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    Polarbear Polarbear's Avatar
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    PENNY pinching idea's:)

    Anybody have any great suggestions, so I can PAY for my gas to Pennsylvania this year!!! I camp, try to eat less on the road and may even have to slow down my GSA1200 to PENNY pinch my way along the USA byways this Summer. Any tips may help me get a few more miles. I'm trying from the West Coast this year again. Its usually a 8000m loop for myself and all my sightseeing and I figure my purse must get bigger soon. We are over the 4 dollar thing out here already. The rally in PA this year is a great locale I want to see again and again. Those smaller BMWs get more and more interesting with their better MPGs, which the GSA is poor in this regard. Happy Trails ALL, Randy"Polarbear"

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    I thought you couldn't make it. I'm glad things have changed.

    Maybe shipping your luggage? Don't know how much difference the weight will change your gas mileage. Just thinking out loud.

    If you're planning to stay in hotels, sign up for whoever has the best plan to earn free nights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polarbear View Post
    Anybody have any great suggestions, so I can PAY for my gas to Pennsylvania this year!!! I camp, try to eat less on the road and may even have to slow down my GSA1200 to PENNY pinch my way along the USA byways this Summer. Any tips may help me get a few more miles. I'm trying from the West Coast this year again. Its usually a 8000m loop for myself and all my sightseeing and I figure my purse must get bigger soon. We are over the 4 dollar thing out here already. The rally in PA this year is a great locale I want to see again and again. Those smaller BMWs get more and more interesting with their better MPGs, which the GSA is poor in this regard. Happy Trails ALL, Randy"Polarbear"
    I've checked out a few of these...interesting

    http://freecampgrounds.com/

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    Hospitals have at time decent meals in their cafetieres at decent prices. Catching a few ZZzz in their Emergency waiting rooms I've been known to camp out..

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    If you go on Wednesday and volunteer for early set up they will let you camp Wednesday night. Saves one night camping fees for someplace else.
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    Let's see I've covered places to stay for free, cheap food..oh yes..cheap gas..

    http://gasprices.mapquest.com/index.jsp

    ..so now..what's your excuse...

    p.s. I've been to your Rally..now how about attending ours..
    Last edited by Clay; 03-30-2011 at 02:03 PM.

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    Knew a guy once that went from PA to CA, on a Triumph, only bought a couple tanks of gas.

    He would stop at the SERVICE station, you know when they did repairs too. He would offer to clean their rest rooms for some gas. As they could make more $$ changing tires and fan belts, most jumped at the offer, and gladly topped his tank and Jerry can.

    Probably still could be done, but much harder.

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    Want to really save money: Stay Home

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    One of the best ways we've found to cut costs while traveling (car or bike) is to eat out as little as possible. On bike trips we shop at grocery stores and cook at camp. For the price of a sit down meal you can buy enough raw food to last for several meals, and it's usually better for you. It takes more effort but it saves money and adds to the experience. With practice you can get pretty good at it as evidenced by the attached picture. Pancakes are from scratch by the way and all done on a one burner stove.
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    Randy, if you are going to be part of the GS Giant and have contacts from previous years why not hop a ride with a vendor ? Not to mention any names but there is a California missionary bringing the GS spirit of community to Bloomsburg that lives southwest of you. There are two aftermarket manufacturers from the PAC West that may have an empty space for you and your bike. And didn't you drive truck once in your life ?

    I could even fill your GS tank if you are tagging along with the GS Giant crowd. But you have to be here for that to happen.... I certainly want to give you enough gas to get out of my area once the rally is over. I don't want Pennsylvania to be another Oregon or Washington filled with Californians unless they are here just for the rally.



    How I save money is eat lighter and stay hydrated. I camp remotely or ask permission to sleep on church, Masonic lodge, and fire company property or if you can stand the noise sleep behind Walmart and slab rest areas.

    Great idea Clay about ER waiting rooms.
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    Thx:)

    Well, I've made 7 of the last 8, so I did mention I could not make this one, but!!! I still try and may save enough$$$ and time off to make another, family willing. If the TV News folks and talking heads are near correct, we may see 5 bucks a gallon before the rally, sad to say. Just because I ride a most expensive GSA Beemer, doesn't mean I can afford it, LOL...I take all ya comments to heart and listen well, so thanks...This will get ya? I have a small acreage horse property and the horse hay is now at 18$ a bale out here, ouch...They eat better than ME. Maybe I will go see my BMW Dealer again soon, for another look see at a BMW that gets good mpg's vs. this GSA. Randy

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    Randy,
    Church lawns & cemetaries are great places to catch some Z's...
    www.gasbuddy.com is a good place to find lowest gas prices in any given locale.
    Hot dogs. Cheap, you can store them inside a camelback in a ziplock - That and a loaf of bread & a bag of fritoes, and you are full. They can be heated over a very small fire made of branches found under any tree.

    If you want to stop in SW Missouri on the way, you got a free bed, meal & shower on the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polarbear View Post
    Anybody have any great suggestions, so I can PAY for my gas to Pennsylvania this year!!! I camp, try to eat less on the road and may even have to slow down my GSA1200 to PENNY pinch my way along the USA byways this Summer. Any tips may help me get a few more miles. I'm trying from the West Coast this year again. Its usually a 8000m loop for myself and all my sightseeing and I figure my purse must get bigger soon. We are over the 4 dollar thing out here already. The rally in PA this year is a great locale I want to see again and again. Those smaller BMWs get more and more interesting with their better MPGs, which the GSA is poor in this regard. Happy Trails ALL, Randy"Polarbear"
    Ride on the GS Giant Gypsy Tour... 3 nights of camping, two dinners and two breakfasts, plus FREE beer... just $100.

    more info in May issue of BMW ON.

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    ps => it's really good to hear that you might be able to make it out here.
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    Randy, if you can make it to Kansas, try rigging a sail with your sleeping bag. Should the wind blow you my way, you can camp, eat, and shower here. I'll even make sure the gas can is full so you can top off your tank.

    Since the rally's out for me this year, you have to go so I can enjoy it vicariously.

    Tom

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