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quastdog 27 Apr 2010 16:29

Traveling the US, Summer 2010
 
I'll be on the road in North America for most of the remainder of 2010. Currently I'm on the east coast - North Carolina/Tennessee/Virginia border area. I'll be heading to the west coast in a month or two.

Just wondering: anyone looking to meet up, share a camp or few?

markharf 27 Apr 2010 20:55

I'm a long way from anywhere in particular at the moment, but I'd be happy to try and catch up at some point. Are you going back to Seattle, in which case I'll be in the neighborhood by August or September, or are you keeping on the move?

Mark

(your ex-neighbor, now in Brasilia, tomorrow elsewhere)

quastdog 28 Apr 2010 17:44

Well, as everyone from the PacNW knows, the best time to be there is after July 4, through September. I should be out there at that time, but since I'm homeless, yes, I'll be 'on the move'. Except its really great country to be motorcycling through - and camping - and I'm looking forward to it. Idaho, Montana, Oregon...

I'm enjoying the riding and country down here in the southern Appalachians. Great motor biking facilities - campgrounds and such. And good twisty mtn. roads, lots of off-roading in the national forests, and plenty of places for free camping. Weather has been wet and cool since I've been here.

I may head to the southwest in May - New Mexico, Arizona, so. California., then on up through no. California and Oregon in June.

And I'm thinking of going south again by bike (Central America) for the winter. Or maybe Thailand, or Argentina, or Colombia.

Carreg Cennen 29 Apr 2010 12:16

Heading West
 
I'll be arriving in the US next week (volcanic ash erruptions permitting!) and then have a few errands to run/people to see around the New York area, before heading West. Had thought about following Route 66 from Chicago down to Amarillo, then heading down to Mexico for a few days, but no firm plans.
Do have to be in Colorado Springs at the beginning of June for 4 days - that's the only fixed point.
I then want to meet a friend in LA before heading north - maybe even all the way up the Dalton Highway, and back to NY across Canada. All a bit vague - but I don't like planning too much detail. I have 4 months before I need to be back in the UK.

I ride a KTM 990 Adventure - and will be camping as much as possible.
Let's keep in touch - and maybe even meet up at some point?

Cheers,

Eryl :mchappy:

quastdog 3 May 2010 23:27

Quote:

Originally Posted by Carreg Cennen (Post 287099)
Had thought about following Route 66 from Chicago down to Amarillo, then heading down to Mexico for a few days, but no firm plans.

I could be in the Ozarks (Arkansas) mid to late May (you'll pass the closest to the Ozarks (mtns.) on Route 66 in Joplin Missouri).

Quote:

Originally Posted by Carreg Cennen (Post 287099)
Do have to be in Colorado Springs at the beginning of June for 4 days - that's the only fixed point.

A possibility here as well; my residence for 10 years - the ex still lives here :stormy: - and I'll pass through and say hi to a few friends late May/early June as well.

Bonedust68 4 May 2010 05:53

Going to B.C.?
 
Hi there quastdog, I am planning a trip up the 101 from Redding Ca around early July. Then take the backroads to the coast and up 101 trough Oregon and see my Father in Bremerton, Wa for a day.. I'll head over the cascades on State hwy 20 then cross the border in Danville Wa.. STop at Radium Hot Spr. for a soak then Up to Jasper park and down to Whistler for some downhill MTB.. after that Ill head down to Ranier Park..then do the spine and east side of the Cades back to Redding should take two weeks. I am then stayin till fall then heading down to Mexico to explore it... Hope to see you on the road,

Keep your tires rollin,

Robert..


Quote:

Originally Posted by quastdog (Post 287004)
Well, as everyone from the PacNW knows, the best time to be there is after July 4, through September. I should be out there at that time, but since I'm homeless, yes, I'll be 'on the move'. Except its really great country to be motorcycling through - and camping - and I'm looking forward to it. Idaho, Montana, Oregon...

I'm enjoying the riding and country down here in the southern Appalachians. Great motor biking facilities - campgrounds and such. And good twisty mtn. roads, lots of off-roading in the national forests, and plenty of places for free camping. Weather has been wet and cool since I've been here.

I may head to the southwest in May - New Mexico, Arizona, so. California., then on up through no. California and Oregon in June.

And I'm thinking of going south again by bike (Central America) for the winter. Or maybe Thailand, or Argentina, or Colombia.


markharf 4 May 2010 13:50

I probably won't make it over the border into the States until July, but I'll be out there somewhere, at some point, somehow. If I arrive home too early (my house is rented out until September) I'll probably head north, subject to all the usual parameters, excuses and evasions.

Hope to see you along the way!

Mark

quastdog 5 May 2010 16:55

Mark:
Let's try to meet up in California/Oregon somewhere. I'll probably do the Sierras north instead of the coast (it's the tourists! - as well as the Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Yosemite...) I'm planning on doing the BMW MOA rally in Redmond, OR in mid-July (cheap camping/hanging out with humans)...but now I'm doing too much planning and that's not a good thing.

Have a good ride north through CA.

quastdog 5 May 2010 16:58

Bonedust:
Sort of like trying to hit a moving target - or in your case, trying to hit me as you're riding past. I'll be moving with a bit less ambition than your travel plans - but if your nearby, shoot! lets mingle!

quastdog 5 May 2010 17:09

BTW: current location, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina. Yesterday was rain, but today is sunny, and tourists are light in number. I'm heading up to Shenandoah N.P. - ride the Blue Ridge Pkwy south back to where I was last week (storms drove me out of the mountains, same ones that flooded Nashville) - then I'll head towards Arkansas.

I really am enjoying seeing America by motorcycle!

Phone Guy 8 May 2010 00:29

I am in Redding CA. I will be doing a short ride to the TYNDA Rally near Oakridge Oregon on June 25-27. There will be many speakers that have traveled the world or are traveling the world. Free camping a shower etc. The host is Eric and Gail Hawes. They are world travelers as well. If you want more info just let me know.

Mike

quastdog 9 May 2010 19:04

Some things never change
 
I'm on the hunt for rubber again. The rear tire I got for free is now wearing out with another 3,200 km on it, plus the original front is now dead.

I spent several days on the first week of this trip (week 3 now) looking for a rear (mentioned above). Two-weeks later, I'm doing same thing. Except I no longer expect to be able to walk into a motorcycle shop in this country and expect to find tires, my size, in stock. (F650GSD and KLR650 are conveniently same sizes - 130/80 17" and 90/90 21").

Of course, being in the country of overnight delivery - no sweat. Except, knowing what that UPS address will be 2 days from now is another thing. But I have time; today is Sunday, no one works!

I'm hanging out in the Iron Horse MC Campground in North Carolina, host to the September HU meeting here in the east. Excellent facility for the long-duration traveller (got washer/dryer, hot showers, wifi). Everyone's out riding deals gap; I'm the only one in the place but a few skeleton staff.

I'm trying to arrange a receiving address in Arkansas - somewhere where I'll be in a few days - to try to order a pair to be waiting on my arrival. I can ride maybe another 1000 km without being cited for faulty equipment. (now, wherever that address might be, installation nearby would be even better, since I'm not even carrying tire irons right now!).

I'll probably use Southwest Moto for the quick service, 'free ground shipping' - but this could take a few days, depending on how fast ground may be, but SWM was pretty good about being PDQ a few years ago.

I just needs me that address now :taz:

Carreg Cennen 10 May 2010 02:12

Heading to Chicago...
 
Cleared my bike through US customs at JFK on Friday. Curently in New Joirsey and heading across Pennsylvannia tomorrow...
Will be camping for the next few days - but will try to get internet access when I can.:cool4:

Mickey D 10 May 2010 08:01

Quote:

Originally Posted by quastdog (Post 288273)
I'm hanging out in the Iron Horse MC Campground in North Carolina, host to the September HU meeting here in the east. Excellent facility for the long-duration traveller (got washer/dryer, hot showers, wifi). Everyone's out riding deals gap; I'm the only one in the place but a few skeleton staff.I just needs me that address now :taz:

How about Ron Ayers?

Ron Ayers Motorsports Internet & Mail Order Sales
1918 North Memorial Drive
Greenville, NC 27834
1.800.888.3084
fax (252)752-3019

Support Hours:
Monday - Friday: 10:30am - 7:00pm EST

Email:
part sales & inquiries: parts@ronayers.com
customer service, returns & order status: customerservice@ronayers.com


Ayers is not the cheapest but probably better than a typical dealer and should have something in stock .... or can get it quick.
If you're doing mail order and can wait a few days, I'd also check Motorcycle Superstore and American Motorcycle Tire.

aldillo 12 May 2010 15:28

Living today !!!!! it was time!!!
 
Hey Quastdog.

I'm living from Miami to Tampa today.
Tomorrow to New Orleans and then New Mexico, Colorado, Utah.
After that work my way up to Washington. I wan to see Yellowstone but the west coast too, so I' not sure what directions would I take.
Any way, let me now if we cross roads so we can ride for a while together.
If not maybe you can give me some tips of roads, camping, and must see places.

Well, this goes for anyone else that is out there.


Keep enjoining!!
Good ride.

Aldo


2005 f650 GS DAKAR.


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