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Default 3845.5 Miles/16 States in 10 Days!

Just had to say I guess you could qualify the trip my wife and I just made to "putting the Vic through it's paces". We took a tremendous trip from home, through Little Rock, Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Washington DC (Rolling Thunder!), Gettysburg, New York City, Plymouth (Monument to the Forefathers), Albany NY, Niagara Falls, Columbus, Indianapolis, St.Louis, Springfield, and home again. We had a great time and rode some beautiful country.

Were incredibly humbled by the Rolling Thunder rally in Washington (check it off the bucket list). Anyone else make the rally?

My main desire, is a saddle that feels good after an 8-hour day! Ride safe!

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That's quite a ride. Good for you and it sounds like you saw some beautiful country.
Rolling Thunder is something that every rider should do at least once.

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Rides like that are always epic. There is a lot of beauty to see on this continent. I take a trip like that every year. We just got back home from one, in fact.

Our trip this year was 8 days and 4000 miles. Seven of us went through Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, up into Canada to Banff, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Revelstoke, took the ferry across Upper Arrow Lake (south of Revy), Coeur d'Alene, Lolo Pass, Idaho Falls, Jackson Hole, Grand Tetons, Togwotee Pass, Hot Springs, SD, and back into MN through SD. The scenery around Banff and Lake Louise is spectacular! Here's a sample:



I think my new favorite road is a little thing called P1 in Idaho between Kendrick and Orofino (also known as 'old hwy 7' - search for Cavendish, ID, and look at the road running through it, especially to the south). The curves and elevation changes make it extremely fun to ride. We found this while getting between Coeur d'Alene and Hwy 12, which is the road across Lolo Pass. No pics from P1, because it was just too much fun riding to stop, but this sign at the west end of the Lolo Pass road always makes me smile:



I just got my new Russell Day Long seat before the trip. Had a chance to break it in before leaving, but just barely. It worked very well. We had many days over 600 miles and one at 700. That ends up being 12-13 hour days from motel to motel. The seat performed even better than the Ultimate on my VTX. This was an expensive purchase, but worth it. Having heat in the seat is also a nice bonus. There were a lot of chilly mornings where that felt good.

Get out there and explore, people!

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I wholeheartedly agree NC, everyone should do that ride at least once, no matter where in the country they're living. The old couple in front of us were on their 23rd straight year, that would be my wife and me if we lived within 500 miles. Ride safe brother (even if you're Navy, GO AF!).

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Excellent trip Big! Congratulations to you. I have to agree, there is a lot of beautiful country out there and the vast majority of people never see beyond the tip of their noses. We had a little stretch of road in Vermont that was a lot like you described it was Hwy 9 through southern VT. Lots of nice (and relatively easy) switchbacks and curves coupled with beautiful mountain scenery. Quite the peaceful ride. Have now made most of this beautiful country we call home but have yet to do a Northern swath. We are planning one this fall to catch NB, N & S Dakota, WY. That will only leave Maine, Wisconsin, and Idaho in my unexplored column. I'll have to put your Hwy 7 on our To-Do list for future rides, sounds like fun.

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