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Re: Visit USA
« Reply #30 on: December 04, 2021, 06:15:34 PM »
Generalizations don't work. Any place you go, as a stranger on a strange motorcycle, you'll find interesting conversation. You'll have good and bad experiences, just like travelling anywhere. But they'll be your experiences and stories.
I like the idea of finding a long 2 lane road and noting how the landscape, architecture, industry, conversation, and accents change as you go.
If you can, touch base with the icons of our natural beauty, such as the Grand Canyon (go in if you can, all the way to the river if possible) or the coastal redwoods and giant sequoias. You kinda gotta see them to believe them.
Oh, and give a heads up here when you are on the move. I expect you'll get more invitations than you can handle.

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Re: Visit USA
« Reply #31 on: December 04, 2021, 06:22:10 PM »
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Re: Visit USA
« Reply #32 on: December 04, 2021, 06:30:27 PM »
Consider the four corners (NM, UT, CO, AZ). If you make it to Santa Fe, please feel free to get in touch.

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Re: Visit USA
« Reply #33 on: December 04, 2021, 06:40:34 PM »
I'd suggest DC.  So much of Americas History is in DC and the surrounding areas.

DC is a big 'City' but is loaded with historic neighborhoods, great restaurants, history and culture. Just south is Alexandria, and  Mount Vernon, and 45 minutes out of DC there are amazing towns with plenty of character in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Just an hour South puts you in Front Royal and the start of the Blue Ridge Parkway (North section is 100 miles and called Skyline Drive). Eastern Long Island NY, Maine, and most of New England are also amazing with towns going back to the 1700's and all well preserved.

If you end up in DC next Summer, give me a call. Happy to show you around, even borrow one of the Guzzi's for some riding.

As others have said, the US us huge and extremely diverse. It all depends what you want.
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Re: Visit USA
« Reply #33 on: December 04, 2021, 06:40:34 PM »

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Re: Visit USA
« Reply #34 on: December 04, 2021, 06:45:38 PM »
I can give you another place to land in the SE U.S. and have had several visitors over the years.  PM me.
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Re: Visit USA
« Reply #35 on: December 04, 2021, 07:22:57 PM »

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Re: Visit USA
« Reply #36 on: December 04, 2021, 10:37:44 PM »
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Re: Visit USA
« Reply #37 on: December 04, 2021, 11:18:43 PM »
You making fun of my kin?🤔

You're from Rabun?

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Re: Visit USA
« Reply #38 on: December 05, 2021, 12:18:13 AM »
 Come on up to Nome Alaska fredrik! you will feel right at home on the tundra! look up our history of "the 3 lucky swedes" plenty of eskimos with pickup trucks lol! and I have the only Guzzi in town!
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Re: Visit USA
« Reply #39 on: December 05, 2021, 12:35:14 AM »
Yes, Miami is very Latino mostly Cuban. A lot of Cubans went to Miami and Tampa when Castro took over Cuba. Also a lot of Caribbean island folks in Miami.

Before you come to the States, realize how large the US is. Most States are similar in size to a European country. You can travel all day at 75 MPH and not make it across Texas maybe Tennessee and some other States.  Decide what is important to you to see. I would suggest selecting an area and talking to a couple of the guys from that area. Motorcycle riding roads and small towns? A large area north of Atlanta, Ga., eastern Tennessee & Kentucky, western N. Carolina, Virginia and W. Virginia has a vast sum of nice roads to ride and lots of small towns and historical sites to see. Most are less than 300 years old. Sorry, we got a late start.  :laugh: 

You can check with Wikipedia to get some information on towns or events.

https://www.wikipedia.org/

A link to Google maps below. Enter a town, then another to see a route, estimated travel time and how far apart they are.

https://www.google.com/maps/@44.5164322,-102.2174622,4z

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Re: Visit USA
« Reply #40 on: December 05, 2021, 06:11:15 AM »
Thanks for all great replys, i really look forward to make a road trip in US! And now i know i have good support from all you Guzzi guys, it means alot.  :azn:

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Re: Visit USA
« Reply #41 on: December 05, 2021, 06:14:58 AM »
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Re: Visit USA
« Reply #42 on: December 05, 2021, 08:05:57 AM »
travel rt 66 oklahoma city to barstow

Excellent choice and I've traveled all over the US for the last 63 years via motorcycle, semi, train, the dog (Greyhound) and car.
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Re: Visit USA
« Reply #43 on: December 05, 2021, 10:04:54 AM »
Thanks for all great replys, i really look forward to make a road trip in US! And now i know i have good support from all you Guzzi guys, it means alot.  :azn:

For many years I worked for Frammatome/AREVA.  All the Europeans (French, Germans, Czechs, etc.) who came over here had some opinions in common.  At first, they were critical of the US & Americans (mostly from a political perspective).  After a few months, most said they wished their home country were more like America.

Almost all have said "Americans are much more friendly than Europeans."  I have tons of stories about that.

If you are not put off by people being friendly and going out of their way to offer advice on where to go and what to see, you will enjoy your trip immensely.

I suspect you might be able to live here for a couple years just based on invitations offered......
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Re: Visit USA
« Reply #44 on: December 05, 2021, 12:25:21 PM »
For many years I worked for Frammatome/AREVA.  All the Europeans (French, Germans, Czechs, etc.) who came over here had some opinions in common.  At first, they were critical of the US & Americans (mostly from a political perspective).  After a few months, most said they wished their home country were more like America.

Almost all have said "Americans are much more friendly than Europeans."  I have tons of stories about that.

If you are not put off by people being friendly and going out of their way to offer advice on where to go and what to see, you will enjoy your trip immensely.

I suspect you might be able to live here for a couple years just based on invitations offered......

In my experience are most ordinary people very nice no matter what country. If we judge people after their politicians would all be idiots. I have met the nicest people ever in Russia, Japan, EU and the americans i have met in my work. All have been nice, so i dont think it is what nation a person come from that make them nice or not. One thing is certain and that is that idiots can be found in all nations. Many people in EU and US have same DNA and i think we are very alike in the daily life.  :cheesy:

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Re: Visit USA
« Reply #45 on: December 05, 2021, 02:29:57 PM »
In my experience are most ordinary people very nice no matter what country. If we judge people after their politicians would all be idiots. I have met the nicest people ever in Russia, Japan, EU and the americans i have met in my work. All have been nice, so i dont think it is what nation a person come from that make them nice or not. One thing is certain and that is that idiots can be found in all nations. Many people in EU and US have same DNA and i think we are very alike in the daily life.  :cheesy:

I agree completely.  All people are individuals.  National characteristics, in my mind are very nebulous concepts.  Stereotyping always tells one more about the observer rather than the observed.  I was simply conveying some oberserations of my former co-workers.

No doubt most were talking about local cultures and their personal experiences, both here and in their home country.
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Re: Visit USA
« Reply #46 on: December 05, 2021, 03:00:05 PM »
If you want to SEE some great sights, I think southern Utah and Northern Arizona have the most amazing sights to see.
Southern Utah has 5 National Parks as well as some state parks and Northern Arizona has the Grand Canyon.
You could take a week and not see everything.
Find an area that interests you and spend some time in that place.
If you are on two wheels, avoid the cities and stay away from the Interstates (freeways)

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Re: Visit USA
« Reply #47 on: December 05, 2021, 03:00:41 PM »
I agree completely.  All people are individuals.  National characteristics, in my mind are very nebulous concepts.  Stereotyping always tells one more about the observer rather than the observed.  I was simply conveying some oberserations of my former co-workers.

No doubt most were talking about local cultures and their personal experiences, both here and in their home country.

It is pretty funny when i read jokes, memes etc. on Facebook that is from USA and think**** they have exactly the same **** as we do.  :grin:
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Re: Visit USA
« Reply #48 on: December 05, 2021, 04:27:11 PM »
I can thoroughly recommend the USA and Canada, my wife and I spent six months on the road there, cool things to see and nice people everywhere. We have been in 28 states including Alaska, not a bad experience to be had (although I did get some unwanted police attention but it was deserved  :laugh)

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Re: Visit USA
« Reply #49 on: December 05, 2021, 04:34:48 PM »
I can thoroughly recommend the USA and Canada, my wife and I spent six months on the road there, cool things to see and nice people everywhere. We have been in 28 states including Alaska, not a bad experience to be had (although I did get some unwanted police attention but it was deserved  :laugh)

I have seen many episodes of Cops and know the only way is to be honest and cooperate.  :grin:

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Re: Visit USA
« Reply #50 on: December 05, 2021, 05:17:02 PM »
Since I live in the part of the USA that you're talking about, I would recommend that you see New York City. 

For sure, see the country, the Black Hills and Grand Canton are gorgeous.  And most American cities will have some local music, food and entertainment.  There's always New Orleans and Nashville.  Or ride on Rt 66 (until you get bored), I'll treat you to some biscuits and gravy at a local dinner.
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Re: Visit USA
« Reply #51 on: December 05, 2021, 06:39:06 PM »
It is pretty funny when i read jokes, memes etc. on Facebook that is from USA and think**** they have exactly the same **** as we do.  :grin:

Amen,

IMO, any and all stimuli we humans encounter are truly Rorschach inkblots, and only the individual can form their personal perception.  In the words of Viktor Frankl "Between stimulus and response, man has the ability to choose."

Common cultures allow common meanings and interpretations.  But to try to guess what the next person you meet on the street will be like when they are still 50 feet away is almost always a loosing game.

Moving from Upstate New York to Virginia was a bit of a change.   Not as much as those who believe in the big difference between North US vs. South US would think.  That difference is mostly a myth in my personal experience.

I think population density affects culture more than many other things.  Slower pace of life, saying "Hello" to strangers, looking strangers in the eye, holding the door for someone 8 paces behind you, are things you are more likely to encounter in small towns, not big cities.

"All the people you meet will be a reflection of yourself." is timeless wisdom.  Those who look for the bad in humanity will never disappoint themselves by running short of supply.   :wink:

In my personal experience, the stranger who will look you in the eye is almost always worth talking to!

Based on your typing, your English is excellent.  Be prepared to get asked for your favorite Swedish Meatballs recipe!!!

So what is the Swedish Chef on the muppets singing anyway?   :laugh:
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Re: Visit USA
« Reply #52 on: December 05, 2021, 07:05:43 PM »
I hope you have a wonderful trip, Fredrik, including the autonomy to travel without feeling obligated to see everyone here who is responding.   It's not fun to have to hide from old or new friends when you visit an area.

With that said, I do believe that the WG community will be glad to provide you a safety net while traveling so you can have extra peace of mind to enjoy your travels.  Many here would be glad to spend a few minutes of good times with you.   But if you're in need while traveling and any of us are nearby & can provide some resource or assistance, I think that would make the same people much more happy to be part of your American experience.   

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Re: Visit USA
« Reply #53 on: December 05, 2021, 08:44:11 PM »
Fredrik

One days ride west of the "Tail of the Dragon" is Lynchburg Tn. Home of Jack Daniels.

If ya pass this way I'll gladly buy ya lunch and offer a spare room for the night.  :grin:

I enjoyed the part of the Route 66 I saw last year. 
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Some of these sights on this post has me fired up to go see more of this country too !   

So , Guzzi Gal where is this one from ? 

 
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Re: Visit USA
« Reply #54 on: Today at 08:52:06 AM »
Check the Mgnoc site got rally dates and places,a lot of us plan trips between multiple rallies as they take place from April thru November in different locations.

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Re: Visit USA
« Reply #55 on: Today at 09:34:12 AM »
Another suggestion...  Try some of the budget airlines to cover a bit more ground.  I regularly use Allegiant to fly from Austin TX to Asheville, NC where my Griso is located.
From Austin you can also get to Bozeman, MT and back.  All flights are direct and cheap ($50-$100 USD one way based on luggage).   Frontier is another one.  Both have limited schedules but if time isn't an issue you can work that out.  You certainly would be welcome to stay with us if you need a few days in Texas (sorry we are not in a small town, however).

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Re: Visit USA
« Reply #56 on: Today at 10:33:58 AM »
Another suggestion...  Try some of the budget airlines to cover a bit more ground.  I regularly use Allegiant to fly from Austin TX to Asheville, NC where my Griso is located.
From Austin you can also get to Bozeman, MT and back.  All flights are direct and cheap ($50-$100 USD one way based on luggage).   Frontier is another one.  Both have limited schedules but if time isn't an issue you can work that out.  You certainly would be welcome to stay with us if you need a few days in Texas (sorry we are not in a small town, however).

Thank you so much, i appreciate.  :cheesy:

 

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