I am trying to plan a trip from Lancaster, PA to Anamosa, Iowa, end of June, 2013.
I would like to see nice country, avoid large cities, and NOT spend all of my time on freeways. We plan on riding 5 - 6 hours max, each day. Nice leisurely ride, to see the sites, then arrive in Anamosa for a 2 day event at the JP Cycles open house, where we will undoubtedly spend more money on my bike!!
We would like to see interesting attractions along the way, but not the typical large and crowded tourist attractions. For instance, near York, PA, there is an interesting house shaped like a shoe, originally built by a local shoe manufacturer. I'd rather visit places like this than 6 Flags over Timbuktu!
As I try to use mapping tools, on this site, and others, I find that not knowing what is along the way means that I am picking major routes. The original map I created wanted to send me up around Chicago, and that does not appeal to me at all. Maybe someone here will have some hints or tips on how I can make better use of mapping tools to create a better route.
Also, this will be the first major MC trip I have taken in decades. (Once rode from San Diego to Buffalo, NY and back.) Any motorcycle riders tips would be greatly appreciated, especially on the topic of longer rides or on the topic of rider friendly attractions and accommodations!!
thanx for any feedback,