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Our country is filled with amazing people and spectacular locations. And for me, there is no better way to seek them out than from the saddle of a motorcycle. As everyone who rides a bike can attest, there is just something magical about floating over the tarmac on two wheels; providing a sense of freedom and adventure.

This website is dedicated to those who share my passion for motorcycle travel. It is my way of sharing my experiences while traveling in my home town and across our great country. Hopefully, it will inspire you to get out and follow your own personal dreams and ambitions.

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As motorcyclists, we know that covering ground on two wheels is liberating and magical. The sensations are greater, the smells more intense and the landscape is so close it seems to reach out and embrace you in its majesty and wonder. Yes, it can be uncomfortable, difficult and even dangerous, but that just adds to the adventure, helping to broaden your horizons and expand your personal limitations.

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Traveling By Motorcycle, Achieving Your Motorcycle Touring Dreams While Still Holding Down a Full-Time Job

Traveling by Motorcycle by Craig Ripley

Achieving Your Motorcycle Touring Dreams While Still Holding Down a Full-Time Job

As motorcyclists, we know that covering ground on two wheels is liberating and magical. The sensations are greater, the smells more intense and the landscape is so close it seems to reach out and embrace you in its majesty and wonder. Yes, it can be uncomfortable, difficult and even dangerous, but that just adds to the adventure, helping to broaden your horizons and expand your personal limitations.

If you are retired or happen to be independently wealthy, then finding the time to travel is much easier. However, if like me you still get up every day and punch the proverbial clock, planning and executing epic motorcycle trips is a bit more of a challenge. Not only do we have to deal with vacation-time limitations and the challenge of saving money, we must factor our families into the equation. We cannot just take off and leave our spouses or children behind. To successfully follow our touring dreams, our loved ones must be fully onboard, at least If you want to maintain those relationships.

So how do you do it? How do you find a way to hold down a full-time job, support your family and still find time to pursue your dreams? Well…that is what this book is about.

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  • There is still so much to be done
  • Why Write a Book for the WORKING man and women?
  • Start Off Slowly
  • Finding the Time to Travel
  • Saving Money
  • Get the Right Tool for the Job
  • Planning Your Trip
  • Creating a Budget
  • Packing for Your Adventure
  • Staying healthy while Traveling
  • Take the Right Gear
  • Take Another Road

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We've Had Some Amazing Trips

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Achieving Your Touring Dreams

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Alaska 2017

Everyone should take the pilgramage

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We learned a lot along the way

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Purchasing an ADV Bike

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GPX files from some of my favorite tours

Tours

Thank you for considering out self-guided tours. Each tour contains the actual GPX files used when Craig or one of our guides rode the route. Before leaving for your trip, please make sure the GPX files can be read by your routing software and device. They were created using MyRouteApp.com and have been run and tested using a Garmin GPS device (390LM), however it is not possible to account for all possible variations.

Off the Slab Tours and Off the Slab, LLC makes no warranty or guarantee that these files or the routes they represent will work on your specific device and that the roads chosen are best for your riding style and abilities. The sport of motorcycling comes with inherent dangers and you should use all due diligence to review and research the routes prior to embarking on your tour as road conditions can change for a multitude of reasons, including but not limited to weather and construction schedules.

Packaged with the GPX files is a spreadsheet which includes a day by day itinerary, sample packing list and budget. These items are provided as guidance and not intended to be followed to the letter. You should modify each of these items to fit your individual riding style, preferences, physical or medical needs as well as your level of experience. Make the ride your own and make the decisions that are right for you!

If you have questions, I will be happy to answer them.

Send you questions to craig@offtheslabtours.com



ALASKA

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Self Guided Tours | Alaska

Boston to Alaska

Making the pilgrimage

In 2017, Craig and two friends (Peter and Steven) decided it was time to take the pilgrimage to Alaska. After dreaming and planning it looked like the total mileage was going to be just shy of 12,000 and the time necessary would be in the neighborhood of 5 weeks. Unfortunately, Peter and Steven could not get that much time off of work, so Craig would travel the first week alone meeting up with the guys in Boise Idaho.

From Boise the three friends rode together for three weeks before Peter and Steven had to ship their bikes home and board a plane. Craig would again finish off the trip alone for the final week. On the way home, Craig would visit a couple of places he had always wanted to see, Bad Lands National Park and Bear Tooth Pass.

This ride can be completed on any kind of motorcycle, but an adventure bike is probably the best suited. Many rides make the trip each their on Harleys or Goldwings and just have to slow down on the unpaved sections. The Alaska Highway is paved all the way up; however, you will run into long sections that are under construction, which means dirt and/or gravel. If you decide to do the Top of the World Highway, it is not paved, but it is well maintained and easily passably when dry.

Amazing parks and attractions:

  • Ice Fields Parkway, Alberta, and BC
  • Alaska Highway
  • White Horse Yukon
  • Watson Lake Yukon
  • Dawson City Yukon
  • Top of the Work Highway
  • Fairbanks Alaska
  • Anchorage Alaska
  • Stewart Cassiar Highway
  • Bad Lands National Park
  • Bear Tooth Pass

What's Included:

Included with your purchase, you will get all the GPS files Craig used on his trip as well as a spreadsheet that includes each day of the trip. The spreadsheet includes start and end locations, hotel and or campgrounds used with approximate pricing and a few helpful hints.

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In addition, Craig has documents the trip on his YouTube Channel "Living Off the Slab." View the playlists below.

It take a great deal of work to put together a trip like this, but Craig is offering it to your for just $1 per day.

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CANADA

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Self Guided Tours | Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia

Ride the Bay of Fundy and the Amazing Cabot Trail

In 2012, Craig his wife Cathy and two friends (Wayne and Ginger) were looking for a follow-up trip to their 2011 ride to Arizona and Sturgis. This time they decided to head north and visit the beautiful and friendly island Province of Nova Scotia Canada.

Being that no ferries were running at the time, the two couples jumped on the bikes and rode from Boston Massachusetts, across the Canadian border and into Nova Scotia. The entire trip took 14 days and was highlighted by the beautiful scenery, a ride on the tidal bore and of course, the amazingly friendly inhabitants of Nova Scotia.

The GPX files for this trip include several options. You can ride all the way, as we did in 2012 or you can take a ferry from Bar Harbor Maine or Saint John New Brunswick. Routes are included for each of these options, you pick and chose the mileage and things you want to see.

Attractions:

  • Glooscap Trail and the Bay of Fundy
  • Cape Bretton Island and the Cabot Trail
  • Peggy's Cove
  • Halifax
  • Lighthouse Route

What's Included:

Included with your purchase, you will get all the GPS files Craig used on his trip as well as a spreadsheet that includes each day of the trip. The spreadsheet includes start and end locations, hotel and or campgrounds used with approximate pricing and a few helpful hints.

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In addition, Craig has documents the trip on his YouTube Channel "Living Off the Slab." View the playlists below.

It take a great deal of work to put together a trip like this, but Craig is offering it to your for just $1 per day.

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CROSS COUNTRY

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Self Guided Tours | 60 Day Tour

Craig's 60/60 Ride

Across the US and into Canada

To celebrate his 60th birthday, Craig took a 60-day trip across the United States and over Great Lakes before returning home to Boston Massachusetts. The goal of this trip was to keep the miles low (in the 200 to 300 miles per day range) and enjoy as many fantastic roads and amazing places as possible.

Great roads included in this trip:

  • Route 30 through the Catskills
  • Routes 50 and 219 through Virginia and West Virginia
  • Route 16, The Back of the Dragon
  • Route 58, The Jeb Stewart Highway, or the Mighty Python
  • Route 550, The Million Dollar Highway
  • Route 95, the Bicentennial Highway
  • Utah Route 12
  • California 190, through Death Valley
  • The Angeles Crest Highway
  • PCH up the coast of California
  • Idaho Rout Route 12, the Lewis and Clark Highway
  • The Trans Canada Highway of the Great Lakes
  • And many more...

Amazing parks and attractions:

  • Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley North Caroline
  • Barber Vintage Motorsport Museum in Birmingham Alabama
  • Moab Utah and Arches National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Capital Reef National Park
  • Escalante National Monument
  • Grand Canyon National Park (North Rim)
  • White Sands National Monument
  • Zion National Park
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Big Bear California
  • Palms Springs California
  • Avenue of the Giants
  • Crater Lake National Park
  • Mount Rushmore
  • And much more...

What's Included:

Included with your purchase, you will get all the GPS files Craig used on his trip as well as a spreadsheet that includes each day of the trip. The spreadsheet includes start and end locations, hotel and or campgrounds used with approximate pricing and a few helpful hints.

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In addition, Craig has documents the trip on his YouTube Channel "Living Off the Slab." View the playlist below.

It takes a great deal of work to put together a trip like this, but Craig is offering it to your for just $1 per day.

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MID ATLANTIC

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Self Guided Tours | Skyline Drive and The Blue Ridge Parkway

Skyline Drive and The Blue Ridge Parkway

Take the leisurely and beautiful ride on Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway

One of the great rides in the Mid-Atlantic Region, is to take the leisurely ride from Front Royal Virginia, down Skyline Dive, through Shenandoah National Park and continuing down the Blue Ridge Parkway to Cherokee North Carolina.

Skyline Drive and the Parkway is a beautiful ride, however, be warned that the average speed limit is 45 miles per hour, and you will get ticketed if you push the limit too far. This trip is one to be savored and enjoyed, not sped through.

It is also common that rain and severe thunderstorms can occur on the parkway each day. I have personally run into lightening storms and hail. Go prepared.

Since this route goes near the infamous Tail of the Dragon, I have thrown in two additional GPX files navigating the Dragon and the Cherohala Skyway.

Great roads included in this trip:

  • Skyline Drive
  • Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Tail of the Dragon
  • Cherohala Skyway

Amazing parks and attractions:

  • Front Royal Virginia
  • Shenandoah National Park
  • Maggie Valley North Carolina
  • Wheels Through Time Museum

What's Included:

Included with your purchase, you will get all the GPS files Craig used on his trip as well as a spreadsheet that includes each day of the trip. The spreadsheet includes start and end locations, hotel and or campgrounds used with approximate pricing and a few helpful hints.

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PACIFIC COAST

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Self Guided Tours | Pacific Coast Highway

Pacific Coast Highway

This is a bucket list ride for most motorcyclists. Ride along beautiful beaches and through groves of majestic redwoods

Starting in Santa Monica California, ride the coast all the way up Grants Pass Oregon. The scenery is spectacular the road can be challenging in some sports, but this is one of that is on every touring motorcyclist’s must do list. If you want to continue on, I suggest heading to Crater Lake National Park.

Great roads included in this trip:

  • PCH (Pacific Coast Highway
  • San Marcos Pass
  • Highway 9
  • Skyline Blvd.
  • Mountain View Road
  • California Route 128
  • Avenue of the Giants
  • Redwood Highway

Amazing parks and attractions:

  • Santa Barbara
  • Ragged Point
  • Half Moon Bay
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Muir Woods
  • Stinson Beach
  • Albion
  • Navarro Redwoods State Park
  • Humboldt Redwoods State Park
  • Jedediah Smith Redwods State Park

What's Included:

Included with your purchase, you will get all the GPS files Craig used on his trip as well as a spreadsheet that includes each day of the trip. The spreadsheet includes start and end locations, hotel and or campgrounds used with approximate pricing and a few helpful hints.

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SOUTHWEST

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Self Guided Tours | Utah / Arizona National Parks Tour

Utah / Arizona National Parks Tour

Visit some of the United States most spectacular National Parks as you travel through the amazing landscapes of Nevada, Arizona and Utah

This 11 day tour leaves our of Las Vegas Nevada and then makes its way out to Moab, Utah before circling back to Vegas through Page , Arizona.

Great roads included in this trip:

  • Utah Route 12 Scenic Byway
  • Utah Routes 24
  • Utah Route 95

Amazing parks and attractions:

  • Las Vegas Nevada
  • Valley of Fire State Park
  • Zion National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Capital Reef National Park
  • Escalante National Monument
  • Grand Canyon National Park (North Rim)
  • Moab Utah
  • Arches National Park
  • Canyon Lands National Park

What's Included:

Included with your purchase, you will get all the GPS files Craig used on his trip as well as a spreadsheet that includes each day of the trip. The spreadsheet includes start and end locations, hotel and or campgrounds used with approximate pricing and a few helpful hints.

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