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Alaska to Florida

Hi

A few of my friends and I are doing a trip from Alaska to Florida to try and raise a few EURO for charity, we are intending on going along the West coast before heading to Vegas, Grand Canyon, New Orleans and down to Key West.

I would be very grateful for any advise you could give on sights to see, things to look out for and bike rental.

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There's a million great roads going down the West Coast of the US. Great roads in California are here:

http://www.pashnit.com/motoroads.htm

It's relatively long and hot crossing from Southern California to Vegas to the Grand Canyon. A Camelpack type water carrier would be nice.

Making your way to New Orleans will probably mean Texas. There's good and bad about traveling through Texas. Well wait, that's actually good and bad about the whole world.

American animals aren't bad. Armadillos in Texas and crazy deer everywhere. It's not as bad as Australia with the kangaroos, wombats and unfenced cattle and sheep. I've only hit a deer in a car, not on a bike so your roadkill methods may vary.

I've never rented a bike but it's cheaper to buy a good used one. You get the worries about reliability but most newer bikes are reliable.

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When coming into the Florida area I'd recommend going through Pensacola then following the gulf coast roads as far south as you can. This part of Florida isn't as developed as the rest of the state and you can stil find a funky, tropical ambiance in small towns there.
I made the ride last month and had a great time.
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