This long-distance motorcycle tour leads us from Chicago to Portland. A gateway to the Pacific Northwest, we'll ride north to Seattle before returning home.
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This ride took place from 5/24 through 6/9 of 2014. A detailed account of it’s events are available through this page as well as each post’s base navigation. They are as follows …
- A Brief Summary
- Day Zero: Preparation
- Day One: Des Moines
- Day Two: Kearney
- Day Three: Denver
- Day Four: Dinosaur
- Day Five: Burley
- Day Six: John Day
- Day Seven: Portland
- Day Eight: Oceanside
- Day Nine: Seattle
- Day Ten: Coeur d’Alene
- Day Eleven: Missoula
- Day Twelve: Belgrade
- Day Thirteen: Miles City
- Day Fourteen: Lemmon
- Day Fifteen: Willmar
- Day Sixteen: Minneapolis
- Day Seventeen: Madison/Chicago
Stories, photos, locations, reviews and more are documented via our day-to-day recollections. The practicality of certain Android apps including Road Trippers, Backpackr and BestBikingRoads are also evaluated. If you have alternate route suggestions or would like to experience any portion of this trip for yourself, pay mind to the many included maps.
Here’s a bit of optimism based on a negative fact. The coldest location on our route was likely Coeur d’Alene, ID. If you arrive there on day one (impossible), the average high/low temps during this season would be 65/43. Denver’s weather, on the other hand, typically hits between 73/45.
In short, we dressed for brisk riding and chilly nights.
Always rounding up and with a worst-case-scenario mindset, the cost for such a trip is in the area of $1500 per person. This assumes that all gas is premium grade, every meal is in a restaurant and all lodging provides a roof (hotel/motel). That’s $500 for gas, $500 for food and $500 for lodging, each rounded upward to the nearest $100.
It’s good practice to have an extra $500 on standby in case you exceed your budget.
I believe that our total spending would’ve been far less had we camped more often than we did. One night of camping is 1/4 the cost of a motel room and suggests that store-bought food (cheaper) will be cooked over an open fire. There’s also the possibility that friends will host you for a night along the way.
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