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Re: Least boring way to cross mid-USA
« Reply #30 on: December 10, 2022, 09:19:13 PM »
Anyone have suggestions on routes across the band of states in mid-USA 
The Dakotas
Nebraska
Kansas
Oklahoma
Texas

  Any suggestions?

Johnson Mesa in Northeastern New Mexico is a hidden jewel.

https://goo.gl/maps/iNWWnoyxt3TebWno8
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Re: Least boring way to cross mid-USA
« Reply #31 on: December 10, 2022, 09:25:11 PM »
Anyone have suggestions on routes across the band of states in mid-USA

The Dakotas
Nebraska
Kansas
Oklahoma
Texas
 
Any suggestions?

As mentioned, US-166 is a great little route with some hidden jewels.

https://goo.gl/maps/2T2LKMJKbdjtkEEh8








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Re: Least boring way to cross mid-USA
« Reply #32 on: December 12, 2022, 02:28:11 PM »
It's called "Fly-over" country for a reason.  (I was born and raised in Kansas, so I get to say that from experience.)  However, I've found that each state has its small section of geographic interest that can make for good riding, if only for a few hours.  Eastern Kansas has the Flint Hills around Manhattan and Junction City.  Nebraska has the Sand Hills along State highway 2.    Stringing them together would be a challenge.  Youd have to come up with a rather diagonal ride across the plains.  A long way to go, but anything is better than droning along the interstate.  Western Kansas is pretty hopeless I'm afraid.   I crossed it last June from west to east. I was on state hwy 96.  Lots of small, closed-up towns until I got to Great Bend.  About as boring as it gets.







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Re: Least boring way to cross mid-USA
« Reply #33 on: December 12, 2022, 03:01:14 PM »




“Boring” roads do have an attraction unique to them.




That sign looks different at 45 mph than 85 mph…
But the captivating attraction is the same.
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Re: Least boring way to cross mid-USA
« Reply #33 on: December 12, 2022, 03:01:14 PM »

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Re: Least boring way to cross mid-USA
« Reply #34 on: December 12, 2022, 06:13:07 PM »
Never done this, but seems like the ideal, fly from anywhere in the midwest to Denver, or smaller regional airport, get on a bike and ride!
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Re: Least boring way to cross mid-USA
« Reply #35 on: December 12, 2022, 06:48:17 PM »
Never done this, but seems like the ideal, fly from anywhere in the midwest to Denver, or smaller regional airport, get on a bike and ride!

Several times, we've put the bike in the van, droned across the plains, and had some nice rides once we hit the mountains. Yes, we've ridden across the plains. Blech.
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Re: Least boring way to cross mid-USA
« Reply #36 on: December 13, 2022, 03:05:08 AM »
Several times, we've put the bike in the van, droned across the plains, and had some nice rides once we hit the mountains. Yes, we've ridden across the plains. Blech.
So why is it less boring to drive across the plains than ride…? :popcorn:

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Re: Least boring way to cross mid-USA
« Reply #37 on: December 13, 2022, 06:56:45 AM »
So why is it less boring to drive across the plains than ride…? :popcorn:

Air conditioning.   No wind.  Take turns driving.  Stop less often. 

I've ridden in every state in the lower 48, but with only two weeks vacation a couple times a buddy and I put the bikes in the bed of the truck and drove 24 to 36 hours straight through so we could maximize our back roads riding. 

Not as boring when you are talking and napping.
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Re: Least boring way to cross mid-USA
« Reply #38 on: December 13, 2022, 09:38:22 AM »
Air conditioning.   No wind.  Take turns driving.  Stop less often. 

I've ridden in every state in the lower 48, but with only two weeks vacation a couple times a buddy and I put the bikes in the bed of the truck and drove 24 to 36 hours straight through so we could maximize our back roads riding. 

Not as boring when you are talking and napping.
Jeeez….
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