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Old November 8th, 2009, 09:37 AM   #61
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Did you have a GPS with you? Would love to see the routes you took. To accomplish the 27k+ miles.
Nope just some good old fashioned maps......

I started in Phoenix, AZ and rode across to North Carolina.... then down to Key West, FL, over to New Orleans, then up & over to Dallas, TX.... then up to Kansas and East through Missouri through Illinois and into Kentucky...... Then I went north through Indiana and back home to michigan for my Cousins wedding.... I was home for 3 days and then left through the UP and across Wisconsin & Minnesota to almost the N. Dakota line where I took Hwy 59 up into Winnepeg, Manitoba...... I went west on Highway 1 all the way to Calgary.... then up through Banff & Jasper to Grand Cashe, Brittish Columbia and over to Dawson Creek to get on the Alaskan Highway..... Up to Fort Nelson, then I took a day trip up past Fort Liard into The Northwest Territory and back to Fort Nelson.... then heades west into Whitehorse, Yukon.... thats where I turnd north up the Klondike Highway and went into Dawson City, Yukon where I started on "The Top of the World Highway" into Alaska..... through Chicken, AK and into Tok, AK then over to Fairbanks...... Up to the Arctic Circle on the Dalton Highway where I blew out my fork seals and had to return to Fairbanks. (Yes, I said I blew a pair of seals at the arctic circle! LOL).... Fixed the bike and went to the Palmer/Wasilla area just north of Anchorage..... I stayed there for 2 weeks and rode all over southern AK..... When i left..... I went over to tok, AK and took the Alaskan Highway all the way back to Dawson Creek, BC and then made my way south towards Seattle....... I rode the Coastal Highway 1 all the way down to San Fransisco.... over through sacramento into Lake Tahoe and up to Reno, NV..... back to Lake Tahoe and South through Yosimte, Kings Canyon, Sequoia, and Death Valley National parks over to Vegas ...... into the Monument Valley of Utah..... Up to Butte, Montana..... over and down into Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons..... Over to Cheyanne and down into Denver, CO...... up & over to Nebraska, then nOrth up to Bismark, North Dakota and over to Minneapolis, MN then Milwaukee, WI...... I rode the ferry across lake Michigan and into Ann Arbor to see my Dad who was at the UofM Hospital..... I was home for a week to "re-gear" and took off through Windsor, ON..... I rode all the way to Montreal, Quebec where I turned South to Albany.... I then rode west through VT & NH and got on I-95 and rode it north to the end and into New Bruswick. (had I known Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Isle were so close I would have gone there too!) Then Blasted South on I-95 into Boston, NYC, Newark, Philly, into Washington DC.....where I got the call from MOM that Dad wasn't doing well and I needed to get home ASAP.......... I blasted across VA on I-66, North on 81 for a few miles and west on Highway 50...... across West Virginia and turned north onto I-77 ..... then went west on I-70 into Columbus and then North on US-23 back into Michigan....

Google won't map my route..... When I get a wall map, Intend to draw it out and then post a photo...
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Suhweet trip Stogie!!
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Old November 8th, 2009, 10:00 AM   #63
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Nope just some good old fashioned maps......

I started in Phoenix, AZ and rode across to North Carolina.... then down to Key West, FL, over to New Orleans, then up & over to Dallas, TX.... then up to Kansas and East through Missouri through Illinois and into Kentucky...... Then I went north through Indiana and back home to michigan for my Cousins wedding.... I was home for 3 days and then left through the UP and across Wisconsin & Minnesota to almost the N. Dakota line where I took Hwy 59 up into Winnepeg, Manitoba...... I went west on Highway 1 all the way to Calgary.... then up through Banff & Jasper to Grand Cashe, Brittish Columbia and over to Dawson Creek to get on the Alaskan Highway..... Up to Fort Nelson, then I took a day trip up past Fort Liard into The Northwest Territory and back to Fort Nelson.... then heades west into Whitehorse, Yukon.... thats where I turnd north up the Klondike Highway and went into Dawson City, Yukon where I started on "The Top of the World Highway" into Alaska..... through Chicken, AK and into Tok, AK then over to Fairbanks...... Up to the Arctic Circle on the Dalton Highway where I blew out my fork seals and had to return to Fairbanks. (Yes, I said I blew a pair of seals at the arctic circle! LOL).... Fixed the bike and went to the Palmer/Wasilla area just north of Anchorage..... I stayed there for 2 weeks and rode all over southern AK..... When i left..... I went over to tok, AK and took the Alaskan Highway all the way back to Dawson Creek, BC and then made my way south towards Seattle....... I rode the Coastal Highway 1 all the way down to San Fransisco.... over through sacramento into Lake Tahoe and up to Reno, NV..... back to Lake Tahoe and South through Yosimte, Kings Canyon, Sequoia, and Death Valley National parks over to Vegas ...... into the Monument Valley of Utah..... Up to Butte, Montana..... over and down into Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons..... Over to Cheyanne and down into Denver, CO...... up & over to Nebraska, then nOrth up to Bismark, North Dakota and over to Minneapolis, MN then Milwaukee, WI...... I rode the ferry across lake Michigan and into Ann Arbor to see my Dad who was at the UofM Hospital..... I was home for a week to "re-gear" and took off through Windsor, ON..... I rode all the way to Montreal, Quebec where I turned South to Albany.... I then rode west through VT & NH and got on I-95 and rode it north to the end and into New Bruswick. (had I known Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Isle were so close I would have gone there too!) Then Blasted South on I-95 into Boston, NYC, Newark, Philly, into Washington DC.....where I got the call from MOM that Dad wasn't doing well and I needed to get home ASAP.......... I blasted across VA on I-66, North on 81 for a few miles and west on Highway 50...... across West Virginia and turned north onto I-77 ..... then went west on I-70 into Columbus and then North on US-23 back into Michigan....

Google won't map my route..... When I get a wall map, Intend to draw it out and then post a photo...
When I see you again will you repeat these direction to me
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Nope just some good old fashioned maps......

I started in Phoenix, AZ and rode across to North Carolina.... then down to Key West, FL, over to New Orleans, then up & over to Dallas, TX.... then up to Kansas and East through Missouri through Illinois and into Kentucky...... Then I went north through Indiana and back home to michigan for my Cousins wedding.... I was home for 3 days and then left through the UP and across Wisconsin & Minnesota to almost the N. Dakota line where I took Hwy 59 up into Winnepeg, Manitoba...... I went west on Highway 1 all the way to Calgary.... then up through Banff & Jasper to Grand Cashe, Brittish Columbia and over to Dawson Creek to get on the Alaskan Highway..... Up to Fort Nelson, then I took a day trip up past Fort Liard into The Northwest Territory and back to Fort Nelson.... then heades west into Whitehorse, Yukon.... thats where I turnd north up the Klondike Highway and went into Dawson City, Yukon where I started on "The Top of the World Highway" into Alaska..... through Chicken, AK and into Tok, AK then over to Fairbanks...... Up to the Arctic Circle on the Dalton Highway where I blew out my fork seals and had to return to Fairbanks. (Yes, I said I blew a pair of seals at the arctic circle! LOL).... Fixed the bike and went to the Palmer/Wasilla area just north of Anchorage..... I stayed there for 2 weeks and rode all over southern AK..... When i left..... I went over to tok, AK and took the Alaskan Highway all the way back to Dawson Creek, BC and then made my way south towards Seattle....... I rode the Coastal Highway 1 all the way down to San Fransisco.... over through sacramento into Lake Tahoe and up to Reno, NV..... back to Lake Tahoe and South through Yosimte, Kings Canyon, Sequoia, and Death Valley National parks over to Vegas ...... into the Monument Valley of Utah..... Up to Butte, Montana..... over and down into Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons..... Over to Cheyanne and down into Denver, CO...... up & over to Nebraska, then nOrth up to Bismark, North Dakota and over to Minneapolis, MN then Milwaukee, WI...... I rode the ferry across lake Michigan and into Ann Arbor to see my Dad who was at the UofM Hospital..... I was home for a week to "re-gear" and took off through Windsor, ON..... I rode all the way to Montreal, Quebec where I turned South to Albany.... I then rode west through VT & NH and got on I-95 and rode it north to the end and into New Bruswick. (had I known Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Isle were so close I would have gone there too!) Then Blasted South on I-95 into Boston, NYC, Newark, Philly, into Washington DC.....where I got the call from MOM that Dad wasn't doing well and I needed to get home ASAP.......... I blasted across VA on I-66, North on 81 for a few miles and west on Highway 50...... across West Virginia and turned north onto I-77 ..... then went west on I-70 into Columbus and then North on US-23 back into Michigan....

Google won't map my route..... When I get a wall map, Intend to draw it out and then post a photo...
Impressive! You probably could recoup most of your expenditures on the trip by writing a How-To for bikers on how to take trips like this.
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Thats beyond awesome.
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In high altitude of the mountains and when It got really cold, I was getting about 35 mpg..... when it was warm and the temps were higher I was getting about 40-45 mpg.... I have no idea what I spent in gas.... I just kept going while I had money.... when I ran out.... I waited until I got some more...
Hold on.

You mean when I'm broke, I just have to wait until money shows up?
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what did you do for cash the whole time?

been saving your whole life lol?

This would be so cool to do!!!
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(had I known Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Isle were so close I would have gone there too!)

You didn't miss much not going to PEI, its really flat and just farmland. Confederation bridge is the coolest part. Unfortunately I cant say the same for Nova Scotia and Newfoundland which are both two of my favorite places I have been. Newfoundland is amazing, I think its better riding than Alaska in many ways. I have my ride report from last year riding up there here
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At least there is enough still left in eastern canada for you to plan another trip out there. You can do the whole typical loop that many people do, going across the trans labrador highway, ferry to to Newfoundland, then ferry to nova scoia, then take the ferry to PEI and ride back into New brunswick on the confederation bridge kind of like this guys ride
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I am jealous since I didn't ride too much this year, I did a trip up the James bay road in Quebec to radisson and chisasibi and thats about it. Never really put those pictures online though in a ride report just put some up on facebook. Was considering doing all of central america this winter though.
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Very cool. Thanks for sharing. I would love to do a trip like that.
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That had to of been the best 6 months of your life
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what did you do for cash the whole time?

been saving your whole life lol?

This would be so cool to do!!!
Truck stops. Lots of time at truck stops.
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badass man. good to hear you made it.
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Piece of cake! I'd be glad to...... infact, I'll be able to give you a lot more detail of the happenings of the trip!..... that was just the quick & short version!
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Hold on.

You mean when I'm broke, I just have to wait until money shows up?
Michigan Unemployment Insurance comes every two weeks....
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Impressive! You probably could recoup most of your expenditures on the trip by writing a How-To for bikers on how to take trips like this.
thats kinda what I was thinking....and hoping for!
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what did you do for cash the whole time?

been saving your whole life lol?

This would be so cool to do!!!
When I got laid off, my employeer gave me a pretty good seperation check..... enough to pay off all my bills and have a little bit left over... And emphasis is on the little bit! Unemployment covered the rest.....

Places I slept:
  • foreclosed houses - FREE -most of them have porches or patios. Just look for the overgrown grass knock on the door, if no one answers, look in the windows & see if anyone is living there.... if not - sweet! This is cool because most of them still have their power turned on and you can charge your phone/laptop/camera batteries -These are very far and few between!
  • National Forests - as long as you're more than 200 feet off the main road, you are good to go - FREE - just check on the local fire regulations....
  • Bike Shops - FREE - I slept in their parking lot, between my bike and the building..... some places had awnings and picnic tables... those were the best!
  • Hostils - $5 to $48 - most places up north have campgrounds that cost from $5 to $12 a night. They have group rooms from $15 to $30 per night, and some have private rooms or cabins from $25 to $48 per night...... I camped!
  • State Campgrounds - $5 - $35 - registration required unless you can find another motorcyclests camping and you can talk them into splitting the cost to share the site.....
  • Regular Campgropunds - $15 to $35 - Same as the State Campgrounds
  • Motels - $20 to $100 - Every Sunday I stayed at a Motel mainly to take a shower and charge my phone and Camera batteries..... stay at the little Mom & Pop places just out side of town.... a lot of times if you tell them what you are doing or give them a cheaper rate of their competition, they'll bring the price down a bit... I never paid more than $75 - most places were $35 - $49
Places I ate:
  • I mostly stopped in a local grocery store and bought what ever soup was on sale.... most cans were $0.60 to $1.50..... I had my "Jet-Boil" campstove with me and used that to cook dinner..... 2 cans a day and a box of Ritz crackers for the week to thicken up the soup! The good thing about the soup is that I can change it up every day... Chicken noodle, vegtable beef, stews, chilis, etc.... there's a lot out there if you look for it!
  • In Vegas - the secondary Strip Clubs have Happy hours from 4 to 6 weeknights.... most will offer a free, all you can eat buffett, and $1 domestic beers! Man I love Vegas!
  • Most bars have awesome burgers..... and relatively cheap too! I only went to biker bars and a lot of the times Someone would hear my story and buy me dinner! I never counted on it though, nor did I ever ask for it!
  • Sunday nights I made it a point after my shower to go out and get a good meal at a decient diner or resturaunt.....
  • Every time I stopped for gas - I bought a snickers bar to keep the hungar pangs away..... but after a week or two, it was pretty easy!
So between being stingy on where I spent my money on sleeping and on food, it really was pretty cheap!
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Amusing that the FL picture is one of the rainiest ones . That's been my experience too.

And that we have "Emergency Stopping Only" signs near all of our "Welcome to Florida" signs to try to keep the tourists from causing accidents by stopping to take pictures of the signs.

Doesn't work.

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wow thats a hell of a trip. I would love to do something like that
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And that we have "Emergency Stopping Only" signs near all of our "Welcome to Florida" signs to try to keep the tourists from causing accidents by stopping to take pictures of the signs.

Doesn't work.

*sigh*

Oh but it was a safety emergency! It was raining so hard that I got a raindrop in my eye and couldn't see and due to not having windshield wipers on my bike's windscreen I couldn't see safely out of my other eye... I pulled over for safety reasons and didn't notice the sign through the rain..... until we stopped to be safe... it was just a coincidence that the state sign was right there where we stopped..... so we took a picture of it once the rain settled and the rain drop was cleared from my vision!

Besides if you want to be technical, we were still in Georgia at the time the photo was taken...... the sign in the photo was/is in Florida.... a different jurisdiction! I understood it to say that there was emergency stopping only in Florida..... Please notice there is no such sign by the Georgia State Sign!


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