23 states – AROUND the USA Down I 81, across southern and southwestern states, along western Pacific coast with many inland side trips, U.S.2 across northern states bordering Canada, along Great Lakes, Down through Michigan, then Ohio, PA, NY and home
21 days Left New Milford July 12 on my Harley , returned home August 2, 2011.
Low Temperature: 40 degrees F, Mt. Rainier
High Temperature 118 degrees F, Mojave Desert
Transportation provided by: - The Incredible Machine:2009 Harley Davidson Low Rider Twin Cam 96 cu in w/saddlebags, windshield and tour pack
Map of my route (clockwise from PA,) Around America the Beautiful.
HIGHLIGHTS (More or less in order experienced)
Jack Daniels Distillery tour – Lynchburg, TN
Thunderbird Harley Davidson, Albuquerque New Mexico
Cross Continental Divide - New Mexico and Glacier National Park, Montana.
Oak Creek Canyon and Sedona Arizona
Mojave Desert – Arizona and CA
Hoover Dam – Arizona/Nevada
Sierra Nevada Mountains, California Rt. 395
Lassen Volcanic Nat’l Park, CA
Sonora Pass 9628 ft. elevation, CA
Whale and Calf, Pacific coast Klamath Glen, CA
Mammoth Lakes and Lake Tahoe CA
Redwood National Park, CA Coast
Rogue and Umpqua Rivers, Oregon
Crater Lake Nat’l Pk. Oregon
Elk herd, Oregon Coast Highway 101
Columbia River Gorge, Astoria Bridge, Oregon and Washington.
Mt. Rainier Nat’l Pk. Washington
Wenatchee Mountains WA
Banks Lake and Steamboat Rock, WA
Grand Coulee Dam, WA
Priest River Idaho
Glacier Nat’l Pk. Montana
Montana’s endless wheat fields
Grizzly Bear very close - Yellowstone Nat’l Pk. Wyoming, Old Faithful, Boiling springs, Bison
Oilfields, massive oil and gas drilling operations northwest North Dakota
Route 2 across North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan
Deluth MN and Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Mackinaw Bridge, Lakes Huron and Erie
Virtually NO RAIN or storms (waited out rain showers twice, storms only after I was in a motel.)
The Harley Davidson performed flawlessly, despite being torture tested for hours on end in desert heat (110 to 118 degrees) and high altitude cold (Mt Rainer Snow covered 40 degrees, in the clouds and an undeserving mud bath at Glacier NP, also low 40’s, in the clouds. )
Longest mileage day: 592 miles - last day on way home. (MI,OH,PA,NY,PA)
Lots of snow remaining in the mountains after the west/northwest experienced one of the longest and harshest winters in recent memory. Two ski centers were still operating. Mt. St. Helens area closed due to snow-covered roads and Crater Lake only opened its roads the day I got there.