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USA ROAD TRIP, DAY 19, 20 AND 21

14 November 2012 | News

by Gary Inman

Day 19: Cruso, NC to Waynesboro, VA
Day 20: Waynesboro, VA to Harrisburg, PA
Day 21: Harrisburg, PA to Newark, NJ

I’m parked in a lay-by on Skyline Drive, a scenic toll-road that runs for 110 miles through the Appalachian Mountains. We, myself and tour leader Nick Sanders, have been stopped by a Park Ranger who is armed and visibly angry.

Do you know what the speed limit is on this road?
35 miles per hour,’ says Nick.
That’s right. And do you know how fast you were going?’ wonders the Ranger.
40?’ says Nick, hopefully.
68!’ shouts the lawman. ‘Now I’ve had a lot of bikes speeding through here today, but you are by far the fastest. I could have these bikes towed away and crushed and have you put in jail for that speed.

We stare at our shoes. The ranger walks back to his car. Then returns. He tells us that he’s not going to give us a ticket. This is some kind of miracle. I might be because my bike has an English registration plate on it. Perhaps he can’t be bothered with the paperwork or he likes the look of us. I don’t know what it is, but we know it’s our lucky day. Nick and I both pull on our helmets, trying as hard as we can not to smile and rejoin the beautiful Skyline Drive. We have one mile of the park to go. It’s the only mile we ride at 35mph.

The trip is nearly over. Yesterday was another damp slog, while tomorrow is an early start and a 140-mile hop from Pennsylvania, past New York to the dock at Newark, New Jersey. We’ll park up the bikes and stand around for three hours waiting to load them in a container for their return to the UK, then get an expensive taxi to the airport.

This trip has been unforgettable. I’ve covered 13,000km (over 8000 miles), and ridden through 24 of the lower 48 states. With 12 other riders from England, Wales and Ireland, I’ve ridden from the Atlantic to the Pacific and back to the Atlantic.

And I already want to do it again…

Gary is rode from New York to California and back to New York with www.nicksanders.com

by Gary Inman

Day 19: Cruso, NC to Waynesboro, VA
Day 20: Waynesboro, VA to Harrisburg, PA
Day 21: Harrisburg, PA to Newark, NJ

I’m parked in a lay-by on Skyline Drive, a scenic toll-road that runs for 110 miles through the Appalachian Mountains. We, myself and tour leader Nick Sanders, have been stopped by a Park Ranger who is armed and visibly angry.

Do you know what the speed limit is on this road?
35 miles per hour,’ says Nick.
That’s right. And do you know how fast you were going?’ wonders the Ranger.
40?’ says Nick, hopefully.
68!’ shouts the lawman. ‘Now I’ve had a lot of bikes speeding through here today, but you are by far the fastest. I could have these bikes towed away and crushed and have you put in jail for that speed.

We stare at our shoes. The ranger walks back to his car. Then returns. He tells us that he’s not going to give us a ticket. This is some kind of miracle. I might be because my bike has an English registration plate on it. Perhaps he can’t be bothered with the paperwork or he likes the look of us. I don’t know what it is, but we know it’s our lucky day. Nick and I both pull on our helmets, trying as hard as we can not to smile and rejoin the beautiful Skyline Drive. We have one mile of the park to go. It’s the only mile we ride at 35mph.

The trip is nearly over. Yesterday was another damp slog, while tomorrow is an early start and a 140-mile hop from Pennsylvania, past New York to the dock at Newark, New Jersey. We’ll park up the bikes and stand around for three hours waiting to load them in a container for their return to the UK, then get an expensive taxi to the airport.

This trip has been unforgettable. I’ve covered 13,000km (over 8000 miles), and ridden through 24 of the lower 48 states. With 12 other riders from England, Wales and Ireland, I’ve ridden from the Atlantic to the Pacific and back to the Atlantic.

And I already want to do it again…

Gary is rode from New York to California and back to New York with www.nicksanders.com

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USA ROAD TRIP

10 September 2012 | News

by Gary Inman

British journalist and friend of Dainese, Gary Inman, is on a three-week, 12,000km road trip in the USA. He is writing an exclusive blog for Dainese.

The Plan
To ride a brand new Yamaha Super Tenere from New York to San Francisco and back to New York, in 21 days. I’d been invited by the deranged, English moto-adventurer, Nick Sanders to join a group of riders he was leading on the adventure. Sanders does not sell this trip as a holiday. There are several 500-plus mile (800km) days, but that’s what you have to do if you want to see huge sections of the States in just three weeks.

Day 1
Even before the trip starts problems arise. The motorcycle I’m supposed to be riding, borrowed from one of Sanders’ sponsors, Yamaha UK, can’t be imported into the US, because it doesn’t have my name on the documents. But Sanders, who once rode around the world in 19 days, is used to solving problems. I’ll ride his Super Tenere, he’ll rent another Yamaha.
Then there are issues getting bikes cleared through customs. Twelve bikes have been shipped in a container. Sanders is constantly on the phone to ensure they’ll clear before the weekend. Despite the trip looking like it could crumble before it starts the English adventurer stays supremely calm while he calls his shipping agent in Texas and the customs office in New Jersey.
His experience helps sort the situation, and on a sweltering Friday afternoon, a dozen English and Irish riders and pillions stand in a car park as a container is delivered and dropped, not too gently, on the ground.
The bikes are unstrapped. I take ‘my’ Yamaha. It has 92,000km (57,000 miles) on the clock, a bald rear tyre, stickers old all over its battered bodywork and panniers and no front brakes.
It’s decided Nick will ride it, with me as pillion, to Queens, New York to collect his rental bike. Queens is about 15 miles away, but I can’t work the new satnav. It takes us three, excruciating hours. But we make it.
Now the ride can really start…

by Gary Inman

British journalist and friend of Dainese, Gary Inman, is on a three-week, 12,000km road trip in the USA. He is writing an exclusive blog for Dainese.

The Plan
To ride a brand new Yamaha Super Tenere from New York to San Francisco and back to New York, in 21 days. I’d been invited by the deranged, English moto-adventurer, Nick Sanders to join a group of riders he was leading on the adventure. Sanders does not sell this trip as a holiday. There are several 500-plus mile (800km) days, but that’s what you have to do if you want to see huge sections of the States in just three weeks.

Day 1
Even before the trip starts problems arise. The motorcycle I’m supposed to be riding, borrowed from one of Sanders’ sponsors, Yamaha UK, can’t be imported into the US, because it doesn’t have my name on the documents. But Sanders, who once rode around the world in 19 days, is used to solving problems. I’ll ride his Super Tenere, he’ll rent another Yamaha.
Then there are issues getting bikes cleared through customs. Twelve bikes have been shipped in a container. Sanders is constantly on the phone to ensure they’ll clear before the weekend. Despite the trip looking like it could crumble before it starts the English adventurer stays supremely calm while he calls his shipping agent in Texas and the customs office in New Jersey.
His experience helps sort the situation, and on a sweltering Friday afternoon, a dozen English and Irish riders and pillions stand in a car park as a container is delivered and dropped, not too gently, on the ground.
The bikes are unstrapped. I take ‘my’ Yamaha. It has 92,000km (57,000 miles) on the clock, a bald rear tyre, stickers old all over its battered bodywork and panniers and no front brakes.
It’s decided Nick will ride it, with me as pillion, to Queens, New York to collect his rental bike. Queens is about 15 miles away, but I can’t work the new satnav. It takes us three, excruciating hours. But we make it.
Now the ride can really start…

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