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View Poll Results: Which route do you suggest for doing between Apr 15 - May 6 ?
Cross Country SF -> NY -> SF 1 9.09%
Southwest - CA -> AZ -> NM -> CO -> UT -> CA 10 90.91%
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Old 04-12-2016, 12:42 PM   #1
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Appreciate any suggestions on my second touring trip ? Thanks.

Hello Guys,

This is a first thread i have ever put myself out in a forum. My cousin mentioned about barf multiple times before planning this trip.

Last Year : I was lucky to have a wonderful trip from SF to Seattle in the pacific coast. I loved the trip it was so great and spiritual.

This Year : I have free time between jobs from Apr 15th to May 6th , planning to do cross country in route 66 or do a circle in south west states.

Honda CB500x 2015 - 7800miles so far. Changed oil and filter @ 7000miles

I still consider myself as beginner level. I don't know how to change/fix flat tyre yet. I'm learning one at a time.

Any suggestions on which route will be more enjoyable at this time ?

SF -> LA - 66 Chicago -> 80 NY
or
SF -> LA -> Arizona -> New Mexico -> Colorado -> Utah -> SF

Any campgrounds or sites to see in the route ?

Advance thanks for your time and help.
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Hi bharani. I love your enthusiasm for riding and hope you have an awesome ride this year. I moved your thread to sport touring since you are asking for touring advice. You'll get some good answers here. Please have fun and write a ride report if you can.
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Old 04-13-2016, 05:36 AM   #3
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From my short time in Arizona/Utah on a 2 day motorcycle rental a couple of years ago, I'd absolutely do the southwest loop. The list of great places to see is very long. I'll just name a handful of the ones that I have seen and want to revisit:

* Grand Canyon
* Hoover Dam
* Zion State Park
* Yosemite
* Death Valley
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May can be too early for any travel north. As he poll says go south. If you hit the big National Parks, GC, Zion and Yosemite treat yourself. I camp a lot and one thing the wife and I always do is hit the dinning room's at the parks. Note if you go to Yosemite do lunch, dinner is big $$$ but good.


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Well, here's a thought from
someone who grew up and
started riding back east ...

Like Alaska or Baja a cross-country
ride is a motorcycle-person
pilgrimage everyone should do
at least once ...

The SW is epic, and apples-to-oranges
compared to the east, but the SW
is closer and isn't going anywhere ...

The east is crowded, and the beauty
is subtle, but every Revolutionary War
cow-path has been turned into a road ...
a wonderful maze of "country" roads ...
lots of culture, museums and theater,
Manhattan, etc ...

In May I'd look at Natches Trace Parkway
to Blue Ridge Pkwy to Skyline Pkwy ...
Washington DC to Broadway ...
Chicago and secondary roads through
Nebraska on the way home to Hwy 50 ...?

... camping is very
different/harder back east ...
nothing but private property ...

Anyway, just a thought ...
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choices ... can't go wrong ...

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Ummm, There is so much to take in, In our Western States, ...I'm just concerned about the reason to go to NY? Southern Utah is stunning... Just right time of the year to be seeing the red rock, With traces of Snow still there.

I spent 4 1/2 Months living on my bike, and visiting the National parks... This side of the continental divide...

I was able to do that 4 1/2 months, money wise, because I never spent the night in a motel, or even a camp ground...
I just got out of sight, on abandoned roads/trails/or ground that was do-able.
Didn't build a fire that could attract attention.
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Well, here's a thought from
someone who grew up and
started riding back east ...

Like Alaska or Baja a cross-country
ride is a motorcycle-person
pilgrimage everyone should do
at least once ...

The SW is epic, and apples-to-oranges
compared to the east, but the SW
is closer and isn't going anywhere ...

In May I'd look at Natches Trace Parkway
to Blue Ridge Pkwy to Skyline Pkwy ...
Washington DC to Broadway ...
Chicago and secondary roads through
Nebraska on the way home to Hwy 50 ...?


Anyway, just a thought ...
you have two first-prize
choices ... can't go wrong ...

see you around
the campfire,
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^^^This!

Either turn around in Colorado or go...all...the...way.

Blue Ridge Parkway is on my to do list. Maybe on yours too?

Ride, explore, enjoy!
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What Lou said. I try to ride to southwest Utah and/or southwest Colorado annually, I can't resist a combination of curvy roads and beautiful scenery. Fish Lake, Capitol Reef NP, Hwy 12, Bryce, Zion are some Utah favorites and in that order your close to that Canyon. From Capitol Reef east on 95 is geologically fascinating and leads to Arches and Canyonlands National Park, and on to Colorado. Lots of camping from free to more .
Having said that, John does make some good points and I've enjoyed the Blue Ridge Parkway and surrounding states a couple of times. But never cross country, my coastal trips have all started in Kansas City. Enjoy the adventure
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having said that, john does make some good points and i've enjoyed the blue ridge parkway and surrounding states a couple of times. But never cross country, my coastal trips have all started in kansas city. Enjoy the adventure



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The miles on maps are longer than they appear, especially in the Western States. So try to not overdo it, especially on a trip of your length.

I would suggest doing a spoke and hub thing. Picking a spot or two and base camping there, then doing short day "tourist" trips out of those hubs. You only have to set up camp a few times this way. It's also easy to have an easy "do nothing" day to just relax this way.
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Million Dollar Highway in CO, then head south to AZ and ride Devil's Highway http://excessivelocity.blogspot.com/...s-highway.html
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Million Dollar Highway in CO, then head south to AZ and ride Devil's Highway http://excessivelocity.blogspot.com/...s-highway.html
Yes, OMG YES Done them...

The Million Dollar Hwy, required about 6 reps.

2 to stop at every turn, and see the changing view.

4 to feel the corners, don't look at the scenery view.

The road got it's name, because when it was getting built... The road builders took the tailings from the mines they were passing, and used them for road base.
Years later, it was discovered, that there was still ore, in them there rocks..

Devils Hwy.. Is a SWEET TREASURE of turns.. Got it's name cause it was numbered 666.

They have re-numbered it.
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Old 05-16-2016, 09:45 AM   #13
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Thanks for all your messages and suggestions.

I know I'm too late to post this reply but late is better than never.

I went through all your messages it was very helpful, but this time i choose to complete my west coast with a trip from SF to San Diego in CA-1.

I loved the trip and glad i did something instead of just talking.

Some highlights :

1. Camped first night at limekiln state park its close to shore and i loved the hike there.

2. Camped at Oceano dunes - great place to check out. i tried riding in the beach but too bad i don't have dirt types i dropped in sand and returned back. It was fun.

3. Laguna beach - took a motel stay i was tired. Great town i want to go back again.

4. Hated the LA traffic i would definitely turn back in Malibu if i do this next time.

5. Camped at carpinteria state park very nice for RV parking but it worked out well and i loved the beach there.

Overall its a good ride and enjoyed my first time camping. So much to learn one trip at a time.

Here are some pics from trip

CA-1:
https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B085VaUrz9MVjt



I will try to be active with forums
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