Charlieman's Big Adventure: X-Country Your Favorite Places?
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Molto Verboso
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Wed Sep 30, 2020 3:48 pm quote
Funny thing happened at dinner the other night.
Son has taken a job in Detroit.
I have some work there as well.
Over a beer - decided I would drive him as a send off.

Then I thought - as one does; Hey! - might be fun to have the scoot along. Right?!
And if I am going that far - might as well drop down to Atlanta to say high to my old man.
Before I knew it - a US round trip had developed.
Gotta shake this covid lockdown off.
Getting stir crazy.

Looking for insights from anyone that would like to share.
Favorite places along the way.
Roads to ride - best burger - scenic view - decent place to stay - etc.

I set up a map - anyone can add spots to it.
I've started by putting in a preliminary route and a few spots.

To use:
Basically - type in the search box labeled #1 what ever the spot is.
It will show up on the map and over in the side bar #2.
Click on the plus sign that shows up at the #2 and it is added to the list of places.
Then you can even type in a note or description if its a speakeasy and there's a secret password or something. 🙂

If there is a good ride coming up in your hood - shout out to me - would be fun to unload the scoot and tour around a bit - tho my overall time is a little limited as I have some commitments in both Det and Atl.

Of course, you can also just respond here if you wanna - I welcome all input. Yell at me.
Disuade me.
Circle a spot with a crayon.
What ever floats your boat.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1CaX36NycAFCKdlYe8AdhkTB0bNc8K7Sb&usp=sharing

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Molto Verboso
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Wed Sep 30, 2020 3:54 pm quote
https://www.blackhillsbadlands.com/maps/black-hills-motorcycle-map


Custer state park, wild life loop road, nice slow ride through the park.

Iron mountain ride (South Southeast of Keystone) - top has a good view of Mount Rushmore in the background.

Highway 14a - Spearfish Canyon Scenic by way (west of Lead)

Jewel cave national monument.

Needles highway.

Sturgis Indian I might by biased.

Depending on when you go by Rochester MN on I-90 let me know. I'll buy you a coffee, beer or whisky at our American Legion in Eyota. You'll be three miles or so from there.
Sergeant at Arms
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Wed Sep 30, 2020 4:42 pm quote
joels bbq flatonia tx

Gene & Georgetti, chi-town

Any shit hole sub shop/deli or family owned diner along the way.

Enjoy the ride, hombre. Roll deep and don’t look back. Treasure is found where and when you least expect it.

-g
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Wed Sep 30, 2020 5:26 pm quote
Holler when ya get to h-town

Will feed ya and if the timing coincides with some konk time we have a spare bedroom you are welcome to.
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Wed Sep 30, 2020 5:34 pm quote
Oh... Marfa Tx

“See Mystery Lights”
bodgemaster
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Wed Sep 30, 2020 7:08 pm quote
Wow. You, your son, a truck, a scooter, lots of road. Good times.

Been a while since I’ve driven cross-country. Looks like you’re passing right by Zion National Park ... it’d be a shame not to drive through. In fact it’s a must ... and would be killer on a scoot. Unload and let junior trail behind you in the truck.

Envious.
Molto Verboso
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Wed Sep 30, 2020 7:43 pm quote
Damn you guys - some great stuff out of the gate.
Grabbed some of that and threw it on my map.
Just populating it with spots right now and see how it plays/ make plan.

Greasy - now I know where I am getting some BBQ on way home - right attitude. Mucho gracias.
SoCal - Love that idea. hell yes he can lead and I can follow on the scoot. Gonna do that on and off throughout the trip in some prime spots.
Christopher - have it marked on the map - will keep you posted.
Bridsnest - Marfa? Know of it - just never been. El Cosmic... Just added. If stars align - catch you for a cocktail.

Keep em coming!
Thanks to those that already posted some up!

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Sergeant at Arms
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Wed Sep 30, 2020 7:49 pm quote
Just saw the total map.

Tell me you’re going to slip into NO. Please, please, like it’s spitting distance. C’mon man!

If so, I’ve got a FULL itinerary for you.

-g
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Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:46 pm quote
you lost me at map
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Wed Sep 30, 2020 10:32 pm quote
Looks like a cool trip.
Hooked
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Thu Oct 01, 2020 3:37 am quote
Looks like a great trip.

The Shanty in Tucon Az has a special place in my heart.

In '88 (Yep, I'm old) I was playing pool againt the locals there. Pool tables are different around the world, and the one in the US have much bigger pockets than the ones in Oz, so I was doing pretty well, and winning beer and $$.

One of the boys I was playing came up with one of the favouite American quotes of my life;

"You're from Australia? Wow, you speak real good english".

I had a good night at the Shanty.
Molto Verboso
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Thu Oct 01, 2020 4:41 am quote
If you're trying to add to the list and can't you need to sign into your google account. I was trying last night and couldn't figure out why I couldn't add a location, tried signing in this morning and i had the option to do so.
Ossessionato
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Thu Oct 01, 2020 6:50 am quote
This would be an amazing get away.
Molto Verboso
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Thu Oct 01, 2020 7:51 am quote
Craig - hahaha. looking forward to a few of those moments if they develop.
Nation is all at each other's throats.
Will be good to get out and mix - do my small part to remind us all the value of having a beer together.

Have a few key spots carved out that I would like to take the scoot for a ride on.
Probably as close to crossing the country ON a scoot as I would ever wanna get.
Thanks to all that have thrown in so far - I will keep populating the map with spots - which will leave open the possibility to stop in and cool off at any point I decide along the way.

Will get a little work done along the way that I couldn't do remotely. Adds some value to the whole thing.

Oh - and Greasy - NOLA has been added to the map. Likely stopping point.
Molto Verboso
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Thu Oct 01, 2020 8:03 am quote
Gotta stop and see David from ScooterMercato and Lee Lux in Atlanta.

Also - Tail of the Dragon!!!! Come on man, that's gotta be on there. It looks like you're driving pretty close to it. Between North Carolina and Tennessee.

I'm envious
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Thu Oct 01, 2020 8:21 am quote
I drove through Yellowstone two years ago. It wasn’t my destination, but it did make for an amazing scenic drive. Traffic sucked through.
Molto Verboso
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Thu Oct 01, 2020 8:45 am quote
Ohh, Yellowstone - good one!

Also, a slight detour to Cleveland Moto and shake Phil's hand.
Molto Verboso
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Thu Oct 01, 2020 8:46 am quote
Quote:
I drove through Yellowstone two years ago. It wasn’t my destination, but it did make for an amazing scenic drive. Traffic sucked through.
Apparently - you shoulda used a map.
🙂

So much to see but pesky paying job will keep my time limited.
Great inputs tho you guys.
Oh - and Scott - just put Dragon's Tail on the map. Had never heard of it - looks like amazing road.
Ossessionato
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Thu Oct 01, 2020 9:34 am quote
If you're coming through Nashville, I'll be there in a week and we can head out for a ride!
Molto Verboso
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Thu Oct 01, 2020 9:36 am quote
charlieman22 wrote:
Oh - and Scott - just put Dragon's Tail on the map. Had never heard of it - looks like amazing road.
Tail...Of...The...Dragon...318 curves...11 miles...Your sidecar rig will be FAMOUS! That place has been on my bucket list since...since...dang...a long time ago. When I go on another cross country adventure, It'll be on my Must Do list....
Molto Verboso
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Thu Oct 01, 2020 10:34 am quote
Just added Chandlerman's Nashville marker for potential stop.
Least to check out the town and grab a beer on our scoots right?
Will keep you posted as things develop.
Quote:
Tail...Of...The...Dragon...318 curves...11 miles...Your sidecar rig will be FAMOUS!
I'm gonna need to add a week just for the rides!
Map is filling up with some great suggestions.
Thanks you guys!
Feeling less lost in the woods by the day.
bodgemaster
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Thu Oct 01, 2020 11:28 am quote
When you get to Chattanooga, TN swing by Saints Cycle and see what Joe Casola has in the garage. He’s always working on something cool, and no doubt would enjoy seeing your hack.
Ossessionato
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Thu Oct 01, 2020 12:55 pm quote
charlieman22 wrote:
Just added Chandlerman's Nashville marker for potential stop.
Least to check out the town and grab a beer on our scoots right?
Will keep you posted as things develop.
That'd be 100% the plan!
Sergeant at Arms
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Thu Oct 01, 2020 2:10 pm quote
charlieman22 wrote:
Oh - and Greasy - NOLA has been added to the map. Likely stopping point.
che, che. i got you.

let me know and i'll make you a list. i'm low rent, so you know that's how it's gonna roll, son.

either way, sounds like an adventure!

-g
Molto Verboso
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Thu Oct 01, 2020 3:49 pm quote
Map update.
Hahahahaha.

Greasy - I cherish a good dive bar.
Try to keep one in every port.
Some towns I could put on a full dive crawl.
Man can't live on white table cloths and fancy cylinders alone.
Fire me a couple faves if they come to you.
Will be a few weeks 'til I'm down south - but welcome a watering hole along the way.

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Hooked
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Fri Oct 02, 2020 4:26 am quote
Hey, you may be passing close by Twisted Sisters, just west of San Antonio, so you could nick a few miles of this 100-mile loop in Texas Hill Country:

https://www.ridetexas.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/MAP_p69-TwistedSisters_v1.jpg

https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/devils-sinkhole

Glad you're hitting NoLa, too. Scoot down St Charles Ave. for some hangover breakfast food at Camillia Grill? There may be better greasy spoons in town... ask Greasy?
Ossessionato
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Fri Oct 02, 2020 6:32 am quote
Looking at your route, once you're in Texas, I'd say take Austin over San Antonio, you can roll through the Hill Country through Fredricksburg, and then it's nothing but nothing until Tuscon.
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Mon Oct 05, 2020 11:52 am quote
Wow, CM! Amazing trip you’re putting together.

I’m totally seconding qa’s recommendation for Tail of The Dragon. Gorgeous road through Smoky Mountain National Park!

But, take some Dramamine if you’re prone to motion sickness—I was gripping the dashboard by the end of those endless curves and twists and stomach rolls.....

Cades Cove is a pretty little inlet right off of the Dragon Tail that has some old historical shanties and points of interest, but I think the roads are gravel thru that area. You don’t wanna ding up your shiny paint, right?

Also, the amazing “smoke” in the mountains tends to dissipate rather early in the day, so maybe fuel up at one of the many pancake shacks in Gatlinburg (Log Cabin Pancakes was pretty good) and hit the Dragon early.

Have a great trip and enjoy the time with your son!

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Mon Oct 05, 2020 11:53 am quote
Carb-load!!!!!

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Mon Oct 05, 2020 12:19 pm quote
Treat yourself to some local moonshine AFTER you’ve tamed the dragon!

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Mon Oct 05, 2020 12:31 pm quote
And like Dolly says, Love Every Moment!

(pssst, Dollywood is right down the road! I bet she’d like a ride in your sidecar..... would be great pics)

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Molto Verboso
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Mon Oct 05, 2020 9:09 pm quote
Great suggestions all around.
Much appreciated!
Have some friends in Austin so that’s likely on the list.
Quote:
(pssst, Dollywood is right down the road! I bet she’d like a ride in your sidecar..... would be great pics)
Oh gracious - that made me laugh.
Now that’s the photo I need to add to my collection!

Appreciate all the killer suggestions from the crowd.
Y’all are terrific.
Tks!
Molto Verboso
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Sat Oct 10, 2020 12:18 am quote
A marathon week as I tried to tie everything up before leaving.
Didn't help that I had to replace the tankless water heater.
Tried to have it done - but was offended by the price and decided it couldn't be that difficult - which it wasn't - but it cost me a day and some YouTube tutorial watching.

Realized late in the game that my son had more stuff then we could fit - so I made some "adjustments" to the truck prior to exit so it all would fit.
Also decided this was the week to rebuild my steering damper, paint the chassis where it was bare metal from welding work, and put a lift under the cylinder.
More on that later - on my thread.
Spoiler alert - its a little scary to ride.

Crossing America at an interesting moment in time.
Looking forward to a few rides - and perhaps dropping in on some fellow NSMVers.

Cheers from the road,
-CM

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The back seat was adjusted - to my garage.

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Loading up the Orange Unicorn - in my wisdom - I managed to rent a truck that was so tall I needed double ramps...

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The Charlie Men just prior to setting out on their big adventure

Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Sat Oct 10, 2020 2:47 am quote
Wave as you goes past... have an awesome time C-men.
Hooked
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Sat Oct 10, 2020 4:13 am quote
Have a fabulous trip C-Man!

You didn't need two ramps, just a bigger run up.
Ossessionato
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Sat Oct 10, 2020 5:26 am quote
You're still coming to Nashville, right?

I'm dying to see the Orange Unicorn in action.

The C-Men...I love it!
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Sat Oct 10, 2020 7:50 am quote
Hack looks amazing.

Have a great trip.
Molto Verboso
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Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:34 am quote
Awesome! Fly safe.....
Molto Verboso
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Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:26 am quote
Looking like ‘oodles’ of fun!
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Sat Oct 10, 2020 7:09 pm quote
Don't you dare go through Atlanta and not stop at the Varsity

https://www.thevarsity.com/locations/detail/1/The_Varsity_Atlanta

Also have to agree on a divert into NOLA. There is so much more than Bourbon St. A truly beautiful city.

And if there, Dat Dog in NOLA is a cool dive bar with hot dogs as the main course. Cool place and generally out of the tourist section so you get more of the local vibe.

https://www.datdog.com/
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