Basically, this 2010 trip will differ from 2002-2009 in two ways:
1. Daily mileage is much shorter -- 350 to 450
2. Bed and Breakfast Inns added to the lodging list
UPDATED July 5 -- THE TRIP SCHEDULE AND SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATIONS! If you haven't made reservations now, PLEASE DO SO. If you and other bikers decide to share rooms, one of you can cancel your reservations to join the other biker. I am having all the bikers email each other with their plans and it is up to them to share rooms or not.
Rocky Mount Bed & Breakfast 2364 Rocky Mount Rd, Prattville, AL Website 334-546-7083
Motel 6 - Montgomery >> #149 -- approximately $34 single -- Mike Tuccelli and others are staying here. I-85 at Eastern Boulevard, Exit #6 1051 Eastern Boulevard Montgomery, AL 36117 (334) 277-6748 Directions: To | From
Suggested meeting place Saturday night at 7 p.m. Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon 1060 Eastern Blvd, Montgomery, AL 36117 US Website
Sunday, July 18, 2010 Montgomery, Alabama to Memphis, Tennessee 327 miles
Main Route: I-65 North to Birmingham, AL then 78 West.
Secondary Route: I suggest this because of traditional majestic courthouses set in town squares, a scattering of souithern antebellum mansions, and the authentic Deep South. US 82 West to Eupora Mississippi then state road 9 and then 7 to US 78 West.
I will leave at 6 a.m. (kickstands up) from Waffle House 1185 Eastern Blvd, Montgomery, AL 36117 US Website
Talbot Heirs Guesthouse 99 South Second Street, Memphis, TN 38103, 901-527-9772, 800-955-3956, Located in the heart of Historic Downtown Memphis, Talbot Heirs Guesthouse is a small, yet elegantly contemporary, privately owned guesthouse that offers seven spacious and comfortably appointed guest suites, each with a different theme and decor. All of the suites have free high speed Internet access and WiFi, queen size beds, hair dryers, irons, ironing boards, and fully equipped kitchens. Grocery services, laundry facility and exercise equipment are available upon request and are on site for guests to enjoy. more...George Upton is staying here.
Motel 6 - West Memphis >> #498 -- approximately $32 single -- Mike Tuccelli, Corey Landridge, John Dickie and Gary Dennis are staying here I-55/40 at Ingram Boulevard, Exit #279-A 2501 South Service Road West Memphis, AR 72301 (870) 735-0100 Directions: To | From
Suggested meeting place Sunday at 7 p.m. at Margaritas Mexican Restaurant 1100 Ingram Blvd, West Memphis, AR News flash! meeting places from now on are completely optional because we bikers may not be in the mood to go there.
Monday, July 19, 2010 Memphis, TN to Kansas City, MO 452 miles
Main Route: I-55, US 63 North, US 60 West, US 65 North, I 44 West, Missouri 13 north, Missouri 7 North, US 71 North
Secondary Route: Same as above <g>
I will be leaving at 6 a.m. from Waffle House 2309 S Service Rd, West Memphis, AR 72301
Stone-yancey Enjoy your stay in one of our 3 lovely rooms, each with private baths, queen or king beds, a sitting area, a work area with high speed wired and wireless internet, TV's with DVD players, and more! Relax in our guest parlor, which features a fireplace, piano, books, and games for your enjoyment. Or snuggle up in your room and enjoy a movie from our DVD library. Your delicious 3-course breakfast features homemade breads or muffins, fruit, hot or cold cereal, and a main course with a hot entree, perhaps lemon soufflé pancakes, an omelet roll, eggs benedict, caramel french toast, or other yummy offerings. Early morning coffee will be right outside your door! In the evenings, dessert and beverages await you in the dining room. Be sure to save room for them. George Upton is staying here.
1812 Overture Bed and Breakfast 1812 Washington St Kansas City, MO 64108 1-816-645-2405 The most historic bed and breakfast located in the heart of downtown Kansas City. We are just five blocks from the new Sprint sports and entertainment center. walk to art galleries,first Fridays events,Union Station,Liberty Memorial Museum. Crown Center,and the convention center. Walk to the new Power and Light District with all the new wonderful restaurants and clubs.not to mention just a short drive to the country club plaza and Westport areas. We are now featuring wi-fi service.
Motel 6 Kansas City North - Airport #4483 8230 Northwest Prairie View Road I-29 at Northwest Barry Road, Exit #8 Kansas City, MO, 64151 Phone: (816) 741-6400 | Fax: (816) 746-5378 -- Mike Tuccelli and at least four others are staying here
Let's meet at 7 p.m. at Swagat Authentic Indian Restaurant 7407 NW 87th St, Kansas City, MO 64153 US WebsiteNews flash! meeting places from now on are completely optional because we bikers may not be in the mood to go there.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 Kansas City, MO to Sioux Falls, South Dakota 362 miles
Main Route: I-29 North
Secondary Route: i-29 North to Elwood, then 36 West to Troy KS, then 7 north to Rulo, Nebraska (about 10 miles unpaved), US 159 West to US 73, then US 75, to US 15 to US 77 and back on I-29 North
Mike Tuccelli is leaving kick stand up at 6 a.m. from Mc Donald's 6830 NW 83rd Ter, Parkville, MO
ALTERNATE -- Kansas City, MO to point unknown in Nebraska (rationale: Bored of interstates? This will take you through the heartland of Nebraska and you will be at Rapid City, SD the next day ... found a couple of hotels in Valentine, Nebraska .. Comfort Inn at $89 and Quality Inn across from a casino at $80. This will be around 420 miles or so but will be a shorter drive the next day.
As of June 2 -- J L Harley Davidson 2601 West 60th Street Sioux Falls, SD 57107 (800) 292-3531 Get directionsmay welcome us with slushies and ice cream at 3 p.m. More details sent via email to group.
Steever House Bed & Breakfast 46850 276th St, Lennox, SD Website 605-647-5055 -- George Upton is staying here
Aunt Reba's Bed & Breakfast 2124 Iowa 9, Larchwood, IA Website 712-478-4042
Corey Langridge, Gary Hoop & Gary Dennis will stay at Motel 6 Sioux Falls #162 3009 W Russell St i-29 at w russell st, exit #81 Sioux falls, SD, 57107 Phone: (605) 336-7800 | Fax: (605) 330-9273
Suggested meeting place at 6:15 p.m. J & L HARLEY DAVIDSON 2601 West 60th Street Sioux Falls, SD 57107 (800) 292-3531 Get directions We will travel approximately 30 miles and then dine in one of the small towns surrounding Sioux Falls. Anyone wanting to ride along would see a few of the SD back roads, enjoy a simple meal and meet some great people with a passion for riding. The group welcomes all bikers, but would ask you to sign a release waiver.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Rapid City, South Dakota 347 miles
Main route: I-90 West
Secondary route: We will ask the HOG group for suggestions.
Suggested kick stands up at 7 a.m. at Food-N-Fuel 2505 W Russell St, Sioux Falls, SD 57104 Website
Flying B Ranch Bed & Breakfast 6324 Haines Ave, Rapid City, SD Website 605-342-5324
Back Roads Inn & Cabins 13350 Silver Mountain Rd, Rapid City, SD 605-342-2246
Peregrine Pointe B & B 23451 Peregrine Pt, Rapid City, SD Website 605-348-3987
Motel 6 - Rapid City >> #352 -- At least four are staying here. I-90 at Lacrosse Street South, Exit #59 620 East Latrobe Street South Rapid City, SD 57701 (605) 343-3687 Directions: To | From
George Upton is staying at Black Forest Inn
Suggested meeting place at 7 p.m. Outback Steakhouse 665 E. Disk Dr., Rapid City, SD 57701 News flash! meeting places from now on are completely optional because we bikers may not be in the mood to go there.
Thursday, July 22, 2010 Rapid City, South Dakota to Bozeman, Montana – 464 miles
Kickstands up at 6 a.m. from Perkins Restaurant & Bakery 1715 N Lacrosse St, Rapid City, SD
This group is getting larger! Suggested rendezvous is 7 p.m. at Over the Tapas (see website!) 19 S Willson Ave, Bozeman, MT News flash! meeting places from now on are completely optional because we bikers may not be in the mood to go there.
Friday, July 23, 2010 Bozeman, Montana to West Glacier Montana – 331 miles
Kickstands up at 7 a.m. at Mc Donald's 1503 W Main St, Bozeman, MT
Let me explain this route: This will take us to the western edge of the park. With just 331 miles, we will be freesh and enjoy this scenic drive. The next morning we need to go east again to the main highway. Please get a good map of Montana and see for yourself what I mean.
Park View Inn Bed & Breakfast 904 4th Ave W, Columbia Falls, MT 406-892-4255
Bad Rock Country Bed-Breakfast -- George Upton is staying here -- also Mike Tuccelli, both Garys and Corey Langridge (cancelled Whistling Swan as the rooms are apparently so small that with a single bed, you can't even fit a cot in there!) and Eric and Shirley Chernin! Website says they were voted one of the twelve top inns in the US and Mexico by Country Inns magazine) 480 Bad Rock Dr, Columbia Falls, MT Website 406-892-2829
Master Suite Bed & Breakfast Kalispell, MT 406-752-8512
Glacier Park Inn Bed & Brkfst 9128 US Highway 2, Hungry Horse, MT Website 406-387-5099
Suggested rendezvous at 7 p.m. Jagz Restaurant (Steak house Montana Style) 3796 Us Highway 2 E, Kalispell, MT 59901 News flash! meeting places from now on are completely optional because we bikers may not be in the mood to go there.
Saturday, July 24, 2010 West Glacier, MT to Lake Louise, Alberta -- 308 miles
ALTERNATE PLAN: Some of us will be going to Calgary Airport and meeting our spouses/friends there where they will rent cars and follow us to Alaska. Depending on flight times, we will rendevous in Lake Louise or Prince George. If you rent a car for someone PLEASE READ THE FINE PRINT! Some will restrict rental to Alberta and a surcharge for British Columbia. I was able to find a car rental for only $129 with 3500 KM included.
Terry Karr was able to find a private room for $60 at Mosquitoe Creek Hostel in the northern Banff area, 20km from Lake Louise bustle.
Post Hotel 200 Pipestone Rd, Lake Louise, AB 403-522-3989
Lake Louise Inn - Village of Lake Louise, Lake Louise Vacation in the mountains with all the comforts of home. The Lake Louise Inn is a modern mountain resort, nestled in a picturesque setting near the Pipestone River. Situated in five buildings, the 232 tastefully appointed guest rooms offer something to fit every style and budget. Most of the room types at the Lake Louise Inn feature a view of the... more...
Mountaineer Lodge - Village of Lake Louise, Lake Louise Located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Mountaineer Lodge provides the cleanest, most affordable accommodation in Lake Louise. Mountaineer Lodge, centrally located in the village of Lake Louise, is only 4 km from the majestic lake, and makes an excellent focal point from which to take day trips. Most guest rooms have a beautiful view of... more...
Deer Lodge - Outskirts, Lake Louise Renovated in 2008, Deer Lodge is located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies and has been restored to its original splendor including the log structure, decor and many of the original architectural features. Deer Lodge's rooftop hot tub offers a dazzling view of Victoria Glacier. The scenery never fails to dazzle, making this jewel of the Rockies ... more...
Suggested rendezvous at 7 p.m. Lake Louise Railway Station & Restaurant, 200 Sentinel Road, reservations recommended (403) 522-2600 News flash! meeting places from now on are completely optional because we bikers may not be in the mood to go there.
Fifth Avenue Bed & Breakfast 1824 5th Ave, Prince George, BC 250-562-1315
Tudor House Bed & Breakfast 1720 Edmonton St, Prince George, BC 250-564-8433
Living River Bed & Breakfast 987 North Nechako Rd, Prince George, BC 250-562-9656
MamaYeh RV Park and CampGrounds - www.mamayeh.com - (250) 961-6828 -- Mike Tuccelli has already made reservations here at the bed and breakfast. They are planning on a BBQ at 6 p.m. for all of us! They are also offering all of us free camping -- please contact them first to reserve a camping spot!
May I suggest you plan on service at Smithers, British Columbia ... this is the last chance before Alaska! Eyecandywww.eyecandycustoms.ca 3350 Hwy 16 Smithers, BC V0J 2N0, Canada (250) 847-4044
The people who run this shop hand made a windshield for one of the bikers a few years past and the owners, Sam & Sara Henderson, allowed me to watch Sam change the headlights on my Gold Wing so I was able to do that from now on. I had bought the bulbs earler and he didn't charge me for the installation! PLEASE CONTACT THEM IN ADVANCE so they can have the parts available for service.
Of course, we will be going back through in a few days ... Thursday, July 29.
http://www.ripleycreekinn.com/ -- I strongly recommend this one! I am staying here. Please do click the website. Options begin at just $55 per night up.
Hotel options include:
King Edward Hotel Ltd - 405 5th Ave, Stewart, BC Website | 250-636-2244 -- They have a hotel on one side of the street and a motelon the other side of the street. It is so "motorcycle friendly" there is reservedf parking right on the sidewalk!
In Hyder ... which is just a couple of miles away, it is like a "ghost town" ... absolutely chariming! For instance, there is a "Bus" ... a restaurant in a bus whose owner personally catches the fish he serves in the restaurant.
Some ideas if you want to stay in Hyder:
Grand View Inn Visit Website All units have TV, in-suite bathroom, micro-wave oven and refrigerators. Four units have complete kitchenettes with all cooking utensils. Address: Hyder Avenue | Hyder, AK | 99923 Tel: 1 250 636-9174 | Email: Send an Email
Sealaska Inn and Camp Run-A-Muck Campground Visit Website Rates: USD $24 - $52 — The inn and campground is located along the scenic border of Alaska and British Columbia, in Hyder, situated at the head of the Portland Canal surrounded by rugged mountains and chilling glaciers. Address: Box 150 | Hyder, Alaska | 99923
Rendevous at Bitter Creek Cafe in Stewart, BC at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 -- ALASKA
Breakfast meeting at King Edward Hotel dining room at 7 a.m.
Explore glaciers and observe grizzly bears catching salmon
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 Stewart, BC to Prince George, British Columbia – 434 miles. NOTICE -- some of the bikers will continue North to interior Alaska via Tok. All registered bikers have each others e-mail addresses so they can begin a "listserv" chat room so we know of each others plans and make arrangements to go in groups to various parts of interior Alaska OR you can continue with the below schedule.
Gary Hoop plans to travel with George Upton after Hyder. They are taking the ferry from Prince Rupert and will return to the US
May I suggest you plan on service at Smithers, British Columbia ... this is the first place after Alaska! Eyecandy3350 Hwy 16 Smithers, BC V0J 2N0, Canada (250) 847-4044 3350 Hwy 16 Smithers, BC V0J 2N0, Canada (250) 847-4044
Some of the bikers emailed me and said they were planning on leaving the group at this point to head up to Fairbanks, Anchorage and other points North and return home later. This is perfectly fine as the advantages of this tour includes a mix of flexibilty, pre-planned itinery, solo and group riding.
This route will take us through the beautiful ice fields again.
Lake Louise Inn -- Mike Tuccelli and family here
George Upton and Gary Hoop are heading for Prince Rupert to catch the Alaska Ferry July 29th. They will return from Alaska via the Alcan highway, than across Canada coming back into the US via the Mackinaw bridge into Michigan. Anyone want to join them???
Friday, July 30, 2010 -- Lake Louise, Alberta to Medicine Hat, Alberta -- 372 miles
ALTERNATE: Some of us will lead our spouses/friends in their rental car to Calgary Airport and rejoin with the rest of you in Biggar.