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Thread: Planning for 2021 ride to Great Falls? (advice please)

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    In two small (3K rd trip) and two large (9K rd trip) journeys from Boston, one thing I learned was to not avoid small towns during your travels. I tried to stop every hundred+ miles or so, get off the bike and talk with the local folks. At one stop (2012) in Randolph, Nebraska I had a great conversation with a local farm-owner who spotted my motorcycle and Massachusetts plate. In about fifteen minutes we covered a range of topics, exchanged snail-mail addresses and became pen pals for about five years.

    A tall, ATGATTed stranger with a strange motorcycle, and a rarely-seen plate is a source of great interest. When the helmet comes off and the smile comes on, you're a conversation-magnet.

    Oh yeah. I have many such stories even locally. Went to the hardware store during the lockdown and some old dude wanted to talk about riding. From 6' away of course. I was on my first overnight trip a couple years ago (finally have a bike I trusted to start consistently) and stopped for an iced coffee at Sheetz on a burning hot day. A fellow with a limp wanted to talk bikes and all about his accident years ago. Last summer, I was enjoying a cold tea and the local sheriff in WV pulled up and invited me to sit in his air conditioned cruiser (in the front!!) and we talked bikes, the economy, etc for 20 minutes. Still made me nervous. Then I met some coal miners covered in soot who wanted to talk bikes. It's a lot of fun.

    The one thing I do worry about is some of those wide open spaces in the middle of (what I call) nowhere. Everyone's nowhere is somewhere to someone else. Anyhow, some of that looks desolate and remote. I'm sure folks are friendly and kind.....but anyone ever have a bad interaction?

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    Quote Originally Posted by R65_Steve View Post
    Anyhow, some of that looks desolate and remote. I'm sure folks are friendly and kind.....but anyone ever have a bad interaction?
    We like desolate and remote. We have never been hassled in remote areas, if anything people are more apt to help if you have a problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by R65_Steve View Post
    The one thing I do worry about is some of those wide open spaces in the middle of (what I call) nowhere. Everyone's nowhere is somewhere to someone else. Anyhow, some of that looks desolate and remote. I'm sure folks are friendly and kind.....but anyone ever have a bad interaction?
    Rule One is to always maintain situational awareness. There are places, times, and situations you don't want to be involved in, but they can happen anywhere, including your own back yard. Having said that, I've never had a problem in remote areas. In fact the more remote the safer I've felt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GREGFEELER View Post
    Rule One is to always maintain situational awareness. There are places, times, and situations you don't want to be involved in, but they can happen anywhere, including your own back yard. Having said that, I've never had a problem in remote areas. In fact the more remote the safer I've felt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by R65_Steve View Post

    The one thing I do worry about is some of those wide open spaces in the middle of (what I call) nowhere. Everyone's nowhere is somewhere to someone else. Anyhow, some of that looks desolate and remote. I'm sure folks are friendly and kind.....but anyone ever have a bad interaction?
    As others have found, people in low-population areas always have seemed interested in helping or supporting the lonely traveler. In addition, when I was crossing Utah and Nevada on US50/US6 a few years ago, there was always plenty of cellular service on "the loneliest road in America."

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    Also, I think a career in law enforcement tends to give a person a nose for tension and unhappiness in a person or group, and that's helpful in just about any place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wkoppa View Post
    Ever been to Poplar, Montana?

    Has an interesting nick name.

    I decided to move on.

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    Not been there, but other places where I decided I was better off some place else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GREGFEELER View Post
    Rule One is to always maintain situational awareness. There are places, times, and situations you don't want to be involved in, but they can happen anywhere, including your own back yard. Having said that, I've never had a problem in remote areas. In fact the more remote the safer I've felt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenfiddich View Post
    Dogs trump women on the sidecar delay factor.

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    Map Planning...

    Wanda and I use Google maps to plan our rides/trips.

    We create a map for each day. About 10 destinations or stops along the way can be added.

    Makes what-ifs and how-fars easy to work out.

    The route can also be shared or embedded in a document. We keep a spreadsheet of our trips and have the maps embedded in them.

    For example this is our second day out going to Great Falls next year: https://goo.gl/maps/P6kxGXCajNNpv5a67

    Once we have our route all worked out in Google, we use Garmin Express and Base Camp to put it into our Nav Vi.

    Just to be on the safe side, Wanda carries some copious notes and I have a paper map in the tank bag.

    See you in Great Falls!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsinnc View Post
    Wow! Thanks that will surely be on my list
    If you decide to take Nebraska hwy 2, most of the gas stations only have 87 AKI.
    The only gas higher than 87 between Grand Island and Alliance that we saw was at Thedford . Thedford is approx 150 west of Grand Island. Thedford had 91.
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