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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere
« Reply #25 on: March 11, 2017, 09:50:02 pm »
Are you set on heading west?  One summer I rode the Blue Ridge Parkway south into NC and crossed into Tenn. over the Cherohala Skyway.  The only reason I avoided Tail of the Dragon was due to the weather conditions on the day I made it there.  I'm like you, don't like to stay in one place during my trips, and I can tell you the experience of taking the BRP is worth it.

You can't do it all in one day, so depending on how much you want to ride I'd suggest stops in Asheville and Roanoke.  I stayed in a nice motel in Chantilly, VA that's about 20 minutes from the Smithsonian in DC and the Discovery Space Shuttle.  The back roads of PA are great and rt. 555 (triple nickel) just north of Marietta, OH is awesome!

The only west trip I took was through Indiana and Illinois so I don't have much advise that way.  I remember the rain and many many detours to avoid storms, there's no way but through when you travel west.  Rt. 67/52 north from Clinton, IA to Dubuque is a twisty dream at 60mph and follows the Mississippi, that was fun. 

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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere
« Reply #26 on: March 11, 2017, 11:34:25 pm »
As I said in my last post, I'm now looking at going up into W.Virginia, Pennsylvania, etc as well.  I live 2 hours from the Blue Ridge Parkway and ride it throughout the year.  It is a wonderful place to ride and camp. But with 10 days off, just want to ride somewhere else.  Thanks for all of the input. :beerchug:

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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere
« Reply #27 on: March 12, 2017, 01:27:39 am »
The more I look at places to go, the more I want to head West to New Mexico and areas around there.  I appreciate all of the input.  I'm going to concentrate my planning on heading West including finding places to camp. :beerchug:

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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere
« Reply #28 on: March 12, 2017, 04:46:14 am »
Can't believe everyone isn't saying to head straight for Southern Utah. The canyon country will be warm, the roads dry, and there is no prettier place in the world. HWY 12 from Boulder to Escalante is world class. It's all extraordinary. Free camping galore. Paradise. When I liven in Boulder, Colorado I spent every weekend I could over in Southern Utah, and I love mountains more than most. You cannot ride an ugly road between Zion and four corners at that latitude.
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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere
« Reply #29 on: March 12, 2017, 10:25:34 am »
I camped it Torrey UT for a few days on different occasions at Sandcreek RV camp in 2005. Clean facilities, laundry, private tent sites with real green grass. Rate was $11, I see it's gone to $20. $5 for just stopping in for a shower. They also had an excellent beer selection. Keep in mind, this info is from 12 years ago.

http://www.sandcreekrv.com/index.htm

Best sunset I've ever seen was at the scenic overlook just west of Capitol Reef Nat Park, a few miles east of town. Lot's of good riding in the area including my all time favorite road(so far. and I've been on the PCH), HY 12 from Torrey to Panguitch, in that direction. There is also a really cool county(?) road leading out of Boulder.

Lots of good riding in all of southern UT. Zion is simply awesome.

I would assume free dispersed camping on US land or low cost at their sites.

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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere
« Reply #30 on: March 12, 2017, 07:19:59 pm »
The more I look at places to go, the more I want to head West to New Mexico and areas around there. 
... I'm going to concentrate my planning on heading West including finding places to camp.

Good choice.  Someplace new. 
We can camp on Nat'l Forest and BLM lands anywhere; not so within Nat'l Parks or on state owned lands. 
You have to be comfortable with your security level; I've done this often enough in the west / but not in the east for whatever reason.
That said if I were putting transit miles on during the day along the main routes, the KOA and various RV parks
would be leading camp candidates just because there would be less time spent searching out a spot.
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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere
« Reply #31 on: March 12, 2017, 08:35:37 pm »
I have an app called Allstays rv and camp that makes quick work of finding most any private or public campground plus a lot of other info. Geared toward the RV traveler but still very helpful. Unless it's gone up, it is $9.95. Worth it(and I own a KLR).
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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere
« Reply #32 on: March 12, 2017, 11:02:16 pm »
I'll check them out.  Anything to help with campground plans is appreciated.  :great:
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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere
« Reply #33 on: March 13, 2017, 12:48:14 am »
The only 2 I have experience with are both KOA's. One in Cortez CO that was a great help for the 2015 National. Mention COG and I'll bet that they remember and will take care of you. Nice facilities. The other is Cedar City UT. Right downtown with everything within walking distance. FYI Cedar City UT is a great hub for discovering the spokes of the wheel for SO UT riding. EZ access to Zion, Bryce etc. Both offer tent and RV spaces. If you choose this route buy a Park Pass. It will save money in the long run. A little slice of MC heaven. Use caution at dusk and dawn for the forest rats *deer) are thick as fleas on a hound dog. They will stand in the middle of the road and say hi as you pass. They don't jump in front of you much but will stand there like confused cattle.
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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere
« Reply #34 on: March 15, 2017, 10:12:51 am »
Being a native of Colorado (for decades), and living in CO, IMHO you may run into cool (30s and 40s) weather, but unlikely you'll see snow.  And most likely it'll only be a fairly high elevations.

The really high roads, Trail Ridge Road, Independence, Mt. Evans will likely still be closed although they do aim to get them open my Memorial Day.  Everything else should be open and snow free (on the road)  some leftover gravel here and there.  The snow covered peaks make for some nice pictures.

And as others have pointed out there's some good riding in northern NM.

Finally, everybody might want to know that they've paved the west side of Cottonwood Pass.  Now there's a really fun way to get from Buena Vista to Gunnison

Indeed. Here is a shot of my Wing on it's maiden voyage. I took off headed west the week after Labor Day and it was pretty cold that trip. This trip convinced me to add heated grips.   ;D   (So we're talking mid-September here)



This is at the summit of Monarch Pass. Had to go slow and stay in the tracks of the car ahead of me. Since I was on the west side of the continantal divide I had no choice but to go over the pass if I wanted to get home before spring!   

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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere
« Reply #35 on: March 16, 2017, 09:23:12 am »
Way to get to know the bike. Bet your eyes were wide open on the downhill side!  :great:

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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere
« Reply #36 on: April 20, 2017, 01:40:00 am »
So....the 10 day ride is now 3 weeks.  Just gave my 2 week notice at work.  After 40 years I want to take a break.  If I decide to work again I should be able to find another job (physical therapist).  Just finished getting the bike (2001 C-10) in good shape and reasonably comfortable.  She is so smooth and fast now.  Ready to go. The only down side is I'm going to leave May 4 for wherever so colder areas will still be cold.

I want to go where there aren't many people.  The less the better.  Still thinking of heading out to the New Mexico/Utah area and then go places from there if feasible weather-wise and would like to camp as much as possible. :motonoises:

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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere
« Reply #37 on: April 20, 2017, 02:42:34 am »
Well may I suggest Hwy 50 through NV for no people. Death Valley should also be somewhat temperate during this time. Cent and Northern AZ and Southern UT. Southern CO. Almost anywhere in NM.
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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere
« Reply #38 on: April 20, 2017, 08:36:25 am »
"Well may I suggest Hwy 50 through NV for no people. Death Valley should also be somewhat temperate during this time. Cent and Northern AZ and Southern UT. Southern CO. Almost anywhere in NM."

Sounds like the right plan for me.   :beerchug:

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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere
« Reply #39 on: April 20, 2017, 08:54:57 am »
So....the 10 day ride is now 3 weeks.  Just gave my 2 week notice at work.  After 40 years I want to take a break.  If I decide to work again I should be able to find another job (physical therapist).  Just finished getting the bike (2001 C-10) in good shape and reasonably comfortable.  She is so smooth and fast now.  Ready to go. The only down side is I'm going to leave May 4 for wherever so colder areas will still be cold.

I want to go where there aren't many people.  The less the better.  Still thinking of heading out to the New Mexico/Utah area and then go places from there if feasible weather-wise and would like to camp as much as possible. :motonoises:

May the 4th be with you!   :))

Good luck! Seriously, I retired a year ago last December after working for the same company for 41 years. (So almost a year and a half since I went over the wall) And so far, I do not feel a pressing need to get up and go to work in the mornings! I had to cancel my yearly excursion to Arizona this year because I was sick with some kind of flu-bug virus, so I am really in need for a vacation right now. Have fun and be careful!
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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere
« Reply #40 on: April 20, 2017, 10:45:38 am »
Kids are all grown. Live alone. Time for an adventure. >:D

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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere
« Reply #41 on: April 20, 2017, 05:24:55 pm »
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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere now 3 weeks
« Reply #42 on: April 29, 2017, 11:01:50 pm »
After serious thought I have decided to cancel all of my hotel reservations that I had made to get me out to Albuquerque, NM.  I was pushing too hard regarding riding time to get out there. I'm going to break it up more and stop when I want to. I don't know why I felt compelled to try to kill myself. I've got 3 weeks now. I'm riding by myself and wanted to unwind so I going to make myself even if it kills me!  >:(

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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere
« Reply #43 on: May 03, 2017, 12:42:31 am »
Packed up and ready to leave after work tomorrow.  Will be riding in the rain initially.  Bike's ready and so am I. Hope I make it out West. :motonoises:

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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere now 3 weeks
« Reply #44 on: May 03, 2017, 01:30:37 am »
After serious thought I have decided to cancel all of my hotel reservations that I had made to get me out to Albuquerque, NM.  I was pushing too hard regarding riding time to get out there. I'm going to break it up more and stop when I want to. I don't know why I felt compelled to try to kill myself. I've got 3 weeks now. I'm riding by myself and wanted to unwind so I going to make myself even if it kills me!  >:(
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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere
« Reply #45 on: May 03, 2017, 09:01:19 am »
Look for regional COG activities on the calendar and link them together?
If you decide to head north, the NE Spring Fling Rally is in southern Vermont May 18-21.
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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere
« Reply #46 on: May 04, 2017, 07:29:42 pm »
Best laid plans...

Had to wait and leave today due to work schedule yesterday. Of course I hit the rain but made it from Eastern Middle Tennessee to Memphis.  Started crossing the Mississippi River into Arkansas and WHAM!!!  Fierce crosswinds gusting to 30 mph out of the North hitting me hard enough to twist my helmet.  Temperature dropped radically.  I kept going of course.  Connie just purred along like nobody's business.  :great:

After fighting this weather for who knows how long I gave up  :truce:  Stopped at Lonoke, Arkansas at a nice Best Western Plus Hotel.  Lady at the front desk said local pizza place and Chinese restaurant deliver!  :beerchug:

Living high on the Hog (it is Arkansas) this evening!! Will head into Oklahoma and parts beyond tomorrow if the weather allows.

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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere
« Reply #47 on: May 04, 2017, 11:26:01 pm »
Keep us posted. Bun Cooler in ID on the 19th.
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« Reply #48 on: May 05, 2017, 12:59:26 am »
As Mark said, keep us posted. We'll be your virtual posse!
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Re: 10 days available to ride somewhere
« Reply #49 on: May 06, 2017, 01:18:46 am »
13 hours and 900 miles later I'm now in Albuquerque.😁 Thank goodness for Murph's cruise control! The Texas panhandle was the worst part. I can't say enough about how great my Connie performed. I think she wanted to keep going to California!