Thanks very much, and excuse my tardiness. (Was replying to other thread, had multiple failures and gave up... then had to postpone trip. Grrr.)
I really appreciate the list.
My rough plan is slab it through Lexington, then get on the more interesting roads, veering south before heading north towards DC. (Is the Blue Ridge all it's cracked up to be?)
Definitely low traffic is nice, and nice scenery, and nice roads. I'm so not wild about interstates, but seems kind of unavoidable STL - LEX.
A couple nights ago I was out on 70 near here to visit a friend in the boonies. The road got so rough I had a moment airbone. On the interstate. With everyone going upwards of 80. Even better, I had to change lanes (not long after passing what looked to be a fatal accident - my buddy said they're a regular feature of that area) and the bike was suddenly thrown weirdly, popped up and never popped back down. I had no idea what was happening, but just relinquished control so I wasn't over-correcting. Turns out there was a little bank between lanes. On the interstate. And the next lane over was several inches higher. That was new one.
On the way back, I switched to the 55 mph service roads, and then managed to cut down to 64, which is to 70 what Berlin is to Baghdad.
I do not like those massive routes. Not with the trucks, not when I yell Oh F***. I do no like them in the rain; I do not like the noise around my brain. I need to take them from here to there, but I do not like them anywhere!!! Big roads make me sulk and pout; back roads force a joyous shout!
My idea is to find lots of pretty roads that aren't too fast, have some nice leans and do some tent camping. I have the little tent. Haven't done it before in the US, so I'm not sure if I can just show up and find a spot in the national parks. Apparently, there's a 3 dollar fee or something...
Anyway, thanks for your reply. I appreciate what you've already given me. Any thoughts on that route, I'd also much appreciate. Looks like it'll be STL-LEX... then Roanoke-ish area, before winding north. Not much of a schedule. Just gotta so I'm back in the Southern Hemisphere before Santa comes. (Scare of that guy. What's with all those big, lumbering reindeer on my damn roof!!??)
I guess you know all your photobucket images have gone dead. Tried looking through your routes. You'd think they wouldn't make the policy change retroactive, but greed, I guess.