States that were trailered through: NE, IA, IL, OH, MI, IN, PA, MD, VA, WV, KY, MO, KS.
The idea was to explore several concepts:
1. Viability of Milli, the 2006 PT Cruiser as a URV: Ural Recovery Vehicle. In terms of towing capacity and highway speeds, she did great! She did use a bit of oil, the AC failed, but mechanically she remained sound.
2. Viability of using Milli as a mini-camper. Grade: B. It was OK, though I only camped one night.
3. Test how much of a PITA it is to dismount/mount Scarlett from the trailer when the opportunity presents itself for a ride in an interesting area. Got the process down to less than 20 minutes each way, but it was a bit of a hassle. Also, no matter how hard I tried, couldn't get Scarlett to look good in pictures while on the trailer....just wasn't happening!
At the West Omaha KOA
The thought had been too to claim more states that I'd motorcycled in. All I had to do was stop somewhere, get Scarlett off the trailer and go riding around a bit right? Due to time constraints and general lack of will, there were several states I just drove through, electing to not unload the rig. So much for that idea, and besides, it just didn't feel right in the end.
Parking in downtown Chicago is ridiculous! Very expensive.
As I drove hour after hour along the super slabs, my thoughts turned to:
This thought came up repeatedly: Why am I trailering? If Scarlett develops issues, better now while she's under warranty than later when she's not!? URAL support has always been outstanding so why use the URV concept.
I wasn't in a race and it's not like I was in the wilds of British Columbia or Alaska! Note, I would have been limited to 55 mph had I decided to ride Scarlett instead of trailering. Using the URV enabled speeds in the 65-70 mph range so we covered the same distance faster.
It sure was nice to bask in the air-conditioning in the car on the hot portions of each driving day. That is, until the air-conditioning failed, then it was miserable; but at least I didn't have riding gear on I suppose, since I was in a car!
KOA campgrounds and their Wifi, slow at best, and on this trip, quite pathetic at the KOA near Omaha that I stopped at.
You can drive, from Orlean, VA to Centennial CO in two days but they're a long two days! I was a bit punchy when I got home Tuesday evening.
About 2050 miles outbound, with Orlean, VA being the turn-around point. About 1668 miles on the return half of the trip. Rough total: 3718 miles.
So, not sure I'll be repeating the same transportation conditions on the next road trip.
Still, I got the chance to visit friends I'd not seen in too many years, saw an awesome flyover by WWII aircraft, met new folks, rode with a pioneer moto-blogger and finally met in person a legend in the moto-blogging world. All in all, a good road trip.