Ride for BEER 2011
Well, I FINALLY have the opportunity to do a long distance ride to sample suds from far flung places. The last time I was able to do this was way back in 2006 when I rode through Upstate NY into Canada, across Lake Erie (that is the one up there right??) to Montreal and Quebec, and then down to my brother's place in Maine. That was only a 6 day trip. THIS is going to be 12 days in the saddle.
The plan right now is to leave Northern VA and head west on US 50 to Cincinnati. There I will partake of 5 way chili and some kind of craft beer. The next day I head to Indy for lunch at a brewpub (and likely meeting up with a Strom rider. SHUDDER) and then into Chi-town for the over night. I will verify that their pizza is inferior to NY style and then the next day I head to beer central: Milwaukee. I plan to spend two nights here drinking any good stuff I can find. I might even go to Miller for the tour (not the beer. I hear the tour is great). After my two night here, I will head south in a hungover haze. I have no plan after Milwaukee. I am just going to ride south entering as many states as I can so that I can finally say I have been there. I do need to cross to the west of the Mississippi, if only for 10 minutes. I figure I will get down to around Arkansas and turn east and hit the bigger towns along the way, the ones that have brewpubs. Thinking maybe entering Tenn at Memphis and going towards Asheville,NC and jumping on the BRP for the ride home. I have not done the whole BRP since 2007.
I will be on the road from Sept 15 to 26th. 14th is for prep, 27 is for recovery. I don't really know what to expect weather wise. I have all mesh gear. I have non-mesh textile gear. I have a textile one piece. I will be bringing my Gerbings liner (heated grips not yet installed).Because I want to be able to use the Gerbings, I will not be wearing my leather jackets, they are too tight. So which should I wear??? I imagine I could get away with the mesh jacket and non-mesh textile over pants since I am bringing the heated liner. The one piece is waterproof so I wouldn't have to stop to don a rain suit, but it doesn't seem as practical at rest stops.
I have recently dropped a fair amount of coinage getting all sorts of goodies to bring along. I plan on staying in hotels for most of it (definately the first 4 nights) but I am bringing camping gear just in case. My tool kit has enough to handle tire changes and probably electrical issues. I will be reviewing Planalp's tool kit post to see what I might need. I have a decent first aid kit. Should I bring a spare rear tire?? The current Shinko 705 has almost 3000 on it, this trip will be almost 5000 miles. Not sure how easy it would be to find a spare tire of the correct type.
Appreciate the help. I will post pics once I hit the road on the 15th.
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