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    "BUCKET-LIST" trip cost question for you-all.......

    I just bought a beautiful 1999 R1100R, and am having great fun planning a "Bucket-List" ride this spring. The "plan" is to Start here in the swamps of central Florida and eventually end up at my family's, in the Mountains of New Hampshire. For me, unfortunately, the length of this adventure is mainly dependent on daily "on the road" costs..
    I recall, way back, that around $100.00 a day would cover fuel, food (cheep dinner / "Subway" lunch / diner breakfast) and a "mom and pop" over-nite motel.....but now.??
    I'm sure you-all have some ideas about what's now a realistic amount to budget. I really want to have fun and take my time / enjoy the ride (200-250 mile days MAX) W/O rushing along to save $..ALSO....At this point, it appears I'll be doing this "solo", so I must foot the overnite costs alone....
    All advice greatly appreciated !!
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    Look at $200 per day is more realistic. $100 for lodging $50 for meals $50 for fuel. The real key to the entire trip is to plan, book your hotels in advance or at least check for best rates. We usually start our trips on a Sunday and get the best hotel rates.

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    Been a while since I planned a trip like this. But will be doing a bit of a loop later this year going up to rt 66 & across for a while & back down & across to home.

    Here is what I generally budget
    $40/day for food (10 breakfast, 10 lunch & 20 dinner, any left over for snacks)
    figure fuel costs of $3/ gallon (yes I know it is a low guess) at ~60 gallons if you only got 30 mpg = 180 (as we dont have exact route)
    and 60/ night for hotels
    plus $100 for anything not covered / incidentals

    so $1100 would be an approximate over 8 days assuming ~200 miles per day

    However I am sure there are those who will have much more accurate data. Or come up w/ things I am missing.
    For example I have no idea if you will encounter toll roads & what they cost as I live out west and dont have those.

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    No Idea what the costs will be but 200.00 = motel, gas, & food seems reasonable. Having said that, I'd bet that the further off the main line you get on the way to your final destination, the less expensive everything but gas will be. Just a guess, but it also happens to be a strategy which will be more rewarding in terms of making the ride truly [even more] memorable.

    Here's a hint, if you don't know of this already (and seeing you are posting here, I'l assume you are at least somewhat internet "savvy") -
    Trip Advisor.com. It's a crowd sourced review site for many things along the road like motels, restaurants, etc. You could plan each day's riding, &
    find a cool old mom-n-pop motor hotel, campground, or cabin for each night's stay. You could actually pre-book (or at least KNOW what the rates are in various locales) your whole ride.

    I did this last year when planning a journey up to Nova Scotia, and across Canada to Quebec City last June- and it worked out wonderfully well. We stayed on secondary roads, like U.S. highways, and had some bigger riding days (430-450 miles +/-), some smaller days, and as it happened, one BIG day (560 miles). Most of the trip was booked before we left the house, but we left a bit of wiggle-room here and there, just for fun.

    Good luck (and post pix)!
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    Speaking of trip advisor... There is a website I came across a while back... roadtrippers ...it allows you to create a trip & save it but also find places to stop on the way with categories like attractions, history, nature, etc. It does not have tons of stuff but is new & they are working on it. It may be helpful in planning places to stop on your trip.

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    There's a lot of great places to camp between your start end destination!
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    My wife and I did a tour a few years ago with no particular time or destination. We picked up some of those discount book coupons found at rest stops and restaurants. She would get the book out around 3:00PM and start looking for a place to spend the night based on the coupons. We made no reservations and we enjoyed everything from a new Hampton Inn to a neat 50s era motel where the front was made of glass blocks.
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