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Maybe all of us Rocky Mountain Sharks need to rally up and travel as a “school”. US 36 , though not super slab, is the most direct route.
I have been playing around with multiple routes (north and south). It comes down to your "Interstate avoidance factor." IAF. Actually, I just made that up. In all seriousness, are you willing to spend a few more hours to mostly avoid the highways? You often pay by having some of the ride through towns with stop lights also. US-36 does have some long stretches without gas stops, so you want to plan that stretch out.

I noticed that once you get further east there are a number of turnpikes. I hate stopping to pay at these, but the advantage is there are far fewer trucks. This route doesn't have any toll roads (I think). If you are starting from around Denver you can obviously get on to US-36 sooner than this map shows leaving from Colorado Springs. St. Francis KS has a motorcycle museum if you have time. This route still has some longer stretches of highway. How important is it for you all to stay on 2-lane?

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https://stfrancismotorcyclemuseum.org/

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I did Maryland to Cortez, Colorado - right around 2,000 miles - in 3-1/2 days going out, 2-1/2 days coming back. I don't blink at an 800 mile day, and the most I've done is about 1,200 (no, I don't log them for some silly license plate frame).

Were it me coming from the West, I'd stay on Rt. 50 as much as I could and take my time. 50s a blast going through Colorado, and there's a ton of stuff to see throughout the entire length of it.
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I typically "budget" for 500mi/day, and Google says 890mi to Gettysburg, so 2 days.
You can always add at least 10% to any mileage Google or any other routing or mileage site site gives you.


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1600 miles from the Front Range to PA. Will probably take 3 days and go through KY and pick up some of our new SW friends on the way.
So, as of today, I may very well be "Big R" retired. The start-up I worked for is going under. Not unexpected. At 65 I wonder if it is worth trying to find more work, or "call it a day so to speak. The point is I may very well be able to take my time now on this ride!

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Well if I can make it this would be my route. Since I would already be on the east coast I'd need to slide down to FL and visit my son and his family. Got to go see my grandsons. Be my chance to take them for a ride on grandpa's motorcycle. Plus my daughter wants to go to a college in Miami, FL so we would have to go check it out while we were down there. And then I'd swing thru Phoenix, AZ to check out a trailer manufacture that I want to look at.

7,600 miles if I can make this trip. So figuring riding 8 hours each day it's just over 14 days of JUST riding not including the stops along the way. Looks like I need to start making some plans.
looks like your route will be swinging right through my route around Mpls/ St.Paul area. At least taking 94 to Madison. I think me and the Mrs. are planning on heading to Milwaukee though and taking a ferry across Lake Michigan. Only $55 bucks and a 2.5hr ride across. A little rest and then drive through Michigan towards Toledo. Small price to pay to avoid going through Chicago... (no offense Eddie!) Them damn FIBS though...
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Only $55 bucks and a 2.5hr ride across. A little rest and then drive through Michigan towards Toledo. Small price to pay to avoid going through Chicago... .
It would be worth it if it was $75

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So, as of today, I may very well be "Big R" retired. The start-up I worked for is going under. Not unexpected. At 65 I wonder if it is worth trying to find more work, or "call it a day so to speak. The point is I may very well be able to take my time now on this ride!
I don't know if I should congrats ya or not, but, you gotta do what you gotta do. If you can swing it 65, God bless ya man!


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I don't know if I should congrats ya or not, but, you gotta do what you gotta do. If you can swing it 65, God bless ya man!
I do have to admit the monthly budget vs monthly income do not line up as well as my wife and I would like. I may try to find something part time to fill both the gap in the budget and get me out of the house during the winter. The good news is I can ride during the week and not be on the road on the more busy weekends!
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