My First Road Trip (tm)
I'm taking the week after Xmas off from work, and I've decided it's time to take a nice long ride somewhere. As in, far enough away that I'll want to stop for the night.
I live in Albuquerque, NM and decided Phoenix is my target. Why Phoenix? A few things.
One, I have a buddy who lives in the Phoenix area so I can probably crash with him.
Two, it's the most attractive option at present. There's nowhere to the south that's all that interesting. Nothing in Texas or points east is particularly calling me. As for going north, I don't think I'm quite prepared for Raton Pass/southern Colorado this time of year.
This will be my first somewhat long ride. I've done 150 miles in a day before, but that was all no more than a county or three away, within NM.
I have decent riding gear and heated gloves. Also, Givi luggage on top & sides, so I can carry a full complement of changes of clothes, toiletries, extra warm clothing, tools, etc.
My Vee is ready, as far as I know. I'm not due for an oil change for a while, clutch & brake fluid are full, plenty of pad left on the brakes, coolant is full, chain is in excellent shape & recently cleaned & lubed. Tires have tons of life left in them. Haven't had any persistent malfunctions or weirdness in operation. Bike has just under 24000 miles on it.
I don't have any printed maps. I was planning to use my phone (in a Ram X-mount) for navigation.
Any ideas on the best route to take? I-40 all the way seems boring, and I'm not sure it would be wise to try to go through Flagstaff this time of year.
I want to avoid ice at all costs. I know it's late in the year, but I'm hoping it's not too late.
I'm not real keen on riding through snow or rain, either. My gear ought to keep me warm & dry, but I'd rather not fool with slippery conditions if it can be avoided.
I'm planning to leave ABQ just before dawn, a day or two after Xmas, so that I have more than enough time to make the trip, including fuel & rest/refreshment stops.
Any suggestions on further prep, in terms of either gear or bike maintenance items?