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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-05-2005, 02:28 AM Thread Starter
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Wondering what you do on the road

These are some thoughts i had cuz i cant sleep:
Ok guys so i was curious do you guys rent hotels or motels when your riding or do you camp out? If you camp out where do you guys camp out and what are areas you shoul stay away from or go to when you want to camp. Would camping out infront of a gas station be a good idea if you ask the gas station attendent if its ok or ? (flame away) If you guys go for long trips how often do you stop, what kind of places do you eat? What areas should you stay away from in the US (anywhere). Have you ever just taken a trip without the use of a map? Have you gone alone? Do you ever worry about someone stealing your shit? How do you keep your shit safe while your sleeping outside? Do you carry pepper spray or something like it? What do you carry all your stuff in? How long does it take you to get from area to area? What do you do when its really hott out and you have alot of gear with you? What do you do when its really cold and you dont have enough gear? Do you ride in the rain if you dont know where your going? Do you ride durring the day or at night? Do you stop when traffic is bad and rest? Thanks alot if i come up with any more ill keep asking if you guys come up with any response i give many thanks! let me know!
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-05-2005, 02:35 AM
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Vivid1 has some great write ups about her travels cross country. It would be a good place to start. May not give you all the answers you are looking for, but should give you a feel for what to expect on the road.
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"includes 10 used-car dealers or auto repair shops, 11 liquor stores and bars--two of which advertise lingerie fashion shows and a third billed as a "gentlemen's club"--three cut-rate motels and one trailer park. The squat, brick municipal building is next to a currency exchange and a few steps from an adult video store. The bars open at 10 a.m. and close at 6:30 a.m."

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This sounds like one of those tests I had to take in school. So....

THE ANSWER IS D none of thee above.

Did I pass?

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Last year I went to the Left Coast and back on my bike. I did a bit of camping along the way. Brought a tent, mat and a sleeping bag. On the nights where I rode well into the dark, I'd look for a cheap motel to crash in. Only time I was worried a bit was when I was in NM on the Navaho Nation and stopped at a place called the Annasazi Inn. There was a bar attached that was filled with liquored up Navaho's and it was a Saturday night. The cops were there all night. In the morning there were a bunch of rooms with people shaped holes in the windows. In Fresno, CA. we stayed at a Travel Lodge motel. That's where I met the largest Cockroach that I've ever seen. It had to be about 3 inches long and was in the shower(no shower for me that night). Other than that, no problems at all. I didn't carry any weapons(other than myself ) so I wouldn't be hassled by the man if I was stopped for something else. All I can say is to bring clothes for all possible temps and wx conditions if you go on a long ride because the wx changes quite a bit from state to state, even in the summer. You'll see freezing in the mountains and you'll roast in the desert. Oh yeah, instead of a lot of cash, bring travelers checks or plastic. You don't want to lose yer cash and be stuck out in the middle of Bum [email protected] Egypt. Get a good atlas for a map and make sure to keep it dry. As far as food went, I tried to find clean looking restaurants along the way. I also stocked up on beef jerky for when I felt like nibbling. I always carried a bottle of water too. As for how far to go in a day, I found myself running about 400-600 miles a day with no problem. On two days of the trip I clocked over 1000 miles each day. That was a necessary stretch though because we found ourselves in the middle of the salt in Utah as the sun went down and decided to push for Reno, NV. so we could get some good food and a good room at a casino. The other long stretch was on the way back home from Denver and I wasn't in the mood to stop. I just wanted to get back home to my own bed. My advice is to just go. Plan it along the way. It'll be quite the adventure, I guarantee.

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Originally Posted by wingit
This sounds like one of those tests I had to take in school. So....

THE ANSWER IS D none of thee above.

Did I pass?


Ask me ill tell you...........anything I wanna hear


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thanks alot sloroll!! thats alot of help kind of makes me think!
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