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I'm relocating from England to Seattle and thought I'd take the opportunity to clock up some miles on my GS, hence the posting.
I believe the better North route will still be blockedin places in April, so have come up with the following:
I've just picked up Road Trip USA-jamie jensen ISBN 1-56691-396-9 Avalon Travel Publishing.
It lays out a network of 2 lane scenic highways, so here's my unrefined first draft version of the route East to West:
Ship in to JFK-escape from NY on 70 toward Philadelphia, aiming towards Columbus.
Down to Indianapolis still on the 70 and through to St Louis. Pick up the 35 for Kansas City.
Topeka, Dodge City, Pueblo, Provo, Ely.
At Ely turn North to Boise, the 84/90 up to Seattle.
Shouldn't take more than a couple of hours at most!
Using this as a base template route I can already see alternatives for breaking north east earlier and whilst it's easier to identify the larger cities, on the map I have, I'd be happier to miss them, so any refinements folks?
I've just crossed the whole of the USA in 15 minutes using Google earth, don't tell me you think two hours is a little optomistic...surely not!
I've set 4-6 weeks aside to dawdle along US-50 branded the loneliest road by some. It shadows the Interstates I mentioned, more or less, but without the tedium and with towns and points of interest to veer off and explore.
Starting will be April/May time.
I have taken US-50 from Nevada to Virginia and it is not bad but I recommend US-36 going West from Indianapolis, Indiana. It goes through Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and meets I-70 East of Denver, Colorado. Its a much nicer road with not much traffic.
West from Denver or Pueblo there are mountain passes over 10,000 ft (3,000 M). Cold and possable snow into the first weeks in June, sometimes later.
In Ely in mid April it will be cold, lows in the low 20's F (-10 C). Northern Nevada and Idaho are high desert around 5,000 ft(1,500M)
The later you go the better.
Little Britain (just because it’s the name of a great comedy show in England)
Peach Bottom (photo opportunity!)
Gormania (horror movie?)
Headquarters (I’ve always wanted to reach Headquarters)
Frankfort (irony 2)
Shelbyville (Heard of it not sure why)
English (well you’ve jus got to)
Birdseye (comedy name)
Kansas City (promised a BBQ)
Covert (try to sneak through without being noticed)
Zurich (irony 3)
Achilles (must be a classic)
Max (to see what the speed limit is)
Red Lion (name of the local Pub)
Cheyenne (wild west)
Laramie (the man from…)
Tacoma- -South Cle Elum
Thoughts, diversions, add-ons, deletions, must sees, best avoided?
You dont mention how much time you have but here is my suggestion for the Eastern portion of your trip.
Head SW out of NY. Personally I would take the slab just to get away as soon as possible. Pick up the SKYLINE Drive in Front Royal, VA (due W of DC). Continue S on the BLUE RIDGE Parkway. Ride the Dragon (US129) while you are in the neighborhood of W. NC.
Cut W across TN and pick up the NATCHEZ Trace in Nashville, TN. Ride it SW to Natchez, MS. Take your pick of backroads on a general NW route back up to OR.
Location: Bouncing between Sacramento and Portland. Korea soon.
Highway 50 is about a mile from me, but that's in Sacramento which is on no one's plan for riding through. But if you show up around here, let me know. I'd like to meet you. That's open for anyone coming through this place. Have a couch and a garage for anyone.
In October, I went 50 from Kansas to California. In Utah had snow and freezing rain. Pick-up truck, not bike sadly.
Random attempts have
been made at RTW on
a '65 Ducati 250cc
definatly take the Blue Ridge Parkway down. Very nice scenic curvy road, and it leads to one of the best (may be biased since i live so close) motorcycle areas in North America along with probably the best single motorcycle road in the world... US 129/ Deals Gap. you can check out info about the BRP and Deals Gap area at www.tailofthedragon.com/ also while your down in that area the Cherohala Skyway is a must.
Here's a rivision of the route posted earlier.
It's based on all of the input I've received from guys like you, plus the AMA Guide and books I picked up in Seattle.
It can still be honed further, so suggestions are still welcomed:
Cedar Hill Lakes
La Sal Junction
Canyon lands NP
Blue Lake 299
The End...of the beginning.
Remember the song -
"It rained all night the day I left,
the weather it was dry;
The sun so hot I froze to death,
Susanna don't you cry."
Take the gear you will need to be warm and dry.
When the weather is warm and dry be sure you have enough room to pack your cold weather and rain gear.
If you think that you will need a service call the dealer you want a month ahead of time.
If you can't make the appointment call them and they can re-schedule you.
I have made several cross country trips (US) and I don't bother with a service unless it is a round trip.
Sierra BMW would be good if you do want a service.
consider adjusting your route a bit south and take Missouri HWY 160. It runs most of the way across the state just above the border with AR. Great curvy back road. Pick it up in the vicinity of Poplar Bluff.
Take the ferry across the Mississippi at Hickman, KY just for grins. Anybody can cross using a bridge.
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