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...........thanks .. now I'm having trouble concentrating here at work ( yeah .. yeah.. here I am on the forum ) .. .. Thought of a 3-4 week road trip... the Ultimate

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I can atest to #20.

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...........thanks .. now I'm having trouble concentrating here at work ( yeah .. yeah.. here I am on the forum ) .. .. Thought of a 3-4 week road trip... the Ultimate

 

I don't know if you're married.... but I am, and I've learned that it's best to keep my trips to 2 to 3 weeks max... the wifey gets cranky at home if it lasts longer than that.

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I'm sorry but tip 47...farts are ALWAYS funny!

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#51 Always have a list (with phone numbers) of your Indian brothers along the route, one never knows when he will need a tow or a place to hang for a few days.

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I think item number 50 is the best of all!

Can't count the times I got home unpacked and looked at something and thought " WOW I didn't even use that "

Always a lot of excess stuff. We always try to plan for every scenario we can think of, and it always produces excess!!!

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I remember when my neighbor and I did a road trip in '11. He started getting stressed out about "what ifs". My response was simply... "we've got cell phones and credit cards.... relax"

 

Had an awesome trip and of course over packed on clothes, etc. This article is an excellent starting point.

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KEEP ALL YOU HOLY UNDERWEAR, AND SOCKS. WEAR THEM THEN THROW AWAY. MAKES ROOM FOR new STUFF....

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I remember when my neighbor and I did a road trip in '11. He started getting stressed out about "what ifs". My response was simply... "we've got cell phones and credit cards.... relax"

 

Had an awesome trip and of course over packed on clothes, etc. This article is an excellent starting point.

 

I think about the what-ifs a lot more when I'm going to be riding in really remote areas. Lots of places out there have no-cell coverage at all. Still though I don't let that bother me much at all - if I'm riding in a remote place I may plan my gas stops in advance and maybe even carry an extra gallon of fuel with me.

 

Beyond that - I make sure I carry a bottle of water. The rest - I'll walk until someone picks me up or I get cell coverage and can call for a tow truck.

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An additional tip. While there are large areas, particularly in the West, with no cell coverage, there are other areas where one or more, but not all, carriers have coverage. I once had a flat tire about 90 minutes out of Santa Fe'. My T-mobile cell phone picked up nothing. Eventually, a guy stopped to help, whips out his Verizon cell phone and calls for a tow. So, it might be worth considering having multiple throw away cell phones, each with a different carrier in order to maximize your coverage.

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Remember also that your fuel mileage depends largely on how you ride. Typically I get in the upper 40's on the back roads where I typically ride at 60 - 65 mph, but on the freeway at speeds 75 - 85 my fuel mileage drops into the upper 30's to low 40's. This can make the difference between arriving at a fuel station without problems or pushing your bike for a few miles..

 

Earlier this week I took a ride with a local guy that typically got a comfortable 200 miles on his tank.. but one time when he was heading up I-25 toward Albuquerque, he ran out of gas at 180 miles because he was riding faster than he normally does - he said he pushed is bike for over a mile.. UP the off ramp, and was able to coast into the gas station.

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We had an old saying in Army Aviation concerning long distance cross-country flights......"Never Pass Gas". :no:

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