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Old 25 Mar 2012
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Originally Posted by TheMoose View Post
Gotta be The Blue Ridge Parkway followed by The Tail of The Dragon. Great Roads
We managed half of the BR Parkway, the north half and found it Dull as dish water to be honest. Not worth going out of the way for.

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If you're going to do the Blue Ridge Parkway, don't forget Skyline Drive that precedes it from the North. When you get down to Cherokee for Deals Gap etc. (over-rated by rueopean standards) don't miss out on the Cherahal Skyway, stunning.

If anyone thinks that the Blue Ridge Parkway is dull they must have no soul at all.
Graham & Elaine

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Cool Moose loose....

take a peek at www.unitedstatesofamanchester.blogspot.com and see my little 8500 trip last May-June.

Blue Ridge YUP..... Dragon ..... Yup,,m,,,,,] Badlands oh yes..... Highway 1 East Coast.... cool....... Have a ball and ride free.....

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Originally Posted by twowheels03 View Post
Good comment - if you do that you can get an annual pass for about $90usd that covers all the great parks - it saves you loads. Ask for the annual pass at the first national park you enter.


Paul makes a very good point, that if you're intending to spend time in any of the National Parks, it can be quite expensive at 15-20 dollars a pop each one, and to get an annual pass is economical. Also, you won't have to wait at every hassle to purchase one inside, you can show the pass and breeze on in (depending on time of year and people traffic). Jean
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Originally Posted by akceller8 View Post
Hi all, I'm aiming to take a random ride around the States from June to December 2012. This will hopefully be the first of many journeys for me so i thought i'd dip my toe in the adventure biking water gently by taking a Harley and cruising the highway and byways.
I have no fixed timetable or route and only myself to please.
If anyone has any ideas on where i should visit or things that are must see, then i welcome your suggestions.
If anyone would like to meet up or ride with me, then i'd love to hear from you.
A few suggestions:
1) First half of your trip you got to be in the north side and then move south as the weather grows colder.
2) Consider a comfortable and reliable vehicle such as a BMW K1200LT or at least BMW R1150RT. These have all the comforts and reliability that Harley cannot compare on. I have done 1200 miles a day on my BMW. But I understand that you may like a Harley better. Choose your ride but BMW will be cheaper and more economical if you buy used. Makes more sense for extended travel.
3) I don't know where you wish to start and end your journey but you could go start from NY and travel across USA in anti-clockwise direction and end your trip in Miami in December. Here's how: start in New York and see Niagara falls, NY City etc. head towards Seattle seeing Chicago, Wisconsin, Mt Rushmore, Badlands National Park, Sturgis in August (must see if you are on a harley). Then quickly visit YellowStone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Glacier National Park. Head out west to see Olympic National Park and Seattle area. By then it will be September.
4) Then head a bit south to Oregon and make it to California along the coast. Choice is between scenic Hwy 1 vs Interstate 5/Hwy-101. Very beautiful indeed. Check out San Francisco, LA and San Diego. Check out Sequoia National Park, Yosemite then come back towards North east visiting Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Arches National Park, Zion National Park, Rocky Mountains and Smokey National Park for the fall (lovely colors in fall). Maybe you will just miss fall.

5) Then you head south. The Gulf coast near Mobile, Alabama and Florida Panhandle is quite nice actually with lots of coastal towns. New Orleans is cool too. Then as nights get colder move east and south towards Miami and go to Key West. While rest of the country freezes their balls off and shovel snow you will be thinking of your next trip to nowhere in particular.

Have fun, mate. Above all - take it easy and be safe. If you need a place to stay in San Francisco area, let me know. I may have a guest bedroom for you to rest yourself and share stories.
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