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Lower 48 Two Up with Canada and maybe Mexico!

Hola.. From June 6th to July 8th I will be taking a trip through almost the lower 48 on my Versys with my Wife. I will be leaving from SW Florida and starting west. I plan to hit as many famous cities and sites as possible while also trying to enjoy the time. I have a tentative route planned though nothing is set in stone and plans or routes could change during the trip. I assume when we reach San Francisco that would be a good time to get some fresh rubber and maint. if needed.

I consider myself about 95% ready as i have less then a month before the journey starts. I have traveled lots in the SE so much time will not be spent in that region.

Any advice or tips are much welcomed!

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YOU WILL HAVE A BLAST!!! I did a 3 week trip a few years back solo. Northern Cali had some incredible places. I fully suggest taking the 299 from the coast in, that road was one of my favorite times. Lots of twists, elavation changes and very beautiful areas to stop and rest. I also suggest stiopping into Shingleton in Cali for breakfast at the Single Shingle. Best huevos racheros I have ever had!

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Travel safe and have fun! If my back injury improves by then I hope to be touring around that time also through the Pacific and Rocky Mountain states, (as well as Mexico). My girlfriend has ridden around 20k miles in the pillion position. We're both fans of the Airhawk seat cushions. Carry a tire plug kit, and inflator. I personally like to spend most of my touring in the mountains in the summer due to cooler weather and twistier roads even if they have afternoon T-storms, so I often forgo the touristy spots if they draw me into the flatlands.

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That's epic, trooper. Best of luck on yourjourney. Enjoy!

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That trip is getting close now- has the excitement set in yet? Are you planning to stay in hotels? Tents?
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Thanks everyone! Yes we are very exited and it seems like I'm counting down the seconds until we depart. I have a tire plug kit and a can of slime but hopefully I don't have to use them.

We plan to stay on the low ground and about 10 of the nights will be stayed with friends and family that are spread out along the trip. The other nights will be in hotels. I will look up the 299 and the huevos rancheros sound good!

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You should bring the dog looks really happy on your Versys
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Looks like you'll be near the Blue Ridge Parkway on your way back down from the Northeast, so I recommend hitting as much of that as you can, especially if you've never been on it before. Perfect for riding, with lots of smooth twisties, no intersections or anything to make you stop (except for the great overlooks!), and hopefully traffic at a minimum or at least moving at a healthy pace ;-)

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Can't exactly tell from map but if you need a place to stay or anything in and around the Phoenix area, let me know.
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On June 1, my wife and I are leaving California headed to Florida (and back). We'll be on the road about a month. Maybe we'll see you out there!

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Looks like you'll be near the Blue Ridge Parkway on your way back down from the Northeast, so I recommend hitting as much of that as you can, especially if you've never been on it before. Perfect for riding, with lots of smooth twisties, no intersections or anything to make you stop (except for the great overlooks!), and hopefully traffic at a minimum or at least moving at a healthy pace ;-)
Georgia, I have spent some time at the "Gap" and riding around the blue ridge and for sure I will be spending some more time!

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On June 1, my wife and I are leaving California headed to Florida (and back). We'll be on the road about a month. Maybe we'll see you out there!

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Buckeye, Im planning to stay in or around the Sedona area and also around the GC if possible.. Any must recommendations or tips? If you had two days in that area what would you advise for some "Tourist"? haha

Michael, Sounds like the exact trip just different starting points.. are you riding the north or south on the trip to Fl? Im planing to do the south first and head north up the PCH from San Fran to maybe around Portland if the pace is quick enough..

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Michael, Sounds like the exact trip just different starting points.. are you riding the north or south on the trip to Fl?
Eric,

We will likely take a more central route with less of a loop than you are taking. We have friends in Orem (Utah), Tulsa, Memphis and the Daytona Beach area, so we will probably string those together with a stop at Barber Motorsports Park

We are being very loose with our plans; where we go may be driven by weather (rain, snow, heat, tornadoes, hurricanes) and whim.

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Eric,

We will likely take a more central route with less of a loop than you are taking. We have friends in Orem (Utah), Tulsa, Memphis and the Daytona Beach area, so we will probably string those together with a stop at Barber Motorsports Park

We are being very loose with our plans; where we go may be driven by weather (rain, snow, heat, tornadoes, hurricanes) and whim.

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Mike, Sounds like great fun! I have been to BMP, the Museum is second to none and make sure you have plenty of time to check out all the amazing machines they have! Even my non-motor head wife was very impressed with the Museum. It is a small world and who knows maybe we will cross paths! Ride Safe!
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Buckeye, Im planning to stay in or around the Sedona area and also around the GC if possible.. Any must recommendations or tips? If you had two days in that area what would you advise for some "Tourist"? haha ...Thanks,
Take a look at 89 ALT south from Sedona to Prescott, then south from there on 89 to Wilhoit, on Mapquest. FABULOUS motorcycle roads!

And then you can turn around and ride the SAME roads north!


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Trips like this are why I rebirthed the "lend a couch" thread... http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...?t=7001&page=6

Here is the map http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=...23eb0502&msa=0

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Buckeye, Im planning to stay in or around the Sedona area and also around the GC if possible.. Any must recommendations or tips? If you had two days in that area what would you advise for some "Tourist"? haha
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What Fast eddie said , plus if you can come through Utah via Rt 24 from Hanksville to Rt 12 to Bryce Canyon to Rt 89 to Zion, then south through Kanab to GC you won't regret it. That's one of the most speco rides in the US IMO.

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Trips like this are why I rebirthed the "lend a couch" thread... http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...?t=7001&page=6

Here is the map http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=...23eb0502&msa=0

This could come in handy and save you a bunch of money and time.

BAMF, Thanks and It just so happens that Philly may happen to be a stopping point on the way back south on the last of June or First of July! I always wanted to try a Real Philly Steak Sandwich!

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Can't do much wrong in and around Sedona. Be sure to see the Chapel of the Holy Cross just outside of town. If you don't go all the way down 89 Alt at least go to Jerome. I assume you'll head out of town up Oak Creek Canyon, awesome. South rim of the Grand Canyon on everyones bucket list. Was there last month and experience what the Tower of Babel must have been like. Couldn't even guess what all the languages people were speaking.
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Check out my above link to follow my blog.. So far were about to start day 3 attempting to cross Texas from Humble to Amarillo so we can ride down rt. 66 to Abq! The bike is running great and has plenty of power to haul us around though the front end is pretty light! Ciao
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