Its kind of cool, they even have a former nuclear missile (decomissioned of course) on static display. Bell GAM-63 Rascal Air MissileIt would nice to visit the museum part anyways. Thanks, I have my ID. In California, I was only TDY to George and left for SE Asia out of Travis.
Michael, so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. Those friendships are forged in stone and last forever. I have an Army friend who saved my life and he's been ill for a while. We talk often and have for the last 35 years but the opportunities to see him are few since he lives in Alaska. I need to do better while we can still get together.Although I have participated in a number of motorcycle gatherings over the years and enjoy three - four up group rides, but for long distance multi-week trips I've always preferred solo travel. With no schedule to adjust, it allows me to keep my own hours in the saddle and set up camp when and if a place interests me. Taking the old two lane roads that cuts through the historic "Route 66" type towns are my favorite back country to see. One beautiful Bozeman Montana road I remember kept turning into a dirt horse trail and then dead ended against a barbed wire fence but after backtracking each time, I finally rode it all to a falling down 1850's mining town. As I passed an abandoned old dilapidated ranch house I stopped to eat on the front porch. In the remains of the yard there were a bunch of oversized rusty metal Tonka Toys. It looked like the kids had just left them in the dirt long ago when they quit playing for the afternoon. At one time you could stop in at a small town gas station with a bench out front to chew the fat with the local retirees and hear all the town gossip. Now the old timers gather at McDonalds for coffee and talk about the neighbor's dogs barking all night. For the last 6 months I haven't signed on to this site and kind of kept to myself after I lost a good friend. We'd been in Nam together in what seems like 100 years ago now. I knew it was his time to go but still struggling with him passing on.
Keep your friends close, they are hard to find - ride safe and stop to smell the roses every chance you get....
This is a good strategy but I'm not sure how you'll cover the ground you need to cover in the time allotted, riding only 6-7 hours with stops at attractions. I always figure that no matter what road I'm taking or how fast we're travelling (within reason), I expect no better than 50 miles per hour of riding. This is partly because gas stops and bathroom stops, etc. really eat away your day, more than you'd think.I've got the same compulsion. End up at your destination and you say "Yes! It's done!" and then realize that you didn't see much of the land. I am going coast to coast in May/June and back and I think you just need to find things along your route and set those as stops and then make sure you go out of your way to hit them. Is your wing a 2018+ or older model? Tripplanner.honda.com is a very handy site for planning routes, it finds things very effectively, almost google like and exports to GPX format so just about any GPS should work.
If you have time you can visit Angelfire, NM in the hills outside of Taos. First major Vietnam memorial. Dedicated May 22, 1971
Memorial History – Vietnam Veterans Memorial
A very peaceful place but it can get cold, even in late May. Snowed on us in 2019 on the run for the wall.
Basically, pick places like this, get a GPS and plug them in. Let the GPS force you to take a preplanned trip you normally would have just blown by. You can set yourself a rule that you can ADD stops but not remove them from your trip to make sure you hit what you planned but can add stops as well.
As to WHAT to visit, I usually add things to my list based on watching youtube channels. "Shadetree surgeon", "Maikeli7", "Adam Sandoval", etc.
Amen. People don't realize that you can free camp in any Nat'l Forest, most BLM lands, etc. Once you set up camp in the middle of nowhere you ARE stopping to smell the roses.Small tent, inflatable camp pad, supply of water/food for a couple days. That gives you the freedom to stop wherever the day's activities land you. If a hotel room doesn't pan out, then camp for a night. The biggest thing here is to be open mentally to the adventure and spontaneity of the trip.
Sent from my Moto E (4) Plus using Tapatalk
My husband and I used to do a fairly regular trip to Texas, to visit his side of the fam. We eventually got a specific route for it, and stayed at the same hotel each time. When we rode up to Washington state to see my side of the fam, we really only booked one hotel in advance, as it was in a HUGE tourist place, just outside of the Grand Teton national park, and we knew that there would be no rooms available if we didn't. We also did one on the way home. It was in Oregon, and I think that the hubs knew how far he could ride that day, and there wasn't anything we hadn't already stopped to see on the way up. Now, my sis in law did get on line on our second night out (I'd called her to let her know we were in for the night) and she gave us recommendations for the general vicinity we might be in by the end of the next day. We only ever had one problem getting a room, but we did get one. It was in Wisconsin, first home game for the Packers. We started out trying to get a room about 35 miles south of Green Bay. Ended up down near Oshkosh by the time we found one. And it was the last one in that hotel. Most of the time, we would just start looking at billboards (pre smart phones) for hotel ads. Most give all the important info on the billboard; amenities, location, etc. We found some really great hotels that way. That would give us an idea of where we might want to stop for the night.I have done a number of week long trips two-up with my wife on a GL1800 but I'm now retired and am planning my first long distance solo trip. My vision is to ride from North Carolina to Santa Fe, pick my wife up at the airport there, ride to Denver, CO (visit a brother not seen in many years), drop the wife off at the Denver airport, ride down the Million Dollar Highway, and the work my way back to NC (15 days is my preliminary estimate). My problem is that I am a Point A to Point B rider. I often regret not stopping at something that looked interesting.
When long distance riding, my priorities are to stay off the interstates as much as practical, have a motel reserved for each night, be off the road between sunset and sunrise, and avoid being too tired to ride safely. I suspect these priorities (conditions?) contribute to a sense of urgency in getting to the daily destination but I don't consider any to be negotiable.
I would appreciate advice from anyone who has overcome the Point A to Point B mentality. Actually, I welcome all thoughts on how to overcome this.