Planning... have you started.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Jim C-G, Nov 2, 2018.

  1. Jim C-G

    Jim C-G Active Member

    This retirement thing is slowly sinking in. Two weeks on the road with the Mini Mate in sun, rain and damn snow was a good tease for myself and I am already dreaming of next year. Depending on getting my house up for sale and when that occurs, I was doing some thinking about what and where I want to go next summer. I want to do a lazy four corners. Starting with a rally in Tennessee mid-May, down to Florida, across to California, up to Tofino and back doing a lot of tourist zig zagging and taking in a number of ST1300 owner rallies. I'm looking at 9-10 weeks out on the road and I will be back before the southern US starts to cook.
    Guess I had better renew my passport. The US border guard let me in with just my NL driver's license but coming back, the Canadian border guard did not like it even with only a 3 month old photo and thankfully I had my Quebec birth certificate on me. There is no photo on that!
    Anyway, who's getting the itch and starting to plan for next year?
     
  2. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    Thinking about Alaska for next year...
    Just depends on whether I will be able to get enough consecutive days off. (Or maybe I'll throw in the towel and retire!) If I do this trip, I think I will include WeSTOC in Calgary in June - I'm told it is an event where non-ST1300's are welcome. http://westoc.org/
    Will also visit daughter and family in Winnipeg. Nothing cast in stone yet.
     
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  3. Jim C-G

    Jim C-G Active Member

    You might like the retired option. The STowners group does not care what you ride. At the Blue Ridge Gathering there were plenty of ST1300s and 1100s but also lots of Goldwings, FJR's, Beemers and some adventure bikes. I don't think I noticed any Harleys. I'm looking at NatSTOC in Spearfish, SD and maybe WeSTOC as well the next week. Doing what I can while I am healthy lol.
     
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  4. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    Planning next year’s adventures has helped me through a lot of long Northern Winters over my life!
    Since I have been retired, the vacation never seems to end! The 42 years of hard work was definitely worth it!
    This Winter I will be able to do something I have never done. I parked the Triumph in Phoenix, and will be coming back down to spend some significant time riding it in the Southwest in the New Year.
    That makes having just stored the GS for the Winter with salt covered roads up here a little easier to swallow.
     
  5. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    I hope you enjoy many years of moto-travel in your retirement years Jim. Well deserved I'm sure. With my GS in winter sleep in Wisconsin, many new possibilities are open for one or two week trips in 2019.
     
  6. cberry

    cberry Member

    Why don't you become members of the Iron Butt Association? Here's the link for info on how to qualify with a 1000 mile ride in less than 24 Hours http://www.ironbutt.com/themerides/ssseries/ It's a nice way to 'while away' one of those fabulous blue sky days in the dead of winter, eh?

    A round trip from PAB to St. John's and return has more than enough miles to qualify. After receiving your certification you can become a "Premier" member and electronic submission of subsequent rides is "a piece of cake". Then, all of those LD rides you'd really like to do can be certified and you will receive a nice certificate "...Suitable for framing (or Bronzing) " to be set on the fireplace mantel or your 'me' wall. It makes your Barroom BS slightly more believable.

    I'm missing you guys! This past summer was spent recuperating from knee and hip joint replacement while on a cruise from Copenhagen up to North Cape, Norway, and return. The scenery rivaled that of The Rock.

    Alaska? It's just a hop, skip, and a jump from Calgary. Giv'er! And, don't miss the "Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump" just South of Calgary while you're there. June's a great time to visit Alaska.
     
  7. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    Hi Chuck. Got any plans for next season? (I guess it is always riding season where you live!)

    I've done Iron Butt (SS-1000) rides but never bothered with the certificates. Guess I never felt the need to pay someone to congratulate me! The more extreme rides don't interest me much - I would rather take a little more time and see some stuff. I understand the personal challenge like for your lighthouse run (or the National Parks challenge) but distance for the sake of distance isn't fun for me.

    Yes, the ride from Calgary to Fairbanks is a mere 3200 km (2000 miles). I figure more like double that with some planned side trips. Not to mention the 4500 km from home to Calgary. Winter is the time for planning and I will look at some route options over the nasty season.
     
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  8. HunterSon

    HunterSon Active Member

    PAB to YYT and back is nearly 1800km. So how fast do you have to drive factoring in traffic, construction, fuel, food and bathroom stops?
     
  9. Bob

    Bob Active Member

    Good luck on your retirement Jim. Yep, I'm currently killing time planning a trip to Alaska next Season. Be nice to hear from anyone who's planning a ride North:)
    BTW, any first timers heading that way are advised to check out The Milepost:

    (https://www.amazon.com/dp/189215437...e=395261&creativeASIN=1892154374&linkCode=asn).

    It's about half the size of a Halifax phone book and has everything you'll need to know except the day's forecast and the night's winning lottery numbers.
    Cheers
     
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  10. murph

    murph Well-Known Member

    Not a lot of planning on my rides. Seems silly but I am never disappointed because I never thought I would end up where I do.
     
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  11. HunterSon

    HunterSon Active Member

    Turn right?
     
  12. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there.
     
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  13. Bob

    Bob Active Member

    Bob plans, God laughso_O
     
  14. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    For anyone that is a fan of maps and free stuff you can order a nice map of a route around Lake Superior here: www.ridelakesuperior.com

    It is geared towards motorcyclists and may be useful to someone planning a trip. Mine showed up today long after I forgot I ordered it.
     
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  15. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    And it will send you through the Great North Woods around the South side of Superior. :rolleyes:
     
  16. Jim C-G

    Jim C-G Active Member

    I gone around the northern side of Lake Superior many times, but never the US, southern side. I will have to remedy that.
     
  17. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    I ordered the map, thanks Tonis Too.
    I have done the south side and the north side of Superior three times each on a bike. Other than a most enjoyable half day riding with Trash (and breakfast at the Delta Diner), I stayed with mostly main roads. Maybe next time I will have time to do some exploring.
     
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  18. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    Well, if you folks ever follow through on those plans, and the stars align, I am always up for some guide work!
    In addition, for those who camp, Pancake Bay Provincial Park on the East Shore of Superior is one of the nicest in Canada, and makes a great base of operations for day rides on some interesting roads in that area.
    Do I sense a RTR get together West on the horizon? :D
     
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  19. Jim C-G

    Jim C-G Active Member

    I've stayed at Pancake Bay so long ago I can't remember it lol. I lived in Thunder Bay for 6 years and passed that way often.
    I'm now booked into a 3 day cordwood masonry woodshop in upstate New York at the end of May... I guess that now starts my hopefully 10 weeks on the road.
     
  20. Jim C-G

    Jim C-G Active Member

    and my mid-size 2019 Rand McNally spiral bound atlas of North America has just shipped. It's going to be a long winter thinking about getting on the road.
     

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