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  1. #1
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    Default 3 x Brits, 3 x Harley Davidsons & 1 x Coast to Coast Road Trip (East to West)

    Hi Guys,

    This is my first post so please bare with me :)

    Myself, my Brother and a mutual friend are from England and we're are doing an East to West motorcycle road trip from Washington to LA during the first 3 weeks of May 2009.

    We were planning on staying in Motels for the entire duration, but due to the catastrophic fall of the £ against the $, our trip is now costing us an extra £1,000 each. (was £3,500 and now £4,500!!!!)

    We are now planning on as many nights camping as possible to help reduce the budget deficit.

    Our proposed route/itinery is itemised & mapped below. If you have any advice on places to see or things to do we would be very greatfull...

    START - Eagle Rider Washington DC

    Virginia
    White House, Lincoln Memorial,

    Pennsylvania
    Pat’s Philly Steaks 9th Street

    New Jersey, New York
    OCC Showroom, Empire State Building, Time Square, Ground Zero, Statue Of Liberty. Central Park.

    Massachuttes
    U. S. Tsubaki, Inc. (recent addition and not added to map yet)

    New York
    See above!

    Pennsylvania
    See above!

    Ohio
    Nothing!

    Michigan
    Detroit FMC, GM & Chrysler, Ferry to Canada (20mins), Birthplace of Motown.

    Ohio
    See above!

    Indiana
    Indianapolis Motor Raceway

    Kentucky
    Birthplace Abraham Lincoln & Blue Grass Museum

    Tennessee
    Graceland, JD Whiskey.

    Alabama
    Talladega Superspeedway, The Barber Vintage Motorsports

    Mississippi
    Ferry to Louisiana

    Louisiana
    Now Orleans (French Quarter, Bourbon St.)

    Texas
    The Alamo

    New Mexico
    Route 66 (Along I-40), Alberquerque

    Arizona
    Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Monument Valley, London Bridge,

    Utah
    Bonneville Salt Flats

    Nevada
    Death Valley, Hoover Dam, London Bridge, Las Vegas

    California
    Joshua Tree National Park, Yosemite National Park, Death Valley National Park, Lake Tahoe, San Francisco

    END - Eagle Rider LA

    Rough outline of route below...



    You may notice that we pass through a few states more then once. That is due to the ambling nature of the route and the desire to see things that are not on a direct route.

    Now for a few questions...

    Is it leagal or safe to camp in places other than legitimate camp sites?
    What are the restrictions on ad-hoc camping in the states?
    Are there any restrictions on camp fires?
    I rekon it'll be about 5,500 miles. Am I close or way off?

    Whenever I tell anyone about our plans on camping in the US all I get in return is the theme tune to the film 'Deliverance'!!!

    Thanks in advance :)

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    Default camping etc

    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    Is it leagal or safe to camp in places other than legitimate camp sites?
    What are the restrictions on ad-hoc camping in the states?
    Are there any restrictions on camp fires?
    Generally speaking, if you want to camp, you need to find campgrounds. There are some exceptions, such as National Forest Land, where dispersed camping is allowed, but even those places have restrictions that you have to keep in mind. All land in the US is owned by someone, and if you just set up somewhere random, odds are you'll be trespassing and could find yourself facing a whole bunch of problems.

    As long as you are in a campsite, campfires are usually allowed. There can be exceptions though, especially in areas where the potential for a wildfire is high. This is another reason to stay at a campground, because you'll be able to easily know what is or is not allowed.

    Michigan
    Detroit FMC, GM & Chrysler, Ferry to Canada (20mins)
    It appears to me that the Ferry from Detroit to Windsor is only for Truck Traffic. If you wish to cross the border on your bikes, you'll have to use either the Ambassador Bridge or the Tunnel.

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    Default Glad to See Route 66

    Glad to see you are planning to drive some of Route 66. It is a trip back in time.

    Generally, mom and pop-type motels are considerably cheaper than the national chains, so keep these in mind as way to save money.

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    Thanks for the advice guys.

    It's a shame about the ferry being only for trucks. I really wanted to take the bike over one of the great lakes :(

    Are there any books that cover campsites throughout the US that you could recommend?

    Route 66 was a major factor in us deciding to do the raod trip in the US and we'll definitely try to stay at a few Mom & Pop type motels as I'm sure this will give the best chance to experience the real US.

    You'll notice that there are few gaps in the itinery where I could not find anything to see in some states!! Any recommendations?

    What do you think the weather be like in May in VA, MI, OH, NY, PA & MA?

    Cheers.

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    Default not that great

    Quote Originally Posted by Daddycool View Post
    It's a shame about the ferry being only for trucks. I really wanted to take the bike over one of the great lakes :(
    Well, the Ferry doesn't go on a Great Lake anyway, it just goes across the Detroit River, just a few miles south of the Ambassador Bridge. If you really want to ferry across a great lake, The Lake Express and SS Badger ferrys both cross Lake Michigan, but they wouldn't be on your current path.

    Are there any books that cover campsites throughout the US that you could recommend?
    If you check out our planning section, you'll find an entire section with Campground Guides. There is also lots more information about Motorcycle trips and other articles that I think would be helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midwest Michael View Post
    If you check out our planning section, you'll find an entire section with Campground Guides. There is also lots more information about Motorcycle trips and other articles that I think would be helpful.
    Thanks, I've just ordered 'Woodall's Tenting Directory 2007'

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