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    Kein Nasebohrer RBEmerson's Avatar
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    The US is B I G - bigger than most Europeans understand. I suggest that instead of trying to see everything, do some research and pick an area that appeals to you. Think about spending some non-bike time in cities. Think about staying in one place and visit what's around that place.

    As I've said in my Alps thread, I made the mistake of trying to cover more passes and roads than makes sense. While part of my schedule was determined by meeting up with my (non-riding) family, part of their plans were set by my plans. In the end, I didn't stop at places I wanted to see, pushed hard to make my schedule, and... Switzerland, Tyrol, and Dolomites in a week? What was I thinking?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RBEmerson View Post
    While part of my schedule was determined by meeting up with my (non-riding) family, part of their plans were set by my plans.
    I have found in many trips on two wheels around the US that providing a possible itinerary to my family & friends is not a good thing. In telephone calls to them when I'm hundreds of miles away due mostly to weather, I've heard the question: "Where are you?" The implication of that is "Why aren't you here?"

    I've learned from that. I now give a wide window of days, and usually surprise them (in a good way) by showing up early.
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    Thumbs up As your approximate agenda gels...

    Please do share with us. Some of my best rides have happened because a local rider pointed me to an astonishing road. There is a wealth of knowledge here. Someone earlier mentioned our Ďanonymous bookí. This is a small Tankbag sized directory of every BMW motorcycle dealer, every local BMW club and members who have stepped up and offered to be of service to a fellow member rider. This could be a place to camp, a place to change your oil/tires, or just someone to have coffee with.

    Iím a regional coordinator for MOA, email me at BMW122us@yahoo.com and Iíll set you up with this invaluable resource.

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    Kein Nasebohrer RBEmerson's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExGMan View Post
    I have found in many trips on two wheels around the US that providing a possible itinerary to my family & friends is not a good thing. In telephone calls to them when I'm hundreds of miles away due mostly to weather, I've heard the question: "Where are you?" The implication of that is "Why aren't you here?"

    I've learned from that. I now give a wide window of days, and usually surprise them (in a good way) by showing up early.
    In the sailing world, the wise person says "I'll arrive at [some specific location]" and says "on [some specific date] I'll be somewhere]". Saying "I'll meet you at [some specific place] on [some specific date]" is likely to be the start of a very unpleasant sea story. While the time window may be smaller, thanks to much higher speeds than the 6-8 knots of a sail boat, the same caution stands for bike trips. How many ride reports include "we stayed [one or many day(s)]" while waiting for [parts|a change in the weather|recovery from injuries or sickness|someone else to show up]"? 'Nuff said. [/grin]

    In the matter of meeting with family, a) the destination was high on my "must do" list, and b) sometimes compromise with a non-riding spouse in unavoidable. At least if only to ensure avoiding an Ugly Scene. Or worse. [/grin] (again)
    Some people are wise. Some people are otherwise.

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