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    Ride Planning to 50th from Cental New York

    Iím starting to plan my ride and would like some local input about Rt 220 & 15 through Pa. I was going to pick 220 up in South Waverly , on to I180 then pick up Rt 15 to skirt DC area then on to Rt 17 and 95S.
    Curious about the road conditions and any recommendations.

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    I travel a lot between Raleigh and Lexington NY to visit my daughter so I'm familiar with some of your route. Hwy 15 between Harrisburg and Frederick is mostly 4 lane with a few traffic lights in Dillsburg. You're smart to avoid DC as the 270/495 to 95S link is terrible. Joining 95S at Fredericksburg is usually a safe bet but you may still encounter some heavy traffic, but that's hit or miss. There are several routes that parallel 95S in case you find yourself stuck. I think your route looks pretty good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 83014 View Post
    I travel a lot between Raleigh and Lexington NY to visit my daughter so I'm familiar with some of your route. Hwy 15 between Harrisburg and Frederick is mostly 4 lane with a few traffic lights in Dillsburg. You're smart to avoid DC as the 270/495 to 95S link is terrible. Joining 95S at Fredericksburg is usually a safe bet but you may still encounter some heavy traffic, but that's hit or miss. There are several routes that parallel 95S in case you find yourself stuck. I think your route looks pretty good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ohhcrap View Post
    Iím starting to plan my ride and would like some local input about Rt 220 & 15 through Pa. I was going to pick 220 up in South Waverly , on to I180 then pick up Rt 15 to skirt DC area then on to Rt 17 and 95S.
    Curious about the road conditions and any recommendations.
    Personally I would ride down through West Virginia and Virginia, depending on your time.

    If you need route advice, let me know.

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    Ride to the rally

    ohhcrap, I'm west of you outside Rochester. I've been planning my ride since Thanksgiving. I'm mostly using US-15 to Frederick. Then US-340 west and head south for US-17. That will run me to US-1 down to VA-30 to Doswell. I'm spitting it into 2 days and staying in Frederick then to the rally on Thur. The whole thing is about 9 to 10 hours and that's not in the cards for me. Frederick is about 6. Thur will only be around 3 hours. Just something to look at while your planning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Visian View Post
    Personally I would ride down through West Virginia and Virginia, depending on your time.

    If you need route advice, let me know.
    My thoughts exactly. I run up along I-81 to NJ all the time and to visit our son outside of Baltimore. I like 15 and 340 through VA but the west side of I-81 is even better if you have the time. I riding to Richmond with 2 buddies from Canada and will probably meet them in upstate NY and meander through WV and VA. Lots of great roads and POI's along that route.
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    Coming from Toronto - Question about theft safety

    My old BMWs and the Suzuki were never theft targets but here's my question.

    When i ride down to the 50th I thought I might be a tourist in Washington for a bit. Should I be thinking about locks and other theft deterrents while in the city?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimnto View Post
    My old BMWs and the Suzuki were never theft targets but here's my question.

    When i ride down to the 50th I thought I might be a tourist in Washington for a bit. Should I be thinking about locks and other theft deterrents while in the city?
    It depends on a individual. There is many of hotels near the transit lines where you can stay at and then you can park leave you bike in safe area at the hotels. Then you can jump on the transit system go anywhere in the city. If you have military status you many military bases to choose from to stay at in the Washington DC area that are also near transit systems. The other option is if you decide to go DC when you are at the rally is catch the Amtrack train. from the Asland station into DC and back that evening. Amtrack has a station in the heart of DC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vetbmwrider View Post
    It depends on a individual. There is many of hotels near the transit lines where you can stay at and then you can park leave you bike in safe area at the hotels. Then you can jump on the transit system go anywhere in the city. If you have military status you many military bases to choose from to stay at in the Washington DC area that are also near transit systems. The other option is if you decide to go DC when you are at the rally is catch the Amtrack train. from the Asland station into DC and back that evening. Amtrack has a station in the heart of DC.
    That is a GREAT suggestion and the best way to explore the DC area. We used to attend the International Motorcycle Show in DC and as suggested would book a hotel well out of the downtown area but close to the Metro and then just hop on the metro. Traffic in the DC area is the worst I have ever seen and I grew up in the NY/NJ area.

    The only time I worry about theft or security of my stuff is in big busy areas which is about 1% of the time I am riding. I never lock up my stuff but then am never in an area I consider high risk. But if I were parking in the busy DC touristy area I would probably lock up.

    But with parking and traffic being awful I would do just what vetbmwrider suggested .... get a hotel outside of the downtown and leave the bike there is a safe place. You can keep most of your valuables in your hotel room.

    Good luck!
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    Last time I was in DC, once I lost sight of the capitol area building(s) things got sketchy really fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsinnc View Post
    That is a GREAT suggestion and the best way to explore the DC area. We used to attend the International Motorcycle Show in DC and as suggested would book a hotel well out of the downtown area but close to the Metro and then just hop on the metro. Traffic in the DC area is the worst I have ever seen and I grew up in the NY/NJ area.

    The only time I worry about theft or security of my stuff is in big busy areas which is about 1% of the time I am riding. I never lock up my stuff but then am never in an area I consider high risk. But if I were parking in the busy DC touristy area I would probably lock up.

    But with parking and traffic being awful I would do just what vetbmwrider suggested .... get a hotel outside of the downtown and leave the bike there is a safe place. You can keep most of your valuables in your hotel room.

    Good luck!
    After posting my suggestion i did some checking on Amtrack prices from Ashland Station to Union Station the prices range from $11.00 to 50.00 one way. The prices depend on the time a individual leaves Ashland Station. The last Train leaves Union Station around 7pm back to Ashland station. The train ride is about 2 hours. At the Ashland Station has free parking and from my understanding the Ashland station is in a low crime area. So the price of the train ride can pay for parking in the DC area and can make a good day trip.
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    I did not do a lot of research but a quick look found a Marriott Courtyard that is a short walk to the Dunn Loring Merrifield Metro Station. It also looks like they have free parking at the Courtyard. I'd do something like that and metro into the DC attractions. There may be a few you would need to ride to but most of the stuff is walkable once you get close to the monuments. In addition there is a newer Air and Space Museum outside if DC in Chantilly that I hear is worth the visit.
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