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post #1 of 22 Old 05-19-2010, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
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Howdy folks,
I wrote on this site about a year ago talking about a trip I was going to take from West to East coast. That trip fell through, but this one is going to happen... 100%. So, I've stayed up many late nights figuring out where the hell I'm going to go, and what sort of detours to take along the way, so here it is. I feel I've got this pretty well coverend, but maybe there is something I'm missing. this is the itinerary and it is solid, but if you all know some sweet trips along the way, please let me know. I'm always up for an adventure. Ok, so here goes it... Here are all my stops:
Starting in San Clemente, Ca
Las Vegas -- (night on the town never hurt nobody)
Grand Canyon --- (really just a photo stop)
Moab, UT --- (gonna cruise castle valley and Arches National Park and then from Moab to next destination will take 128 to the 70)
Denver, Co ---(via Pikes Peak)
Rapid City, S.D. --- (may stay an extra day to ride and enjoy that part of the country. Will ride through the badlands to the next destination)
Omaha, NE---(Yeeeeaaaaahhhhh... if anybody has any ideas, please...)
St Louis, MO --- (hear the ride down the Mississippi is nice. Will do it)
Nashville, TN --- (another night on the town)
Asheville, NC ---(via the dragon, of course)
Ocracoke, NC --- (Camping on the beach)
Southern Shores, NC --- (hope the sunrise is beautiful that morning as I ride up the coast)
Vienna, Va --- (via the long bridge and up MD)

So that's that! I'm pretty pumped up about it. Never done anything like this, but as I said, thought I was going to do this last year, so I've been prepping. Plus, I'm going to be working my ass off for the next few years, so I'm not going to get another chance like this for who knows how long. If there are any tips to prepare, tips for the trip, or routes I should think about, let me know. I'm eager to hear back.


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post #2 of 22 Old 05-20-2010, 12:04 AM
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nice route

But I'd check with TNDOT about riding the dragon. Last I heard it was only rideable from the east side due to a rockslide on the TN side. One way in, one way out. Other than that, enjoy.

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post #3 of 22 Old 05-20-2010, 12:25 AM Thread Starter
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I'll check on that. this trip is going to be in a little over a month, so... Hey, If I've got to go around and ride from the east only, then there it is, I'm riding from the east only. just a minor inconvenience. thanks for the heads up


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You seem like Omaha will be a boring stop. However there is a great air museum there you may be interested in looking into. On the grand canyon, i believe the south rim may be the preffered stop since there is a nice museum. Its been years since i have ridden there. Although if you aint on a budget the indian reservations sky walk over the canyon would be the way to go. Its pricey so be prepared to pay and get there early as i believe they only take a certain number of people per day. In the Denver area, Estes Park is an awesome area and if you ride through the Rocky Mountain National Park, there are some great views. Check to make sure the pass is open as it can even be closed when its nice and sunny. There can also be a huge climate change from the top of the summit and denver....I loved my ride through there. As for Vegas there are alot of options but I prefer to stay in henderosn and ride over to the strip. I cant comment on any of the other destinations.

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I just know absolutely nothing about the place. The air museum is a good tip though. Unless something amazing pops out between now and then, I'll be checking it out. thanks


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Sounds like a heckofa tour.

Is your only reason for going to Rapid City to see the Black Hills and the Badlands? Plan your route through the Black Hills from Colorado and you'll get that done and still be able to see Mount Rushmore.

If you must see the Badlands make it a priority to do so when the sun is low. Either for sunrise or sunset. If you plan on just a cruise through with a couple of photo stops you'll miss out. To fully experience the Badlands you've got to get off the pavement and walk a bit.

The Air Museum is located just west of Omaha on I-80. Do yourself a favor and take Highway 2 through Nebraska once through the Badlands.

Enjoy and let us know how it goes.
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post #7 of 22 Old 05-20-2010, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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Rapid City

Yeah, this is going to be one hell of a trip. Main reason I'm doing it is I'm moving from west to east, but instead of putting both bikes on the trailer (like the wife wants me to), I figured I'd just tow one on the wifes car, toss my car on the back of a truck, then fly back to California and ride the Wee back east. Now as far as hitting Rapid City, that's exactly why I'm heading out there. I've heard incredible stories of the riding out in the black hills, seen some amazing pictures, and need to experience it for myself. I also plan on doing the early departure and riding into the badlands while the sun is coming up, plus it gets me on the road a little early to make for a better time cushion in case something happens to catch my attention. Can't wait to see it


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post #8 of 22 Old 05-20-2010, 01:09 PM
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I live near Omaha. I would suggest looking here:

The SAC Museum is just west of town on I-80. It is a great place.
We have a zoo, among the best in the country, for sure. The zoo is across from the the soon-to-be-replaced Rosenblatt Stadium of College World Series fame. The Omaha Royals play there, too.
Downtown's "Old Market" area has some good restaurants and shops.
Omaha has a fairly active music scene. Check for concerts in the area. There are several venues, large to intimate, including the Qwest Center, which draws all kinds of entertainment.

Riding-wise, it is not a fantastic area, but if you go east or northeast of here into the Loess Hills of Iowa, there is some very nice riding. You may like to work that into your route.

Have a safe trip. Feel free to PM (if you can PM newer-ish members) if you have any questions.
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post #9 of 22 Old 05-20-2010, 03:05 PM
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Be sure to stop in Maggie, Valley, N. C. The "Wheels Through Time" mc museum is locate there There are many rare and running vintage motorcycles to be seen. It is not far from the "Dragons Tail". Plan a whole day. It is worth it
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post #10 of 22 Old 05-20-2010, 03:36 PM
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USAF Museum in Dayton, OH. Barber Museum in Birmingham, AL. These are must-stops, at least for me.

As to Tennessee, lots of ideas for stops Here. There are also a lot of photos from Arizona to Tennessee from a couple of trips on This Page.

Arches is fantastic. Leave plenty of time for that one. From Utah all the way down to I-40 at Albuquerque is gorgeous country. Lots of national parks and scenic byways throughout the area.

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