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As mentioned in another post, 2018 is the year for another "Great Big Adventure!" Wish I could say it was an annual event, but the last time I took 3 weeks off and traveled across country was for Burning Man back three (four?) years ago. There is So Much Planning To Do!!! I figured this was the perfect place to start my thread. :)

So the loose plan at this time is to ship the bike out to a Portland, Oregon Yamaha dealer, then fly out to pick it up, stock up on basic food stuff, and start my journey back home. Route plans are tentative at the moment, but I want to either go to Yellowstone or Yosemite park - both of which I've missed the last two times I've been out west. Not going to miss them again! I'd love to go to Yellowstone because I loved Wyoming. Such a beautiful state! But if I go to Yosimite, I'll pass through Reno where my aunt and uncle live. It's always good to see family :) Both are roughly the same distance from Oregon, so the choice really becomes, do I travel back to Wyoming, or head down the Seirra Nevada Range to see family on my way to Utah? :D, the more I type, the more I lean towards going to Yosimite. :p After Yellowstone/Yosimite, I'll head to Utah and ride through Moab area. If I'm still in one piece after that, I'll rent a van/truck/car with trailer, and hit the interstate to cut across mid-America to Chattanooga, Tennessee and start my way north along the Blue Ridge Parkway to Waynesboro, VA. From Waynesboro, it's less than a half day to get home.

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So anyway... here's my thread! I've got to go to work, but look forward to chatting with everyone about this journey.
This is gonna be So Cool!
 

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Planning??!! :eek: It's an adventure!! Just grab a cheese sandwich and hop on the bike and go!! :p

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***Lunch is on me if you get near Spokane... :)
 

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If you choose this route, we're not too far off of it (just a couple miles from the looks of it) and you have a place to hang your helmet and rest if needed. Our shop space is open to you for any motorcycle storage and repair if needed and a soft guest bed for your sleepy time. Forum member grewen and grewen wife have stopped in with their camper in tow for a couple years now. Georgie is so old now I'm sure you could out run her (or out walk her in my case) so you wouldn't need to worry about getting eaten by our dog. She's just a barker, not a bite'r anyway. haha.

Anyway, just putting it out here for your knowledge and consideration should it fit your plans.

We tried to go into the east entrance (Tioga pass entrance I think) of Yosemite around the 4th of July but traffic to get in was backed up down the road. We heard the traffic was even worse inside the park. We couldn't even see the entrance shack it was so far away so we turned around and headed towards Fred's place in Reno for a short visit before heading home. I heard this morning the N.P. Service may in the future start taking reservations for some of the more heavily used parks such as Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Zion so keep and eye out for that info. It's only being proposed at this time so what exact parks and when it would be started has not been announced (if it ever will be). Just a heads up at this point.


Edit: I suppose I could include the map of the route I'm talking about eh?
 

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Great plan LuvNot. While you didn’t mention anticipated time of year for your trip both Yellowstone and Yosemite can get horribly crowded in the summer months. Should you elect to go the northern route I would suggest budgeting time for Yellowstone’s neighboring National Park Gran Tetons. The geysers and fumeroles of Yellowstone are fascinating but I prefer the dramatic landforms of Gran Tetons. Gotta love those lonely early french fur trappers to name a place “Big Tits”. Gran Teton.jpg
I rode into Yosemite this Monday and while crowded my avoiding the weekend likely avoided some of the appreciative masses. I was there for the full moon rise. Off hours helps too, after a certain time the average visitor heads back to dinner and accommodations leaving many of the main attractions somewhat deserted.

Whichever route you select you will likely be welcomed with kind offers from good folks like Admiral.
 

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I was going to extend an invitation but I see The Admiral beat me to it! Guess we know who actually works when they're at work!.. giggle

I think you mentioned in the Moab thread that you were trying to time it so you could ride down there a few days with the group, I'm not sure if we'll make it in 2018 so we'll probably miss meeting you there. So, we would love to have you stop by here if you make it this way or we could meet you somewhere on your route and do some riding together.

Happy planning!
 

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I was going to extend an invitation but I see The Admiral beat me to it! Guess we know who actually works when they're at work!.. giggle
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Thank you, everyone, for the kind offers! I have to say, I am leaning towards going through Reno to see family, though. It's been ages since we last talked. It would be good to catch up with that branch of the family again. But no matter which way I go, I'm hoping to meet as many of you fine forum folks as I can along the way.

The trip timeline is anywhere between March and May. I want to go after taxes and before school lets out for the summer: timing it to get my refund to help pay for the trip and avoid crowds at the park and blazing hot weather in the desert regions. My other concern is weather at higher elevations during March/April/May timeline. I want to ride along the mountain range on the way south, but don't want to get caught in icy conditions. Any advice?
 

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Very cool! That seems a little early to me. I would maybe think of doing it in reverse. Portland, the Pacific NW can still be wet and cold throughout spring. That's why we have gone to the spring Moab meet-up, to see some sun and warmth. It seems like kind of a crap shoot on weather going over the mountains and running south. It should be drier, but probably still cold and still a chance for winter weather. It really just depends on what "kind" of winter we have. Last winter there was tons of snow. Hard to plan. Sorry, don't mean to be a downer. Maybe some other Oregonians will have some better insight. I just want you to have the best trip and avoid being cold, wet, and miserable up in our corner.
 

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Sadly the direct and scenic route to Yosemite shown has you going over Tioga Pass (HWY120) that typically does not open until early June due to snow.
Same for the next three mtn passes to the north (108,4 & 88) That time of year the nearest open roads across the sierra to Yosemite’s main entrance would be HWY 89, 50 or Interstate 80. Road openings all depend on how intense the next snow season is but I would not have high hopes for early openings. Dropping into California for Yosemite Valley would add many travel hours but the experience of riding the park is memorable.
If not Yosemite there is at least Crater Lake, Lake Tahoe, Death Valley and other spring time destinations.
If you could shift the dates into the Fall I could be tempted to ride the more empty park with you, or at least point out endless worthy distractions.
 

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I live just east of Portland near Mt. Hood.
If you are rolling by at a time I'm off work I'll roll with ya for a bit. Maybe even load my camping gear and camp in central Oregon.

I did a ride on a 250 dual sport for the entire month of May back in 2016. Rode from Oregon to Michigan via Hwy 2 and back. Camped almost every night except when I needed a shower or stayed with family in Michigan.
Went up into WA and took hwy 12 across Idaho. That is a must ride road.

I plan at some point to do it again on the TW. Maybe stay off of hwy 2 a bit more though........

I have a ride report over on ADV rider "Oregon to Michigan and Back". I'd post a link but I need to get more active here. I'll ramp it up as I have more to contribute. New to the TW world and loving it.
 

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be advised..Yosemite is more and more jam packed with tourists in the past few years, to the point of cars sitting in lines waiting to get in or go thru. there is talk of limiting the number of visitors. I would imagine Yellowstone is about the same
 

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I live just east of Portland near Mt. Hood.
If you are rolling by at a time I'm off work I'll roll with ya for a bit. Maybe even load my camping gear and camp in central Oregon.

I did a ride on a 250 dual sport for the entire month of May back in 2016. Rode from Oregon to Michigan via Hwy 2 and back. Camped almost every night except when I needed a shower or stayed with family in Michigan.
Went up into WA and took hwy 12 across Idaho. That is a must ride road.

I plan at some point to do it again on the TW. Maybe stay off of hwy 2 a bit more though........

I have a ride report over on ADV rider "Oregon to Michigan and Back". I'd post a link but I need to get more active here. I'll ramp it up as I have more to contribute. New to the TW world and loving it.

I did a quick breeze through your pictures this morning. I'll have to go back and read it when I get some time today. The Gay Bar, that was funny!
 

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Should concern about California’s snow closed roads have you elect to travel via Yellowstone instead then there hopefully still are places off the beaten path suitable for a lady on a cross country tour. Between Gran Teton and Yellowstone outside the parks we used to stay regulation and fee free along the banks of Snake River somewhere on the John D. Rockefeller Parkway, or road into Glade Creek. Grizzly concern had park regulations forbidding tent camping when I was there; hard sided accommodations only within Yellowstone. Outside the park there are still the bears and wolves, just not the rules. Where I mentioned along the Snake the approved campsites had vault toilets one could seek shelter in and close the door if anything scary should enter camp.
Park crowds are certainly less intense before June. Weather can be a big issue; I have also been chased out of park by snowstorms in early September.

Snake River campsite view: Clusters of two campsites per each pull out with tables, fire ring, vault toilet, each separated by a hundred yards or so. 30522433.jpg
 

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Wow that's a gorgeous shot! No matter what time of year I get there, sounds like a great ride. :)
 
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Here is a little more detailed idea of the places i want to see while I'm on the west coast next year:
Portland Oregon to Valley of the Giants via Tillamook
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Valley of the Giants to Crater Lake
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Crater Lake to Redwood National Forest (near Orick)
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Redwood National Forest to Lassen Volcanic State Park
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Lassen Volcanic State Park to Virginia City (and visit family)
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Virginia City to Yosemite
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Yosemite to Bryce Canyon
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Bryce Canyon to Moab
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From Moab I have a couple of options. I can either
  1. Rent a truck/van/car with trailer and hit the interstates for 2150 mile trip home (roughly 3-4 loooong days)
  2. Decide I'm just going to ship the bike and myself back home, thus adding those lost days to my overall exploration vacation time.
  3. see below
ESTIMATED NON-VACATION TRAVEL COSTS
(vacation food/gas/lodging not included here, and all prices rounded up for taxes and fees)

Option 1
  • Outbound: Bike shipping to Oregon= $800, flight to Portland= $300,
  • Return Trip: Truck/van rental is approx $300 per day, so that could add up to $1200
  • Days to play: 14-16
    [*]Estimated Travel Cost Total: $2300
Option 2
  • Outbound: same as above... Bike shipping to Oregon= $800, flight to Portland= $300,
  • Return Trip: Bike shipping to Norfolk=$600, flight to Norfolk=$400.
  • Days to play: 18-20
  • Estimated Travel Cost Total $2100
Option 3A
  • Outbound: Pre-Buy and outfit CB500X= $0 (long term payment on bike I'm already going to buy anyway), flight to Portland=$300
  • Return Trip: Bike shipping to Norfolk=$600, flight to Norfolk=$400.
  • Days to play: 18-20
  • Estimated Travel Cost Total $1300
Option 3B
  • Outbound: Pre-Buy and outfit CB500X= $0 (long term payment on bike I'm already going to buy anyway), flight to Portland=$300
  • Return Trip A: Ride the bike all the way home via interstate (4-5 very long days)
  • Days to play: 14
  • Estimated Travel Cost Total $300
Right now, I'm leaning towards Option 3A. Yes, I'll spend a little more money, but I'll actually have time to spend and not feel so RUSHED like I have the last several trips. And since I've been planning to buy the CB500X for a while now, it would be the perfect excuse to do like the Europeans do and buy something over there, then ride it home.
 

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Off the cuff I'd choose option 2. IMO, too many variables with 3A unless you have someone available to verify the work on the new bike. Also, you'll need time to get used to the CB, wouldn't want to do too much time off road on an unfamiliar, new, bike.
 
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