Now here's a lesson for anyone silly enough to emulate us. The last day cost us $300 extra for travel insurance. The insurance policy offered to us was nominally for six months but allowed for an extra week at no extra cost. However. we had to take out a 7 month policy because we will be away one day too many. The irony of this is that we lose a day when we leave LA on 7 November, cross the international date line on the way home and arrive in Sydney on 9 November. Had I realised, I would have booked us back a day earlier...
In planning our itinerary, there are several considerations. We want to:
- be in Brooklyn, Wisconsin around 24/29 June for the "Shindig", a gathering of metal artists we hang out with in cyberspace (we can be found playing in the sandbox);
- visit many of our friends on the way round;
- see a lot of places and sights we haven't visited yet; and
- ride the best motorcycle roads.
So, very broadly...
From LA we will be travelling up through California to the Pacific northwest (where there are lots of good roads to ride) then taking Highway 1 in Canada across the Rockies to Banff and Calgary. We will head south back into the US before turning east to the Shindig, then continuing on to New England (where there are lots more good roads to ride). Heading south means riding down the Appalachian mountains where there are yet more great motorcycle roads. From there it's south east through Georgia to the coast and down to Florida. There we make another right hand turn and head west around the Gulf to New Orleans and Texas. We will then spend a few weeks in New Mexico, Colorada, Utah and Arizona riding the most scenic roads in the Rockies and taking in the Grand Canyon and lots of other attractions. Riding west on old Route 66 from Flagstaff, we will return to California for a lap around Death Valley before turning east for Las Vegas. Then it's south across the desert to San Diego before heading north to LA.