I enjoyed a nice ride across America on my Suzuki VStrom and want to write down the details of the trip, so looks like this may be as good a place as any.
I'll give a brief description here, then when I have some time I'll add the details and pictures of the ride. Long story short, it was awesome.
I started at home in Upstate NY, headed south to jacksonville FL where I took a right and 2 days (46 hours) later was on the West Coast in San Diego.
The daily rides were as follows:
Day 1 - Albany NY to Assateague Island, Virginia
Day 2 - Assateague Isalnd over the Chesapeake bay bridge/tunnels to Jacksonville FL.
Day 3 - Chill in jacksonville and prep for the enxt 2 days.
Day 4 - Jacksonville (Beach) Fl to Ozona, Texas (1305 miles)
Day 5 - Ozona Texas to San Diego Ca (1050 miles)
Day 6 - San Diego CA, Ortega Highway (mountains), Angeles Crest Highway, Angeles National Forest (NF), Mohave (Camp at Red Rock Park)
Day 7 - Mohave to Sequoia National Park (NP), Yosemite NP (Camped on Merced river in Yosemite Valley)
Day 8 - Tour Yosemite Valley, Glacier point (at sunrise), Tioga Pass, Mono Lake, Inyo NF, Lake Tahoe, to Fernley NV (West side of Rte 50, Americas Loneliest Highway)
Day 9 - Fernley Nevada to Ely, Nevada (Rte 50), hung a right took a 40 mile dirt road shortcut, to Zion NP (Camped)
Day 10 - 6 mile hike in the narrows in Zion NP, rode to North Rim of Grand Canyon (thru Kaibab NF) - camped.
Day 11 - Grand Canyon to Monument Valley, Four Corners to Mesa Verde NP (Camped)
Day 12 - toured Mesa Verde, up San Juan Skyway, thru Telluride to Ouray where I soaked in the hot springs, Million Dollar Highway, Wolf Creek pass to Great Sand Dunes National Monument (Camped)
Day 13 - Great Dunes NM to Dodge City (Boothill Museum), to Oklahoma City.
Day 14 - Oklahoma City, Ozarks, Sun Studio in memphis, to nashville.
Day 15 - Nashville to Cherohala Skyway, Tail of the Dragon, Foot Hills Parkway, Steak dinner in gatlinburgh, Newfoudn Gap (Smoky's), to about 50 miles onto the Blue Ridge parkway.
Day 16 - 505 miles on the Blue ridge parkway and Skyline Drive to Front Royal VA.
Day 17- Front Royal VA, to Scranton PA where I had lunch with my daughter who was in college there at the time, Delaware Water Gap, Hawks nest, up route 30 to home in upstate NY.
Day 18 - Well, it was Monday so I rode y bike to the office as I had to work.
I did this ride in 2012 on my 2012 Suzuki DL650 VStrom, I was 49 at the time. At the time I am writing this, it is now May 2016, I am 53, and I've put about 70,000 miles on that VStrom so far... rode to Glacier NP last summer, but that is a different story.
I'll post more, along with pics here soon.