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Old August 23rd, 2016, 04:53 AM   #11
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It's definitely not easy keeping good documentation of long trips. Last April I organized an entire trip + hotels, camping, and navigation. We left MN to go to the MotoGP races in TX. 2500 miles round trip, over a week and a half. It took a lot of time to determine good routes over such a distance.

I hope next year we can find even better ones, as I'm taking extra time.
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Old August 23rd, 2016, 05:07 AM   #12
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What I do is to collect great motorcycle roads from every reliable source and make routes for each on my computer. I color code the roads, similar to how Butler does.

I have a great collection of roads based on this research and personal exploration for the areas I enjoy riding.

As an example, here are the Rever online version of the Butler maps:



This is an example of the type of road I value:



Pashnit is helpful for California:



Older map of my favorite roads: (Offers a view of where I ride.)

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Old August 23rd, 2016, 05:23 AM   #13
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I live for roads like these two:



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Old August 23rd, 2016, 05:28 AM   #14
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A sample of one fun ride:

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Old August 23rd, 2016, 05:30 AM   #15
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One more ride, the California Sampler:

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Old August 23rd, 2016, 05:50 AM   #16
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A very wise person taught me something I have found to be important in my life.

There are three phases to fun:

1) Anticipation, planning and preparation.
2) The event.
3) Review afterward.

If each of these three phases are embraced fully the enjoyable experience is compounded in scale, which allows the experience to be more profound.

This is why I put the effort I do into steps 1 & 3.
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Old August 23rd, 2016, 08:39 AM   #17
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My friend calls what you're doing "mapsturbating". She'll spend weeks planning routes, where to stay, where to get food, where all the cool spots are. And it's so enjoyable that, well,
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Old August 23rd, 2016, 10:57 AM   #18
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For me it is all about the best roads. Roads with little to no traffic. Roads with sufficient twists that we are looking for a straight section to rest. What I have concluded is that California is unique in that so many of the Forest Service roads are paved to allow for efficient access by fire teams. These paved backroads offer fun in massive doses.





By carefully connecting these into several days of riding, well that makes for a memorable ride.
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Old August 23rd, 2016, 10:59 AM   #19
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Here is a link to my Shortcuts Movie from a couple years back.

Video Link: https://photos.smugmug.com/Movies/Ri...e%20HD-960.mp4

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Old August 23rd, 2016, 11:09 AM   #20
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Or this backroad, a bypass north and south. 55 miles of mountain ridge riding with east and west views.

Video Link: https://photos.smugmug.com/Movies/Ri...202009-960.mp4

So, yes I have made short movies of my favorite roads too.
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