You may or may not be aware Jay Kuhns and I recently completed a US Four Corners Tour. The event is sponsored by the Southern California Motorcycle Association.
The rules are simple, stop in each of the four extreme corner US cities of the lower 48 States, shoot a picture, do a little paperwork, and complete the ride within 21 days. The event requires participants visit Madawaska, Maine, Key West, Florida, San Ysidro, California, and Blain, Washington. They may be visited in any order and a rider does not need to return to the starting corner. The rider can start at anytime they like, it is not a group ride.
Jay and I left on June the 16th and returned home on the 4th of July (19 days). It took us 12 ½ days to do the actual event, 4 days to get to Maine and 48 hours to get home from 100 miles North of Seattle. Total trip was right at 11K with about 6.5K on the actual event. We averaged almost exactly 600 miles per day while taking one riding day off to tour the Pensacola, Fla. Naval Aviation Museum. It is a spectacular museum which I highly recommend to anyone interested in planes, space, US history, or the US Navy.
I wish I could tell tales of daring do but actually we experienced very few problems of any kind. We hit some really severe thunderstorms in Kansas and the panhandle of Florida. We also had to take about a 30 mile detour around forest (swamp actually) fires near Saint Augustine, Fla. Once we got west of about San Antonio it remained well over 100 degrees until we hit the California costal mountains. The hottest spot was between Gila Bend and Yuma Az. where it showed 112 on both our bike thermometers. Jay had a minor wiring gremlin affecting all his aftermarket electronics. It turned out to be a connector that Jay had fabricated shorted out. I used my kill switch to turn off my bike one evening and forgot to turn off the ignition for about 5 hours which required a jump start. The point I’m trying to make is the BMW products, as manufactured, were flawless. We both did the trip on one set of tires and one tune up. We both have some wear left in our tires.
There could be several ways to participate in this event. If you were to ride every day and do one of the shorter routes available, it would only require riding less than 350 miles per day if using the full 21 days. So one could do the ride, do some site seeing, do some visiting, but couldn’t do too much of any of those. Jay and I agreed before we started that we had both seen most all of the tourist spots around the country and have both ridden the vast majority of the nice twisty roads on or near our route. That would not need to be your plan if you were to do the ride; it’s simply the method we choose. It was amazing the number of roads and towns we went through that either one or both of us had visited and knew about restaurants or motels.
I set out with a goal to find out how many consecutive days or how many miles I would need to ride before I was tired of riding and wanted to do something else besides ride for a few days. I failed.
Ride, RIDE, RIDE,