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post #1 of 44 Old 11-24-2007, 11:58 PM Thread Starter
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I know it's ridiculously early, but....

I'd like to hear from some of you locals on this...

We pick our vacation for the entire next year around this time every year. So, tonight I picked a week in May for no other reason other than that it was available. I want to turn it into a bike adventure, which I've never really done. A multi-day trip, similar to what BTD did, but I'd sure like to have company.

I'll be off from Wednesday, May 7th through Thursday, May 15th. Like I said, it's SUPER early to be thinking about this, but I missed all the long trips this year you guys did, and I'm dying to get one in come springtime. I'm inspired by the Iron Butt Rally article I read in this month's Motorcyclist magazine.

I have no idea where I want to go, but I want to ride and maybe camp out. Maybe into Canada? Along the lakes? Maybe down into the Blue Ridge Parkway, through WV along the New River? Towards New England? I don't want to go for the whole week, but just a few days and nights.

Train, Handy, BigB, Scarlett, GRS, Firedog, BobbySand, MeefZah and all the rest of you locals I'm leaving out, who's interested? Do you guys pick vacation in advance?

Who's got good destination ideas?

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post #2 of 44 Old 11-25-2007, 08:40 AM
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Lightbulb This is really funny

My wife and I were just talking about this the other day. I told here that I wanted to hit several Strom events/rallies next year. When she said, "I don't know why you don't, you have 3 weeks vacation", I damm near fell over. I got her to say OK and no stress.
MZ, I'm in if work permits. If we are opening a new store, life gets crazy! We are going to open several more next year but I don't know when.
I'll throw this out just as an idea. If you want to, we can use my cabin in PA as a base camp and from there take day trips all over the state or even into NY. Won't cost any to stay there, We won't have to carry all our gear all day, plus I have all the conviences.
Trust me, I'll be ready for about anything. This is just a thought.




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I think that's a great idea! How far from here is that cabin?

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Sounds like a great idea Handy, I've never ridden in that area before.

MZ, you might also take a look at the Natchez Trace Parkway. I did the ride three years ago and it was great. You would need four days. You can find more info. at www.nps.gov/natt I would go for that again. I have to wait to January to pick vacation.
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I think that's a great idea! How far from here is that cabin?
From Akron, it is about 2 1/2 hours slab, or if back roads, around 4.

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I'd be interested in something like that. I can ask for vacation as late as a few weeks prior so if you solidify plans for a good ride, I'll come with...

I've heard the Natchez Trace is a bit boring. Don't know for sure; never ridden it.

Blue Ridge Pkwy would make a good trip, hook down through the Smokies, tag Deals Gap and the great roads around there.

Upstate NY or a New England trip would be good, too. Beautiful area.

You have enough time to ride into Canada, Nova Scotia - Cape Breton is an awesome ride, too.

You could slab it out west, explore for 5 days, and then slab it back.

New River Gorge area and really all of WV is a good ride.

Hell, lotsa choices....

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I've been down to the New River to go rafting, that was freakin' awesome. So beautiful, but I was driving a 15 passenger van, so I couldn't enjoy much of the trip. We've got all winter to come up with the routing, but these are a good start. I'm intrigued by that cabin in PA too.

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MZ, I guess one question is , how hard do you want to push each day? This will determin haw many miles a day you want to cover. Push hard cover alot of miles or take time and stop and sight see.
We could get a list of camp grounds and figure out each nights stoping point. Just trying to throw out some ideas.

Check out this site.

http://gorp.away.com/gorp/resource/u...orest/main.htm

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Hmmmm....looks like serious fun!!!!!!

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Just so we can start to get ideas out, what about setting a milage goal for each day. This gives us a range to work with. Also MZ, you said that you did not want to go the whole week, just a few days. How many? Also, what days in the range of the 7th to the 15th?
To me since this is in the early part of the riding season, what about somewhere around 400 miles per day as a target? At least for the planning stage. If on the road and we cover more, then we add a few new destinations.

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