Saturday, 23 August 2014

80 Days around the USA

On 5 May 2014 we rode from San Francisco on Flower Power, a BMW GTLe, to Fresno.

This was the beginning of an outstanding adventure. We have learned a great deal about life in America.

In eighty days we rode 27,500km (17,000miles) an average distance 343km/day 212miles/day.

The longest days were 730 Km from Dingwall in Nova Scotia, the furthest east point on our journey, and Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada and the next day from Fredericton to Montreal 850km.

We visited 32 states in the USA and 5 provinces in Canada, 24 National Parks and National Monuments, Kennedy Space Centre and places of historical significance in civil rights and civil war history.

We visited mostly small towns. People were kind everywhere.

We especially enjoyed the hospitality of Jim and Bernie at Cocoa Beach, Pete and Danielle at Lexington VA and Vergennes VT, Chantal et Jean in Montreal, Anne and Joe at McCall ID and Mark in Portland OR and Sandy Hook, Whidbey Island WA.

The weather was kind. The sun shone most days. In eighty days we encountered snow on two occasions in May and rain for brief periods on three days.

We think that road behaviour was considerate. Road conditions were excellent.

Here are maps of the general route we followed for each section of the journey.

East ward bound: San Francisco to Key West
States we visited
California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida
National parks and National monuments
California: Kings Canyon National Park, Sequoia National Park
Arizona: Grand Canyon - South Rim
New Mexico: Santa Fe, White Sands, Carlsbad caverns, Taos Puebla, Bandelier,
Florida: Everglades, Canaveral,
Historical places: Selma and Montgomery AB, Eureka Springs AR,

South east to North east: Key West Fl to Nova Scotia, Canada
States: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine
National Parks and historical sites: Great Smoky Mountains NC, Shenandoah VA, Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Fredericksburg Military Park, Antietam, Gettysburg PA, Potomac heritage, Harpers Ferry world heritage site, Acadia National Park ME.
Special visit: Kennedy Space centre. Atlantis space shuttle.
Special routes: Blue Ridge parkway SC, NC, Tail of the Dragon TE
Canada: New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia
Canadian National parks: Cape Breton Highlands, Fundy National Park, Prince Edward Island national Park.
About the bike(s)
Flower Power brought us to Orlando.
During her 10,000km service Dick decided to replace her with a white BMW GSA. Thus Orlanda joined us on our adventure. Dick was much happier riding on a GS. I missed Flower Power's comfortable pillion seat but was glad that Dick was happy with his new stead.
North east to North west: Nova Scotia, Canada to Whidbey Island WA.

Provinces and States we visited: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Ontario:

Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington.

National parks: Badlands SD, Yellowstone National Park. Mt Ranier National Park, North Cascades National Park.
Mt Rushmore SD, Crazy Horse SD, Wall Drugstore, Mt Hood OR
Special motorcyle routes: Cabot Trail NS, Canada; Chief Joseph Pass WY, Beartooth Pass

North west to South west:

States we visited: Washington, Oregon, California.

National parks: Redwood national park Avenue of the Giants, Olympic National Park.

We followed the Pacific Coast: Highway 101 and CA 1

We encountered the Lewis and Clark Trail. in these places:
Harpers Ferry WV, Gettysburg PA, Pierre SD, Salmon ID, Bitterroot mountains Lolo Pass ID, Columbia River OR, Astoria OR Cape Disappointment OR.

The photos.
Most of the photos were taken with an Olympus Tough camera or an iPhone.

Departing San. Francisco 5 May, 2014.

Dick at White Sands National Park.

Sequoia National Park.
Roads stretching for ever.
Snow at Taos.
Dick with Sam at the Voting Rights Museum, Selma, Alabama.
Birthday girl at Key West, Florida.
Jim at the Kennedy Space Centre
With astronaut, Charlie Walker, Bernie and Jim Kennedy, and Carol and Rich at the NASA lunch.
Orlanda joins the ride.
Tail of the Dragon, Tennessee.
With Pete and Danielle in Lexington.
Badlands National Park.
Mt. Rushmore.
With Ellie, Anne and Joe in McCAll.
James and Drew at Tillamook.
Mt. Ranier
Radioman jumps.
Return to the beginning in San Francisco.
In the words of our friend, John Chapman.

This trip has been the stuff of dreams.




john said...

Back to NZ? Winter is finishing and a general election is coming. How boring. It will be a change to stay in one place for a while.
Best wishes to you both

john said...

I hope you saw the last test match NZ vs Oz in Auckland,

Fern said...

Epic... What a blessing to see so much, hope the Angels deposit you safely on home soil...

And love the pink jacket...Ding!

Anonymous said...

What an adventure! I still love the birthday girl pearls! The green is just gorgeous. Been thinking of you lots since P went to school as Six Dinner Sid a couple of weeks ago!
Love J, C n P xx