This May, I'm taking my CBR and going on a cross country trip from NY to California and back. I haven't had a very long riding career, but ever since I started, I've always known I would someday go on a big riding adventure. It's my first long trip, so I'm definitely a bit nervous. But I figure unless I suck it up and act now, it could be many many years before I get another opportunity.
My original excuse for going cross country was to visit my friend who's getting married in San Francisco in June. I'm taking 2 weeks to get there and 2 weeks to get back. Along the way, I plan on riding through many well known roads including Skyline Drive, Blue Ridge Parkway, the Dragon, historic Route 66, Mulholland Drive, and Route 1 along the Pacific coast. I want to cross off as many states as I can and my route will take me through 34. I'm stopping in major cities along the way and will stay at hotels most of the time or with friends since I'm not handy enough to go camping. I'm also trying to keep planned riding time to an average of 8 hours each day so that I don't tire myself out and have time to enjoy the scenery along the way.
Hoping to meet some of you guys along the way. I always welcome recommendations on places to stay, riding destinations, and places to eat. The only restaurant I really want to go to is Salt Lick BBQ outside of Austin because I was too young the last time I went there to know what good BBQ tastes like. This would also be a great opportunity to pass on the Relay Across America monkey wherever it may be at the time.
Here's the route (2 pages)
NY <-> CA Cross Country - Google Maps
My current ride is a mostly stock 2007 CBR600RR with ~7500 miles that I keep up with maintenance. I have a fresh pair of PR2's put on this winter that should last for the duration of the trip. I've done all day rides on the CBR, but it's obviously not the most comfortable choice. Like I said earlier though, no time like the present.
For luggage, I have a set of Nelson Rigg saddlebags / tailbag and a Icon Urban magnetic tank bag. It should be plenty of space to pack the stuff I need except for the wedding attire. My girlfriend will fly out to California with those items.
Deciding what to wear / bring is going to be hard part for me. I'm riding through the southern states in May and coming around through the Midwest / Great Lakes region in June so hopefully weather will stay on the warmer, less stormy side. Because of the timing, I don't think I'll need to bring cold weather gear, but advice is welcome.
Riding Gear: waterproof riding boots / gloves, overpants, JR ballistic jacket, earplugs, rainsuit, helmet, sunglasses
Regular Gear: underarmor shirts, jeans, light windbreaker, flip flops, sneakers, long sleeve tshirt in case of cold
Tools: Flashlight, tire plugging kit, universal screwdriver, 4/5/6mm hex keys, 10/12 mm socket, utility knife, tire pressure gauge, cable lock, disk lock, backup paper maps
Electronics: Cell phone with plug in charger and charger wired to bike (cell phone will also serve as GPS), ear phones, camera, GoPro
Nutrition: water, power bars, cereal bars, and food stops along the way
Any help or tips are always appreciated. I'll have my phone with me so I plan on updating this thread along the way as my ride progresses. My first stop will be Front Royal on the night of May 19th. Hope to see you guys along the way!