Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Route 66 and a few corners

So this is the route I'm thinking of taking. This is a rough outline and I don't believe i'll be going in a straight line.

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I do want to hit up the typical tourist places, the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, The Alamo... etc.

Besides that... it's pretty much an open road.  I want to find the best southern fried chicken, eat a kool-aid pickle and maybe find some interesting things along the way.

Pictures will be taken. Food will be eaten. much riding to do, much riding to do.

I still haven't prepped the KLR yet.  I've ordered some hardcases, top cases, bark busters, nerf bars, skid plate, highway pegs and a bunch of little goodies to make it a real adventure bike.  Then again, it's not the bike that makes it an adventure, it's what you do with it. 

I proved that with the Suzuki M50 cruiser... sure i crashed last year, but I stll rode it home. That was an adventure.

Three Corners of the USA

Why is this blog called the three corners of the USA? pretty simple. Haven't been there yet. I've been to one corner and I'd like to have a complete set.

In 2008, with bloated confidence, minimum planning and maximum packing, I took a trip out east on my 2006 Suzuki Boulevard M50. Life altering.

It made me discover my love of travelling by motorcycle alone. Alone, but not lonely. I loved the whole exploring aspect of not planning and not knowing what exactly lay in the miles beyond.

In 2009, I hatched a hair-brained scheme to go to the remote and isolated community in the North West Territories past the Arctic Circle called Inuvik. I never made it to my intended destination.

If you're too lazy to read the two above blogs, you're just damn lazy. But for those who are time-pressed here are the two trips.
Start and End points: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Journey through Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. you're standard road trip blog I would suppose.

Start and End points: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Journey through Canada, to the furthest reaches of Alaska, down to Utah and back. I had a bit more time and I was a bit more adventurous.

I'm feeling adventurous again, and this time I'll be heading south. Since the crash, my beloved M50 named Beast is in the stable for a hard rest until i tear it down and rebuild it. I went out and procured a shiny new 2009 KLR 650. It has been named Crazy Piglet.

I'm calling this trip the three corners I've hit Washington and to the far northwest, Deadhorse Alaska. I want to hit the other three corners, which i've decided two points out of three. San Diego for the southwest, Key west for the furthest point south and south east, and finally somewhere in the north east before going home.

I have a need to see the other side of the USA. We see the commercial side of it, but never any small town stuff. The real people of everyday America. I strongly suspect it's like everywhere else on the planet, good people but maybe a bit richer.
Stay tuned,