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Was wondering in these challenging times what precautions do you guys implement while riding in unfamiliar areas. My wife and I are planning a trip the middle of May which will take us across this great country of ours. I am somewhat planning a very adventures route with no time limits or direct paths of travel. We want to take our time and if the urge hits us to take a side route we will do it. My main concern is accidentally wondering into the wrong part of town or maybe encountering one of these peaceful protest we have all seen on the news. I live in a fairly rural part of PA and I basically know to stay away from the populated cities but when your traveling in unfamiliar states things could happen out of your control like making that wrong turn, detour or looking for a place to eat or to stay the night. With this Chauvin trial ending maybe just days before we leave my concerns are heightened and Im just wondering what some of you might think of traveling in these times. On the other hand if someone has a place worth seeing I‘m up for the adventure, we will be traveling from NE PA west through WV, KY, AR, OK, TX, NM, AZ, CO, UT, NV, and maybe WY. Thanks all
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Was wondering in these challenging times what precautions do you guys implement while riding in unfamiliar areas. My wife and I are planning a trip the middle of May which will take us across this great country of ours. I am somewhat planning a very adventures route with no time limits or direct paths of travel. We want to take our time and if the urge hits us to take a side route we will do it. My main concern is accidentally wondering into the wrong part of town or maybe encountering one of these peaceful protest we have all seen on the news. I live in a fairly rural part of PA and I basically know to stay away from the populated cities but when your traveling in unfamiliar states things could happen out of your control like making that wrong turn, detour or looking for a place to eat or to stay the night. With this Chauvin trial ending maybe just days before we leave my concerns are heightened and Im just wondering what some of you might think of traveling in these times. On the other hand if someone has a place worth seeing I‘m up for the adventure, we will be traveling from NE PA west through WV, KY, AR, OK, TX, NM, AZ, CO, UT, NV, and maybe WY. Thanks all
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Sounds like a fantastic journey. In those states, I see zero to very little likelihood of problems. I wouldn't worry at all, but I'm pretty care-free. If you are not, I would suggest checking the news through multiple sources for the localities you will be traveling into the night before you are to get there. This gives you the most up-to-date perspective on anything political or potentially volatile you might encounter. If it sounds like something you don't want exposure to, just map your course to a different locale. Also, know where you are headed and where you are at all times, and how you would exit quickly if needed - the escape route. The best way to handle a problem is to never get into one.
 

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Those states are all 2nd amendment friendly, so pretty sure you'll have no problems. Not sure about PA though.
 

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If out in the boonies, once you have ridden for 100 miles or so, don't pass up a gas station. Stop, rest, fuel up.
 
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We traveled through several of these states last year, when the peaceful protests for BLM were popular. No issues, avoided the big cities and stayed aware of our surroundings. We did see one small group of protesters in Rapid City S.D., but they seemed more worried about the locals than the other way around.

Oh, and I exercise my 2nd amendment rights where I can.
 

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You really should see Wyoming and South Dakota, Teton Mts, Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse monuments.
Whenever I'm on adventures like you are I ask locals. I did a 3600 mile trip from Oregon to Mt. Rushmore and every time I stopped for gas I would ask a local what the best backroad route for a motorcycle would be. I was given great information regarding the routes as well as gas availability. I only had to ride freeways for 60 miles for the entire trip. It was one of the best 10 day trips I ever took.
 

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Great advise guys, thanks. I do exercise my 2nd amendment right here in PA but what do you do when crossing so many different states with so many different laws, it gets awful confusing and a mistake could end up getting you in big trouble ( it’s not as Free a country as we think) I have been researching gun laws in the states I plan to visit but it is definitely confusing. As far as WY and the Dakotas go I do plan on hitting them in the next phase of this journey. I’ve rented a storage unit in Utah and when done with this ride I’m going to put my bike in the storage unit and fly home leaving the bike there for the next phase. I will return at least once a year to spend two weeks touring the west eliminating the ride to and from so I can see more of the states and their sights I haven’t seen before. Any tips or destination advise will be greatly appreciated. Thanks
 

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Be careful. You might run into the deadly Easter Bunny, or Santa's Elves out there -- all known to hang around the "right part of town." These playful thugs, although constituting a small portion of the population, deliver the vast majority of joy.
 

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Check the Reciprocity laws in each of those states to make sure that they honor your gun permit.
 

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I will return at least once a year to spend two weeks touring the west eliminating the ride to and from so I can see more of the states and their sights I haven’t seen before. Any tips or destination advise will be greatly appreciated. Thanks
Something I wrote to maybe help in these types of considerations:


The concept is the same, your execution of it changes slightly.


In the years I've hung out here on this and other forums, I don't think I've ever recalled reading a ride report that discussed any sort of violence | mayhem | what have you as part of the adventure. Doesn't mean it hasn't happened, but nobody felt compelled to write anything about it.

Now, molṑn labé and all of that (I get it), but perhaps try leaving your unease at home.

Sounds like fun; enjoy!
 

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That's not exactly true, we've all read the story of the gentleman who tried to keep some thugs from stealing his motorcycle in the motel parking lot and jumped on the trailer as they drove away.

They stopped down the road, dragged him off the trailer, beat him severely, and left him in a field to die.
 

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That's not exactly true, we've all read the story of the gentleman who tried to keep some thugs from stealing his motorcycle in the motel parking lot and jumped on the trailer as they drove away.

They stopped down the road, dragged him off the trailer, beat him severely, and left him in a field to die.
I'd not heard that tale but if true my first ? would be what big city was he in at the time?

Off the interstates I've never run into anything but helpful & cheerful folk (driving tractors and pickups) but the times they are a changing. Been a few years since I rode outside Ontario Canada
 

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That's not exactly true, we've all read the story of the gentleman who tried to keep some thugs from stealing his motorcycle in the motel parking lot and jumped on the trailer as they drove away.
You really don't want to take this thread there.

I'd not heard that tale but if true my first ? would be what big city was he in at the time?
Sikeston, Missouri - population ~16,000

The victim was Larry Weaver. The story was widely publicized when it happened in June of 2016.
 

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Generally you get what you give... be cordial and respectful and you'll be fine.
This is true.
The only time last year that i felt uneasy was a little casino on a reservation just north of Valentine NE.
We may have been in South Dakota by then, not sure.
Anyway the signs said casino but wasn't much more than a very dark bar with a few video poker games.
I grew up playing music in little bars and have been in many that were less than desirable, but this one spooked me. Let's just say that the locals weren't interested in promoting tourism lol.

Be polite, be respectful, and always have a plan...
 

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You really don't want to take this thread there.


Sikeston, Missouri - population ~16,000

The victim was Larry Weaver. The story was widely publicized when it happened in June of 2016.

As expected. No bike or material possession is worth confronting the unknown unless you have a solution for dealing with what comes next. That should never happen to anyone but until the headline reads Three Dead Thieves attempt to steal motorcycle and fail miserably in the parking lot of a Days Inn, things like this remain.
 

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Yeah, Detroit is a different discussion lol
I was there back in February (snowmaggedon ) but on the south side of the city. It wasn't too bad where I went for work, but i didn't venture too far from the hotel after dark.
I'm sure there were worse parts of the city - just like any place.
 

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Living across the ditch from Detroit, and having spent plenty of time there I can say that I would take Detroit anyday over St. Louis, Baltimore, Washington, Philly, or Chicago. Chicago used to be my favourite Big City to visit but I wouldn't go there now. It rates right up there with Toronto and Vancouver. There's a simple rule of thumb on what places to avoid but that would be "political" 😲
 
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