Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Transamerica Trip Overview

Hey all,

Time to type some stuff up. This will just be a brief overview. In terms of totals, here we go:

Miles: 9247
Fill ups: 77
Clutch levers broken: 2
Tires replaced: 4
Road side Fixes: 4
Rain showers : 6, two of them being the same storm, just the next day
Times pulled over: 2, both warnings, both in the first two days.

Here's the map of our route:

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An important note: There is an error in the map. In between Death Valley and the Sequoias is a more direct route. It's not on Google maps yet, but we found it on our physical maps of California. It's just South of Mt. Whitney, about 30 miles.

We started on the 5/22, got back on 6/20, so it was just short of a month. We started in Lagrange, headed towards Savannah. From there, we went south into Florida and road along the Gulf, hoping briefly north into Mississippi. We then spent some time in New Orleans on 5/26. From there, we went to Austin, then to New Mexico, to Silver Springs, and to Tucson, got in on 6/1. From there we doubled back so we could ride 191 in Arizona into Alpine, and from there, road through the Petrified Forest (where I broke my clutch) to Flagstaff. Flagstaff, we did some repairs, and then went to the Grand Canyon.

From there, we went south again and into Southern Arizona, rode along Route 66 some toward the Mojave. We then went through Death Valley (Huge Mistake) it was 120. We then went, after some fixes, over the Sequoia National Forest and into the park. From there we shot over to the coast and San Francisco on 6/8. Then north up 1 to the Redwood National Park. Then back south to Yosemite on 6/14. Once we left, we head straight to Athens, West VA, getting in on 6/18.

Amazing trip, pics will be posted soon, as well as more thoughts and details.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Hey all,

 Just finished my Transamerica trip with my brother. All back, safe and sound, with a few minor repairs on the way and a couple of sore asses. Totals will come, as will pics. I will write more soon. Right now, I'm in Myrtle Beach taking a much needed break from my motorized crotch-companion and spending a bit of time with my other one.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Hi everyone!

 Today we start our trip. We are going to head East to Savannah, trying to race the rain. We decided to leave today just to get a good head start in case we get delayed in the first few days, since we feel a bit unprepared. We shall see.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Trip time

Hey everyone. Me and my bro are going to start our trip west soon. Our plan is to start in Savannah, head west along the gulf then North towards San Francisco. After that, we'll head east along the middle of the country. Stay posted here for updates.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Hi everyone,

 As this is my first post, it will be brief, but expect more.

Also, a caveat: I am new to Motorcycle trips. If you're an old-timer, feel free to lay some knowledge down on me. I'd love to hear it. That's one of the best thing about motorcycle trips, to me. You're never short of learning a lot, and it's a hell of a lot easier to learn it from someone who's already done it.

I recently came back from a trip up to Blairsville, Georgia, and rode the Guantlet; 133 miles of some of the best roads I've ever ridden. I stayed at a great place called the Skeenah Creek Campground. Awesome atmosphere, great [rices, super friendly, and what's best, nothing but motorcyclists there. Some came in a Toy Carrier, Some in a van with a trailer, and then, like me, some on their bikes with tents.

The best thing to say about The Gauntlet: do it in more than one day. Plan for a week. It's some of the best roads ever and The Gauntlet just happens to be a nice circuit of a couple of them. I did it all in one day and was actually sore. Almost every road is back-and-forth, flattening your bike into curve after curve. I've never seen more motorcycles.

Apart from that, there's so many great towns up there. If you like the German-Mountaneering-thing, then of course there's Helen. I find it a bit creepy, kind of like the South ate a lot of wienersnitzel and drank too much beer and happened to puke in an amazing part of Georgia. Octoberfest does have it's perks though. The rest are just small towns spread out over awesome scenery.

For some pics, check out here...