Sometime in April I decided that we really,
really needed to christen the ST1100 with a substantial tour. I'd never traveled west of
the Rockies, and Pam had never visited California,
so that decided the general direction. My son
Robert's birthday is June 26th, so being in El Paso
for his birthday was a prime objective.
After kicking it around a bit, we decided
that we had to fly my daughter Dana in to El Paso,
to make it a reunion. We also opted to make it a fly-n-ride for Pam: she'd fly
from Memphis to Denver,
where I'd meet her, then we'd continue on to El Paso..
via California. This served dual
purposes in that it'd let her skip that first 1000+ miles of flatland, and also
allow me to wring the bike out good and proper, sort of get it out of my system
before picking her up. On the return stage,
she'd fly from El Paso to Dallas,
then meet me for the last leg from DFW to Memphis.
This let her bypass another tedious bit, but was mainly designed to give her an
extra day or two with her friend Connie, who lives in the DFW area.
Here's the final itinerary, as it stood on
the morning of my departure:
On a motorcycle tour, of course, an itinerary
is best treated as guideline, not as gospel. With that in mind,
here's what actually transpired:
[ click the links in the 'Day' column
to randomly access the daily entries, or click here
to start reading chronologically ]
The main deviations were that we bypassed the
Death Valley side-trip, and that I broke the El
Paso - Plano
leg up into two days, vs. one. And, I suppose, that we returned home a day
ahead of schedule. All things considered, though, we actually stuck pretty
darned close to the plan!
miles in 114.48 hours comes out to a 43.9 MPH average speed. The
"Distance" field was computed by taking an odometer reading each
morning before we rolled, and so it includes short evening dinner jaunts
and such. The "Time" field was taken from the time we rolled in
the morning to the time we arrived at the day's destination. The
"Time" does not include these evening jaunts,
nor does it include layover days. It does
include fuel / rest / meal stops, and sightseeing stops of less than
an hour. In any case, the average speed is a bit skewed, obviously. 'tis a
fair representation though, I think...
fuel used was 129.34 gallons, for an average 38.85 MPG. Oddly enough, I do
better'n that in local riding. But we were riding mostly two-up, remember,
and heavily laden. Nor was I sparing of the throttle..
cost of fuel was $297.35, for an average price of $2.299/gallon. I had to
add one quart of oil (in Las Vegas),
and I changed the oil & oil filter during the layover in El
spent 9 nights in hired lodgings, at a total cost of $512.78, making the
average price of a room $56.98.
grand total of my expenditures was $2,650.29, for an average of $132.51
per day. Note that I say my expenditures because, while Pam
spent at least a couple of hundred bucks of her own, she didn't feel the
need to keep a precise record. Hey, what can I say? Some of us are just
more thorough (and/or anal-retentive ) than others.
A note on the content and format of the daily
entries: they're taken in situ from posts I made during the trip
to an online forum, The Poor Man's Watch Forum. So if you find the content
overly wristwatch-oriented.. well, just remember the original target audience!
Also, you may find the format a bit.. well, inconsistent. If you view the
underlying HTML, you'll no doubt think it downright eccentric. While my
original code was lean & mean (I swear!), it was uploaded to the forum, crunched
by the forum's automatic code-generator, downloaded back to my laptop, then
tweaked with NVU.. so while it should render OK, it is, underneath, a real
mess. In fact, just forget I mentioned it.. do not view the
Thanks for lookin'. Hope you enjoy the li’l
travelogue as much as we enjoyed the tour!