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    Ride to Great Falls

    Will any of you be riding to Great Falls from the Philadelphia area? Looks like it's about 2100 miles on highways. I can't take more than two weeks from work and I'm old (just turned 70). My first rally was the Lebanon rally and I really enjoyed the ride down and camping on the way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ragman2 View Post
    Will any of you be riding to Great Falls from the Philadelphia area? Looks like it's about 2100 miles on highways. I can't take more than two weeks from work and I'm old (just turned 70). My first rally was the Lebanon rally and I really enjoyed the ride down and camping on the way.
    Enjoy life. Philly to Buffalo to Port Huron (MI) - Flint - Mackinaw City - Duluth - Either Fargo (I-94) or Grand Forks (US-2) - Great Falls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ragman2 View Post
    Will any of you be riding to Great Falls from the Philadelphia area? Looks like it's about 2100 miles on highways. I can't take more than two weeks from work and I'm old (just turned 70). My first rally was the Lebanon rally and I really enjoyed the ride down and camping on the way.
    I'm in the two week window myself, traveling from Maine, thinking I may head down I90 to Cleveland before heading west. I usually travel on secondary highways staying off interstates as much as possible. What's your plan?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jandhumphreyme View Post
    I'm in the two week window myself, traveling from Maine, thinking I may head down I90 to Cleveland before heading west. I usually travel on secondary highways staying off interstates as much as possible. What's your plan?
    I'm in the initial planning phase. Like, am I going or not. If I go, I will probably camp most nights, weather permitting. As far as interstates are concerned, I don't mind them, especially for such a long trip but getting off now and then is a must. Lebanon was such a short trip, I took mostly back roads. As I look at the 2100 miles (each way) that's a little over 400 miles/day for 5 days if I did the math right. So riding 8 hours for ~5 days will get you there if you ride the interstates. Stopping for pee, gas and food. I took Mountain House on the Lebanon trip and although it's not gourmet, it did fill the stomach and not too bad.

    I only wish I had 4 weeks to take some side trips.

    So that's as far as I have gone as far as planning.
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    Sounds like we may have similar plans, lets parallel plan, compare notes and see what happens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jandhumphreyme View Post
    Sounds like we may have similar plans, lets parallel plan, compare notes and see what happens.
    Sounds like the start of a plan. I have never done 8 hours in the saddle/day.
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    Second Rally and I am in!

    Rode to Nashville last year for the Scoot and Boot Rally (First timer here). I've been part of the Iron Butt group and riding for 20 years, last year was my first real rally and I had a great time. I really enjoyed tent camping on the grounds and checking out the vendors and bikes. I am looking forward to the rally in Great Falls this year. I am planning two weeks for the trip and as little interstate as possible. I've ridden out west several times, but never pushed on past Montana and Wyoming. I am looking forward to seeing Glacier and re-riding the Chief Joseph and Beartooth Pass with some great food in Red Lodge.

    Maybe I will see some of you there or on the way. Just look for the 2016 GSA with the Michigan license plate H8MUD

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ragman2 View Post
    Will any of you be riding to Great Falls from the Philadelphia area? Looks like it's about 2100 miles on highways. I can't take more than two weeks from work and I'm old (just turned 70). My first rally was the Lebanon rally and I really enjoyed the ride down and camping on the way.
    This is a great opportunity to ride the North Shore of Lake Superior... the route below shows the general idea *except* that instead of going around Lake Huron, you would take the Chi-Cheemaun ferry from Tobermory, ONT to South Baymouth. (that small gap in the middle) The map wouldn't route it.

    From Sault St. Marie, you could ride across the Michigan UP or take the North Shore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Visian View Post
    This is a great opportunity to ride the North Shore of Lake Superior... ...
    Our first Niagara Falls trip (do the Canadian side) was to Ohio from NC. We've done the Parry Sound side as well as the ferry. The ferry was fun! Continuing around the Lakes we stumbled upon Carolyn Beach Inn and Restaurant on the north shore of Lake Huron. Excellent place to stop for eats or overnight. We'd do it again but we're heading to Nevada on the way to Montana.
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    These are a couple of the routes I've been playing around with. Ian I like the mapping program your using, Ill have to look it up, is it fairly easy to upload those routes into basecamp?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jandhumphreyme View Post
    These are a couple of the routes I've been playing around with. Ian I like the mapping program your using, Ill have to look it up, is it fairly easy to upload those routes into basecamp?

    Routes.jpg
    I would take I-90 to Niagara and cut across southern ON to Huron. The I-80/90 route thru Northern Ohio and Indiana is the Rust Belt Death Zone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jandhumphreyme View Post
    These are a couple of the routes I've been playing around with. Ian I like the mapping program your using, Ill have to look it up, is it fairly easy to upload those routes into basecamp?
    Yes, there is a great export tool in the app.

    Ride With GPS was one of the first on-line mapmaking apps, started by a couple of college kids. They were strong in tech but not so much in marketing, and that Strava app overtook it. Strava was aimed straight at bicyclists, and RWGPS followed suit.

    It still is a great app for motorcycle riding, but if you like this kind of stuff, it is well worth your while to check out Furkot.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    I would take I-90 to Niagara and cut across southern ON to Huron. The I-80/90 route thru Northern Ohio and Indiana is the Rust Belt Death Zone.
    I know, BTDT way too many times, the route is impossible to see at that scale, but I would be using either 224 to 30 or 18 to 20 in Akron. I thought about going across Ontario and up round Huron and Superior then down to Duluth or cross Sault St Marie into the UP, not sure I want to spend any time in Canada this trip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Visian View Post
    Yes, there is a great export tool in the app.

    Ride With GPS was one of the first on-line mapmaking apps, started by a couple of college kids. They were strong in tech but not so much in marketing, and that Strava app overtook it. Strava was aimed straight at bicyclists, and RWGPS followed suit.

    It still is a great app for motorcycle riding, but if you like this kind of stuff, it is well worth your while to check out Furkot.com
    I'll have to check it out, thanks. I've gotten pretty efficient with basecamp and it works flawlessly with the new Nav VI Santa left under the tree this year. My other GPS is a TomTom Rider 400 which use's Tyre for Travel, there was a learning curve there, but with the new Google interface it also works well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ragman2 View Post
    Sounds like the start of a plan. I have never done 8 hours in the saddle/day.

    400 miles a day is not hard to do once you get out of the urban areas. One thing I tell riders is don't think about the last stop of the day, just deal with the next one, then the next, and before you know it you are there.

    The farther west you go you can pick up on your average speed because the traffic is lighter. When we are running to make miles we will figure 500-600 miles per day in this area. Interstates in ND you can run 80 MPH and you won't even draw any attention from the HP. 80-85 MPH is pretty safe, much over 85 and you run the risk of a ticket. I rolled by a parked HP doing close to 95 in Montana last summer, I don't think he even twitched.

    I am trying to decide if I will run out to the rally from Fargo. I don't get enough vacation time to do everything I want so I have to make sure I make good use of the time I have. If I go I will probably run out Friday and return Sunday. For me that will be a 700+ mile ride, or about 12 hours of steady riding. I run to Red Lodge MT and back every summer, about the same miles, one day each way.
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