In less than 14 days, the 2013 Git’er Dun Tour will commence. I loaded the routes on the GPS this morning, and here’s what the numbers look like:
Specific destinations: 29
Friend/Family destinations: 12
Probable campsites/campgrounds: 24
Projected saddle hours: 276
Most of the travel days are fairly light, with a rough plan on being off the road and setting up camp no later than 5:00 or so. I did this for a couple reasons. I decided to only book a couple of campsites ahead of time as I don’t really want to be tied to a timetable. While I ended up cutting out almost 4,000 miles of planned routing, I’m hoping I’ll have more time to wander around and go “off route” whenever the mood strikes me. The shorter travel days will help, I hope, give me time to find a spot to throw up a tent during the daylight hours.
Anticipated Highlights (not including specific friends and family):
Four Corners Monument
Valley of the Gods and the Moki Dugway: I was here back in 2011 and it was one of my favorite parts of the trip. Since I was passing within 200 miles, I decided to go out of my way and see them both again.
Petrified Forest National Park
Grand Canyon Skywalk
Redwood National Park
Rt 101 up the OR Coastline
Mt. St. Helens Nat’l Monument
Devil’s Tower Nat’l Monument: Yes, the Close Encounters soundtrack is already loaded on the MP3 player.
Mt. Rushmore Nat’l Memorial
Badlands Nat’l Park
Shenandoah Nat’l Park
The Blue Ridge Parkway and the Cherohola Skyway: I’ve tried to hit these 2 roads 4 of the last 5 years and something has always come up to prevent me from taking them. This time, I shall succeed!
Talladega Super Speedway: Alas, I don’t think there’s going to be a race when I land there.
Barber Motorsports Park
As usual, I’ll have a link to my SPOT map over in the right sidebar that you can click on to find out where I am on the journey. Generally speaking, I’ll be moving clockwise around the country once I start heading towards AZ.
Next up is sorting through my gear and getting the preliminary packing handled. I’m refining my packing list significantly for this trip, primarily because I’ll be taking a bunch of winter gear with me for the ride from WA into MT. The last time I was up that way was June of 2011, and I ended up bailing on that part of the trip because late snows had closed several of the roads I hoped to ride. Hopefully that won’t be an issue this time around. If it is, I may be diving south and heading to a friend’s place in Salt Lake City.
I wonder if I should tell him?