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Old 06-22-2006, 09:34 AM   #21
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I would skip the US because there is nothing there. Why not to fly to Fortaleza in northern Brazil, buy a 2nd hand 350-650 cc offroad bike and set off to a 5000 km beach trip all the way to south to Puerto Alegre. The girls are much more generous, drinks and smokes much stiffer. If you know what I mean.



At the end the bike sales wouldn´t be an issue as you´d be so relaxed you´d realize this money thingie just doesn´t matter.



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Old 06-22-2006, 09:52 AM   #22
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"And yes, I've been to practically every state on a motorcycle myself. "









And settled in a State of Confusion
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Old 06-22-2006, 09:54 AM   #23
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Staff off the interstates.. If have to go on one I would choose I-70 which goes through Colorado. But I would use highways like US40 or US50 etc.. So many people make the mistake of using I-80 which is really booooring and flat.. I-90 is almost as bad... Like Burns said stay off the interstates.. unless you are on a Harley/cruiser. cause interstates don't have the twisty turns...just kidding.
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Old 06-22-2006, 10:20 AM   #24
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There are lots of options for sure. There are some very twisty roads in the "mountains" Tenessee and Virginia btw. Lots of hairpins that will test anyone's mettle above 25-30 mph.



Agree on the Great Lakes, maybe taking the north shore Canadian route. Beware of thick swarms of bugs though.
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Old 06-22-2006, 10:30 AM   #25
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Consider a big north-south loop...



start in San Franciso (which is easily the coolest major city in America), go east to the Sierra Nevada and then head north to visit your Canadian cousins, work your way west to the coast & then go south until you're in a place where they speak Spanish and serve awesome fish tacos and cold Pacificos



Return to SF to sell the bike on Craigslist



you could do 95+% of the trip on two lane roads, there would't be one flat boring pavement day the whole trip
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Old 06-22-2006, 10:44 AM   #26
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that first sentence is a killer: "I would skip the US because there is nothing there."



All the Miss Universes were from Brazil and Argentina for years and it wasnt based on their talent as accordian players either. Are there many down there like that?
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Old 06-22-2006, 10:47 AM   #27
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Old 06-22-2006, 10:59 AM   #28
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I think the more important question is whether you should take the Northern or Southern route. Obviously weather is a factor, but I'd take the Northern route if I had to pick one. If you go along the South, New Orleans is the only place of real interest between Atlanta and Flagstaff. And it'll be hot as hell in the summertime.



My prefered trip was from LA to San Fran via the Yosemite valley, on to the Yellowstone and Glacier national parks, Sturgis (not a cruiser guy, but it was still interesting to see), the high country of Wyoming, and then I dropped the hammer and got to Chigago as quickly as I could. Then on to Pittsburgh (my hometown) and on down to DC. About the only thing you'll miss is the Grand Canyon, but the Sierras and Northern Rockies more than make up for it in my opinion.



Good luck and keep us posted.
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Old 06-22-2006, 11:08 AM   #29
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L.A.? Where's that?
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Old 06-22-2006, 11:58 AM   #30
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It that confusion chemically induced or a consequence of old age?
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