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#998005 - 09/29/17 12:45 PM US Highway 2 - how late is too late?  
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Looking at maybe riding US 2 east to west - either the whole thing (sort of through Canada), or picking it up just west of the Great Lakes.

It's basically October now and we wouldn't be starting for say a week - too cold to be pleasant? (I mean, I'm sure it's possible, but we are lazy creatures accustomed to pleasant rides...)

If it's not already too late, how late is too late? If you don't know for all of it, please feel encouraged to answer for specific bits near you or just whatever you are familiar with.

Thanks!
josh


PS - wasn't sure which forum would be best - if anyone wants to move it, please do!


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#998007 - 09/29/17 01:43 PM Re: US Highway 2 - how late is too late? [Re: szurszewski]  
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What temperature range are you comfortable with?

Check the ten day temperature forecast here:

https://weather.com/maps/tendayforecast

#998029 - 09/29/17 05:45 PM Re: US Highway 2 - how late is too late? [Re: szurszewski]  
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That's a good question. Sunny and 72 is great but not necessary or even expected.

Mostly we don't want to be wet AND cold - and it's easier/cheaper when we mostly avoid wet al together (camping more than one road night in a row is kind of a bummer since the gear ends up getting packed damp).

Comfort range for dry riding is into the low fifties I guess, and we have gear to keep it tolerable into the high twenties (but that requires fairly frequent cocoa breaks).


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#998034 - 09/29/17 06:36 PM Re: US Highway 2 - how late is too late? [Re: szurszewski]  
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You live in Portland and don't like wet and cold laugh
Don't worry,I understand,I'm Oregon born and lived outside Portland in the past.

On a serious note,as long as you have good rain gear and hopefully heated gear,then you should be ok,but don't wait much longer and be prepared with bail out routes to the south if weather is turning on you.

Look at WarmnSafe.com for heated gear.A liner is better than a vest,but either will help.

JR356

#998039 - 09/29/17 08:30 PM Re: US Highway 2 - how late is too late? [Re: szurszewski]  
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I actually like riding in the rain, and cold is fine - better than warm to me in most cases...but...the wife doesn't have the best rain gear with her and doesn't want to buy any for whatever reason, and the convertible top currently on the sidecar is fine moving but not great standing still - and the thing takes a bit to dry out once it get wet.... anyway.

We left Portland just about exactly a year ago and have been wandering about since - currently in Albany, NY and thinking about heading back to the PNW, at least for a bit. Driven most of 2, but never done it on a bike.

I have looked at the weather maps and the forecast, and that looks ok, but I wanted to see if anyone has any personal thoughts/experience/is local to parts of the route. We don't have any heated gear with us, but we are also not really on a schedule, so it's easy enough to turn south if we get cold.

We'd wanted to start our year taking 2 east, but we left too late to make that comfortable. (And I might have just answered my own question there, because we left the first week of October last year! dopeslap )


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#998052 - 09/30/17 12:36 AM Re: US Highway 2 - how late is too late? [Re: szurszewski]  
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I did a similar ride a few years back- west(Portland OR) to east(coastal MA) primarily via Rt 2/Rt 200 and picked up Rt 17 after entering Canada via Sault St Marie. Came back into the US at Ogdensburg NY. Nice ride, loved the Rt, but this was in July! Can't say that I very in tune to the weather in these areas at this time of the year, but I think MT has already had some snow. Myself, I love cool/cold weather riding, But once the snow flies and the salts down, I'm done. If you do the trip, I hope the weather is in your favor! If not, as you have said, head south.

#998060 - 09/30/17 02:47 AM Re: US Highway 2 - how late is too late? [Re: RT5HTP]  
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Originally Posted by RT5HTP
I did a similar ride a few years back- west(Portland OR) to east(coastal MA) primarily via Rt 2/Rt 200 and picked up Rt 17 after entering Canada via Sault St Marie. Came back into the US at Ogdensburg NY. Nice ride, loved the Rt, but this was in July! Can't say that I very in tune to the weather in these areas at this time of the year, but I think MT has already had some snow. Myself, I love cool/cold weather riding, But once the snow flies and the salts down, I'm done. If you do the trip, I hope the weather is in your favor! If not, as you have said, head south.



No interest in salty roads, other than on the beach wink , but a little snow here or there hasn't hurt us yet - one of the benefits of having a sidecar (of course that just keeps us from falling over - it's not like it makes it any better at steering or stopping!). Unless the weather looks particularly bad, or something comes up to draw us south instead, I imagine we'll at least try it out.


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#998110 - 10/01/17 12:56 AM Re: US Highway 2 - how late is too late? [Re: szurszewski]  
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Sidecar, huh? That's awesome! I have had a couplke of sidecar rigs...have one in the garage now. Fun stuff! What do you have for a sidecar?

#998111 - 10/01/17 01:26 AM Re: US Highway 2 - how late is too late? [Re: szurszewski]  
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We have a Hannigan - Astro GT maybe (even having it back home at Hannigan there was some disagreement as to which model it was exactly) - from the mid/late 90s.

Here's a pic pulled from our thread

[Linked Image]

and here's our trip thread (if you've got some free time):

http://bmwsporttouring.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=994304&page=1


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#998113 - 10/01/17 01:29 AM Re: US Highway 2 - how late is too late? [Re: szurszewski]  
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oops - didn't really think before posting that one - it's a great pic of "us" but kind of lacking as far as showing the sidecar - how about this one instead?

[Linked Image]


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