Ok, so I've got a bit of a trip in the works for September/October (setting off late August/early September) this year. My first big trip on a bike - and so
my first route that will undoubtedly change. Heres the first draft - ANY suggestions on route alteration, stopping
more often, stuff to see are greatly welcomed. Its a bit hard to follow in writing, so here's a link to a map
and also (I hope) a set of points for google earth that will help you work it all out send me a message and I can email the file over to you (only 40kb)
Anyone who wishes to join me for any portion of the trip is more than welcome to, so long as you're good at changing
tubes, tyres, oil etc... etc..
Madison, WI - La Crosse, WI - Approx 150 Miles
The 150 Miles follows the interstate, and I'll probably take a different route as i don't really want to travel on
anything bigger than a freeway.
La Crosse, WI - Worthington, MN - Approx 250 Miles (400)
Almost clean across Minnesota in one day. 250 miles is a lot, but the idea of this is to see if what I've got down
now is realistic.
Worthington, MN - Chamberlain, SD - Approx 200 Miles (600)
another long day, but I haven't really got much to see until western South Dakota, Today I'll also travel through
Sioux Falls and stopoff at the falls (predictably).
Chamberlain, SD - Somewhere just east of Badlands NP, SD Approx 125 Miles (725)
A bit of a non-day, just an easy ride to set up an early camp somewhere just outside of the Badlands NP
East of BLNP, SD - Sage Creek Camp ground, BLNP, SD Approx 60 Miles (785)
Now the fun begins! Sleep in a little today and then head out to the Badlands taking the Loop road and then the sage
creek rim road to the stunningly free sage creek camp ground (but not before gathering plenty of supplies)
Sage Creek Camp ground, SD - South of Custer State Park, SD - Approx 100 Miles (885)
Another Day in and around badlands, crossing under the park on lots of County roads.
South of Custer SP, SD - Sundance, WY - Approx 175 Miles (1060)
County roads through the lower half of the state park(s) and then up to Mt Rushmore via the Needles scenic route for a
Hitchcock re-enactment for my Mum. Then a 100 Mile blast through the rest of the park, finishing up about 25 Miles
south east of The Devils tower. WYOMING BABY!
Sundance, WY - Buffalo, WY - Approx 150 Miles (1210)
Set off to go see the Devils tower then over to Buffalo for maybe somewhere with a hot shower and a REAL bed.
Buffalo, WY - Cody, WY - Approx 200 Miles (1410)
Plenty of scenic byways here - so a relaxed day following them over to Cody, may take a detour to Little Bighorn,
adding an extra night out into this section.
Cody, WY - Flagg Ranch, WY - Approx 175 Miles (1585)
Travel the 50 miles from Cody to the eastern entrance to Yellowstone, take the main loop of Yellowstone, stopping for
some sightseeing (and hoping that it'll be quiet! 6th of September (ish)) Old Faithful etc... Exit through the south
and camp at flagg ranch in the Tetons NP.
Flagg Ranch, WY - Helena, MT - Approx 300 Miles (off-road) (1885)
Join the Continental Divide route and follow it up to somewhere near or in Helena
Helena, MT - Lewiston, Idaho - Approx 300 Miles (2185)
Follow freeway 12 all the way from Helena to the Idaho/Washington state lane, stop in Idaho.
Lewiston, Idaho - Kennewick, WA - Approx 120 Miles (2305)
Continue along the 12 until it becomes the 124, finally work out why all the fields are circular here! WHY!? oh
curse you google earth!
Kennewick, WA - Mount Rainer, WA - Approx 170 Miles (2475)
Buzz on over to Mount Rainer and attempt to camp on or around it - Ideally for free (as with most of my camping)
Mount Rainer, WA - Woodland, WA - Approx 125 Miles (2600)
Take a big loop around Mount Saint Helens, following the Nf-25 and 90, possibly some unmarked tracks that are higher
up? Finish up just south west of St. Helens.
Woodland, WA - Port Angeles, WA - Approx 230 Miles (2830)
Cruise on up to get a good nights sleep and see the pacific for the first time (it counts right?) Perhaps camp on
the beach, if it looks clean and inviting (and there's not too much chance of getting shot) Wake up early the next
day and catch the 23$, yes 23!!! boat to Victoria, BC, Canada.
thus ends the usa, any thoughts so far? I still have 30+ days left to cross Canada, its gonna take a while to work
out though. Bearing in mind I'm camping as much as possible, where I've put final destinations for days I am more
likely to stop outside and camp somewhere a little more remote. Or, if I'm feeling expensive find a bed and
breakfast type affair. Also where there are no specific roads It'll be freeways max as I'm only on a 250cc bike!,
smaller twisty roads are what I'm used to anyway - I go to sleep on the big roads over there, toooooooo straight.
email me at "littlejoeuk" (somewhere around) that warm mail place.com