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post #1 of 5 Old 07-16-2016, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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So the wife and I have been planning on taking a road trip out to Main. We had been planning on dragging the kid along which meant that we had to take the slush box.

Fast forward to today, and it sounds like we found someone to watch the kiddo. Our road trip might be turning into a motorcycle trip (sort of). We would have to drop off/pick up the kiddo in Wisconsin, so we would trailer one bike out to Wisconsin, drop the car and kid off, and then take two bikes out to Main (I would trailer both bikes, but my shitty 3x8 trailer only holds 1 bike).

Long story short, Minnesota doesn't have toll roads, so I've never dealt with them on a bike. Other than cutting through corn fields, how what is the best way to handle tolls as a 'tourist'?



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It all depends on your definition of "handling" them. Do you plan on avoiding them? If so, it's do-able, most GPS units will route you past tolls on roads and bridges. Although it will add significant time to your ride. Some people prefer it for the sight-seeing.

If you plan on using them, and are wondering how to navigate the lines, there are three options:

1. Pre-plan your route and search out the toll roads and bridges you will cross. Toll information is usually easy to find online. Prepare each toll amount for each days ride beforehand in individual envelopes in a tank bag. You simply pull out the envelop and hand exact change to toll booth operator (some areas you have to pour change into a basket). No need to pull off gloves and rummage through a wallet. You will have to take the money out of the envelope though.

2. Set-up an EZ-Pass account in one of the states you will be riding through. It's probably not worth it on a one time trip, but it would allow you to ride through toll areas. Your transponder would automatically charge the toll. EZ-Pass is the most commonly used service in the northeastern states.

3. Check to see if the MnPass will work in other states. Minnesota does have toll lanes in the Minn/St. Paul area. It may be accepted in other states as well. http://www.dot.state.mn.us/mnpass/index.html

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Not worth it to get an account with ezpass just for this trip. Just go through the cash lane and pay as you go. Put your wallet in a tank bag or something and just proceed on through.

What route are you planning?

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That is sort of what I'm thinking. Go through the cash lane and just pay for both bikes.

Our first planned stop is Cleveland, stay there a day and catch a twins game and maybe go see the Christmas Story house, then off to Portland Maine. It's going to be a lot of seat time and a lot of slab, but hopefully I can find some good roads once I get out there.

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If you cross through NY, the ny state throughway will be faster getting across, but you will have to pay a toll and watch out for traffic in buffalo ny. Beware of speed traps.

Hope you give yourselves a decent amount of time to get across and explore a bit. You'll find some nice roads crossing onto into NH/VT such as the kangcamangus highway and the road up to the top of Mt Washington. You can also find a lot of decent food options in the major cities along the way. Yelp will help you out there.

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