My first 'sort-of' long trip
I've only been riding motorcycles since September. (and that includes a winter of no riding...Ohio gets cold)
I started out last year on one of the new Honda Rebel 300 bikes. Great to learn on. Also taught me what I like and what I don't....and what I don't like is the Honda Rebel 300! (ha ha) Single cylinder vibrated to the point of physical pain. So I sold it and picked up the Versys 650 this spring. Just before I started my little trip, I had 1500 miles on it.
I live just north of Columbus, Ohio, and I have a friend who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and it's been a goal of mine to ride up this summer for a visit. Still being a new rider, I wanted to avoid the highway. I've ridden some on the highway, but avoided it because I thought it was more dangerous. So I've kept to the back country roads, and what 'in town' riding I've done, has been in my smaller town just north of Columbus. (I've since found out that highway riding isn't as dangerous as urban riding. But being a novice, I thought highway=danger...I was wrong)
I planned on taking the back roads to Ann Arbor, and had a plan all set. Plenty of short breaks (to rest my hind end) and one gas fillup. I wouldn't even be going through Toledo, but rather the west side of Toledo, in what I thought would be country roads.
I start my trip at 10:45 in the morning. 15 miles away from home I get hit with a detour. I'm close enough from home to still be familiar with the area, and I have a feeling this detour is going to be a long and far out one. I was right. It easily added about 30 minutes of extra riding. Then, after another hour of riding...another detour. ..I was hit by 4 detours in all on the way up there. One of which got me totally lost. I had to break out the cell phone for some GPS assistance. And on the west side of Toledo...what I thought would be country roads was well developed suburbia. What I thought would be 65mph ended up being 35-45mph...with lots of traffic stops. And for miles south of Ann Arbor, again what I thought would be 65mph country roads ended up being 45mph commercial developed land with lots of traffic lights. The trip just dragged on and on. With my 1 gas break and several 'butt-rest breaks' it took, me just short of 6 hours to make the trip. And it was 90 degrees. As a frame of reference, a car trip (without butt breaks and probably not a gas break) takes 3 hours. A cold beer and a shower were first on the list after arrival.
So I made the decision to take the highway back home. Good choice: With gas break and several butt-rest breaks, it took 3.5 hours. But more than just the time factor, it seemed better because I was always at highway speeds, never at traffic lights, not going slow. Also, going highway speeds kept me cooler.
I'll make the trip again, but I'll make it a combination of highway and back roads. (no more than 25% back roads..and ones that don't have DETOURS!)
Last edited by Ohio Rider; 07-17-2019 at 03:45 PM.