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post #1 of 25 Old 04-18-2014, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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Hi there! I will be flying in to Greensboro to pickup my new 2011 Wee. I'll be riding west over the next two weeks mostly on Hwy 40. I am going to take some time to go through the Blue Ridge Mtns and the Dragon before heading to Nashville.

Would welcome suggestions on points of interest, favorite BBQ places, fave motels, etc....

My ride will begin 5/13 outta Winston Salem....oh yeah!! thanks in advance!!

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You'll be arriving just before the rally in Stecoah, NC near the Dragons Tail/Deals Gap. You might want to spend the night at the Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge to tap the brain trust there on way.

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I did the reverse of your trip about 14 years ago. Except when I had to make up time, I avoided Interstate roads.

It went something like this:

Shipped bike to CA, did the tourist thing, downtown LA, Hollywood, Rodeo Dr then on to Las Vegas. Went to Hoover Dam, then down to Tombstone AZ, Bisbee,AZ, Deming, NM, El Paso TX, Alpine, TX, Del Rio, TX, San Antonio, TX, Houston, TX, Vicksburg, MS, Tupelo, MS, Cornith, MS, Pulaski, TN, Chattanooga, TN.

Finished the last leg via US 64. Did this in February (probably not smart), as a snow storm went through before me and another was following.

Almost forgot to mention, did this on a CBR 1000

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Sounds like a great trip. Good advice to stay off I-40 as much as possible, taking secondary roads as often as you can. I-40 is abysmal and boooooring most of the way. Full of semi trucks and Stucky's.

Also, skip California (unless you must go there) and spend your time in Arizona and southern Utah. Much better scenery and friendlier folks. Cleaner air, too.

Yes, some areas in CA are nice - Sequoia NP, PCH (north of Morro Bay), northern CA, Tahoe, etc., but SoCal (LA area) is a wasteland. I escaped SoCal 20 years ago and have never been back. Too many other nice places to see and explore.

Just my .02 cents.

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The OP lives in CA, he would probably like to get home.
Hwy 40 is fine the first time if you are planning on sight seeing or in a hurry. After that it is boring and in reality you can make it back from Tennisee in 3-4 days. Having a couple of weeks, my preference would also be Co, Ut, and or further north to Wy, Mt, Id, etc.. Either way, talk to locals, other bikers and they will give you plenty of info. With that much time, go where the wind takes you and just plan your last two days to get home. You won't be able to see everything, go every where so don't try. You should have a great trip no matter what your choice.

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Is this bike certified for California? If not, how are you going to get California plates on it? Don't they have to be over 5 years old to bring a 49 state bike in?

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Sounds like a great adventure back home on a new steed, congrats and enjoy yourself!

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The OP lives in CA, he would probably like to get home.
How far is Santa Rosa from California?

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With that much time, go where the wind takes you
If you're eating a lot a BBQ, it'll take you pretty far.

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Is this bike certified for California? If not, how are you going to get California plates on it? Don't they have to be over 5 years old to bring a 49 state bike in?

Doug from Kentucky (who used to live in California a long time ago)
If it's a 50 state EPA sticker bike , no problem. If it's 49, then it must have over 7500 miles.

At my age, my wind takes me pretty far. Too much BBQ and my body can have a hard time distinguishing the difference between the four states of matter.

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[QUOTE=CACooper;2159034

Also, skip California

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How far is Santa Rosa from California?
Which California? Someone's always trying to break us up into multiple states :mrgreen:

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