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post #1 of 25 Old 09-21-2010, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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Imagine riding around the perimeter of the USA

Yes, can you imagine riding a Wee around the perimeter of the contiguous States of the USA starting at, say, LA, then up the coast road to Seattle, across the top to Boston via Chicago and Cleveland, then down to Orlando, thence Houston, El Paso, and San Diego, and back to LA?

You'd have to be nuts, wouldn't you?

If you superimposed a map of Australia on a map of the contiguous States, you'd see they are of similar size. So what, you ask.

Well, Perserverance is doing that ride (but around Australia) right now! He's near the equivalent of NC. I expect to see him later today.

So why is he doing it?

See https://www.stromtrooper.com/australi...pe-dreams.html

and

https://www.stromtrooper.com/australi...ream-ride.html

and wish him well.

Good on you, Brian.

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Years ago, I and a friend did ride around the entire perimeter of the US on a 750 shaft drive Yamaha. We went from Atlanta to New England to Seattle to Mexico. Coming back we went to the Grand Canyon, Canyonlands, Zion, Lake Powell, Vegas, Colorado, Texas, Arkansas, Georgia, the Blue Ridge, Skyline and finally to Pennsylvania. We stopped everywhere, took every side trip that anyone suggested. We took all summer. To this day, I use the info from that trip in my daily life every time I see a news broadcast, someone tells me where they are from, a weather event, because chances are we were there or near it. It was the smartest thing I ever did. Donít miss the chance if you get it.
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A "four corners" trip like that is on my bucket list. Yikes, I better get to it.

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A 4-Corners is from San Ysidro, CA to Blaine, WA to Madawaska, ME and to Key West, FL (in any order). Roughly 7500 miles minimum (plus whatever distance is required to get you to the first "Corner" and then home from the 4th). It also has to be done in 21 days from the first corner.

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It also has to be done in 21 days from the first corner.
Why? Doesn't this defeat the purpose of a trip like this? I'm not a "see how many miles in a day I can ride" kind of guy, I'm more of a "see how much I can see along the way" kind of rider.

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Why? Doesn't this defeat the purpose of a trip like this? I'm not a "see how many miles in a day I can ride" kind of guy, I'm more of a "see how much I can see along the way" kind of rider.
If you want the 4-Corners award that's one of the rules. MikeinLA said that was on his bucket list, I pointed out the rules.

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If someone would pay my salary and expenses it would not be crazy at all.

Could I just bypass Orlando, please?

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AGirl did it in 18 days and took one day off during the trip. She had GPS tracking through her cell phone and I followed her whenever she had cell coverage (not much of the time along the northern tier of states). Her ride report is Here. She didn't go through Orlando either, stayed along the coast instead.

I'd love to do it if not for the same consideration: A month off from work.

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Could I just bypass Orlando, please?
You could be forgiven for skipping all of Florida, actually. And the crowded eastern seaboard (no offense; parts of NC are beautiful). And the endless nothingness of west Texas. And let's not even talk about nutbag California.

I'm sorry, what was the appeal, again?
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A "four corners" trip like that is on my bucket list. Yikes, I better get to it.

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On my bucket list too. But damn, I want it on my yearly list. . .

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