Riding America - 90 days - August 1st 2018

Discussion in 'Americas' started by DoyleyBird, Jun 16, 2018.

  1. DoyleyBird

    DoyleyBird Up to no good

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    That's where I'm going

    The diversity sounds great, I hope to hit as much of this as I can.

    Ohh, yes I will, thank you.
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  2. northrider

    northrider Traveler

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    I leave tomorrow for a round the lower 48 states tour. I'll be traveling between now and November. Once you hit the road let me know. If we're in the same area I'd be happy to meet up and ride for a bit. I'm mainly trying to hit the national parks and back roads.
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  3. Eastview

    Eastview Been here awhile

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    You have had many good ideas given here , thought I would throw a couple more at you. You are coming over during summer vacation for most of the country, school is started right after Labor day here so you might want to visit the popular parks and such after the first Monday in September. State parks are always jammed up till then also. We live up in the very Northwest corner of Washington and always welcome travelers, I can give you assistance on many of the places to visit in the Northwest.
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  4. Eastview

    Eastview Been here awhile

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    If you are headed through Bellingham Wa. feel free to contact me, I am on tent space in Ferndale just south of the border 5 min off I-5.
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  5. DoyleyBird

    DoyleyBird Up to no good

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    That would be great, I'd love that.

    I'll message you when I hit the road and get your whereabouts.

    Thank you, I'm aware of the holidays. It sounds like it's going to be jam-packed.

    Will do, thank you.

    Does anyone know what phone provider/plan I should jump on?
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  6. cagiva549

    cagiva549 whats a cagiva

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    I'll be camped at Shell Wyoming last two weeks of August , probly make a swing over to the northeast cornor of Yellowstone during that time , rode thru the west side several years back . in a nice ptivate campground if you need a tent spot for a night or two . Bunch of people will be there the holiday weekend . I think it's around a hundred miles east of YS . And in the northwest cornor of Colorado for 2 weeks before .
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  7. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra

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    In case you aren't aware, there are some long mostly off pavement routes in the USA that you can incorporate parts of into your planning. Commonly called the CDR (the Continental Divide Ride), that route follows the Rockies from Canada to Mexico and the .gpx file is available here on advrider for completely free - see Cannonshot's great file. There is the TAT - from east to the west - .gpx file available for a fee. Butler Maps has come up with many Backcountry Discovery Routes ( BDR's) for some states that travel the length of those states which are available as .gpx files and GREAT waterproof paper maps. You could perhaps incorporate portions of those routes for your ride. Butler also makes state maps with recommended motorcycle routes - okay for a few states but the prices can really add up if you buy a lot of states.

    While most people plan and navigate their trips using computer and gps, NOTHING solicits local help and input like a map spread across a restaurant table. If you want the cheapest source of paper maps, watch for various "Welcome to (insert state) Visitor Centers" near state borders which sometimes have free paper maps. Occasionally even with coupons that are actually useful.

    Lastly, if you come through West Yellowstone and I'm not off traveling, I'm located 8 miles from the entrance to Yellowstone National Park and am always up for a ride.
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  8. phoenixdoglover

    phoenixdoglover Where to next?

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    Somebody else suggested your overall route as clockwise around the US, starting in California, and this does make sense.

    You need to be done with the higher altitude western region by mid September. Not just the high mountains, but the high plateau regions between the mountains.

    I just want to mention a few natural places in the west that I would put on my "jaw dropping" list:
    - Redwood Trees (Northern California)
    - Crater Lake (Oregon) Lake Tahoe in California is almost as stunning.
    - Geysers and hot mud-holes in Yellowstone National Park
    - The mountains of Glacier National Park
    - The Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, and Bryce Canyon (Arizona and Utah) ...maybe on the return swing from east to west

    Heading across the northern plains, be sure to catch Devils Tower, the Black Hills, and the Badlands (eastern Wyoming, western South Dakota)

    If you are basically heading for NYC in the eastern US, I would recommend you swing south of Chicago and just loaf along through the mid-western farmland of Indiana and Ohio, and then enjoy the ridge/valley riding in Pennsylvania.

    From NYC, When you are ready to swing back to the west, you should head south. Here's a potential route: Head for Cape May in southern New Jersey. Take the ferry to Delaware. Head south and take the bay bridge/tunnel to Virginia. Now head west to Roanoke, Virginia, and when you hit the Blue Ridge Parkway, take it south to the area of Smoky Mountain National Park. If you time it right, you likely will see the "fall foliage" in the mountains, and that is a treat. Heading west from the Smokies, I would shoot for southwestern Arkansas (great riding in the Ozark mountains). From there, you are in for a pretty long grind across the southern plains. The alternative to Arkansas is to head diagonally southwest to New Orleans, and then pick up Austin, Texas on your way west.

    New Mexico, Arizona, Southern Utah, and slices of CA and Southern Nevada are good for riding from October onward. Taos, New Mexico is worth a stop. This is also the time maybe to pick up Grand Canyon/Zion/Bryce. You could see Las Vegas and Death Valley on your way back into California.

    Anyway, you should do this, and not worry. :-)
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  9. boatpuller

    boatpuller Long timer

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    Think you have a typo here. The great Ozark Mountain riding is in the NORTHwest 1/3 of Arkansas, and also in central Southern Missouri right above.

    Otherwise, you have good advice.
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  10. phoenixdoglover

    phoenixdoglover Where to next?

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    Thanks! You are correct. When I rode the Ozarks, I was mostly in Southwest Missouri.

    Also, we discovered, in addition to fun roads, the local diners had great pies. I don't think we ate anything else for a few days.
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  11. DoyleyBird

    DoyleyBird Up to no good

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    I just did a search on Google Maps. Tiny spot, looks beautiful. I don't know if I'll be around there. I'm yet to form a solid itinerary.

    @jonz, Butler Maps, sound like the ones we have here in Australia my dad uses for trail riding. Good stuff, I love a real map opened up in the morning over breakfast. I 100% agree with you.

    I will loose track of where everyone is. I'd love to meet you and show me your favorite part of YellowStone.

    This sounds great, I haven't had any advice for the East side. I don't have time to plan a definite route yet but I'll be sure to come back to this. I haven't arranged my airfares yet.

    A bike has been purchased which is good news. I'm waiting on my visa waiver to be approved then book flights. I told work I'm not coming back until November and they were okay with it (not that they had a choice).

    As a side note, I'll be camping and I read someone carrying 'bear spray'... Am I going to need bear spray I don't like the sound of bears.
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  12. phoenixdoglover

    phoenixdoglover Where to next?

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    If you are camping in the western mountains, you will be in bear country, and you need to know how to protect yourself. Here's a link from Yellowstone Park:
    https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/bearsafety.htm
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  13. DoyleyBird

    DoyleyBird Up to no good

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    Brilliant, thank you so much.
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  14. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    I equip International Travelers here in Los Angeles. I am VERY busy at the moment with 7 bikes awaiting arrival of riders all around the beginning of August. 3 from Australia (Terry and Janelle and Rob)…..two from Norway...one from Germany and one from Phillipines/Australia.
    If you 'start a conversation' with me send me your email for full details. Later in August would be better for me.
    Suzuki DR650 is a popular choice but you are not getting a well equipped one for $3000 US .
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  15. DoyleyBird

    DoyleyBird Up to no good

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    He's so busy he's forgotten who I am :lol3

    I'm pleased to announce Tuckers has successfully located and sourced a local DR650.

    He reduced the firm listing price by $500 and done a fantastic job managing my expectations and requirements on a limited time-frame.

    The bike has been modified which James notes pulls strongly. There's more work to do to get it 12,000 mile ready. Importantly the suspension for my tiny legs, inevitable corners and future luggage.

    My flights are booked for 6th August, 2018 > November 2nd, 2018 @ 89-days.

    I have to thank Tuckers again so far for his patience, professionalism and knowledge. Well done mate. I'm looking forward to hitting the road with you all.

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  16. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Pumper carb. FMF Powerbomb header. GSXR titanium exhaust can. Buell headlight conversion. 18” rear wheel. Suzuki gel seat, desert gas tank, Procycle DSA front and rear fenders, seller says it has 520 chain and sprockets but I can't tell by just looking......and more. Going to get a 17” rear, new tires. Racks and soft panniers. Pelican top box. USB’s and SAE. Acerbis plastic skid plate. Oil/filter change. Full check over. Anyone need an 18” rear wheel? I think Doyleybird may also entertain a swap for the Buell headlight to an OEM with shroud if someone wants to do that. Or just a shroud will work I have a light. Stay tuned.
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  17. Daleah

    Daleah Been here awhile

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    I would suggest an alternative to going through or south of Chicago to travel east. You can travel through upper Wisconsin and Michigan and then south in Michigan or further east through Canada.

    Or split the difference and take a ferry across Lake Michigan. and then either through Canada or Ohio.

    Dale
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  18. holckster

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    Whatever phone/plan you use download "whatsapp" for free wifi international text and calls.

    Bear Spray works on humans also, just saying.

    Travel medical insurance?
    I use Medjet Assist with added moto evacuation policy.

    Regarding leaving and re-entering USA from Canada make sure there is not a minimum time interval between leaving and returning.
    Check with these Aussies who were going to check requirements when they got to the border to see if possible.
    https://advrider.com/index.php?threads/kicking-round-north-america.1287367/page-4
    They are also on DR's doing similar USA/baja trip and recently stayed with us.
    That's me on Pg 4, stop by for a cold beverage.

    Doug
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  19. DoyleyBird

    DoyleyBird Up to no good

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    If it's powerful I'd leave it on, it's ugly as hell but some other have made it look good.

    So many options, I'll have to figure it out when I'm closer. My mind is in information overload.

    Good to know about the bear spray, I'll keep it handy.

    Medical is covered by the travel insurance.

    Entering and leaving is fine and does not affect my visa waiver to the states. However, days spent in those countries count as days spend in USA. Canada will only need to see my passport when coming by land. I don't know if they bike gets checked but it will be in order if Tucker does his job. Otherwise he'll get a call!

    I have WhatsApp, I'm told I can grab a sim card from Walmart.
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  20. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    01D1D4B8-F658-4788-B66F-388DEA5EE75C.jpeg 52B45F3D-29F3-4570-958E-557F963AA1A2.jpeg You may need to get an ID from your vehicle insurance company for Canada. Today Beast gets new tires and tubes.....first I need to pull the front fork legs and do the factory lowering. Rear has been changed out for 17”.....anyone need a 18x2.50 for a DR650? Well used good rim, tire is shite.
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