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AssnBrad
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Vegas trip

Post by AssnBrad » Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:30 pm



On the 2nd of Sept my wife and I are trailering our Gold Wing from Port Dover Ontario to Vegas for our 20th Anniversary. We have a number of areas where we could use some assistance. First in in finding someplace to park our truck and trailer while we do some day trips for about a 5 days and then heading west to the Pacific coast for 5 days - back around to Reno and back to Vegas for a few days. I am also looking for tips for good day trips in the Vegas area as well as ideas on the best places to ride on the West coast. As for ideas on where to park our truck and trailer for the two weeks we are there. I thought about the Long term parking at the airport which might work but if anyone has any other ideas they are much welcomed. The problem with that is that you require a ticket to get in and a ticket to get out. I could use the ticket I got going in to exit with the Wing and then get another when I come back but that is a type of fraud and I would prefer not to go that route.

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Re: Vegas trip

Post by Alan_Hepburn » Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:48 pm

Can't help you with Vegas info, but depending on how far up the coast you want to travel I'd recommend a road called Avenue of the Giants - off of Hwy 101 starting about 200 miles north of San Francisco. It's a narrow 2-lane road through a bunch of redwood trees and national parks. It's only about 35 miles long, and starts and ends on Hwy 101, but it can take several hours if you stop at all the possible stops! Not a real technical bike road, but awesome scenery!
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Re: Vegas trip

Post by AssnBrad » Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:01 pm

Thanks for the tip - we will definitely check it out

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Re: Vegas trip

Post by captdecker » Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:58 pm

Depending on how you are going Crater Lake in Oregon, Lassen Volcanic Nat Park, on way to Reno drive around Lake Tahoe. There is a lot of great thing to see.
Ride safe and have a good time.
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Re: Vegas trip

Post by AssnBrad » Wed Aug 23, 2017 4:52 am

thanks Verne - we will have to make sure that we include Crater Lake and Lassen on our journey

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Re: Vegas trip

Post by 702scottc » Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:30 pm

Sounds like a nice trip. How big is your rig and trailer? Are you planning to stay in a hotel? I might be able to help you with parking if the truck and trailer aren't too long. As far as riding in the Vegas area I know lots of places if you don't mind a few hours in the saddle, I was born and raised here and have ridden pretty much every paved road within 300 miles. Northern Cal is great as well as central and eastern Cal. The gold rush area is awsome riding.

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Re: Vegas trip

Post by AssnBrad » Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:24 am

hello 702scott2

Thanks for getting back to me - my truck is a Ford Explorer and my trailer is a typical 6' X 10' single axle trailer. As for time in the saddle - we ride for as long as we need to to see or get what we came for. We are staying in various hotels but at some of our intended destinations we find accommodations to be costlier than anticipated. Consequently we have elected to Wing it and see what we can find on the road.

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Re: Vegas trip

Post by 702scottc » Thu Aug 24, 2017 6:48 am

There is a storage facility in the center of town that has 24 hr gated access, its call Gerkes RV storage. 702-364-2515.They have a website you can contact to see how much they would charge for 2 weeks. Since it's a small rig if it's too pricey then you could drop the trailer and put it in my carport and park your truck on the street in front of my house if you want? As long as it's locked up I don't think anyone would fool with it, of course I can't be responsible for it but you are welcome to park it.

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Re: Vegas trip

Post by 702scottc » Thu Aug 24, 2017 8:01 am

Since your wife is good with traveling on your bike why don't you consider ditching the tow rig and trailer? You can get a pull behind trailer at Harbor Freight for under $400 or even a hitch mounted cargo rack and strap a suitcase to it? You have time to decide and you would save a lot of money and worry with storage and fuel costs. Just set a limit of say 500 miles a day, you could be in Salt Lake City or Denver in around 3 days. This way you can modify your plans as you see fit. You can ride to Vegas for a few days then head north, ride thru Yosemite park and be in San Francisco by dark. Then ride north up the coast to Oregon or wherever and head east toward home. Tioga pass is 300 miles from here and the Bay Area is 200 miles from Yosemite, I've ridden it many times. Great ride. Just pack rain gear and you'll be set. Something to consider.

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Re: Vegas trip

Post by AssnBrad » Thu Aug 24, 2017 8:12 am

Thank you once again for great advice - historically that was the way we travelled however a couple of years ago while doing a similar excursion across Canada we were T-boned by an antelope in Saskatchewan while going a buck 20 which theoretically totaled the bike (by insurance standards) and almost left the stranded in the middle of nowhere. Miraculously (still not sure how) I was able to keep the bike up and managed to get us to Calgary where we made some essential repairs while my wife flew home. Given the amount of time were going to spend in the saddle this time around you would think that a few more days wouldn't make a difference however my wife is adamant that we trailer the bike so given I'm happy that she is willing to give it another shot I do not want to push too hard. That being said I do appreciate your wise advice but for this trip were going to trailer the bike to Vegas and go from there.

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Re: Vegas trip

Post by 702scottc » Thu Aug 24, 2017 8:29 am

I understand completely. Give those folks a call and see what the cost is. They are close to the strip and I -15 and near 4 nice hotels, Orleans, Palms, Goldcoast and the Rio. They are off the strip and might have better rates.

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Re: Vegas trip

Post by AssnBrad » Thu Aug 24, 2017 8:39 am

702scottc

Thank you under separate cover I sent you a personal email and since I'm new to all of this I don't know what they actually get delivered so if you could let me know if you received that I would really appreciate it

Thanks for all the time you've taken to assist my wife and I

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Re: Vegas trip

Post by harvey01 » Thu Aug 24, 2017 12:55 pm

AssnBrad, Congratulations on planning a great trip! You might want to check with the motel in Vegas and see if they will let you store the truck and trailer on their lot. Some will do this if you talk nice! This probably is not as secure as paying for a storage area in the park mentioned above.

I second the motion on visiting Crater Lake and riding the Pacific Coast Highway. It is a good ride in a car or bike.

Once in Vegas, there is a lot to see relatively close by. Death Valley is different, and of course there is the Hoover Dam. A little further is the Grand Canyon and if possible go to Zion and Bryce National Parks. Crater lake, Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce all have entry fees. I realize it is too late to get the Senior Pass for $10, but if you plan to visit 4 or more of the parks, you might try for one of the Senior Passes. Also if you have such a pass for Canadian Parks, check as it might work here also.

If you are in northern California, you might also consider going to Yosemite National Park--it is beautiful.

Honestly if it were me I would route myself down through Utah and the Parks there, the Grand Canyon, then Vegas, and then up the west coast. And if it worked I would try to leave Canada and immediately go through Glacier National Park and then head for points south!
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Re: Vegas trip

Post by 702scottc » Thu Aug 24, 2017 2:01 pm

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Re: Vegas trip

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Aug 24, 2017 6:27 pm

I spent some time working in Vegas, and I can recommend a ride through Red Rock Canyon, and especially up (and back down) Mount Charleston.



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