Time to Finish a Goal; 50 States and a District

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by old1959, Apr 17, 2021.

  1. old1959

    old1959 Been here awhile

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    Well, with more sunsets behind me than sunrises in front of me I decided to complete a goal of riding a motorcycle in all 50 states along with the District of Columbia. Also, with Covid, and international travel limited, I've decided to focus on travel in the USA. Also, my daughter recently moved to a new place in DC and I need to deliver her some items which requires driving a car to DC so this trip will involve car, motorcycle, and bicycle.

    First, I need to ride a motorcycle in South Carolina, Delaware, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and the District of Columbia. Second, I want to visit some motor museums, and visit my daughter.

    I'll trailer my Yamaha Super Tenere and, hopefully, carry a RAD Mini ebike in the car.

    Here is a link to a previous such trip: https://advrider.com/f/threads/avoi...different-type-of-trip.1453137/#post-40319937

    Note: I'm hoping to avoid all the medical thrills this trip:dirtdog
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  2. old1959

    old1959 Been here awhile

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    My Scoot; thought about washing it but then decided it will most likely get dirty on the trailer.
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    The trailer is a Port a Chopper and is designed to store in pieces which helps with storage. Here are the pieces and I'll put it together in another day or so.
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  3. rkover1

    rkover1 doc

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    Likewise, I’m planning a 50+1 trip for 2022. It was originally supposed to happen in 2020, but then....

    I’m now hoping to leave the Big Island next March. Thankfully the hardest one for most is the easiest one for me. But then, I’ll be riding through all 50 in a single trip.

    Good luck and happy adventures!

    doc
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  4. old1959

    old1959 Been here awhile

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    Wow! I'm 61 and just now getting around to riding all 50. I visited all 50 by the age of 52 but just now getting around to riding all... I knew I was slow but riding all 50 in one shot makes me think I'm real slow.:(
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    rkover1 doc

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    I’m 66, retired a year and a half ago. The trip was to be my retirement present to myself. Thankfully I’m patient.

    I haven’t been to anywhere near all 50 states yet. I hope to remedy that next year. Good luck to you!

    doc
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  6. Ks-Rydr

    Ks-Rydr from the land of Toto

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    Good luck to you... I can honestly say that I have ridden a (my) motorcycle in each of the continetal 48 states. It took me 20 years to do it, because for most of that time I was still working and often used my vacation time. That is why I said "a motorcycle" as I had different bikes through the years. I live in Kansas and I rode my bike to and from all of those states. It took a while for me to get up to the northeast corner, going up there, enabled me to knocked out a bunch of states... LOL I'll be following along to see how you're doing.
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  7. old1959

    old1959 Been here awhile

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    Loaded up. First stop will be South Carolina
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  8. Kevm

    Kevm Eternal Optimist

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    Good luck and have fun.

    Back in the 90's when I bought my first Road King I managed 30 states in just over two years.

    Then I had my first kid and the distance stuff slowed dramatically.

    Anyway I pm'd ya some contact info in case you run into trouble.

    Not sure where and when you'll be in NJ but if the timing works and we're not away at the beach house let me know and I'll offer you a Guzzi "demo" or two.

    Ride (and drive) safe
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  9. CJSRider

    CJSRider Been here awhile

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    Have a great trip. Be safe. Interesting trailer. Let us know how the trailer tows and works out.
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  10. old1959

    old1959 Been here awhile

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    Good so far. I took it to New Mexico and Colorado last year. Trailer weighs almost 300 pounds and bike is almost 600 pounds so well below Subie tow rating of 2,700 pounds.
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    old1959 Been here awhile

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    Can’t leave Texas without stopping at a Bucees:D
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    old1959 Been here awhile

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    Arrived at an Airbnb which will be my base of operations which is near Clemson, South Carolina. I enjoy college towns and often stay in or near them. I quickly got the bike off the trailer and did a little ride to the north; pick a place on a map, Sunset, and let the GPS take me there via the adventure routing feature.:ricky
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    old1959 Been here awhile

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    A note to myself, lots of lakes in this area, I need to bring my kayak next time.:hmmmmm
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    I enjoy watching people achieve their goals. :lurk
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    old1959 Been here awhile

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    Rode south today since I wanted to see something personal south of McCormick. Weather was a bit cold so started late. Had a beautiful ride.
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    old1959 Been here awhile

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    On a side note, made some GPS settings changes today. First, I selected to avoid dirt roads. The S10 is a heavy beast, one that I can’t pick up, and one dirt road which seem nice had a nasty creek crossing which, unfortunately, I was committed to crossing due to being unable to turn around. I made the crossing but I’m sure it wasn’t pretty. A fall there would have been disappointing to say the least.

    Second, I turned off “adventure” routing. South Carolina has a ton of little backroads and I was actually getting tired of going a mile or so and turning or going through towns on every side street with a stop sign at each one. Also, speed limits are low and probably should be since the rural areas are fairly populated. I should have left a cylinder and sixth gear back in Texas. I’m not complaining, the area is pretty, but wish I brought a lighter and smaller bike. On the plus side, I’m getting the best gas mileage ever
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    old1959; loving the pics, nice that you are getting to complete your 50 state goal. Small niggle though, could you please click enter twice between photos. A slightly larger divide makes viewing easier on these old eyes. Thanks.....Dave
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    Okay B10Dave, I’ll add some space between pictures; specially since you’re an older guy and I think you’ll like where I went today.

    First, today was cold and wet so instead of riding I took the car to spend my day inside a museum... Wheels Through Time more specifically
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    old1959 Been here awhile

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    The museum is about American motorcycles mostly; which means a lot HD stuff. However, I was surprised to learn in the early 1900’s that USA had a little over 500 companies building motorcycles. Note: Anytime a new industry starts a lot of entrepreneurs start companies. We saw this in the beginning of PC’s and also in aviation. But still over 500? Also, learned Indian built outboard boat engines. I never knew. I also learned in the early years HD was, I dare say, rather innovative. A good day and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. If in the area, I highly recommend.
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    old1959 Been here awhile

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    A lot of the bikes were before my time but did see some that were popular in my youth:clap
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    I had the red one but in blue.
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