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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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Re: Seattle to Kansas City this summer...maybe
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2018, 04:17:44 am »
Good info Just Cliff. Thanks. Starting to think I may do a broader West of the Mississippi tour with country I already know and love and leave the flat heat and deciduous forests for another year. But long road trip is certain!
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Re: Seattle to Kansas City this summer...maybe
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2018, 11:05:17 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!

I've done this route backwards! Started here in Nebraska and headed west. Got family in Loveland, CO so I spent the first night there and then went up Thompson Canyon to Estes Park and then took my time riding around the national park before heading back to I-70. I took that west until it petered out and then got on HWY 50 and kept going west to Reno. From there I kept going west until I hit the coast. Took a right at Redding and went up the PCH all the way to Portland, or as close as I could get before it turned inland. From Portland I kept going north to Seattle where I have more family and spent some time with them there. When I was ready to start heading home I took the northern route through the Cascades to Lewiston where I set my sights on Lolo Pass. From there headed out for the Black Hills. Pretty country, but windy as all get-out! I spent a few days meandering around the Black Hills before going home via HWY 20 through the Nebraska sand hills & the Niobrara River valley. Nothing says "home" like miles and miles of cornfields with the aroma of cattle farms in the air!

Enjoy your trip! I am sure I did!     :motonoises:      :great:  Some photos of that trip for your enjoyment!

















This last photo is what I had waiting for me when I got home. That's what I get for being gone for three weeks without having anyone mow my lawn for me.



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Re: Seattle to Kansas City this summer...maybe
« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2018, 11:43:22 pm »
Awesome photos and love that orange color. Thanks for sharing!
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Re: Seattle to Kansas City this summer...maybe
« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2018, 09:14:51 pm »
Nice.  Also IMHO, wonderful example of an easy to write trip report!
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Re: Seattle to Kansas City this summer...maybe
« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2018, 02:10:14 pm »
Hi all and anyone!  That 77 mile photo is awesome.  I enjoy reading ya'lls threads  tnx
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Re: Seattle to Kansas City this summer...maybe
« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2018, 01:21:48 am »
May I suggest stopping at Ft. Larned (National Historic Site) and the Kansas Cosmosphere (Great space museum) while passing through Kansas. I'll let you Google for more information- if you are interested.
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Re: Seattle to Kansas City this summer...maybe
« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2018, 02:32:04 am »
Shiny,
I think I've been to the Cosmosphere. I went to an Air and Space museum that an SR71 (to me a top 5 feat of human engineering ever) and an amazing history of flight in WW2. That museum was a boondoggle from some Kansas Senator or something because it was world class and in the middle of nowhere even for Kansas. I love how deeply conservative areas like parts of Kansas are still eager to benefit from tax dollars!
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