The only difference between me and a madman... is that I'm not mad...DALI
1990 K75T-- paint code 666
1973 R75/5-- toaster curry orange
2001 325xit-- titanium silver
14A goes through the Bighorns, too.
Last time I was through was 2010 on the way to Redmond, and it was under construction *big time* (as in, I was really glad I was on the GS and have good off-pavement skills...)
16 is also an extremely nice road, with lots of good camping along the way.
You know what I like best of my travels in middle USA? Crossed it dozens of times and its always the folks living there in the plains. They are nice folks, about everywhere and so easy to talk to, very friendly and will go out of their way to make you welcome. Just cannot beat that! I've had "more than once", been invited home to take shelter from storms that were VERY intimidating and dangerous. Complete strangers and just plain good people. I always enjoy the travels in the plains and so many complain about it. They just are not looking or hearing well!....Randy
'07 R1200GS for solo rides
'10 R1200GSA with Hannigan dual sport sidecar for rides with Barley
For the Second Redmond rally I took US 20 from Omaha all the way west. The Pine Ridge in northern Nebraska is really quite scenic as are the sand hills. Wyoming, Idaho and Utah were nice on 20 also.
I'm looking hard at US 26 for most of the route. It seems to pass through some WILD geology along the way.
I live just off US 36 in Ohio and just south of US 30. Both are interesting roads I have used to go west.
US 30 is a more mixed bag. You get into city traffic as you go south of Chicago.
Give thought to US 12 past Minneapolis. The section across Idaho is one of the most beautiful roads I have ever been on.
R1200RT, K1200RS. Previous K1200LT, R80RT, R100R, R75/5
I suggest that you hop on Rt 20 at Dubuque Iowa. Then soak in the thrill of riding across The High Plains. Treat your self to the Field of Dreams movie site at Dresden. The rolling hills west of Sioux will be green and lush. The great expanse of western Nebraska is simply magnificent. Chadron is an oasis town with lush meadows, a small college and has the Museum of the Fur Trade on Rt 20. Did you know that Nebraska has several National Forests? You will pass by them. Stop at Fort Robinson just west of Chadron, you will be blown away by the story of this fort. There is camping here as well as rooms in the fort. Eat in the officers mess. You could stay on 20 all the way to Salem if you wish.
I have ridden to the West some 20 times and it took me a number of trips to discover that the High Plains offer great riding and an experience offered no where else in the world!! This vast area is full of hidden treasures and is much more than simply a place that must be crossed to reach the mountains.
I will be on this ride to Oregon departing central Pa July 12th. Enjoy!!
By the way, Rt 36 is great also. In fact I have often used 20 and 36 to make a loop out of western trips. However Rt 20 is the more interesting in my opinion.
Happy trails Barley!
Don't forget the awesome motorcycle museum at Anamosa Iowa.Worthcarving out time for a stop.