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post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
Ok, first day back at work after 3 weeks in Oz and I just have to start planning the next adventure. I'm going to take the month of May off work with the plan of seeing more of the US before heading back home(Oz) in June.

Any of you wonderful folks got any must does in the US? not big on touring cities, want to spend my time outdoors, hiking, biking and maybe getting in a few end of season turns...although I guess its kinda late.

definitely going to Moab, mtn biking for a week...but other that ??????? whats Alaska like in May?


post #2 of 19
Very simple...
Come to Ireland, and bring some of your VB.
OK, I know we're not America, but look at it this way: We exported our criminals to Australia, and those that were hungry, we sent to America, so what's left in Ireland is a bunch of fat, law-abiding people like me. And if you did like me, you'd come over here in May with some VB.

May is a good month in Ireland, the rain is a bit warmer then. But it's not as good as June. We have 31 days rain in May, but only 30 in June.

post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 
let me think about that.... 31 days of rain, fat-law abiding Irishmen, and bring you some VB....I'm sorry why was I thinking about that again ?

Planning on staying in this continent on the basis that I probably won't come back for a long, long time....had you asked me 4 weeks ago, I would have said "see in May" as my original plans were to visit a friend in Dublin...she went home early last weekend....so inconsiderate of her don't you think?
post #4 of 19
Next you'll be telling me she had VB with her.

Why don't you just give me a paper cut and rub some lemon juice in it while you're there!

post #5 of 19

I am back in paradise by May but my US adventure recommendation would be a road trip. Quite a few years back I took a road trip from Denver to Jasper to Whistler to San Diego. We where 3 months on the back roads (stayed of the Interstates) eventually crossing the Continental Divide 14 times. I bought a Mercury Cougar fully loaded coupe for US$400, loaded the boot (trunk) with VB and other illicit substances and convinced a cute girly to come along for the ride. Fear and Loathing in the world’s biggest theme park. A road trip is a USA must do. It is like traveling through a whole lot of little countries. There are different beers, people, scenery, laws, languages and attitudes. The scenery and wildlife (animal and human) will blow your mind. (once the trunk is empty that is)

Ah it may be time for another road trip but I wonder will the wind still be free.

Oz :
post #6 of 19
Could I recommend a book:
Bill Bryson "The Lost Continent"

It's a very amusing story of his road trip across America, although many American critics slated it.

If you do get a car, and load it up with beer, and are looking for company on your trip, let me know!

post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 
foxy hat - she did mention there was a pub in Dublin that has VB ... I'm surprised you haven't sniffed it out yet !

Man from Oz - yes I had considered a road trip, SF to Moab, up to Canada, across the Rockys to Whistler and down the west coast back to SF...BUT I only have a month, maybe 5 weeks at a stretch and alas have yet to find a travel companion although I'm sure I'd meet some great people on the road I'm not convinced its safe doing all that driving by my lonesome.
post #8 of 19
Thread Starter 
I thought Bills "In a sunburnt country" was hillarious. Seppos touring Oz always make me laugh.
post #9 of 19

Okay 5 weeks. Go south to Mexico. Fly to Manzanillo or Lazaro Gardenas and take the bus south. Surf spots galore and you will find travelling companions from all over back packing around the "spots". Mexico is a great country, nice people and climate and as safe as anywhere in the world inc USA. A Mexico trip can be done cheaply by using the excellent bus service and staying in the many hostel\pension\camping accomodation. Get on the web and do some research. Have the hep shots and take some bug spray although in my travels I found Mexico easier, safer and friendlier than Indonesia.

Of course you could always drop in to Copacabana NSW in May for a quiet adventure.

Oz [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #10 of 19
Thread Starter 
Oz - me thinks I'll have to rack your brain for ideas over a few VBs at Copper.

sorry but mtn biking is much more of a priority than surfin with a bunch of Aussie blokes on tour. but yes Mexico is a lovely place, and the people ( read out of your normal US tourist destination ) are very friendly.
post #11 of 19
If your headed to Moab via car from SF, make sure to stop in Zion National Park on the way. Could be a few extra hours in the car but well worth it. It is an amazing place, where I spend a lot of my free time in the summer. Carefull, you might want to spend a few days there! Well worth a trip on its own.

Also, if in Moab, Canyonlands National Park is pretty cool as well. Arches is right there, and is also worth a few hours of your time by car once you tire out from riding.

Have a great trip!
post #12 of 19
Travel companions are over rated. Why worry about what someone else wants to do every day of your trip? The only thing you have to worry about once you cross the border into your fellow Commonwealth is falling asleep at the wheel. Tons of things to do between calgary and vancouver. Great rafting in the Golden area, and skiing and Mtb'ing. There are the icefields around Jasper. Natural hot springs throughout BC, and lots of clean affordable Hostels. The most important thing is that everything you do is basically half the price it would be in the US.
Myself and my girlfriend spent 10 days driving around southern BC, with a canoe on the top of the truck. I can honestly say it was some of the most beautiful and diverse landscape I have ever seen.
You wouldn't be disappointed with choosing the road trip option.
You can find VB here in a few liquor stores. It was my choice while in OZ, maybe I will pick some up on the way home tonight..... I have three final words for you if you make it to Western Canada, "BIG ROCK BEER".

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ January 10, 2002 08:31 AM: Message edited 1 time, by JoCanadian ]</font>
post #13 of 19

For multi sport adventures may I suggest, Hood River Oregon. In May they will still have lot's of skiing potential at either
Timberline or with a little drive Bachlor.
The mountain biking is great, maybe not as good a Moab, but still really good.
Windsurfing and/or Kite Skiing this is pretty much the best place in the continental US.
River Rafting, the Deshutes should be rockin about then.
There are ton's of good hikes, dog mtn. and the pacific crest trail are close by.
Hood River is a really fun place!
post #14 of 19
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by SHREDHEAD:
For multi sport adventures may I suggest, Hood River Oregon. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Good Idea! If you like we could put you up for a few days in Portland. Nice having the kids move on and leave extra rooms open.
Good month to do the coast run all the way into Vancouver but it's better in the early May.
post #15 of 19
Thread Starter 
currently planning on a week in Oregan, so Ryel be careful what you say ! I may just take you up on that offer.

See ya in Copper mate !
post #16 of 19
New York City, Bowery/Alphabet City, 3:45 am
post #17 of 19
fly into Salt Lake city
ski snowbird, bike moab & fruita, see the tetons, rafting all over the west is good in May.
post #18 of 19
don't forget Disney World! Backpacking the Appalachian Trail or another great hike.
post #19 of 19
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Jane:
I thought Bills "In a sunburnt country" was hillarious. Seppos touring Oz always make me laugh.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Wow, there's been a lot of plugs for Bryson lately. I just recommended one of his other books ("A Walk in the Woods") in another thread.

He's damn funny. I love all his stuff. "In a Sunburned Country" may have been my fave [img]smile.gif[/img]
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