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Where would you go?

Postby Solina Dave » Fri Feb 06, 2015 7:10 pm



You've just won, an all expenses paid, 2 week motorcycle trip to anywhere in North America. All transportation, accommodation, and meals are included, and just for fun, on this fantasy trip, how about a credit card for fuel and repairs only, and $1500 in pocket money? You can ride solo, or with a spouse, or a friend, either as a passenger, or riding their own personal motorcycles. You, and yours, and your motorcycle(s) will be taken first class to the destination of your choice, and two weeks later you'll be returned home, from whatever location you choose......OK?....."Where would you go?"

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Re: Where would you go?

Postby tom84std » Fri Feb 06, 2015 7:50 pm

I can think of a dozen places in the western half of the country. Grand Canyon, Idaho, Wyoming. Up into Banff and all around British Colombia. I could think of more if I could look at a map.

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Re: Where would you go?

Postby golden highway » Fri Feb 06, 2015 8:46 pm

Me and my bike would go across the country first class with me riding it

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Re: Where would you go?

Postby Big Blue UK » Fri Feb 06, 2015 9:29 pm

tom84std wrote:I can think of a dozen places in the western half of the country. Grand Canyon, Idaho, Wyoming. Up into Banff and all around British Colombia. I could think of more if I could look at a map.

It would have to be 2 months for me tom, at least 2 decades ago, and I would do all of the above.
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Re: Where would you go?

Postby Happytrails » Fri Feb 06, 2015 9:37 pm

I'm really not familiar with the area but if it was me I'd love to figure out a tour that included the Black Hills of North Dakota. I sort of remember youtube videos of guys on goldwings/harleys doing a loop route thru the Black Hills.
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Re: Where would you go?

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Sat Feb 07, 2015 5:31 am

I'd head out for the Southwest. Never been to the grand canyon, painted desert, or to any of the beautiful mountains there... I've been to most of the rest of the US, so that would be my destination... SoCal, and maybe a few days riding through old Mexico.
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Re: Where would you go?

Postby dingdong » Sat Feb 07, 2015 8:06 am

Alaska would be my preference however two weeks prolly wouldn't be enough time.
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Re: Where would you go?

Postby themainviking » Sat Feb 07, 2015 8:08 am

As I have already been to every state but two and to all the provinces and territories, I guess I would go to the furthest corner from me - Baja California, and start there. Two weeks is nowhere near enough time though. I would finish wherever the two weeks ended and probably just not take the return, but instead continue till I felt it had been long enough. That normally starts about six weeks in, and after three months I start to miss home. The fuel paid is not such a big deal, as I would not necessarily ride that many miles, but rather, see things in depth, and meet and talk with people. It took 13 months for me to see all of the US and all of Canada when I got out of the army. I still have to get back to Maryland and Delaware, as I missed them.
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Re: Where would you go?

Postby oilboy1162 » Sat Feb 07, 2015 9:44 am

For me, I'd map a route to run as much of the old Route 66 as i could and head west, and wrap it up with a jaunt up/down the PCH. Of course, I'd have to have my 'Wing shipped home as I'd use the whole two weeks getting out there!! Oh well. Nice fantasy post to keep me occupied during this stupid winter. Bring on the spring!!..........................Please.
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Re: Where would you go?

Postby Mag » Sat Feb 07, 2015 11:34 am

Where CT1500 stated "head west"....and I am way up in the NW corner, I would "head east", just get on a road and go. No destination, I only want the time. I would use the credit card to stop at the little cinder-block hotels along the way, make it an adventure of the day....I have only hit a couple of states in my life, I need to broaden my horizons.

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Re: Where would you go?

Postby littlebeaver » Sat Feb 07, 2015 7:20 pm

I have never seen the Redwoods, I'd go up the California coast highway and on up into Washington state and make my way up to Alaska if it is not wintertime...That's where I'd go .... :shock:

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Re: Where would you go?

Postby Solina Dave » Sat Feb 07, 2015 8:27 pm

Absolutely Beaver. The giant redwoods on the Avenue of the Giants, and the giant sequoias in Sequoia National Park. One of the most beautiful places on earth. A truly humbling experience. It should be mandatory that everyone go there at least once.

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Re: Where would you go?

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Re: Where would you go?

Postby Mag » Sun Feb 08, 2015 12:04 am

The tree trunks are HUGE there, used to drive through from the bay area up to UC Humbolt to pick up my lil bro from school, but no he did not inhale ;)

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Re: Where would you go?

Postby dtrider » Sun Feb 08, 2015 8:47 am

I would prefer to go without a destination, or even much of a plan. Pick a direction and go. Find what Mag called a little cinder block hotel for the night, then the next morning talk to the locals to find out what is worth seeing, and pick another direction based on that. I probably wouldn't get all that far from home in just two weeks, but I would get to see a lot of what is in the area. Make it more like six weeks and I might be able to see a good sized chunk of the country.
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Re: Where would you go?

Postby Mag » Sun Feb 08, 2015 2:32 pm

Well DT, you would sorta be on my way if I go 84 down the river and over to Idaho ;)

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Postby roadwanderer2 » Sun Feb 08, 2015 6:11 pm

I would tell my wife to get dressed because we're going for a ride, get one of our neighbors to watch and feed our 2 cats, go to the bank and take out some "extra" money and get on my bike and ride across the country without a care in the world except for where to stop for food, fuel, and sleep.

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Re: Where would you go?

Postby Solina Dave » Sun Feb 08, 2015 8:50 pm

I guess, if I asked the question, I get to provide an answer also. Fantasy or not!
I live near Toronto, and if I was the lucky winner, I'd have me and my Goldwing flown to Phoenix, and then I'd ride to the Grand Canyon. Then I'd go west to the Hoover Dam, through Death Valley, and north to the Sequoia N.F., Kings Canyon N.P., and Yosemite N.P. Then I'd go to the coast and spend a day and a night in San Francisco (the only large city I would bother with on my whole trip). Then I'd take a nice slow ride, north up the coast to Crescent City, and north and east through the Cascade Range to, and through, Idaho. Then I'd go to Yellowstone Park, south through the Grand Tetons to Utah. I'd tour, once again, Canyonlands N.P., Capitol Reef N.P., and Arches N.P. I love the desert. Then I'd make my way east to Colorado Springs and fly home. That's 4500 miles (give or take), or 325 miles a day. I could do that standing on my head! Well maybe not on my head.
If I needed to make any adjustments to this route as I was going, because I was locked into some surrealistic groove that I was having a hard time getting out of, then I suppose I'd just have to wing-it, and get back home later. Maybe much later!

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Re: Where would you go?

Postby dtrider » Mon Feb 09, 2015 11:30 am

Mag wrote:Well DT, you would sorta be on my way if I go 84 down the river and over to Idaho ;)

Come on out. We just did a ride yesterday along the river from Dan's Ferry to Grand View then up to 84 to get back home. Great ride.
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Re: Where would you go?

Postby Solina Dave » Tue Feb 10, 2015 2:46 pm

Hey DT, you'd know these places better than me. Back in '78 I was heading west, and I passed Butte, Montana. Then I went south on Hwy 15 until I was just north of Idaho Falls. I went west to Craters of the Moon, and on to Ketchum, New Meadows, Camebridge, and then I took Hwy 71 and the Brownlee Oxbow Hwy. up Hell's Canyon. It's been a long time, and I can't remember how far I went along that way. Something tells me that the road wasn't too suitable the further along that you went. It's possible that I made it to Hwy 86 and doubled back south to Baker City, but I'm not sure. At any rate it was some of the most spectacular country I've ever seen. You're very lucky to have it so close, but I don't want to go back there.

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Re: Where would you go?

Postby dtrider » Wed Feb 11, 2015 2:46 pm

Solina Dave wrote:Hey DT, you'd know these places better than me. Back in '78 I was heading west, and I passed Butte, Montana. Then I went south on Hwy 15 until I was just north of Idaho Falls. I went west to Craters of the Moon, and on to Ketchum, New Meadows, Camebridge, and then I took Hwy 71 and the Brownlee Oxbow Hwy. up Hell's Canyon. It's been a long time, and I can't remember how far I went along that way. Something tells me that the road wasn't too suitable the further along that you went. It's possible that I made it to Hwy 86 and doubled back south to Baker City, but I'm not sure. At any rate it was some of the most spectacular country I've ever seen. You're very lucky to have it so close, but I don't want to go back there.

I "need" to go back there....................Dave


I grew up in Idaho Falls, and I know the areas you mention quite well. All gorgeous country. 71 and 86 are all good roads now. Going from Boise up to Cambridge then over to Brownlee and down to Baker is a popular route for weekend rides. I may even go for it this weekend.
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Re: Where would you go?

Postby Solina Dave » Wed Feb 11, 2015 3:44 pm

dtrider wrote:
Solina Dave wrote:Hey DT, you'd know these places better than me. Back in '78 I was heading west, and I passed Butte, Montana. Then I went south on Hwy 15 until I was just north of Idaho Falls. I went west to Craters of the Moon, and on to Ketchum, New Meadows, Camebridge, and then I took Hwy 71 and the Brownlee Oxbow Hwy. up Hell's Canyon. It's been a long time, and I can't remember how far I went along that way. Something tells me that the road wasn't too suitable the further along that you went. It's possible that I made it to Hwy 86 and doubled back south to Baker City, but I'm not sure. At any rate it was some of the most spectacular country I've ever seen. You're very lucky to have it so close, but I don't want to go back there.

I "need" to go back there....................Dave


I grew up in Idaho Falls, and I know the areas you mention quite well. All gorgeous country. 71 and 86 are all good roads now. Going from Boise up to Cambridge then over to Brownlee and down to Baker is a popular route for weekend rides. I may even go for it this weekend.



Well DT, I'm officially jealous! I couldn't believe you when you said that you might ride out that way this weekend. I thought you guys would be up to your ears in snow out there in the mountains. You're near Boise, and I'm near Toronto. That's the same line of latitude. I checked your weather an saw about 45ºF, P.O.P 20%-40% and wind at 3 to 10 mph. with sun and cloud. Awesome! Here it's 0ºF to -8ºF, 40% to 70% P.O.P. and winds 10 to 15 mph. with sun and cloud and snow. Like there isn't enough already.
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Re: Where would you go?

Postby redial » Thu Feb 12, 2015 8:58 am

I have already travelled through 45 of the 50, however, I still have some needs.

First off, (and I like the idea of 1st Class), would be go OK City, via Dallas/Fort Worth, then to Columbus OH. After a stay there for a couple of days (friends), then onto Denver CO, west through the Rockies (including Durango and Silverton), to Phoenix AZ (friends). From Phoenix, go to Yellow Stone, and then onto LA CA. Take the GW to the shipping company, and fly back to Oz. That should be a busy enough schedule.
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Re: Where would you go?

Postby dtrider » Sun Feb 15, 2015 2:16 pm

Solina Dave wrote:Well DT, I'm officially jealous! I couldn't believe you when you said that you might ride out that way this weekend. I thought you guys would be up to your ears in snow out there in the mountains. You're near Boise, and I'm near Toronto. That's the same line of latitude. I checked your weather an saw about 45ºF, P.O.P 20%-40% and wind at 3 to 10 mph. with sun and cloud. Awesome! Here it's 0ºF to -8ºF, 40% to 70% P.O.P. and winds 10 to 15 mph. with sun and cloud and snow. Like there isn't enough already.
Have a nice ride, and think about me................Dave


Well, we wound up not taking the route that I originally planned. That's an all-day trip and we had some things to take care of so we couldn't be away that long. Still got in a 300 mile trip out to Mt. Home, Fairfield, Gooding, and back home. Got a little cold out on the Camas Prairie (all the way down to about 40F ;) ), but for the most part the temps were in the upper 60s. Longest ride we've done so far on the GW. It was a great way to spend the day with my Valentine on the seat behind me. And yes Dave, I did think of you a couple times.


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