Good advice, guys, thanks. I had in mind riding about 300 miles a day, 400 tops, with two long stopovers to do/see something (anything) and at least one shorter one to get gas (probably two), hit the head and drink some water/eat some food.
My sort-of-planned trip (really a fantasy at this point, but one I intend on fulfilling this year or the next) is to set out from my home in NYC and visit 14 States, plus DC and 2 Canadian provinces before getting back in around 7-10 days.
NY - Boston, MA (passing thru New Haven & Providence)
Boston - Portland, ME - Concord, NH - ?, VT
VT - Montreal, PQ (see the city, have some poutine)
Montreal - Toronto, with 2 stopovers (Kingston, +??)
Toronto - Cleveland, passing thru Detroit and Toledo
Cleveland - DC, via Wheeling, WV and Cumberland, MD
DC - NYC, via Baltimore, Wilmington and Philadelphia
(Stopover to compare Pat's vs. Geno's Steaks!)
I've been to Boston, DC, Baltimore and Philly lots of times, even Montreal but not so recently, so I'd like to actually spend time there. Especially to visit the restaurant Au Pied de Cochon
. I visited a restaurant of the same name in Paris on my honeymoon 10 years ago and loved it. While this place in Montreal is not affiliated (I don't think) they do have an haute cuisine
twist to Quebec's best low-brow foods: poutine made with foie gras, and something called Duck In A Can. It's not too much of an exaggeration to say I mentally planned a road trip around hitting this restaurant, and then thought, "Hmm, how many states could I tick off my list en route to there and back?"
Everywhere else I'm happy just to pass through, sleep over, take a few pics, etc., for the 7 day version. If I can pad out my vacation/trip time (and clear it with my family) to 10 days I could spend more time in some of the other places... Though honestly I'm not sure what I'd be stopping over to see. Toronto I could spend a day in, but what about Portland, ME (LL Bean?!); Concord, NH; Detroit, Cleveland (MLB stadiums?), Wheeling, WV or Cumberland, MD (???).
Oh, if it makes a difference, this would be riding solo, unless someone took it in their head to come with me for some reason. I do have an old friend who's a motorcyclist but he's already done the tour of a lifetime
, soon after he turned 30 and figured he should do it now or maybe miss his window in life: he set out from NYC, crossed the country and then rode down the West Coast... The WEST COAST of the (North, Central and South) Americas, that is. Starting from Alaska. Down to Argentina. On a BMW GS650 Dakar.
Hadn't thought about the voltmeter. I do have some emergency tire plugging/repairing gear (a Stop and Go Tubeless Tire Plug Gun Kit
) that I've never had to use, dunno what would happen if that got called into play, guess I'd pull out the little instruction booklet and start sweating
BTW, I'm an AMA member and they now recently added free Roadside Assistance
coverage for auto-renewing members, which I am (now)... But while it sounded great from the webpage description, I couldn't find anything detailing how one is supposed to actually call the assistance into play if needed, such as the actual number for the "toll-free number" they mention. I guess I'll have to call 1-800-AMA-JOIN to find that out?!