RTW plans: Planning to do the USA and Canada by Motorcycle

Update: I’m now intending to travel by bicycle, throughout North America and the world

Like Australia, the United States and Canada present some difficult challenges to move around freely without a car. With the exception of larger metropolitan areas, there are only a handful of Amtrak services that cross the country. The other alternative, is to travel with one of the bus companies, such as Greyhound or Megabus. However, this limits one to scheduled stops. Also, a few years ago, Greyhound decided to withdraw its extremely popular Discovery Pass. This was a wonderfully inexpensive way to get around. With that no longer in the offering, I’ve now considered another alternative. For many years, not long after I visited the United States, for the first time, in 1995, I’ve wanted to travel coast to coast by motorcycle. With the planning of my round the world trip, I’ve decided to do all of my travels in the United States and Canada by motorcycle. I had thought of other options, such as buying a car. But, after much thinking, I’ve decided that a motorcycle is my favoured option. The thrill of riding down the Pacific Coast Highway, in California, and along the remains of Route 66 to Chicago, is difficult to ignore. Also, the thrill of deciding this is the same kind of thrill I experienced when I decided to do my first (and, so far, only) skydive almost five years ago.

There is one thing I need to do first, though – and that is to learn how to ride a motorcycle. In New South Wales, it takes about four years to become a fully licensed (unrestricted) rider. Because I’m over 25, and hold a full driving licence, I can cut that down to two years.

Have you ever bought a motorcycle, and used it as your means of travelling around the country? Is it an option that you’ve considered?

4 Comments


  1. Tiana

    7th August, 2014 at 09:33

    Very cool! My dad just did a coast-to-coast motorcycle trip, although that was a race. I assume it would be much more scenic if you took your time πŸ™‚

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    • Stephen

      7th August, 2014 at 10:36

      Wow. That would have been fantastic! But, yeah, a year will give me plenty of time to meander west to east, north to south, and back again. πŸ™‚

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  2. Kim Dayman

    19th August, 2014 at 12:32

    Tip: Canada has some amazing places to be discovered by motorcycle, but make sure it’s between April-October otherwise you’ll be out of luck as motorcycles can’t hack our snowy roads. Also a great route would be Alaska down to B.C. through the rockies to Alberta, but if you’re smart skip the prairie provinces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northern Ontario, just flat never-ending horizon with nothing to see or do. Jump back on in Southern Ontario and go across the Trans-Canada highway to the east coast – it’ll be a lovely ride!

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    • Stephen

      19th August, 2014 at 12:42

      Thanks for the tip, Kim! Yeah. I’ll be skipping the northern states, during the winter, for the same reason. And the long ride up to Alaska is also in the plans. πŸ™‚

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November cycling challenge for Fight MND

After completing my recent Sydney to Melbourne bicycle ride, I’m back on my bike for FightMND!

During the month of November, I will be putting in as many kilometres as possible, taking part in a virtual bicycle ride from Sydney to Perth. I hope my small contribution will get the peloton across the country!

To donate, or more information, click here!

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