Trip advise, please.
I am changing jobs and will be taking about 5 weeks off in between. So, now is the time for that extended tour (by my standards) that I have been dreaming about. Now, if I could just get some input from the HUBB, I'll be set.
First, route and daily mileage. Here is my (totally) loose plan:
- Leaving Denver, CO, on November 24 and crossing into Mexico around southern Texas (Peidras Negras), 1100 miles
- The "Jungles, Veracruz, and Indian Villages" route from the book, Motorcycle Journeys through Northern Mexico, 1400 miles, ten to twelve days, exiting through Pharr, TX
- Pharr, TX to southern Florida, 1500 miles
- Southern Florida to my folks' home in West Virginia, 1000 miles
- West Virginia to Denver, 1300 miles
- Total mileage is about 6300 miles
- Assuming 25 travel days, 5 rest days, and 5 days back in Dever to transition, that is 250 miles per day on the bike
Questions. I know it is subjective, but is that a reasonable itinerary in terms of daily distance expectations? Would I be better off skipping southern Florida or Mexico and taking more time to smell the roses?
Second, weather considerations. I would be travelling between roughly November 25 and January 1. Is that unreasonable considering my route/itenerary? Would I be better off doing the route in reverse. I plan on buying the Olympia All Touring System jacket and pants. I could also install heated grips or buy heated clothing.
Well, I realize much of this is simply for me to decide, but since I only have one motorcycle tour under my belt (Copper Canyon) I thought I would solicit the advice of the old pros out there.
By theway, I'm on a Suzuki V-strom 650, like to tent camp, and really not too destination driven, for what that is worth.