The Bike Insurer goes Stateside – road trip worries

Vegas in the rain

When you plan a road trip there are certain issues that are always going to concern you.

That’s especially the case if you’re going to places unknown, as Dave Jackson is at the moment in the States.

He’s in Vegas today and then heads across the West Coast for a ten day tour and we grilled Dave to see what aspects of a road trip are worrying him most:

“The big one for me is fuel,” said Dave. “I’m riding along some long stretches of road in some pretty unforgiving places where you do not want to get stranded.

“The first leg of my journey takes me from Las Vegas to Bakersfield and while I’m obviously not the first person to make the journey, I’m a bit concerned about the number of petrol stations on the route.”

The major part of Dave’s initial journey will take place on Interstate 15, a road that takes him through the Mojave Desert, a place you don’t want to run out of fuel in.

While it may not be the hottest time of the year to travel through the region, it’s still a barren and isolated place where you wouldn’t want to get stranded.

“There are some petrol stations along the route but with a couple of stops planned before I reach Barstow (which are quite a way off the beaten track) I may run it close.

“The same applies for some of the other long slogs including Bakersfield to Yosemite and Carmel to Pismo Beach where I’m riding in along fairly isolated routes.”

Other worries

Luggage – “I haven’t got much room so I’m travelling light. Hopefully I’ll have enough gear to keep me going. If not I’ll be buying lots of souvenirs!”

Update – Dave’s in Vegas and it’s raining (as you can see from the image he sent over). It’s a good job he’s packed for all conditions!

Getting lost – “I’m used to riding abroad but there’s always a concern about getting lost. I’m going to be spending a lot of time in the saddle and I’m going to be pushing my fuel to its limits, so I don’t want to add any unwanted miles to my journey if I can help it.

“I’ve seen ‘The Hills Have Eyes’ as well so that’s made me even more weary about getting lost!”

You can keep up to date with Dave’s progress via our Route Map and across our social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter.

We’ve already published a guide on getting the right insurance for your motorbike road trip which you can check out via the link.

Next page: Dave’s American diary – Vegas to Bakersfield