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I'm planning a nice long trip next summer. Going to visit some old Army buddies in New Orleans, Oklahoma city, Seattle and Washington. July 22 till about Aug 11 or so. Depends on how long I stay in different cities and how many miles I can do each day. I've figured at least 500-600 a day.

This is my first big trip so if anybody has any suggestions or tips...please let me know.

I started with a FatBoy...then went Vrod...now....well now I'm never changing bikes again
 

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Wecome to the tank. Looks like a hell of a trip from what I can see. When your in the Seattle area give a shout out, or check your route and time frame to try to work in SWIII in St George UT. 7-30-8-1.

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Careful if you ride through Montana because some of those gas stations are spread pretty far apart and also Montana now has an active Highway Patrol who won't hesitate to ticket you.

Avoid riding through St. Louis at all costs! Just go around is my advice there! Make sure you have change handy if you go through some of those East Coast highways because there are a few tolls highways like the Chicago Skyline and the Jersey turnpike!

If you dip into the southwest at any point drink a LOT of water, hell it's summer drink lots of water anyway, every time you stop down a bottle or two!

The past couple of years I've gone across country (on a Dyna Street Bob) and the weather during July and August are brutal but optimal compared to spring long haul, in the spring you never know what you'll run into in the west or north west especially! I left in late April in 2010 from Seattle heading for Lebanon PA and hit every form of weather imaginable! It was in the 60s and sunny in Seattle then through Idaho's Fourth of July Pass and Look Out Pass it snowed but didn't stick like you wouldn't believe, and by the time I got to Cheyenne WY I had snow blowing across the road at me!!! When I got to Colorado it was nice and in the 60s again and very mild and by the time I got to the East Coast it was hotter than hell!

That's my take anyway, but have a great time because there's always new adventures out there waiting for you!
 
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Careful if you ride through Montana because some of those gas stations are spread pretty far apart and also Montana now has an active Highway Patrol who won't hesitate to ticket you.

I think you might be a little out of touch with the situation in Montana. MT has had an active Highway Patrol for a long, long time. I retired with over 30 years with Highways and I've lived in the home town of MHP for over 35 years. MHP has been plenty active and have not used horses for many years. lol There are a lot more states to worry about than MT. If you get a ticket here you are either doing something wrong or you might be from a state that we don't like. ha

You shouldn't have any issues with gas stations if you visit us. There are even some gas stations on reservation land. Plan your trip for gas stops just like any other state.

Believe it or not, we also have Modern Rest Areas with running water.

Good luck on your trip and enjoy our great country!!!
 

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Careful if you ride through Montana because some of those gas stations are spread pretty far apart and also Montana now has an active Highway Patrol who won't hesitate to ticket you.

I think you might be a little out of touch with the situation in Montana. MT has had an active Highway Patrol for a long, long time. I retired with over 30 years with Highways and I've lived in the home town of MHP for over 35 years. MHP has been plenty active and have not used horses for many years. lol There are a lot more states to worry about than MT. If you get a ticket here you are either doing something wrong or you might be from a state that we don't like. ha

You shouldn't have any issues with gas stations if you visit us. There are even some gas stations on reservation land. Plan your trip for gas stops just like any other state.

Believe it or not, we also have Modern Rest Areas with running water.

Good luck on your trip and enjoy our great country!!!
When I say active I mean NOW they give out speeding tickets! LOL
 

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Like any big city, Seattle isn't a great place to ride a bike. Too much traffic in too much of a hurry and not paying enough attention. Outside of the greater Seattle area there's some great riding, and you'll be here at the absolute best time of year weather-wise.

I'd suggest that you look into Hiway 20 for your route over the Cascade Mountains - commonly refered to as the North Cascades Hiway. It may be a little out of the way, but it's one of the greatest motorcycle roads I've ever ridden on.
 

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Like any big city, Seattle isn't a great place to ride a bike. Too much traffic in too much of a hurry and not paying enough attention. Outside of the greater Seattle area there's some great riding, and you'll be here at the absolute best time of year weather-wise.

I'd suggest that you look into Hiway 20 for your route over the Cascade Mountains - commonly refered to as the North Cascades Hiway. It may be a little out of the way, but it's one of the greatest motorcycle roads I've ever ridden on.
I got to say he nailed it with Hwy 20 worth a little extra miles
 

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Just completed 5500 mile solo ride (see thread). Here's some thoughts:

500-600 miles/day is certainly doable, but not as relaxed a schedule as I prefer. 400-450 miles is a nice ride and gives you a couple more hrs/day for stops, photos, side trips, visits, sleep, etc.

Gas stations out west ARE a concern, but you just have to pay attention. Exits are further apart and not every exit has gas. If your "fuel" lite comes on and you didn't see that sign 10 miles back that said "Next Services 65 Miles", you're probably going to have a more interesting day than planned.

Things I'm glad I had:
3 different pr. gloves-chilly in high elevations and early morning. (probably not an issue mid-summer).
sandals/sneakers-Those boots ain't made for walkin'.
electronics-GPS, laptop, camera, and cell phone are not absolutely necessary, but added immeasureably to my convenience and comfort.
Security-heavy cable and lock to post/tree will not stop serious thieves, but could slow them long enough for me to get a clean shot.


Things I could have left at home:
Half the clothes-many motels, truck stops, and my friends, have laundry facilities. Two weeks, plus "just in case" stuff, was too much.
Extra helmet-my full-face has speakers and mike in it, but didn't use it (just needed to dodge the truckers, not talk to them.)
Cue stick-my host, without consulting me :), had sold his pool table. We still played, but not enough to justify carrying my stick--and now I'm faced with having to shoot at home with a high-mileage stick!:D
 

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I've got friends and family at San Antonio, New Orleans, Reservation just east of Oklahoma City, Denver, Island Park, and Seattle...so a couch awaits me at those stops... I'm gonna pack a tent and sleeping bag for everywhere else.
 

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Like any big city, Seattle isn't a great place to ride a bike. Too much traffic in too much of a hurry and not paying enough attention. Outside of the greater Seattle area there's some great riding, and you'll be here at the absolute best time of year weather-wise.

I'd suggest that you look into Hiway 20 for your route over the Cascade Mountains - commonly refered to as the North Cascades Hiway. It may be a little out of the way, but it's one of the greatest motorcycle roads I've ever ridden on.
+10 on 20! In fact ,if you've got the time, take 20 all the way across the state to Colville then drop down into Spokane.
 

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The Shack Up Inn

We are headed out on a big mission ourselves in July. We made reservations at the Shack Up Inn. Its in Clarksdale Miss. Check out the website. Looks like a really cool spot. Home of the Delta Blues. Definitely a different type of room with a lot of culture.
 
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