Time for another cross country trip! My wife and I are planning for a 2 week round trip from NYC to Yellowstone National Park in August this year. The route will take us through the northern states and let me cross off the last remaining 6 continental US states off my list.
The first few days will be a long rides to get out west as soon as possible. Along the way, we'll probably go through the Michigan UP (just so I can say I've been there) as well as Green Bay, WI since my wife likes the Packers. By day 4, we should arrive in Sturgis having seen Badlands NP and Black Hills NF along the way. I don't think we'll be able to make it in time for the Sturgis rally in early August, but maybe that will be for the best so we can avoid the crazy crowds.
After Sturgis, we'll head over to Cody, WY and take the next couple of days to explore Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Jackson WY. We'll ride the Bear Tooth pass on our way out to Billings MT. From there it's a straight shot across ND. Then Minneapolis, Chicago, and finally home.
I estimate the trip will take about 13 - 14 days on the Tenere. Between now and August, I'm going to need to find a more comfortable seat for my wife and get her a heated jacket liner / gloves combo. Although August is summertime, I have a feeling it can still get relatively cold in the evenings and at night if we're still riding. We'll most likely be staying in hotels again along the way.
Any tips on places to go, things to see, food to eat along the way? Who wants to meet up and ride for a bit?