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post #1 of 32 Old 11-10-2015, 07:37 AM Thread Starter
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Cross country ride?

Thinking of planning a cross country ride, Clearwater,Fl. to Seattle,Wa. Thu Grand Canyon, National parks, camping most of the way. Any thoughts or interest in doing this?
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post #2 of 32 Old 11-10-2015, 09:01 AM
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Did that back in 1973 on a 350 Suzuki 2 stroke but I left from Miami. Took the summer off before I started college. I would love to do it again some day on my Strom. Maybe when I retire in a couple of years. Any help I could offer would not be relative today. I envy your journey.
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Much depends on what time of year you are planning on doing such, sounds like a great adventure.

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Make a list of all the sights you want to see then string them all together with curvy roads. Done.
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Here's a checklist when I travel and camp. (up to 3 nights)

2 man tent with footprint
compact sleeping bag in a compression sack (mild weather)
sleeping pad
camp pillow
clothes to wear when not riding
compact one burner backpacking stove and instant coffee
toiletries
head lamp
flip flops (for going to the bathroom at night)
camera gear

All of this will fit in a dry bag and small tail bag strapped on the back. I travel light. For a long trip or cold weather I use my panniers along with the dry bag because of the extra supplies needed, heated gear, heaver sleeping bag, etc. If you plan to cook it change things drastically. If you're encountering drastic temperature changes you will need riding and sleeping gear to compensate.

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If you have the time and money, just make sure your bike is in good running order, pack up and go. Plan your route day to day depending on weather conditions and suggestions for locals. These days you can get pretty much whatever you need on the road. You won't be able to see everything so pick your own hot spots and head that direction. My non planed long distance trips have most often been more memorable than my over planed trips.

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National Park annual pass will save you money. It's $25 a park and you can do three parks in a day in Utah alone. ( Bryce, Arches and Zion ....all very worthwhile ).

Hydrate - way more than you think even if it's not hot.

June is the nicest month as longest daylight hours tho can still be cold in the passes. ( Beartooth notoriously - ask me how I know )

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I'm retired, and I bought a $30 "Golden Pass" after that, Everything in a Federal propoerty is half price. So a $25 campsite is $12.50 to me If you are 62+ get one before you go

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I'm retired, and I bought a $30 "Golden Pass" after that, Everything in a Federal propoerty is half price. So a $25 campsite is $12.50 to me If you are 62+ get one before you go
and free entry into National Parks.

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