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#707822 - 06/29/11 03:11 AM Planning SS1000 for this coming Saturday  
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I've wanted to do one of these for a decade, and it just hasn't worked out- (previous) bike reliability issues, health problems, etc. Now that I've been on a reliable RT for a couple years and I have no other issues health or otherwise, I don't know what's keeping me from doing it, so I thought why not this weekend?

I live in Gibsonville NC, and when I was planning this a few years ago I was thinking of doing a 4 sided ride with several other checkpoints on the way, but now I think a straight shot "there and back" might be the easiest. One thought that I have is here to Tuscaloosa, Alabama. It is more like 1,099 but I am familiar with the certification process and I'd rather not cut it too close and there be a possibility in their minds that I could've taken a short cut and only gone 950 miles or something.

Google maps has me essentially going I-40 to I-85 to I-459 I think, I haven't spent too much time working out the details yet. Does anyone know of any issues with this route, or potential bad traffic spots I should avoid? Any feedback on this route in general would be appreciated. I know it has me driving through Charlotte and Atlanta, but at least I'm avoiding most of Appalachia by going Southwest.

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#707830 - 06/29/11 03:35 AM Re: Planning SS1000 for this coming Saturday [Re: Hydrilla]  
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Out and back is certainly the easiest.

Check your state's DOT website for road construction on your proposed route.

Avoid the big cities if at all possible and certainly avoid any peak traffic/commute times.

Been a number of years since I drove in Atlanta,but have heard others comment on traffic conditions and drivers there,I'm sure the locals will provide better input.

Read and re read and follow all the iron Butt"wisdom"on their website.
BRING THAT HEATED GEAR AND RAIN GEAR,its better to have and not need it!

Too bad you did not ride this past weekend,you may have seen some of the IBR competitors passing thru.

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#707833 - 06/29/11 03:46 AM Re: Planning SS1000 for this coming Saturday [Re: Hydrilla]  
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JR356 thanks, good points. I did think about trying to skirt around Atlanta, depending on when I would get there both times. Charlotte can be kind of nasty too but I know some ways around that at least since it's close to home.

I ride in a 1 piece Roadcrafter that I've waterproofed, and I bring my raingear to wear under it if the rain is significant. Good advice about the gear, for sure.

It would've been really cool to see some IBR competitors, I thought about that.

EDIT: Thanks a lot for recommending to check for construction, I'm not sure I would've thought of that.


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#707867 - 06/29/11 10:27 AM Re: Planning SS1000 for this coming Saturday [Re: Hydrilla]  
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If your only goal is a SS1000 I would pick a completely different destination. In your plan you have two nasty cities on your way, coming and going. Have a look at going North, getting on I77 all the way to Cleveland OH. I checked and it would give you the distance. No major cities, Charleston WV is no problem. On some stretches I77 is a very nice Interstate.


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#707874 - 06/29/11 11:32 AM Re: Planning SS1000 for this coming Saturday [Re: Paul Mihalka]  
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Originally Posted By: Paul Mihalka
If your only goal is a SS1000 I would pick a completely different destination. In your plan you have two nasty cities on your way, coming and going. Have a look at going North, getting on I77 all the way to Cleveland OH. I checked and it would give you the distance. No major cities, Charleston WV is no problem. On some stretches I77 is a very nice Interstate.


Looking at this route, I agree with Paul. (Duh...)

The interstates included here do not go through or around major cities, are much more rural and will have a far lower probability for traffic surprises.

I am looking at doing a similar SS1000 (someday), so let us know how it goes!


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#707880 - 06/29/11 11:58 AM Re: Planning SS1000 for this coming Saturday [Re: Glenn Reed]  
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Thanks for the route advise, I will look at it in more detail when I get to work. Like I said I'm not too particular about the 'where', and what you said makes sense.


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#707883 - 06/29/11 12:15 PM Re: Planning SS1000 for this coming Saturday [Re: Hydrilla]  
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A lot of sense.
Avoid the big metros and pace yourself.
Remember it is just a ride.
You can do it.
Best wishes.


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#707929 - 06/29/11 02:00 PM Re: Planning SS1000 for this coming Saturday [Re: tallman]  
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Exactly- it's just a ride. Yeah I need to be prepared, as I should for any ride I go on, but I'm not going to Dakar for crying out loud. I'm not saying it won't be tough...

I'm cool with Cleveland, I am going to research that route. I forgot it borders Lake Erie, that's an added bonus. Much of my family is from Detroit, and we spent a good bit of time on the Great Lakes when I was a kid. I-77 says 'portions toll' so I'll need to look into where I'd have to pay tolls and how much. I am probably going to add a small town nearby as my end destination if I go this route, just to make sure I'm well over the miles. My house to Cleveland is barely over 500 miles, and like I said earlier I don't want there to be any doubt.


Originally Posted By: tallman
A lot of sense.
Avoid the big metros and pace yourself.
Remember it is just a ride.
You can do it.
Best wishes.



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#708010 - 06/29/11 07:36 PM Re: Planning SS1000 for this coming Saturday [Re: Hydrilla]  
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Just keep the wheels turning...Drink plenty of non-cafinated drinks...My best suggestion is to fight the urge to keep going when you need to take a brake. There is plenty of time to do this without pushing it too hard...Have a good trip...


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#708032 - 06/29/11 08:50 PM Re: Planning SS1000 for this coming Saturday [Re: Hydrilla]  
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Why? No, really. What is the allure? I don't understand. I would like someone to explain their reasons to me. I'm not knocking it, I just don't get it. The furthest I've ridden in one session is about 600 miles. I wasn't proud of it and had no sense of accomplishment, I was just freaking tired.


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