In June of 2103, I enjoyed a wonderful loop around the American west, visiting 10 states and covering 11,000 kilometers over 17 days of stimulating, enjoyable, and highly scenic riding. I had briefly considered making a dash southeast to the Ozarks mid-way thru that tour, but the distances involved were far too big to be feasible. But the lure endured... and I've always wanted to ride in Appalachia... So when my buddy Jason suggested we repeat a track day session at Willow Springs combined with a week of riding in So Cal (which we had done the previous spring), I began to scheme.
To ride a circuit across the southern USA, up the east coast, and back home involved so many miles and so much uncertainly, I eventually had to resort to pseudo-formal trip planning. Usually I just ride, with a `route` in mind, but without fixed ideas of how far I`ll get each day, or where I`ll spend the night. But I know about how far I travel per day on average, and logging that mileage against a set of `good`motorcycling road possibilities gleaned from the internet, maps, and guidebooks indicated it`d take about 10 days to get to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, including a couple days in the Ozarks along the way. Dedicate a few days to exploring the east, factor in the need to ride back home, and a month seemed the bare minimum required to do the trip in comfort and with `depth` to the experience - and that`s without accounting for the week in So Cal. But a month was all I realistically could take off work, so... off I went.
What follows is a tale of some of my adventures. I`ll say very little (initially at least) about the So Cal week, aside from mentioning that riding the Cali Superbike School S1000RR`s at Streets of Willow was a completely revelatory experience: they are sooo fast, but sooo composed - completely confidence inspiring and absolutely awesome machines!
But back to the tour:
I`ll post up day by day, bit by bit, probably over the next few days. I have maps and comments which might help future riders, and as usual I take lots of photos, some of which I`ll include. This isn`t `quit our jobs, sold our house` level touring, but I hope you find the postings entertaining, occasionally amusing, and potentially helpful.
So, after a week based in Lancaster CA, Jason hits the road home (we trailered down), and I bugger off east...