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Has anyone done a coast to coast ride...east to west, or west to east?

Did you avoid interstates, what about lodging, fatigue etc.

I am used to long rides, AZ to Mitchell SD in two days, Iron Butt, AZ to northern Nevada.

I know what to bring, I am more concerned with routes, and what I might encounter.

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Versed for Texas, Oklahoma

I am more concerned with routes, and what I might encounter.

Your'e gonna encounter WIND.

The real issue is how you cross the fly-over states. Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota.... XXX+ hours on the Interstates will numb your mind AND your azz.

There is no good path across Kansas, although the SE corner, through Independence, there's some rolling hills, little lakes. I encountered 5000+ snapping turtles there who all decided to cross the road. Avoided all but one. Cut down into Oklahoma and go past Cherokee Lakes....beautiful!

If you were gonna give Kansas an enema, Medicine Lodge is where you'd stick it in.

Dodge City's kinda cool, and I usually stop at the Star casino south of Witchita. the hotel there, is always full, so I end up in Wellington unless you make a resv days or weeks ahead.

The eastern plains of Colorado are WORSE than anything in Kansas.

Oklahoma, Texas, Get an RN to give you a shot of Versed so you simply don't remember two days of butt numbing.

Nebraska, it turns out there IS a decent route across. Highways 34 and 6 located 15-30 miles BELOW I-80. Wray,McCook, Hastings, HOldredge....Small towns, diners, you can actually enjoy crossing Nebraska. I always stop and swim laps in McCook? at the WPA-built pool to unwind my back. There's a pioneer museum in Hastings you could easily spend 2 days in.

And it's cornfields between all these towns so you can go damn near as fast as on the Interestate, just gotta slow down every 45 minutes...

Wyoming -- Yellowstone to Cody to 14A through Bighorn national forest is incredible. Expect wind once you get out on the plains and head for Devil's Tower.

South Dakota? Except for the Black Hills, you might as well shoot yourself.
Set the cruise control. Fire up the .mp3 player. Take hallucinogenics. Tell yourself over and over it has to end SOMETIME.

ND: See S.D.

Arkansas is the payback for whatever crossing you make. Don't miss it by riding through Iowa or Missouri.

Good luck.
 

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Well, I'd suggest forgetting that "fly-over States" crap. Minnesota is considered to be one of them. We toured, two-up, around northern Minnesota (and southern Ontario; Kenora and East, is amazingly beautiful, very little traffic on the Trans-Canadian Highways, which are near-perfect asphalt, two-lane highways), twice, on the bike. Can't seem to get enough of the North Shore Area (northern shores of Lake Superior -- circled it in 2009 on bike).

The Mississippi River Valley region (from the Twin Cities South), between Minnesota, and Wisconsin, is drop-dead gorgeous, as well; the Wisonsin side is much prettier, along State Highway 35. Northern Wisconsin is amazing, full of wooded parks, with waterfalls. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is a treat to tour through.

On all of our trips on bike, we always drop into a motel we find when we are ready to stop for the night -- no reservations, period. Only had trouble once, and that amounted to an extra 40 miles riding, so it wasn't bad, at all.

Time of year matters. You do NOT want to go during the harvest season, September on. Early Spring can be bad as well, as you will be competing against farmers. Mid-summer is perfect, but expect more traffic on the weekends, as bikers come out in force, in many locales. Cheers!
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I have been through some of the fly-over states as you call them. Coming from AZ I don't have much choice.

I have mapped out a route going from AZ to NJ using mostly hwy 60 then from WV, I head north.

I will avoid interstates if at all possible. Now, all I need is some $$$$.
This is just a bucket list kind of thing. I would guess next year???

I need to figure not just gas, food, hotels, but oil changes, tires, and ????
OH, laundry. I can only turn my underwear and sock inside out so many time before the smell starts to bother me.:)
 

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I need to figure not just gas, food, hotels, but oil changes, tires, and ????
When you figure your budget for a trip, add 20% to it for all the things you didn't expect. Bridge tolls, hotel price increases, and traffic tickets by revenue collectors known as cops.
 

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UnderArmor, and others, make synthetic, wicking T-shirts, and underwear: both can be washed with regular hand soap, in the sink, then wrung out, and air-dried overnight, in your motel room. Buy two pairs, as they don't, in my experience, fully dry overnight. May be Too Much Information, but you asked. The hi-tech fabrics work well at wicking the moisture away, which helps a great deal. They can make you more comfortable in both cold, and hot weather.

There are also shirts made out of this material (both long- and short-sleeved), by other manufacturers, sold at outfitter places, aimed at hikers, mostly. They work well for biking, also. Cheers!
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Sorry Mike. That is never going to happen. Too much of the old Rte 66 is simply gone. When the road no longer exists it is a bit hard to ride on it. I drove, with my dad actually doing the driving, on the old US 66 back in '63. It was how I got from Chicago to LA. That road was anything but a pleasure to drive. Nostalgia aside, it sucked as a 2 lane road most of the way that slowed for every town along the way. People today want to relive it but I would rather follow I-40 or I-44 instead. At least they will get you where they promise to get you.
 

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I haven't done coast to coast but I just did Alabama to Montana and back. 5382 miles round trip. I would take anything Colorado has to offer over Kansas. I had to change my plans to get home sooner than planned so I cut across Kansas. I will not ride thru that state again. It absolutely sucked.
 

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But you can ride all of what's left of the original Rte 66. It's just a few miles long and is only 9 feet wide. Some of it has the original last pavement from 1937 and some of it is just washboard gravel. We found it just south of Miami, Oklahoma.
 

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AZ has the longest piece of 66 in existence.
You are right, and it is an interesting ride starting in Kingman AZ. If one can take the time to stop and see the sights it is a fun ride.
 

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I have done 66 in AZ. Nothing like riding and stopping in Oatman. donkey walking the streets, fresh piles of donkey dong, but still worth the stop.
 
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