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i bought a bike. where should i go

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flew to san diego and picked up a cheap enfield bullet.

 

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ran into a few maintenance hiccups off the bat, but i should be good. setting out from LA this afternoon. i have about a week to get it back to north carolina. the only thing set in stone is i want to take Route 66 and then drive up through monument valley.

what else is worth seeing? candidate states are utah, southern nevada, arizona, new mexico, oklahoma, kansas, colorado, nebraska, missouri, arkansas, iowa, illinois, kentucky, tennessee.

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It's a little early and cool to hit the northern route, so here's the 10-day route I took from San Diego to Greensboro when I moved in 1992:

Yuma, Old Tucson, up 77 & 87 thru Tonto and Coconino National Forests to Winslow.

Petrified Forest National Park, up 491 to Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. 160 & 84 down to Santa Fe. Down to 40, gotta stop in Tucumcari and then to the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo. Down to Wichita Falls.

Jump on 75 north to Muskogee and east to Ozark National Forest. After that it's up to you and the weather. Wanna head north to St. Louis and east to Louisville or go south into Memphis then to Nashville? I love St. Louis and think Nashville is really overrated, but that's me.

 

 

 

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Sounds like you’ve already decided to drive across the US on I-40

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55 minutes ago, hepcat said:

Sounds like you’ve already decided to drive across the US on I-40

huh?

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30 minutes ago, PhillyB said:

huh?

Never mind I read your list of states wrong. Thought it was all of the states along I-40.

If time is not a factor I’d start by driving up the California coast to San Francisco (which would be incredible on a bike), thenhead over to Lake Tahoe. Then cross Nevada into Utah and hit Monument Valley. Colorado might still be a little cold this time of year and risks a spring snow in the mountains but it could be worth it for the views. I think the southern route from Colorado into Oklahoma and through Arkansas into the Ozarks is nice. Parts of Arkansas look a lot like Western NC. Hot Springs is a fun little town and they have a horse race every year around this time. From there you have tons of options to get back to NC. 

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If it was warmer, I would say thru Yellowstone and Jackson hole.  It is really an amazing experience.  But you are likely to see snow there this time of year.  

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If you are going through Memphis I think Memphis Belle has been returned to its museum (Mud Island)? after a restoration.

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Never made rides like that,  the R1 gets alittle uncomfortable after hour # 2.  Of course i can cover alot of ground in 2 hours lol.  Make sure you hit the dragon tail when you make it this way!

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Btw get proper riding gear if you dont have it already.  Bad things happen on motorcycles, just a matter of time....i learned the hard way.

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Take I-10W through Arizona, New Mexico, and West Texas...not because it's awesome or anything ( the mesas  and cactus are cool and should be seen) but because everyone should experience that flat, boring, and never ending brown drive once in their lives. 2nd most boring drive in America...I-70 through Kansas.

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56 minutes ago, Jimmy said:

Take I-10W through Arizona, New Mexico, and West Texas...not because it's awesome or anything ( the mesas  and cactus are cool and should be seen) but because everyone should experience that flat, boring, and never ending brown drive once in their lives. 2nd most boring drive in America...I-70 through Kansas.

I 80 through Wyoming.  

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10 minutes ago, Davidson Deac II said:

I 80 through Wyoming.  

I made that drive from Cheyenne to San Fransico...at least there's hills from Wyoming to Salt Lake City

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