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    New member about to take off on a 3 month trip across USA and a bit of Mexico

    Hi all! My name's Mike and a few months ago I decided to take 3 months or so to ride in the USA and a wee bit of Mexico. I leave Toronto October 28, 2013 and head south right away. I've got some routes planned out including a few obvious choices like Skyline Drive, Blue Ridge Parkway and Deal's Gap but a lot of the ride will just unfold more spontaneously. Can't wait to get out there and experience amazing rides, visit cool towns, eat tasty food, catch historical music sites and meet great people. I'll be sticking to the Eastern and Southern USA mostly and then cross over into Mexico from Arizona and ride a bit of the Copper Canyon. I'll get to Los Mochis and take a ferry to Baja California to chill out for a bit. Then into California proper, before heading back east sticking as low as I can to stay warm. All the way to Florida I go and where by the good graces of mother nature, I will turn north for the final push home...whew...

    The timing of trip is as it is due to various circumstances in my life...cannot change that. So it means an interesting ride back north in the middle of winter. I have a back up plan though in case the weather should prove too harsh on the way up (a very likely possibility considering past weather during that time) that has me leaving my bike at a friend's place in Florida and flying back home.

    I started riding 5 years ago and bought an F650GS which I am still riding and enjoying the heck out of. Can't wait for this big ride and look forward to hearing any comments, suggested rides, places of interest to visit or maybe even meeting up along the road somewhere to ride together. Happy riding!

    Mike

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    Welcome Mike.

    You are doing what a lot of members would love to be able to do: Ride for three months straight!

    Please take lots of photos and give us a ride report when you get back.

    Ride Well!!!
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    Lucky You! Have fun and be careful.

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    Welcome to the forum! It sounds ambitious and sounds like you can do it If you will have internet access you will be able to update us in ride reports- with any luck.
    Have fun.
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    Meeting Forum Members

    Mike, as you go along you should post your route for the next several days. That would give us Forum watchers an opportunity to make arrangements to meet with you if possible. That would be great for all of us.
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    If you end up in Phoenix, AZ I'll hook you up with some good grub.
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    Do you use a GPS?

    And do you prefer staying on pavement or don't mind some interesting gravel roads?

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    Sounds like a fun trip

    Be sure to check out the great roads in the Texas Hill Country, which is west of Austin, and don't forget to visit Big Bend NP in West Texas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sibud View Post
    Welcome Mike.

    You are doing what a lot of members would love to be able to do: Ride for three months straight!

    Please take lots of photos and give us a ride report when you get back.

    Ride Well!!!
    Thanks Bud! I definitely plan on taking lots of pictures and may have a blog, undecided so far on that one.

    Cheers,

    Mike

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    posting routes

    Quote Originally Posted by Elgin Mary View Post
    Mike, as you go along you should post your route for the next several days. That would give us Forum watchers an opportunity to make arrangements to meet with you if possible. That would be great for all of us.
    Hi Mary, that's a great idea. I start in Cleveland at the end of October and I'll start paying routes around then.

    Cheers,
    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockbottom View Post
    I'd like to take three months off and ride but I'm afraid that after about two months, the people at my office might notice that I'm gone.
    Fortunately I work at an office where everybody watches nothing but reality TV shows at home. They're pretty much mindless zombies, they won't notice a thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Mike
    Sounds like a fun trip

    Be sure to check out the great roads in the Texas Hill Country, which is west of Austin, and don't forget to visit Big Bend NP in West Texas.
    Thanks Lee I will, I've heard it's quite beautiful. I will also ride The Three Sisters (aka The Twisted Sisters) which are supposed to be great rides.

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    gps

    Quote Originally Posted by Visian View Post
    Do you use a GPS?

    And do you prefer staying on pavement or don't mind some interesting gravel roads?

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    Hi Ian, no GPS. I like pavement for twisties, sweepies, etc. but would also like to ride some gravel, would love some off road too. I'm rocking Anakee 3s which are something like 80/20 or so, good to get me around most places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsPhilD View Post
    If you end up in Phoenix, AZ I'll hook you up with some good grub.
    Thanks Phil!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mswieca View Post
    Hi Ian, no GPS. I like pavement for twisties, sweepies, etc. but would also like to ride some gravel, would love some off road too. I'm rocking Anakee 3s which are something like 80/20 or so, good to get me around most places.
    Well, most of the roads I'd show you aren't on the map, unless you're using a Delorme Gazetteer.

    One suggestion, based on you mentioning the BRP and Deal's Gap... Parson's Branch Road, coming out of Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountain National Park.

    Note: a fairly large section of the BRP is closed north of Asheville, NC, due to a slide. There's a nice little workaround... with camping along the way.

    Both of these roads are unpaved.

    Almost every road off the BRP in this area is very nice.

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