Just found this site and it has got me thinking about having a major adventure! :)
I'm a Brit living in the UK. I have just retired from the Royal Navy after 35 years and will eventually have to settle down; but not yet. I have one last major voyage in me and I have decided on a Road Trip USA. I have found a company that will freight my Harley over to New York where I can join it and set off. I have no rush; I have to pop back to the UK a couple of times but will return with the bike before winter sets in in Canada.
I want to set off from New York in Mid-April, I want to be in Calgary for July and Nova Scotia by Mid-September. After reading several posts on here I think I can use this route (thank you to Kinless) as a template.
As an ex-service man I shall be using place like the SSMA Club in New York, a tent whenever I can and roadside motels. It has been recommended I join the AAA and will have insurance and medical cover. The hardest bit for me has been what to see and what to leave out. Maybe some of you good people can help?
Things I know I must see (in no particular order):
Kennedy Space Centre (visited Florida before and seen most of everything else)
Meet First Nations Folk and talk to them
Meet Amish folk
World Trade Centre Memorial
Aircraft Storage yards
West Coast Highway
Things I do like:
History - pre Colonial, Colonial, Civil War, Industrial
Bikes and Cars
I could go on and on! But what I don't know is what I should see that isn't in the UK sourced guide books. Things that only you folks may know about in your states. I will have to limit how far of the core route I will go, say 100 miles, but if somewhere just has to be seen then I can edit my route. :)
Things I don't like and would avoid unless impossible to do so:
Cities (I'm a country boy at heart)
Tourist destinations e.g. Las Vagas
Constructed destinations (build it and people will come).
Crowds of camera toting people.
I want to see the USA and meet its people. I have read Bill Bryson, The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America and would love to do something like this, but still see the big things the US has......
Any help would be greatly appreciated.