Well folks, the big summer trip is long over. It was easily the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. Since my return, I’ve gotten married, honeymooned with my new wife and road-tripped up to NorCal to see my brother get married. Even lined up a job when it was all over. It was, without a doubt, the best summer of my life. Since I’ve been ‘back’, it’s been non-stop busy at my new job. I have been stalling on the wrap-up post…I think that was the last task in my summer of fun. That doesn’t signal the end of this blog…rest assured, I will be doing another adventure soon enough. And smaller ones here and there as well. 🙂 Anyway, on to data.
This is a map of the whole trip, as captured by my GPS. Put together with Google Earth. My computer struggled to draw this image, due to the sheer number of datapoints…one per second for the whole trip..duplicated multiple times, as my saved files generally had overlap.
Here it is again on EverLater, with dates, etc: http://www.everlater.com/n8foo/n8-moto-2009
194.46 gallons of fuel
49MPH avg speed
66 days traveling
198 hours on the bike (approx avg)
6 hours per day riding (approx avg)
23 US States
2 tires (front + back are done)
1 space shuttle launch, 5 scrubs, 10 days waiting on it
I was out a total of 66 days. Of which, I stayed with family: 27 days, friends: 20 days, motel: 15 days and camped: 4 days. The weather made camping a bit harder, since I really had only packed for dry camping and there was quite a bit of bad weather in the mid-west and south-east. I’d like my next trip to have very little hotels, if possible. Camping & staying with people you meet is very rewarding, I want to do more of it.
Planning my next trip is now picking back up. I’ve currently got it in my head that it’d be great fun to do Fairbanks to Key-West – The entirety of North America. Sounds doable in a month – 6 weeks at a pace that would allow some adventure. Also been reading about crossing the USA on dirt via the Trans America trail. I’ve got a good job for the moment so that stuff is on hold, but I expect to do a few long weekend trips this summer to tide me over until I can take a few months off once again. 🙂
Fairbanks to Key West
Trans Am Trail
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=153795 (awesome read!)
Check it out, I made the paper in my parent’s hometown of Crossville, TN. I can’t believe how long it is! Dad said I got more press than the governor, hah!
BTW, there are a few inaccuracies that you can probably spot. My severance didn’t afford me a brand new bike, just the outfit, gear and the time to do it. I didn’t drive to Cabo (entirely off road) as a test run. Didn’t call northern Texas “un-interesting”, but I did say the roads were (Texans will agree). Jason and I didn’t actually meet Buzz Aldrin, he was just there. I did meet the creator of the Blackberry though.
The article was great, and it makes a kick-ass addition to this whole experience. 🙂
Woke up early to head out towards San Diego. And meet Jay for breakfast. I told him my standard thing about trying to eat at a local establishment and he recommended a great cafe in El Segundo. It is a very nice part of the LA area, just south of LAX. We talked about old teachers & principals and how life had changed since we were young.
As much as I liked hanging with my buddy, I was extremely anxious to do the remaining 150 miles to San Diego. So I parted ways with Jay and hit the road once again. There isn’t a lot of good riding roads between LA and San Diego on the coast, so I just took the 405 to the 5 and on down. I did pull over at one rest area to get a pic of the bike and the coast.
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I started to get pretty excited after I hit Oceanside. I felt the perma-grin as I reached Encinitas. Getting off the Interstate I felt elated as I cruised down the local streets towards my house. Tracy had requested I let her know when I was close so I stopped to send a quick text. As I rounded the corner into the street, there she was waiting for me. What a great sight, my own home, my own bed and my future wife.
We celebrated my return with dinner that night at the Fish Market, downtown. The next day we did something I’ve wanted to do ever since I left…go to the beach. These pics were at Coronado, my favorite area beach.
What a great day to be home too, temps in the mid 70’s, sunny and beautiful with a slight breeze. Aaah, San Diego, I missed you.
Now that I’m home, I’ll take a week or two to reflect on my thoughts and then post a moto-adv wrap-up that discusses my trip and what I would and wouldn’t do next time. It’s been 9723 miles so far. And hopefully this is just the first of many trips like this. 🙂