Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Planning, Trip > Route Planning

Route Planning Where to go, when, what are the interesting places to see
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 30 Apr 2012
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 7
The Americas, a proper ride...

I've been lurking on this site for quite some time, looking for inspiration more than anything.

But I finally have something to contribute, I'm finally going on a proper ride.

My plan, so far is pretty basic, I'll be flying into Canada via a couple of months in Europe.

I plan on buying a motor bike in Montreal and then start heading south to Mexico. I have my international license and if I run into any problems in getting a motorbike sorted in Montreal, Nova Scotia is only a short bus ride away.

The actual motorbike I'd be looking for would be a DRZ400SM, but if that isn't possible, I'm not really fussed about it. I've traveled around Greece on a 125.

There are a few friends I will be visiting on the way, but it'll mostly be me going solo, just the way I like it.

The schedule so far is pretty flexible, I have to be in Tulum for a wedding in August of this year, and plan on leaving Montreal the first weekend of July.
A month to get from Montreal to Tulum, seems doable.
That is the only two dates I have planned, in between I plan on soaking up the East coast of the USA, and the north, north-east, and east of Mexico. Once the formalities of the wedding are over, I plan on just heading south, and seeing as much as possible before I either run out of money or time.

I'm basically throwing this out there to the well experienced community of this forum to hopefully fill me in on anything I should see and do, and if there are any suggestions on the best way to go down.

Here is a little Google maps magic to help you (and mostly me) visualize what I plan on doing so far.

Any help and/or suggestions would be greatly appreciated, it's going to be my first big trip with a motorbike, so I'm sure I've forgotten something.


Reply With Quote
Old 4 May 2012
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: New York and Vero Beach, Florida
Posts: 27
I have one bit of advice. Instead of traveling down the East Coast of the US on what looks like Interstate Highway 95, consider traveling down a bit to the West, like down the Blue Ridge Parkway (Google it), and that will take you through some much more interesting scenery, including some small mountains. The interstate 95 route is boring, fast and you see nothing. I know because I have been forced to use it when traveling fast between NY and Florida.

Good luck with your trip, it sounds very exciting.

Reply With Quote
Old 8 May 2012
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 7
Perfect, thanks Larry, it looks like I can get on the Blue Ridge Parkway just after Washington.

Exactly why I started this thread.
Reply With Quote
Old 8 May 2012
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: RTW, From Vancouver BC 2012
Posts: 629
curves ahead

Try the Dragon's back
Tennessee Motorcycle Roads & Routes - Ocoee/Tellico/Cherohala Skyway/The Dragon(129) | OpenRoadJourney.com


Those who say something is impossible should not hinder those who are achieving it!


HU RR Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride
Reply With Quote
Old 14 May 2012
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 7
Wow, that looks intense, another road to add to the growing list.

Thanks Sara

I plan on staying off the main Highways, I'll have a month to get from New York to Tulum, more than enough time to take the scenic route
Reply With Quote
Old 15 May 2012
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 24
Originally Posted by healthychaos View Post
Perfect, thanks Larry, it looks like I can get on the Blue Ridge Parkway just after Washington.
I know this route personally. Take 66 west from DC until you get to Front Royal where the blue ridge starts at the top of Shenandoah National Park. Take the blue ridge as far as you can go south. you won't regret it, but just make sure it's not the dead of winter. it's incredibly beautiful.
Reply With Quote
Old 16 May 2012
charapashanperu's Avatar
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Bristol, Maine, USA
Posts: 508

You can actually start the Parkway from Hershey, Pennsylvania if you don't have to go thru Baltimore (UG!) or Washington. Because you are starting in July, I wouldn't miss cruising the coastline of southern Maine!

In southern Mexico, DON'T MISS the Mayan city of Palenque and the Aguas Azules (mineral crytal clear river nearby). They are within 1 1/2 hours of each other and almost on your route.

Reply With Quote
Old 20 Feb 2013
shomani's Avatar
Contributing Member
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Quebec, Canada
Posts: 6
Originally Posted by hope2013 View Post
I know this route personally. Take 66 west from DC until you get to Front Royal where the blue ridge starts at the top of Shenandoah National Park. Take the blue ridge as far as you can go south. you won't regret it, but just make sure it's not the dead of winter. it's incredibly beautiful.
Actually, it's the Skyline Drive that starts at Front Royal and then merges to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Be sure to do the Tail of the Dragon on route US129 at the bottom of the Blue Ridge. I did this two years ago on a 10 day outing from Montreal. Plenty of side roads to visit also.
My two cents: if your planning on buying a bike in Montreal, reconsider. Taxes are high in Quebec, plus the cost of the license plates will be around $650 CAN.
This is because Quebec has a public insurance plan that is included in the licencing. You might be better off getting a bike out of the province where it'll probably cost you around $50 for the license.
Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ride L.A.R.A. Laos tours - my experiences - read before booking... JimFlashman Travellers' Advisories, Safety and Security on the Road 4 28 May 2013 20:28
Ride for Rangers ozranger Make a Difference 1 28 Nov 2012 00:13
22 ride guides available for central Veracruz and eastern Puebla, Mexico MikeMike Central America and Mexico 11 6 Sep 2012 12:44
disorganised ride in Cambodia Dean74 Southern Asia 5 27 Dec 2011 00:32
A ride with the Central America Wild Bunch. fredsuleman Central America and Mexico 7 1 Dec 2009 22:05


HU DVD Summer Special!

Now that summer is here, get On the Road! Take 30% off the Achievable Dream - On the Road! 2-DVD set until August 31 only. Get On the Road! Learn the tips to staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure!

Our veteran travellers share their tips (and great stories) for staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure.

"A fantastic, informative and inspirational DVD."

"It's brilliant - thank you very much!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'ONTHEROAD' on your order when you checkout.

Renedian Adventures

Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!

What turns you on to motorcycle travel?

Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

Books & DVDs


All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.

Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 16:15.