5491 Been here awhile

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    How about an update. Are you on the road yet? If not, when do you plan to leave, what bike did you end up with and what route do you think you will follow?

    I just got back from riding a scooter from Spain to the southern tip of Italy. We rode about 2000 miles in 14 days. Hope you have as much fun as we did!
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