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Coast to Coast - Take 2 - December 20, 2018, 11:37 PM

I've got time and a motorcycle on hand. So let's give this a shot...again...

Riding from Maryland to California - winter edition

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https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/1/ed...7891558854&z=8

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https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...f5c/edit#gid=0

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Tips and suggestions are welcome. No tips from turkish though

Just need to check the valves and slap on new tires. Then I'm on the road.

If it starts snowing around my departure date, I'll take the train from Lorton, VA and head to Sanford, FL. Will then start from there.


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December 21, 2018, 02:47 AM

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I've got time and a motorcycle on hand. So let's give this a shot...again...

Riding from Maryland to California.

Map:

https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/1/ed...7891558854&z=8

Itinerary:


https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...f5c/edit#gid=0

Steed - Ducati 748S. Undoubtedly, the best touring bike of all time:



Tips and suggestions are welcome. No tips from turkish though

Just need to check the valves and slap on new tires. Then I'm on the road.

If it starts snowing around my departure date, I'll take the train from Lorton, VA and head to Sanford, FL. Will then start from there.
Sounds like fun, but my condolences to your back. Bring some ibuprofen
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Something I have always wanted to do and was going to post that I am so jealous... then I realize you're doing it on the superbike.


May your back, legs, and arms rest in peace. This maybe one of the most guaranteed ways to become a quadriplegic.


I can tart looking for mobility scooters now on Craigslist for you if you want?


Seriously though, make sure you take a bunch of pics and let us know how the route works out... I plan to do it someday just probably not man enough to do it on the duc.
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December 21, 2018, 08:55 AM

LOL

Ibuprofen and mobility scooters are indeed on the shopping list


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December 21, 2018, 04:47 PM

Watch out for weather and shorter days, both can be a challenge(at least for me).


Otherwise, I hope you'll have a lot of fun and ride safe.


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May your back, legs, and arms rest in peace. This maybe one of the most guaranteed ways to become a quadriplegic.


I can tart looking for mobility scooters now on Craigslist for you if you want?

Now that's hilarious


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December 22, 2018, 08:19 AM

Those are really short days for doing it on interstates.


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Those are really short days for doing it on interstates.
Days are short right now. Dawn at 700ish and dusk at 440ish. Only gives me 9 hours of daylight riding time. So taking rests and short visits into account, I think <300 miles a day would make for an enjoyable trip.

But what # did you have in mind?

I just hate riding at night.


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Unless you're making a bunch of stops for specific reasons, 400 mile days ought to be really easy. Gives you more time to stop at any place you might want to visit for a while. You should be able to average 60mph including stops. That's less than 7 hours for 400 miles.


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Unless you're making a bunch of stops for specific reasons, 400 mile days ought to be really easy. Gives you more time to stop at any place you might want to visit for a while. You should be able to average 60mph including stops. That's less than 7 hours for 400 miles.
Hmm fair points. Suppose that's pertinent to the southeast though where it's all slab.

I'm changing the route for Texas and west based on the feedback I've received. more twisty bits, less highway.


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I like the idea of a cross country trip, but part of me thinks it would become a chore after a few days riding and I'd stop having fun. Have you done any other touring? What's your longest trip so far?


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I like the idea of a cross country trip, but part of me thinks it would become a chore after a few days riding and I'd stop having fun. Have you done any other touring? What's your longest trip so far?
Well it's not 30+ days of straight riding. Lots of rest days on the itinerary to explore the area.

Longest trip...1000 miles in three days on the speed triple. Frederick, MD to Bristol, TN and back - all the twisty bits in between.

It was 28F when I left and 28F when I returned - thanks heated grips!

Weather in the south should be decent from what I'm seeing 60F+ most days.


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What are you using for navigation? Google Maps and Waze both work well when you want the fastest/most direct route, but not when you want to follow a pre-mapped route.


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What are you using for navigation? Google Maps and Waze both work well when you want the fastest/most direct route, but not when you want to follow a pre-mapped route.
Osmand. I'm converting my google maps to a GPX file and opening it in the app. Has worked well for me.

Tryna roll with me down south?

I think I will take the train to the south. Half of blue ridge parkway is closed and I don't think that will change in 1.5 weeks


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Maybe if I quit my job. I remember using Osmand the first summer I started riding. It was kind of a hack and not the easiest to follow, but that was over 5 years ago.


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