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Offline Schnell

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Great Circle Tour of the US, July 2014
« on: October 21, 2012, 03:20:08 pm »
My retirement is coming up in less than 2 years. As a reward to myself, after 27 years as a school teacher, I'm thinking about a month long tour "circumnavigating" the US. After a bit of reckoning, I figure that I can do this for $100 per day for food, lodging, and gas if I am frugal. And I will need to be frugal in order to afford this at all. I'm willing to scrimp in order to make it possible.

So, if anyone along the way can offer up a couch or space on a carpeted floor, I'd be willing to provide a bottle of libation to share during the evening. I can also make a mean ceasar salad.

I'm just beginning this musing and of course life may impose its own plan upon me, but god willing, I'm hitting the road in the summer of 2014 or ('15.) leaving Toronto, heading south to Florida, then west to California, then north to Washington state, then east to home.

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Re: Great Circle Tour of the US, July 2014
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2012, 03:50:40 pm »
Stay in touch when/if you get close to Colorado. Bed, bath, food, hot tub await. May even ride with you.

One advantage of hanging with members is we can provide the best/most scenic routing in our areas.

$100 a day is reasonable. Our gas cost what your's used to. Less expensive motels can be had for $40-$50. Do your research on that before hand so you're not stuck with a $100 room. Burger King and McDogfood have $1 value menus.
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Re: Great Circle Tour of the US, July 2014
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2012, 04:48:01 pm »
Yes, thanks!
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Re: Great Circle Tour of the US, July 2014
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2012, 06:54:25 pm »
Can offer lodging, food, shop, etc west of Philly if you get in this area.  Also, should be semi-retired by then.  100 should be more than an adequate cost estimate.  Keep in touch...Larry

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Re: Great Circle Tour of the US, July 2014
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2012, 07:43:11 pm »
Great, thanks!
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Re: Great Circle Tour of the US, July 2014
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2012, 07:35:59 am »
If you get to Minnesota, we have a place for you to stay as well. Great food and good times await. Stay in touch, I would also ride with you for a bit. Good luck on your adventure.
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Re: Great Circle Tour of the US, July 2014
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2012, 08:00:19 am »
If you wish to pop across the border for the night, before working your way east, we can offer bed, bath, shop, social libations & Canadian back bacon for breakfast.  ;D

Wish I was doing this.
Awesome way to see the US and meet fantastic people along the way.

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Re: Great Circle Tour of the US, July 2014
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2012, 08:18:41 am »
Northern Virginia - we have space for guests, lemme know.

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Re: Great Circle Tour of the US, July 2014
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2012, 09:54:59 am »
Thanks guys. This was the kind of reception that I was hoping for!
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Re: Great Circle Tour of the US, July 2014
« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2012, 07:32:45 pm »
Schnell,

Like Jerry in Colorado Springs, I'm also in Colorado (an hour north in Denver).  If you want to stay in Colorado another night, you've a room, food, drink, garage and tools for the stay!

I recently finished a six-week round trip to Alaska and back on an R12GS Adventure alongside my 67-year old dad on his R12GS.  A trip like this is cathartic.  Make sure you go through with it - you won't regret a moment of the experience!

There are quite a few cool ride reports over at advrider.com to get your juices flowing.  If you search theofam, you'll see a few of mine.

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Re: Great Circle Tour of the US, July 2014
« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2012, 08:36:02 pm »
Thank you Sean! And I'll check out adv rider and look for your threads. One can learn so much from others who have done this.
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Re: Great Circle Tour of the US, July 2014
« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2014, 05:59:59 am »
It's been a brutal, long winter, but 76 working days left until retirement, and 3 1/2 months until my trip! The bikes are still squirreled away at the back of the garage as we're still in freezing temps and getting snowy days. But every now and then, the smell of spring is in the air. My trip begins early/mid July, from Toronto.

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Re: Great Circle Tour of the US, July 2014
« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2014, 06:55:37 am »
you know what could be a nice alternate for going down the blue ridge would be to cut through maryland and run the delmarva down the coast then hope on the outbanks in NC at Kitty Hawk and run it down to Ocracoke to the ferry and cut across the state to hit up the rest of your route.

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Re: Great Circle Tour of the US, July 2014
« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2014, 07:08:33 am »
Interesting idea, thanks! I have done both routes many years ago, but by car.
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Re: Great Circle Tour of the US, July 2014
« Reply #14 on: March 23, 2014, 11:14:15 am »
Ride Glacier park too after WA and before Yellowstone.

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Re: Great Circle Tour of the US, July 2014
« Reply #15 on: March 23, 2014, 11:23:43 am »
If you are going to ride in Texas, you might want to consider the Big Bend area. 

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Re: Great Circle Tour of the US, July 2014
« Reply #16 on: March 23, 2014, 01:04:52 pm »
If you are going to ride in Texas, you might want to consider the Big Bend area. 

http://forums.sohc4.net/index.php?topic=63295.msg697273#msg697273

+1  what he said ;)     Austin to Big Bend to Carlsbad then up to Sante Fe. West Texas above I-10 is full of Gas wells and you can't out run the smell. JMHO
  I have been in south Texas working for a year and will be in northern Virginia hopefully by the time you come through. Se ya then hopefully!!

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Re: Great Circle Tour of the US, July 2014
« Reply #17 on: March 23, 2014, 02:21:22 pm »
If you are going to ride in Texas, you might want to consider the Big Bend area. 

http://forums.sohc4.net/index.php?topic=63295.msg697273#msg697273

+1  what he said ;)     Austin to Big Bend to Carlsbad then up to Sante Fe. West Texas above I-10 is full of Gas wells and you can't out run the smell. JMHO
  I have been in south Texas working for a year and will be in northern Virginia hopefully by the time you come through. Se ya then hopefully!!

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Big Bend area is best traveled in Spring [April], July - Sept has Mid-90's as the daily high temps, 100+ is not unusual.
Personally I would avoid it in late summer as it will be very uncomfortable.
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Re: Great Circle Tour of the US, July 2014
« Reply #18 on: March 23, 2014, 02:39:33 pm »
I have an offer of a couch near Denton TX. That may be as far south I'll go.
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Re: Great Circle Tour of the US, July 2014
« Reply #19 on: March 24, 2014, 09:45:50 am »
I hope to update daily while on my trip. What forum should that go in on this site?

I'll also post to my photo website, the link is in my signature.
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Re: Great Circle Tour of the US, July 2014
« Reply #20 on: March 24, 2014, 04:15:37 pm »
I hope to update daily while on my trip. What forum should that go in on this site?

I'll also post to my photo website, the link is in my signature.

You are now in the correct section: Traveler's Rest. You can either continue this or start a new one.
Updates are a good idea, if you have an issue, you know we are here to help.
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Re: Great Circle Tour of the US, July 2014
« Reply #21 on: March 24, 2014, 04:28:11 pm »
Keeping it here makes sense to me too, makes it easier for all interested to follow your venture...Larry

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Re: Great Circle Tour of the US, July 2014
« Reply #22 on: March 24, 2014, 04:30:22 pm »
Okay, thanks!!!
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Re: Great Circle Tour of the US, July 2014
« Reply #23 on: March 25, 2014, 06:43:07 am »
I see you are missing the Grand Canyon on this trip.  Sunrise from the rim is a peaceful and picturesque experience.  The colors are brightest at sunrise or sunset but get washed out when the sun is higher.  I can't remember if the path you have takes you through the Arches National Park, but I think you will be close.  I regret skipping it when I was close some years ago.  Which bike are you riding, or is this a car trip?
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Re: Great Circle Tour of the US, July 2014
« Reply #24 on: March 25, 2014, 06:56:41 am »
Riding my CB750 K5.

The map is approximate. I'll decide on the actual route once I'm closer. I don't want to over-plan.
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