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    Quote Originally Posted by Vagabird View Post
    Another thought: When my friends from Germany visited, they very much wanted to see a rodeo. Many towns in the west have a rodeo for a week at some time during the summer - kind of like a fair - but Cody, Wyoming, has one every night during the summer.
    Very good suggestion! I'd like to visit things like that, the things that are part of the American culture. When I was in NY 2 years ago, I went to a baseball game. The NY Mets vs Washington Diplomats (Mets won!). I tried to get tickets for the Yankees, but that was sold out already. A rodeo is something I'd like to see, and since I'm a race fan, a Indycar or Nascar race would be super!

    I'll also try to visit places where the early North American settlers came, because there were a lot of Dutch people among them. I saw windmills everywhere in ornaments in NY when I was there. The Dutch were among the people that first relocated to North America, so it's nice to see what became of that heritage.

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    PM your mailing address to me and I'll send ya a Rand McNally Road Atlas - a must for every trip, even if it's just to plan. I'll put some notes on the pages of areas that I'd go to. It would be shame, as others have said, to miss the Grand Canyon, Moab Utah and other areas that you'll be close to.
    I'd like your notes, but are you sure you'd want to send that RM to The Netherlands? I know them, as my friend with whom I went to the US in 2000 had one. I think you can buy them over here too.
    It's a very kind offer!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike_Philippens View Post

    I'd like your notes, but are you sure you'd want to send that RM to The Netherlands? I know them, as my friend with whom I went to the US in 2000 had one. I think you can buy them over here too.
    It's a very kind offer!
    No problem - I'd be happy to send ya one with the roads that I like highlighted on it. Easier to do than post a boatload of directions on here. I'll also add some cd's of pictures from the areas on the maps - that way you can see what the areas look like.

    Some examples...

    Western Coolrado / eastern Utah...




    Utah is probably my favorite State to ride in. No crowds, great views and good riding...




    Bryce Canyon ...


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    Grand Canyon from last summer...




    Monument Valley (Kayenta, AZ)...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Earache View Post
    No problem - I'd be happy to send ya one with the roads that I like highlighted on it. Easier to do than post a boatload of directions on here. I'll also add some cd's of pictures from the areas on the maps - that way you can see what the areas look like.
    Yep, you're right. Marking a road on the map is easier. Great that you want to do that! The pictures you show are exactly the reason why I want to go to the US! I've seen those images on National Geographic and Travel Channel and I want to see it for myself. And instead of going to one place for a couple of weeks, I might as well go for a couple of months and take more time to see the greatest things (knowing that I'll still miss a lot). But the places I go to, I want to see properly.
    My brother went to the US twice and one time he did it in a touring car with a group and they saw exactly nothing of everything. That's a waste of money...

    So...this is going to be an epic trip for me. I can see myself doing a round the world one day...if I only have the guts to quit my job, sell the house and say goodbye to everything...
    -=- if you always see the road ahead of you, it's not worth the trip -=-

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    OK, hereÔÇÖre some more suggestions:

    Going from Duluth to the Badlands in South Dakota, I would go west to Wahpaton, North Dakota, then either take ND 11 or SD 10 west. This area is far more interesting than the interstate and can be quite beautiful (if you like open land). Either go to Mobridge and then south on SD 63 or take US 83 south. (I found the land west of the Missouri River less interesting.) This route will take a bit longer than the interstate but you will see more of the Great Plains than the cookie-cutter parts along the interstate.

    I donÔÇÖt know if you like mountain riding, but Colorado has paved roads over 20 passes above 10,000 feet. You can string them together and ride them in three days if you push and are lucky with the traffic. YouÔÇÖll see a lot more, though, if you take 4 or 5 days. ThereÔÇÖs quite a variety and will take you to some old mining towns and some trendy rich-person playgrounds and some remote farming communities and other kinds of places.

    I agree that there is a lot to see in Utah ÔÇô mostly in the east and south. It is a wonderful area to ride. Arches, near Moab is very interesting. Utah route 12 from Torrey to Bryce is a fun and interesting road. However, just north of the Great Salt Lake is Golden Spike National Historic Site, where they finished the first continental railroad (working form the east and the west). There are full-sized replicas of the two engines, which they bring out at mid-day. ItÔÇÖs in the middle of nowhere, but I found it very interesting. But thatÔÇÖs getting you pretty far from your original route.

    And if you are going to go to a lot of US National Parks, it may be worthwhile to buy an annual pass for $80. (Yellowstone is $20 on a motorcycle ÔÇô good for 7 days.) Look at www.nps.gov.

    ThereÔÇÖs a lot to see and a lot of great roads to ride. YouÔÇÖll never be able see everything or ride everywhere in 90 days. Your original route looks like a good variety, although I think you will find riding from Miami to Delaware tedious if you stick to the coastline.

    (And I just re-read your first post. Going north first is a good idea if you donÔÇÖt start until July. We can get snow in the Rockies starting the beginning of September, and perhaps by then the south will have cooled a little.)

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    Another thing you might want to get is MicroSoft's Streets and Trips mapping program. They have a free trial version here: http://www.microsoft.com/streets/en-us/default.aspx
    Fully functional but only works for a limited time - 60 days. Buying a copy of it is cheap, too.

    Works great for estimating mileages, riding times, etc without having to be connected to the internet. Can also save routes and have people email their routes to you.

    I keep a copy on my mini notebook for use while traveling. For the money, it's a decent program.

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    Mike: The overall route you're planning is very good, from a temperature perspective. THat is, doing the northern tier first in July, then going down to the southern tier later in the summer. I did Nova Scotia last July, and the temperature was beautiful (while NJ was in the mid-90s.) In early October, I rode down to LA & FL, and temps were also comfortable.

    BTW, IndyCar is running in early September in downtown Baltimore. NASCAR runs about the same time at Dover (DE) Downs Raceway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Earache View Post
    Another thing you might want to get is MicroSoft's Streets and Trips mapping program. They have a free trial version here: http://www.microsoft.com/streets/en-us/default.aspx
    Fully functional but only works for a limited time - 60 days. Buying a copy of it is cheap, too.

    Works great for estimating mileages, riding times, etc without having to be connected to the internet. Can also save routes and have people email their routes to you.

    I keep a copy on my mini notebook for use while traveling. For the money, it's a decent program.
    set your designated speed at 40-45 mph at the most on the program. We have had some unexpected long days when I overlooked that in some of my planning . In Nova Scotia make that 30 mph if you are on the coastal roads..... maps of Nova Scotia can be misleading in that the twists, turns and village speed limits can take you a very long time when riding most secondary roads. The highways are bleak and you are happiest when you stop and get off them. - Bob
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    Hi, Mike,
    I live in El Paso, Texas. If you come this way and if I am home that day/night, we have some great steakhouses and I am always looking for an excuse to go to one. Some of my late wife's ancestry is Dutch, from Noord Holland, and we went there in 2003 and had a wonderful time. I hope you have a wonderful time here in the USA when you again visit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnM View Post
    Mike:

    As was already suggested, there's not much to see in The Hamptons. In fact, it'll be very congested with traffic in July. If you must do it, Bill Joel has a small motorcycle museum on the north shore of Long Island. Might want to consider that.

    Also, if you do decide to go out to LI, you can continue from the east end to New England via the Orient Point ferry to New London, CT. Will save you a bunch of time & aggravation. Reservations will be a must though.

    Never been there, but the mansions along the coast at Newport RI are supposedly amazing.

    I'll also second the recommendation to somehow work the Blue Ridge Parkway into your return leg to NJ. That would probably mean eliminating the eastern coastline from Georgia to NJ, but I think it would be worth it.
    I agree with John that cruising north through the Blue Ridge Mountains and along the Appalachian trail will be unforgettable... forget the coast line from Georgia to NJ and that nasty interstate 95 (hell on earth). Not that there isn't cool spots along the coastal route its just not as twisty and lovely as the blue ridge parkway.

    When you start out, if you want to see a Northern Atlantic beach from this side of the pond, by pass Long Island and come up through the Hudson Valley of NY state and then straight across Massachusetts to Cape Cod, all the way to the end in Provincetown. Go on a whale watch and then head down to eat some raw briny oysters at Mac's Shack in the beautiful town of Wellfleet. Cape Cod is one of the few places in this country where you can walk on miles of protected pristine sand beach that isn't molested with over populated commercialism. Find one of the many naturally occurring crystal clear glacial fresh water ponds for a refreshing dip before you leave.

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    As mentioned before, screw the east coast.

    Here's where the riding is...
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    Enjoy the States!

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    Quote Originally Posted by criminaldesign View Post
    As mentioned before, screw the east coast.

    Here's where the riding is...
    From Stuff

    +1
    As far as roads go, probably the best riding in the USA - no question.
    I'd also avoid the coast like the plague.

    Couple of pics from Tennessee and North Carolina...




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    I wish I could come tomorrow!
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    A great website for you (for all of you really) is www.roadsideamerica.com

    This site will tell you of attractions and oddities around America that might be worth visiting. Find Carhenge in NW Nebraska, or Ozymandias's legs outside of Amarillo, Tx. If you're looking for Americana kitch, this is the place to start.

    Since I travel a lot for work (and in fact, being from Holland, you might be familiar with TomTom), I use this site for each trip I take. Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by criminaldesign View Post
    As mentioned before, screw the east coast.

    Here's where the riding is...
    From Stuff


    Enjoy the States!
    riding sure. Additionally though, both Canada and the United States have people and while riding an interesting ride may be a draw card (as if his proximity to some very fine European venues were not enough), it is the people that make a nation and give the visitor a flavor of culture and social discourse. Our part of the world has much to offer which is unique in many ways but we have met so many, many fine folks throughout our travels in both the United States and Canada who have helped us understand a bit more how they see the world and their place in it. If all one sees is the road then maybe you miss an opportunity to (try to) understand a new part of the world for yourself, as a traveller. Enjoy the States and Canada eh.... you will not be disappointed! - Bob
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