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seruzawa 06-22-2006 12:00 PM

Re: Riding Across the US...Which Direction?
I second that. You do not want to ride through the southern States in summer.

seruzawa 06-22-2006 12:03 PM

Re: Riding Across the US...Which Direction?
Ha ha! Just TRY to find corn chips and salsa!

mii54ws 06-22-2006 12:30 PM

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Start in San Francisco, ride down the coast on Highway 1 to San Luis Obispo. Then ride east bound to the Denver region then south to El Paso, TX. Then ride up through the Momument Valley region, continue on into Oregon and up into Washington. Then continue on to Vancover Island. The ferries in Canada have a rule, motorcycles first on and first off. Then ride up the Franzer River Valley to Jasper, down to Banif, then back to San Francisco. FORGET EAST OF COLORADO. It's boring !!! Been there, done that.

rapier 06-22-2006 01:14 PM

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It's a big country. If your taking 3 or 6 months maybe you could sort of see it all. If not then this west only plan is something to consider.

It all depends too on what you want to see. For a midwesterner, the flatlands, nothing beats the mountains. As a bonus every other person is a tourist there in the summer as well and camping places are endless. (Check out Forest Service Campgrounds, part of the Department of Agriculture)

Note that summer in the mountains ends Sept. 1.

Tadgh 06-22-2006 01:23 PM

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you went to Colarado Bobs American Burgers and ordered chips?

now you know how we feel when faced with a bus load of tourists looking to find where the leprechauns are hiding !!

Tadgh 06-22-2006 01:26 PM

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remember columbus only discovered the US maybe 500 years ago takes millenia of evolution to reach the curry on chips level of culinary sophistication

setafirst 06-22-2006 01:59 PM

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Doesn't make a damned bit of difference other than you would want to hit the East after March and before November, and avoid July and August in the Western deserts.

The East, West, and Middle are totally different. The West is dry and brown like much of NSW, the mountains are spactacular, but with comparatively few roads to pick from. God help you when you get behind summer Camper caravans... Middle is long flat and lonely, but the people and small towns are very friendly (if you're not too weird looking)... The East is like Europe with a zillion interesting roads, towns, and cities to pick from, and is green and full of surprises at every turn. Try the empty back roads of New England, Kentucky or West VA - they are just as great in their way as Mulholland Drive or doing the Colorado passes.

Dollar-wise prices aren't that much different between the coasts and unloading a used bike quickly for a good price is always a pain.

And stay off the interstate highways in any case - they are so aptly described as being designed to ensure that you can go all the way across America while seeing absolutely nothing at all...

longride 06-22-2006 02:37 PM

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I think both. Still working on the chemical thing though.

eojmo 06-22-2006 04:15 PM

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Head out of New York as quickly as possible and go to Montreal. From there ride accross to Vancouver. Better scenery,less traffic,less crime and a whole lot less congested.From Vancouver ride over the border to Seattle.

davidhaner 06-22-2006 04:24 PM

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Most of the spices in curry originated in the New World anyway.

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