Key West to San Diego 18
Key West to San Diego
April 7th to 21st 2018 (14 riding days)
3,881 Miles on the Gulf Coast and USA/Mexico Border
About the ride
The is a new experimental exploring ride for me. I have been dreaming about exploring the Florida Keys and the region all along the Gulf Coast and the USA border along Mexico. This ride is a paved back places style ride where adventure bikes will be great and street bikes too. As this is a ride where we let serendipity guide our discovery along the way, we see what we see and discover what we discover. No proven routes or paths or places along this adventure.
I will be riding a Sport Touring motorcycle, yes a Yamaha FJ-09.
I do not plan to take a large group of riders, rather just a small group of friends.
The cost to join this 14 day ride is $1788. This covers your lodging for the 16 nights during the ride. This also covers your ride packets which include a custom Garmin GPS Map on a micro SD card and printed ride maps and descriptions.
Now taking signups: Sorry the ride is full.
After your signup, riders will receive an email from me with further ride information and instructions.
Note: Riders must make full payment by February 7th, 2018
Riders will receive ride packets in the mail one week before the ride.
Do not sign up for this ride unless you are serious about coming. I take your signup very seriously and start planning for you the minute you sign up. If you need to cancel up to one month prior to the ride start date I will give you a full refund but I will keep $100 to cover the planning work. Sorry but I make non refundable commitments myself so it gets hard for me. "I hate this world of non refundable deals myself." If you need to cancel within one month of the ride I cannot give a refund unless I can find a replacement rider. In the case of finding a replacement rider, I will gladly give you the full refund minus the $100 to cover the planning work. In the event of ride cancellation, you will be given a full refund.
I know many of you also enjoy dreaming about the ride and making your plans, so here is the detail, enjoy!
View the ride maps below
OK since many of you like to study more detail about the ride, below are the ride maps.
I put these ride maps on the web page because I know a few of you love looking at the ride detail and dreaming about the ride. At first glance these maps do not look so impressive, but they are way cool. If you start zooming in, you can see the ride in incredible detail. I have spent a ton of hours sorting through the details of the ride for each day, so for those of you that enjoy this sort of thing, well enjoy!
The Blue lines are MAIN routes
How does the ride navigation work?
This is a self-led GPS ride; all riding is on your own. You are responsible for your own riding. You will be given a GPS map file and instructions on how to use your Garmin GPS unit. People will hook up in small groups of less than 6 riders and tend to ride together. You are not encouraged to ride alone. You are responsible for your own riding and yourself.
(see my ride Navigation Video)
Are you right for this ride?
When something goes wrong on a ride, would your riding friends say that you are more likely to need help or more likely to give help? You should be in the more likely to offer help camp. This ride is filled with riders that are more likely to give help, so most of the time the riders never need help. Additionally there is all the normal stuff, come prepared to maintain your bike, fix your bike on the trail, repair flat tires, deal with bad weather and rain and make a joke or two.
How do I make the GPS stuff so easy?
I develop very high quality ride maps custom for our ride. They come from much of what I and others have ridden. I take the best from all my rides and make new ones.
(See my Custom Ride Maps Video)
Note from me, gpsKevin
My goal for this ride is simple, great riding, so you can count on great routes and places to ride.
But in addition: the ride is about discovering new places, meeting new friends, seeing new parts of the Southwest.
Who is going on this ride?
John J, Stanton, NJ
Russ M, Santa Montca CA
Joey L, Marana, AZ
Honda Africa Twin
Ed B, Fort Wayne, IN
Ralph P, Eastvale CA
Buying and new bike there
Chris S, Santa Rosa CA
Honda Africa Twin
Scott McD, Chatsworth CA
gpsKevin, San Diego CA
Yoda Jeffrey, San Diego CA
Terry K, Canyon Lake, CA
Michael D, Lakewood Ranch, FL
Jeffrey T, Port Charlotte, FL