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Seattle to Kansas City this summer...maybe
« on: December 30, 2017, 05:43:36 am »
As a teacher I get time off that most don't, and I'm starting to think about doing a trip out to Kansas City to see my family this summer. I'm a veteran of many solo long distance backpacking, sea kayaking, and sailing trips, but have not gone farther on my bike than a long day trip. I'm thinking I could take a couple weeks, and travel some familiar great country on the way their and back. Late June and July probably.

Any of you done this on your Connies? Stories are fun!
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Re: Seattle to Kansas City this summer...maybe
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2018, 12:01:30 am »
Good Luck!!!  It should be fun, I am sure the Connie will be up to the task!!

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Re: Seattle to Kansas City this summer...maybe
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2018, 08:47:38 pm »
I'm thinking I could take a couple weeks, and travel some familiar great country on the way their and back. Late June and July probably.

As a NW'er you might experience unaccustomed high temps and humidity in mid-west.
Maybe look at average temps and general weather in picking the dates. 
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Re: Seattle to Kansas City this summer...maybe
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2018, 08:59:01 pm »
Unfortunately, I have doubts how good the Connie would be at  kayaking, and sailing.   >:D   But for long distance adventures on solid ground, it excels. That's what they make them for.  :)

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Re: Seattle to Kansas City this summer...maybe
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2018, 01:55:21 pm »
As a teacher I get time off that most don't, and I'm starting to think about doing a trip out to Kansas City to see my family this summer. I'm a veteran of many solo long distance backpacking, sea kayaking, and sailing trips, but have not gone farther on my bike than a long day trip. I'm thinking I could take a couple weeks, and travel some familiar great country on the way their and back. Late June and July probably.

Any of you done this on your Connies? Stories are fun!

Go for it! Considering your other experiences/adventures you want regret it. With your backpacking experience you should have the proper gear & knowledge for moto camping. Leave home with new tires & members handbook!

I average 5 - 6 trips a year, ranging from 4 days to 3 weeks. Sometimes solo, sometimes not. When solo people always want to talk you while gasing up. Campers will come talk to you in the campgrounds, even invite you to eat with them.

It's always a relaxing & pleasurable experience, no matter how often you do it. I'm happiest when I'm riding & camping.  :)

Do it once & most likely you'll be hooked.  :motonoises:

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Re: Seattle to Kansas City this summer...maybe
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2018, 02:23:07 pm »

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It's always a relaxing & pleasurable experience, no matter how often you do it. I'm happiest when I'm riding & camping.  :)

Do it once & most likely you'll be hooked.  :motonoises:


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Thanks Cliff, that's great. I'm so used to backpack camping and wilderness that I'm a little concerned about camping on my motorcycle. I certainly don't have any real love of KOA or such. Beggars can't be choosers, but I will do my best to find forest service lands and state parks to pitch a tent.

I've got that nice top case on my Connie, but know I will need to partially load up the rear seat a little, and maybe get a tank bag!
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Re: Seattle to Kansas City this summer...maybe
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2018, 03:07:03 pm »

Thanks Cliff, that's great. I'm so used to backpack camping and wilderness that I'm a little concerned about camping on my motorcycle. I certainly don't have any real love of KOA or such. Beggars can't be choosers, but I will do my best to find forest service lands and state parks to pitch a tent.

I've got that nice top case on my Connie, but know I will need to partially load up the rear seat a little, and maybe get a tank bag!

Nothing to be concerned about, State Parks are good, Forrest camping is good. Roadside picnic area's will even do in a jam.  I'm not a fan of KOA's or similar type campgrounds. They are handy when you need to wash clothes. 

All my camping gear goes in a 40 liter dry bag on the seat. Consist of tent, sleeping bag, air mattress, pillow, table, chair, hammer, bug spray, flip flops (for shower), stove & pots. Feel like I'm forgetting something, but that's the majority of it.

I do use a 25 liter tank bag. It holds a 2 liter bladder, snacks, spare gloves, air compressor, plug kit, flashlight, first aid kit, puck, leather-man tool & maybe a couple of other minor things.

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