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My August plans

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This is my plan for the month of August.

About 7500 km, leaving south east Saskatchewan on July 30th and returning here Sept 6th, right after Labor Day.

I have family at 3 of the stops and some old friends at several of the others. Hope to stop in and see Larry's shop when at the southern tip of my trip, and if any problems arise I hope I can limp the bike to the steps of his shop.

Any one have any sites along my route that should not be missed??

Also does anyone have a recommendation of an online map to use? The common ones are great for point A to point B guidelines and directions but as a trip planner I am getting frustrated.

Have tried Google Maps as well as MapQuest but because my trip involves over 50 waypoints I find that it is hard to manage. Plus I often take less direct routes to see more of the countryside so I have to keep throwing in different stops to guide the route which make it difficult to manage. I am convinced there is a way to make trip planning much more easy than I have experienced so far.

P.S. The leg from Sacramento to Eugene Oregon shows me following the interstate but I plan to travel roads between I-5 and the coast, (ie California Highways 96, 36, 299 and such). Again I am just having a hard time forcing Google Maps to take me where I want to go.
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Here we have CAA which is affiliated with AAA. I have the plus membership, which covers the cost of a flatdeck hauler rather than just regular tow truck which is much more useful when you have a bike.

I remember using the TripTik before, I think its to late now to get one made up though as I leave in a week. My route is still kinda fluid, I suspect I will be making minute change up until the moment I leave.

Once on the road I do plan to stick to using old fashioned paper maps. I have had GPS units fail me several times in the past, plus I am packing in a minimalist fashion this time.

Some of the more remote sections, that may not be detailed very well on the large paper map, I plan to print ahead of time as well.

Right now I am just seeing what the mileage is between stops and what campgrounds and facilities are to be found where I plan to stop riding for the day. I just have found using Google Maps to be very frustrating, especially when I think I have it saved, but it some how changes, and then I can no longer edit it but rather need to start a new map

Agree that the coastal highway can be rather busy at this time of year, have done it twice before on a bike and a couple more times in a vehicle. However this time I am not a dumb kid on a sportbike trying to drag my foot pegs on corners. I plan to ride sensibly and take in the scenery, perhaps stop for an espresso and enjoy life rather than race it to the end.

Gonna head out tommorow morning for a test run, 4 hours one way then return on sunday. It will be the first decent ride since I did a fair bit of work to her. Forecast is to be raining the first 250km of my trip so it will be a good test run
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