Go with option 4. Doc, maybe we can organize our nj,ny,pa event around that weekend (it has been awhile) and take CKutz through some beautiful north jersey/upstate ny roads on his way up. Birthday lunch/dinner is on WT
I would definitely avoid option 1. Option 2 can be pretty anoing too if some motorcycle/car club has any sort of event scheduled there for that weekend. You never know till you get there and gap can be pretty crowded on weekends this time of year.
you'd have to plan it for this coming weekend! haha, that'd be an awesome idea though. Wouldn't mind if some WT tag along if i'm passing by. good point on deals gap.
Have fun on your road trip! Too bad we're on different coasts, I'm leaving in a couple hours for a 3+ day ride through WA and OR.
My brother and I have done a couple multi-day rides lately - one down the Oregon coast, and one into the NE corner of Washington - and I don't have a single photo!?
Too many high-speed twisties...
we'll get a couple photos between now and the weekend!
This is why i wish i had a go pro. put off buying one. have some other crappy one but it won't turn on at the moment. i don't think i have capability to record a whole lot, but setting it to take pictures occassionally would be nice. and just pop it off the bike when you want to go check something out.
Is this your first multiday trip? Have you ever ridden long distances before? Is 300 miles per day a real limit for you, within your comfort zone, or can you go longer distances?
More importantly, how many HOURs of riding can you do in a day? 300 miles of backroads with lower speed limits vs. 300 miles on the interstate are very different.
I highly recommend going down to the dragon and exploring the roads down there (especially rt28). Leave early in the morning on the first day and get there in time for dinner. Spend a day and a half exploring the area and then start heading back up via the Blue Ridge Parkway halfway through day 3. Arrive home sometime on day 4. It's a lot of fun down there and the scenery is amazing.
This is my first long distance solo trip, and loop. I've previously ridden a few hours into WV with a group, got a cabin, road around the next two days and rode back the 3rd. It was an awesome time.. but longest day was probably 200 miles. and you're always going back to the same basecamp. For this trip I plan a primarily solo loop in order to see more.. I think going to an area then exploring is a great way to enjoy the area, but a different trip then going out solo and trying to experience a bunch of stuff. I've done the basecamp and explore trip once, i haven't done a continuous loop, getting a taste of different regions, which i think is another neat idea.
I have done regular 100 mile trips back to my hometown lebanon, pa but primarily just superslabbed it to get there. Also did 190 partially with MM when we picked up Booda. I continued on to Lewes, DE. That's probably the most I've done. on furkot.com I have my gas stops set to 120 miles, so i have time to find gas and because at that point I'll be ready to get off the bike..my plan is to start each day at 9 am and finish at 6pm. 300 miles with gas stops and "oo looky thar" stops. I feel like it's a reasonable number? I know many people do more, but i'd rather be able to stop, or take some twisty roads not necessarily in the best direction than worry about bangin out 500 miles. However if i only do 200 miles a day, i dont think that will get me into foreign territory quickly enough.
That would definitely be the way to do deals gap i think.. I was trying to do a loop, but i think there's just too many awesome roads in that area, better off bolting down there, riding around and coming back like you said.
I'm considering scratching the Catskills (went snowboarding there once anyways), and instead spending a day exploring the Mtn roads around Sproul state park, haven't been there. Are you familiar? think it's a good destination?
Good. 300 - 400 miles per day when camping is a reasonable goal. Camping seems to take 2 or 3 hours off my riding time each day. If you're motel hopping you can easily double that daily total and push on a bit after dark - just get an AirHawk before you go.
Ken, agreed on the 2-3 hrs, plus i'm not a morning person, but it is hard to sleep in a tent once the sun is up, so having some faith i can stick to rolling out site by 9, maybe breakfast somewhere till 10ish. probably 4ish hrs of riding then, refuel and another few hours. granted an hour or two will be lost along the way depending what exploring goes on. I'm totally unprepared for camping (have camped a lot just haven't got a lot of my own m/c friendly gear). But i feel like that's just going to be a part of this trip. figuring it out and seeing how it goes. If I get too frustrated hotel hopping is always there as a back up.
Appreciating your input guys. I think i'm pretty set on the North route. gives me the best options for bucket list items, possibly involving friends (if they can man up for it) and family, loops seem to work pretty well, it'd even be possible to ditch some sight seeing, wrap around lake erie and get back here (but probably won't, because i'd want to go all the fun ways through WV and I'd lose too much time.