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    DZIMBRIC
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    Trp planning NW IN to Phoenix in Feb

    I am soliciting advice for a trip from Bass Lake, IN located about 60 miles SW of South Bend to Phoenix, AZ in early February.
    Specifically I am wondering what weather conditions can be expectd in Amarillo, or other cities locatd in the northern part of OK, TX, NM and AZ. Mapsource is outing me via I-55 to I-44 (St. Louis) to 1-40 (Oaklahoma City) through Albuquerque, NM to I-17 9Flagstaff, AZ) and south to Phoenix.

    I know the weather can turn bad anywhere along there but what are the normal temps.

    Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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    OK, maybe the main question is: HOW are you going to ride out of Northern Indiana in February? I lived in South Bend for 4 cold years, and there was not a motorcycle-friendly day in any of the Februarys!

    If you can somehow slide across the Mississippi River, you should be fine on the other side
    Onward, through the fog!

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    DZIMBRIC, man, you got the cojones! I grew up in Mishawaka so I understand what the Rev. is sayin'. It seems that such a trip is going to be dependent on a favorable "window" of mild weather. I'd suggest you keep a close eye on old man winter - maybe through the NOAA web site ( www.noaa.gov ). I think it's the best. I'm sure you'll hear from some riders in the SW but I'm thinking ice storms & other such nastiness is not unusual across OK, the Texas panhandle & northern NM. If you make the trip be sure to post a report. Good Luck. What an adventure, if you can pull it off
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    I'm thinking that for the most part you will need to throw away the Mapquest and follow the weather....your safest bet would be to head straight south on day one and try to get as far south as possible....slab it all the way to Memphis or further. From there you could take 40 to 30 then into Dallas...from there you should for the most part be in the clear for severe winter storms. Trying to go diagonally, though shorter, that time of year is really pushing your luck. The NOAA weather site is superb once you learn how to navigate it. Traveling this time of year is always tough and you would be smart to give yourself a little cushion on time and route but getting south on day one would be a good move......have fun.
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    Actually it is possible to ride in February in this area, I know cause I have done it. Just bundle up. Use some electrics and watch the humidity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gezerbike
    I'm thinking that for the most part you will need to throw away the Mapquest and follow the weather....your safest bet would be to head straight south on day one and try to get as far south as possible....slab it all the way to Memphis or further. From there you could take 40 to 30 then into Dallas...from there you should for the most part be in the clear for severe winter storms. Trying to go diagonally, though shorter, that time of year is really pushing your luck. The NOAA weather site is superb once you learn how to navigate it. Traveling this time of year is always tough and you would be smart to give yourself a little cushion on time and route but getting south on day one would be a good move......have fun.
    I'd say that this would be a good way to go about it. Get as far south as possible as quick as possible and head head west. The weather's been so weird lately that you don't know what to expect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rev.Willie
    OK, maybe the main question is: HOW are you going to ride out of Northern Indiana in February? I lived in South Bend for 4 cold years, and there was not a motorcycle-friendly day in any of the Februarys!

    If you can somehow slide across the Mississippi River, you should be fine on the other side
    Oh I don't know, use to live in Indiana and rode up in that part of the state
    January - February on occassion. My experience was mostly it gets very cold, so what, electrics and layerd clothing and watch out for the moisture
    should get him out of the that part of the state. It still however will be cold
    or the potential for cold weather through all of Indiana and into Oklahoma if lucky, more than likely it won't be till he reaches Texas or New Mexico.

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    I don't know about the ride but you will love Phoenix that time of year. That month makes living through the summer worth it. During the summer we are not in hell but we can see it from here.
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