Steve Saunders Goldwing Forums banner
Status
Not open for further replies.
1 - 20 of 30 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,091 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
My wife and I are planning a second trip from Seattle to near Jacksonville, Florida this May. We're looking for route suggestions and interesting sights to see - museums, factory tours, vistas etc. We've run into some foul weather before and not put off so much by rain as by severe storms and such. We know the west fairly well but could use some help navigating the middle of the country. New Orleans will probably be a stopover. The rest is up in the air. We'll be on a '99 GL1500. Camping and motelling.
 

·
Still a winger at heart.
Joined
·
20,868 Posts
Well, if you go through the Yellowstone area, a stop at the winchester museum in Cody is a must.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
35 Posts
My family traveled from Miami, FL to Seattle after Hurricane Andrew (USAF evacuees) and found the entire nation to beautiful. It is the USA! Neat states with lots to see are Arkansas, Wyoming, North Dakota, Washington, Montana, Missouri and Georgia. We live in the midwest but we are partial to the Northern Tier States. Safe travels....
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,795 Posts
Perhaps you could post a Google Map of the rough route that you'd like to take, then we could nip & tuck to steer you to POI's in the vicinity?
 

·
Token Canuk
Joined
·
8,236 Posts
Well, if you go through the Yellowstone area, a stop at the winchester museum in Cody is a must.
Dick, is that the Buffalo Bill Museum, I couldn't get my uninterested wife out of there on our trip. :waving:
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,091 Posts
Discussion Starter · #6 ·
http://goo.gl/maps/GsdnG

This is a really wild guess at a route TO Florida. We'd probably take a more northern route back
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
826 Posts
Looking at your map, Hwy 90 east of New Orleans is a good ride, you'll like it. Airline Hwy coming from Baton Rouge to N O, maybe not so much. Around B R will be lots of lights and traffic.
Possible suggestion to consider. Coming into N O from across the lake, taking the Causway. 24 mile bridge.
Are you looking for route suggestions, or sights to see along the way? A couple things come to mind. St Francisville is close to your route. The Myrtles Plantation is there. Haunted. Morgan City is on Hwy 90, west of New Orleans. The Mr. Charlie is there. Old oil rig you can tour.
I'll try to remember to follow this thread and keep up with you. If you want, and work allows, I'll meet up with you for coffee or something.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
672 Posts
I89 is closed south of Page Arizona due to a landslide. I doubt they will have it repaired by May. You can go on I89A. This will take through Jacobs Lake which is about 7800’ elevation. BTW…SR14 east of Cedar City climbs to about 8500’. There may be snow on the ground at those elevations in May.

You could ride through Snow Canyon State Park and Zion by going south on SR18 near New Harmony.

You may also consider getting over to eastern Utah. Then riding through the red rock near Moab and Monument Valley.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,061 Posts
May not be a "fit' for you, but the USS Alabama Museum in Mobile is worth some time.
I visited it years ago and it is interesting to see the shear size of a ship that size and wander through it.
FWIW

http://www.ussalabama.com/visitor_info.php
 

·
Forum Diplomat
Joined
·
7,368 Posts
Highway 12 through White Pass, Dayton, Lewiston/Clarkston, and Lolo Pass to Missoula......

From Missoula, Highway 200 to Duluth, Minnesota, then take the various, minor deviations from the "Great River Road" south along the Mississippi all the way to New Orleans.... return north on the Blue Ridge Parkway, turning west at Gettysburg Pa,.... on the way back, make sure you do the Oregon Trail....or, even better, wind your way to The Black Hills, South Dakota, and then to Cody, Wyoming, over the Bighorns... from Cody, take the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway, and then the incomparable Beartooth Pass to Red Lodge, Montana...then to north to Glacier National Park and over the "Going to The Sun Highway," and then home via Hwy 2 through Wenatchee and Leavenworth...or even better, go to Lake Chelan and then north again and cross over the North Cascade Scenic Highway! And you've got it.....

There ya have it! The best of America in one trip....
 

·
Premium Member
1985 GL1200 Limited Edition
Joined
·
3,528 Posts
If you're gonna come as far east as Jacksonville, you might as well go a bit south and hit St Augustine, Ft Matanzas and such. Also, I'd highly recomend the tour at Kennedy Space Center. I think the Space Shuttle tour will be open then but if not, the Apollo/Saturn 5 exhibit is definitly still worth the trip!!
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,091 Posts
Discussion Starter · #14 ·
Looking at your map, Hwy 90 east of New Orleans is a good ride, you'll like it. Airline Hwy coming from Baton Rouge to N O, maybe not so much. Around B R will be lots of lights and traffic.
Possible suggestion to consider. Coming into N O from across the lake, taking the Causway. 24 mile bridge.
Are you looking for route suggestions, or sights to see along the way? A couple things come to mind. St Francisville is close to your route. The Myrtles Plantation is there. Haunted. Morgan City is on Hwy 90, west of New Orleans. The Mr. Charlie is there. Old oil rig you can tour.
I'll try to remember to follow this thread and keep up with you. If you want, and work allows, I'll meet up with you for coffee or something.
Thanks for the suggestions. Nothing like being a resident for knowing which roads to take. We're taking note. Really like the looks of the drill platform tour - it's inked in. Yes, we're looking for scenic roads and tours, museums etc. to make a long trip more interesting.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,091 Posts
Discussion Starter · #15 ·
I89 is closed south of Page Arizona due to a landslide. I doubt they will have it repaired by May. You can go on I89A. This will take through Jacobs Lake which is about 7800’ elevation. BTW…SR14 east of Cedar City climbs to about 8500’. There may be snow on the ground at those elevations in May.

You could ride through Snow Canyon State Park and Zion by going south on SR18 near New Harmony.

You may also consider getting over to eastern Utah. Then riding through the red rock near Moab and Monument Valley.
Thanks for the heads-up. We've ridden in the area before but in summer so didn't pay much attention to altitude but it'll be important in May. So to avoid high passes, what route would you recommend?
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,091 Posts
Discussion Starter · #16 ·
May not be a "fit' for you, but the USS Alabama Museum in Mobile is worth some time.
I visited it years ago and it is interesting to see the shear size of a ship that size and wander through it.
FWIW

http://www.ussalabama.com/visitor_info.php
Looks like a good one. You know we had the USS Missouri here in Bremerton (2 hours ride away) and could've toured it. But noooooooooo! Now it's at Pearl Harbor.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,795 Posts
Absolutely go through the Moab area! I go through there every time I go to SLC. If you manage to get close to Central AR on a Saturday I can offer up a meal & a garage to do any maintenance needed. If you get up near Birmingham, AL then the Barber Motorcycle Museum is an absolute must see! IN Ocala, FL is the Don Garlits Drag Racing & Antique Car museum, exit 314 on I-75. Stop there last Monday & it's well worth the stop.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
672 Posts
Thanks for the heads-up. We've ridden in the area before but in summer so didn't pay much attention to altitude but it'll be important in May. So to avoid high passes, what route would you recommend?
I wouldn’t worry too much about the 7800’ pass on I-89A, but SR14 east of Cedar City has switchbacks cut in the side of mountain and is closed at times due to snow. It may be fine and that section of I89 north of Kanab is very scenic. You can always take I-15 at Cedar City and get back off at SR17

As stated you could drop into St. George and Snow Canyon State Park by taking SR18 south from SR56. From there you can get to I89A by either cutting across through Zion on SR9 or to Fredonia, AZ by SR59.

You could also get to I-89 by turning east on I-50 at Ely, NV. This would also be a good way to get to Moab by getting to I-70. Although it is a freeway it is a nice ride. (This also requires getting on I-15 north for about 10 miles.) Even if you don’t have time to go into Arches the ride down I-191 is scenic and Moab is a nice place to stay.

Another scenic route would be to get to SR24, from I-50, near Richfield and then south on SR95. This would go through Capital Reef and Glen Canyon. Torrey, near Capital Reef has motels, cabins and a campground. I also like the motel in Mexican Hat that overlooks the San Juan River.

BTW…I have recently been on the roads through Idaho into Nevada that are on your map. That’s not a bad route to take to avoid I84 and the Wasatch Front. It will take you by Thousand Springs/Snake River near Twin Falls. You will go through Jackpot at the Nevada border. The Casino has rooms and a campground.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
281 Posts
Did the same destination last summer except we started in J'ville and ended up is WA....Glacier in MT, black hill/needles highway in SD, south through CO on 285 to NM, east to New Orleasns, north east to AK, pig highway, back to gulf coast, east to big bend area, across FL to J'ville....
 
1 - 20 of 30 Posts
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top