Free-styling it across the U.S. on an Electra Glide
The planning and organising is now in full swing for our next adventure in America. Next year Me, Kate, my bro Roly and the fabulous Babs will be riding from Daytona Beach, Florida to Santa Monica, California. No tour leader, no support vehicle, no suitcases, just two Electra Glides and four people taking only what they can carry on the bikes winding their way across America.
Every year at the end of the Florida bike hire season Eaglerider need to relocate a large number of motorcycles to California for the start of the West Coast hire season. Normally they would load them into trucks and drive them east to west. But our friends The Lost Adventure had a brilliant idea a few years ago and convinced Eaglerider to hire the bikes at a discounted rate and let people ride them across. So began the annual Coast To Coast Run.
What’s the catch? Well, you have to deliver the bikes on a certain date and have two weeks to do it. You sort your own accommodation, pay for fuel yourself and plot your own route… This is not an organised tour, we carry our own bags, fill our own tanks, and pull our own weight. This Road Trip is about every day being an adventure, only having a rough idea where we’re headed, looking at the sky, unfolding a map and picking out a twisty, scenic ribbon of tarmac and riding it.
We’ve booked cheap flights with Norwegian Airlines to get us to Florida and a flight back from Los Angeles after the bike has been delivered.
We have a cheap hotel on International Drive booked for a few days to acclimatise (a bargain £50,00/night) and Bab’s has booked our hotel for our first night of the actual bike trip… more about that later.
So, what is the actual plan for the route? We have a number of places we would like to visit but nothing is “set in stone”. We collect the bikes from the Eaglerider depot in Orlando. The plan is to ride to Daytona Beach to jump in the Atlantic Ocean and then up the east coast to St. Augustine for the night in a fabulous hotel over looking the San Sebastian River booked by Babs.
The following day we start heading west and aim to be in the capital of Florida – Tallahassee for our second night … and so for the next couple of weeks we’ll head west through Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and ending up in California visiting New Orleans, Galveston, San Antonio, Abilene and Roswell (yes, that Roswell in New Mexico) amongst others on the way.. including the worlds biggest Harley Davidson dealership in Scottsdale, Arizona.
A trip of about 3500 miles in 14 days…… with a day off in New Orleans to soak up the French Quarter atmosphere of Bourbon Street.
We will, of course, be jumping in the Pacific Ocean when we arrive on the west coast…
We are so excited about this road trip, it’s going to be a blast……..