Looking at options from here if you wanted to run from Micheal's place to SLC, which is a long 12 hour day on US50. Based on last year's experience, I'm assuming no host between here and Chicago. Sturgis will be August 3-9, so going through the badlands is out, at least for me. I'm also assuming North is good, very, very good. Bring your skeeter repellent if we're going into Canada!
1. Up through Banff/Jasper, and over to Gaspe, down coast to Bay of Fundy, then straight in. Graze Yellowstone but avoid main park, do Going to the Sun Road in Glacier, up through Kootenay and onto the Ice Field Parkway. Then staying very high, make the run out New Brunswick. With four 800 mile days in a row crossing the plains this is 9 to 10 days from SLC. Could cut out the Canadian East Coast portion and save a day, or ease up a bit on daily miles... Probably easing up on daily miles would be the smarter thing to do. So even without the coast it's a 9 to 10 day ride. Something Like This - Option 1
It's the premier option, with a truly superb tour of the intermountain west, and the Canadian East, but I think it's too much, though I'd consider it on my own. With a group it's too much pushing. Really need to run out 12 to 14 days. I'd go for it if people want to, but I think we would lose riders along the way across the plains. MikeRC, Santa, Kye, we thought of you!
Run up through Glacier, then across along the border. Skips Japser/Banff and skips the Canadian East Coast. But adds a day for Yellowstone/Teton. More moderate daily miles, still looking at something like 8 or 9 days with a number of 600 mile days. This route is very approximate. Maybe pick up Picture Rocks and Tahquamenon Falls in the Upper Peninsula, or maybe pick Isle Royal for a break midway. Possibly do something with the end game in NY/NH as well. Possibly go into Montreal and look around. I didn't really spend much time with it 'cause I thought it's still too long. Could skip the Yellowstone day and save one day. Something like this - Option 2
More direct route. Assumes a host in Chicago. I would have run this up through Devils Tower, Mt. Rushmore, but for Sturgis. Six days. The last two days are light and allow for playing around in the NY/NH area on the approach. The route from Rochester, NY through Saranac Lake is just a placeholder as I'm assuming we'd get some local advice to fill it in with.
It's still got a long hard plains crossing.
I honestly think this is pretty much it. Two nice days in Utah and Colorado, and two nice days coming into NH. Two long hard days crossing the middle of the country. Probably hotter than we'd like, but no passports needed, miles are more moderate, and that's about that. We could skip the play day at the end and cut down daily miles on the plains, or stay on I-80 in Ut/CO and save a day, but that's pretty much the choices. This may be the only reasonable choice. Something Like This - Option 3
What are you guys thinking, something like one of these?