After looking at my motorcycle maps for hours, here's my intended route;
Saturday; South to St. George on Utah State Highways (East of 89 for most of it)-probably camp. (anyone want to ride part or all of it with me?)
Sunday; St. George to Tehachapi, Calif. on I-15 mainly. Hotel there on Work.
Monday-Wednesday/Thursday (hopefully only 3 or 4 days); "Work" at Wind power tower erection site. This really means observing them putting up the tower we've been 3D modeling and doing drawings for past several years. I'm excited!
1 day; Tehachapi to Ventura, riding a bunch of mountain roads to the coast, then North along the coast, mainly on 1 & some 101 up to bay area. probably stay in San Jose with family friends or try to stay with friends in Modesto?
1 day; ride 200+ miles of mountain roads between San Jose & the coast, maybe go to Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco also. Anyone ridden in SF? I imagine it's probably insane with all of the congested traffic & HILLY terrain! Same accommodations?
1 day; ride up the Northern Calif. coast, also taking in mountain roads between the coast & Redding that are supposed to be spectacular, probably ending up around the Calif./Oregon border area. Camp
1 day; Ride Mountain roads through Oregon to Oregon/Washington border area. Camp.
1 day; Ride Mountain roads across Washington to Idaho border Area North of Cor de Lane close to the Canadian border. Camp.
1 day; Ride Mountain roads South & East through Northern Idaho & Montana down to Yellowstone, Wyoming. Camp.
1 Day; Drop down from Yellowstone, keeping to Mountain roads as much as possible to Bear Lake, and then on Home via those awesome mountain roads South of Bear Lake (can't remember the names, East of Ogden, East Canyon, etc., come out On I-80, to Heber & down Provo Canyon to Orem.
If I only have to work for 3 or 4 days, I think I can finagle an extra day or 2(Maybe) for riding, which would probably mean some time for a little more relaxed pace or some exploring perhaps. I haven't been to Oregon, Washington, or Montana.
I'm checking out the Motorcycle Travel Network this weekend.
Do Americans an American passport to enter Canada? I'm going to be so close to the border at one point, it would be cool to pop over & back. I don't have a current passport though.
One thing I want to know more about is how to figure out "free", remote places to camp - out of the way, not causing any problems for anyone, of course.
I have almost all of the camping equipment I need, just need to pick up a few odds & ends.
My Bike; I'll need to replace my brake pads & tires, and change my oil/oil filter before leaving. Everything else on my bike is ready to go after working hard on it this winter.
I'm considering adding 2 each, 2 gallon Rotopax flat gas cans to my bike setup, mountings on the out sides of my Givi hard side cases. That would extend my range from 220ish hundred miles to to about 370 miles. I have 3 business Chevron cards I use for gas, paying for it only once a month, and it would be VERY nice to be able to keep to Chevron or Texaco stations as much as possible on the trip.
I'm trying to figure out how best to pack along 2-3 gallons of water, especially if I'm doing non-approved/unimproved camping for cleaning up mainly. Rotopax makes flat plastic cans for this, but their systems are expensive, and I don't want to add more than a couple of gallons of wet weight to my side cases & their mountings.
Well, that's all for now!
Anyone interested in joining me for part(s) of my trip?
'05 Wee all farkled up:mrgreen:
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