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Why A Cross Country Motorcycle Ride Is Overrated: Joe's Story

easllc / 1 Nov, 16 /

Why A Cross Country Motorcycle Ride Is Overrated: Joe's Story

It’s the job of a lifetime - and it’s across the country. Joe is thrilled that after a long interview process of phone interviews, video conferences with the manager, and face-to-face with the management team, it’s all been worth it. In just 2 short weeks, he’ll be relocating from Pennsylvania to California.

Joe doesn’t have any pets or immediate family, so the move should be fairly quick and easy. Since he has a few days left of PTO and won’t start his job for a bit, Joe’s decided to sell a few things off, box up what he’ll want to move with, and then take the ride on his motorcycle. He’s always wanted to see the country, and thinks he should have plenty of time to do it.

As Joe is talking with his friend, Ryan, about the move, he mentions his cross country trek on his motorcycle. Ryan said that when he moved to Pennsylvania, although a cross country cruise sounded intriguing, he shipped his motorcycle. He highly recommended having Joe do the same. Although he’s grateful for the insight, he still thinks the cross country ride will be worth it. Besides, what true motorcycle owner would pass up a cross country trip?

Skip ahead one week - it’s the big moving day. Joe is stoked to get started on his ride, so after getting the last box loaded, he pulls on his helmet and hits the road. It’s the perfect day - slightly cloudy, mid-seventies temperature, and no wind at all. He’s looking forward to seeing the varying landscapes in each state and numerous wildlife along with it, including some of the historic Route 66 and the majestic Appalachians and Rockies with their winding roads. He spent hours planning out his route so that he would arrive in California with a couple of days to settle in.

His trip starts out well that Friday - a bit of the beautiful Appalachians then a nice, open stretch of I-70. After enjoying parts of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, Joe decides to spend the night in St. Louis. The first day couldn’t have gone better. As he wakes rested on the 2nd day, Joe decides to hit the road as soon as possible and get ahead of schedule. As he’s pulling off to get gas in Springfield, he  doesn’t see a large chunk of concrete in his path and - BAM - his tire is flat and rim is bent. Joe limps it to the roadside and looks up a local motorcycle mechanic. After slowly making it to the shop and having the mechanic take a look, he gets the bad news - the mechanic doesn’t have the rim in stock and can’t get a new one until Monday. With no other choice, Joe finds a hotel and waits it out. After adjusting his schedule slightly, he sees he still has plenty of time to get there before he starts the new job. He does remember Ryan talking about how nice it was having his motorcycle arrive in Pennsylvania just as it left, but Joe still believes it’s better to ride.

About mid afternoon on Monday, Joe gets a call from the mechanic saying his motorcycle is ready for the road. He’s more than ready to get down the road, so he grabs a quick snack and starts down I-44, determined to reach Amarillo before he stops for the night. When he stops in Broken Arrow, OK to fill up, he hears on the gas station’s radio talking about a storm forming west of Oklahoma City. Joe figures he can handle a little rain and decides to keep heading for Amarillo. Just outside of Oklahoma City, the rain starts. At first, it’s nothing much, but as he gets closer into town, it’s pelting his helmet hard enough that he can’t see well enough to maintain the speed limit. He finally gives in and decides to stop for the night, hoping to get an early start.

When he wakes up the next morning, it’s still storming. Turns out, there was another system right behind the one from last night. He figures it’s better safe than sorry and waits out the storm a little longer. Finally around 2pm, the storm passes. His goal today: make it to Albuquerque, NM, 541 miles down a stretch of I-40, arriving around 10PM. He’s feeling confident as he heads out - light traffic, and the roads get drier the farther he gets. After stopping in Amarillo for gas and a quick bite, he’s starting to feel like he’s getting back on track. Then construction hits, all the way to Albuquerque. Around 10PM, he’s only at Santa Rosa, and stops for gas again. Determined, he arrives in Albuquerque just after midnight.

Exhausted from a long day, he gets on the road a little later on Wednesday, around lunch time. With around 800 miles left, his goal for the day is to make it to Phoenix. Originally, he was going to decide between Flagstaff and detour to Grand Canyon or Phoenix and have a more scenic drive but adding an hour. After checking some forecasts, he sees that Flagstaff could get some ice and decides with Phoenix.

As he’s riding down I-40, he hears Ryan’s voice again, this time talking about how he was so glad that he didn’t have to deal with traffic, construction, or weather. Joe’s starting to think Ryan may have been onto something when he mentioned shipping a motorcycle. Even though the drive is through the scenic Rocky Mountains, Joe is just determined to reach his destination than actually take in the scenery. By the time he hits the hotel bed that night, Joe is not only tired but sore, too. He’s not looking forward to those last 400 miles.

After slowing getting going Thursday morning, Joe gets back on the road around 11AM. After a long stretch of road and a few more areas of construction, he finally reaches his new place around 8PM that night. Feeling pretty useless after his long journey, he finds a quick takeout place to order dinner, and passes out on the couch for the night.

Friday morning comes sooner than Joe would like, but it’s time to face the day. He knows he should check out the neighborhood a bit and find a local grocery store to get a few basics. As he reluctantly gets back on his motorcycle, he notices a large scratch on his front fender. He doesn’t remember seeing that when he left Pennsylvania, so chalks it up to the long road trip - another expense. Ryan’s voice rings in his head about the thorough inspection the driver did before he loaded up his motorcycle for shipment. After a little exploring and finding the closest grocer, Joe decides to give Ryan a call. As they chat, Joe admits that Ryan was right - motorcycle shipping would have been the better route to go. After they finish talking, he decides he’d better get the best use of his weekend by trying to unpack before starting work on Monday. It’s slow going since he’s sore.

Monday comes and Joe decided to take cab. He’s not ready to get back on his motorcycle to fight traffic for his first day. And he definitely won’t be taking any long road trips for a while either. If he ever relocates again, he’ll be giving Ryan a call to get the number of the transport company he used to get a motorcycle shipping quote.

Ryan had it right - save your mileage for a more enjoyable ride, after you’ve settled in. Don’t risk delays by whether or breakdowns when relocating! The right company will handle the details to help make your transition a little smoother. Executive Auto Shippers have a network of carriers who are specialized to handle your motorcycle properly, from first inspection to final destination. Give them a call today at 847-557-0200 or get a free motorcycle shipping quote.

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