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A thought: In the west generally, but particularly the more rural areas, have a think about avoiding ‘highways.’ Note that the ‘state routes’ _ARE_ highways. Taking county roads out here _can_ be very beautiful, but those roads can also frequently be in a poor state of repair. Many times the highway (state route) is much better maintained, and even actually better in terms of ride quality and places it goes.

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It's pretty much the same here in rural Ohio. I guess by "highway" I was referring to interstate highways. By and large, our state routes are well maintained 2 lane routes that are less traveled than the main "highways". Our country, or county roads, while not in bad shape, are not something you would want to try and make any kind of travel time by using. Thanks for the input.
 
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You have to be careful about going in "early fall" because a lot of western mountain passes could be closed during Ohio's early fall. Winter comes early to the west, before moving east especially at high altitudes. Some of the best roads out west may be closed to snow during our "early fall." September can be real iffy in the Rockies.
Thanks for that, definitely something to consider. I'll look into some weather data when planning routes through the higher elevations. I'm walking a tightrope trying to go late enough to avoid the vacation traffic, but still early enough to avoid cold weather.
 

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Lebanon Kansas; the center of the continental US. Nothing to do there but interesting to say you've stopped by and seen the marker. Can easily take Rte 36 instead of 70 for a while. Helps to avoid Kansas City.

St. Francis Motorcycle Museum; also on 36 but on the west end of Kansas.
 

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Custer State Park in the Black Hills of western South Dakota is nice, but can be a little crowded in peak times. Nonetheless, passing through the Black Hills can be a break from the monotony of crossing the Plains. From Black Hills you can hit Devils Tower, an interesting place, but again crowded in peak tourist season. If you want to avoid crowds, go through North Dakota or Canada instead. Theodore Roosevelt NP in western North Dakota is off the beaten path but being in the north, things there start shutting down after Labor Day.
Black Hills is great riding country. See Rushmore and take a run down Spearfish canyon. Also check out the Badlands and Wall Drug
 
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It's pretty much the same here in rural Ohio. I guess by "highway" I was referring to interstate highways. By and large, our state routes are well maintained 2 lane routes that are less traveled than the main "highways". Our country, or county roads, while not in bad shape, are not something you would want to try and make any kind of travel time by using. Thanks for the input.
Sounds like this is going to be an awesome trip. If you end up in northern Washington in the Pacific Northwest you could ride the very nice Cascade loop. Highway 101 around the whole peninsula good too and don't miss the Hood Canal. If you're riding the high Sierras in California watch for gravel in those corners.
 

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Lebanon Kansas; the center of the continental US. Nothing to do there but interesting to say you've stopped by and seen the marker. Can easily take Rte 36 instead of 70 for a while. Helps to avoid Kansas City.

St. Francis Motorcycle Museum; also on 36 but on the west end of Kansas.
Amazing you mention route 36. I'm about 10 minutes south of 36 here in Ohio and have thought of following into the west several times in the past. It originates here in Ohio and goes 1400+ miles to Rocky Mountain National Park approximately 55 miles northwest of Denver Colorado.

I will definitely look into including these spots into the trip. The St. Francis Motorcycle Museum will make a delightful stop along the way. https://stfrancismotorcyclemuseum.org/about-us
 

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Sounds like this is going to be an awesome trip. If you end up in northern Washington in the Pacific Northwest you could ride the very nice Cascade loop. Highway 101 around the whole peninsula good too and don't miss the Hood Canal. If you're riding the high Sierras in California watch for gravel in those corners.
Looks interesting, I sent for their travel guide, ( https://www.cascadeloop.com/ ). If I don't make it on this trip, will definitely add it to the west coast Highway 101 trip.
 
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