Road Trip Comparisons

shadowsI just got back from a cross-country drive to California — via RV. My sister-in-law and mother-in-law had driven to Minnesota and needed a relief driver for the trip back to the San Diego area. Ralph had to work, so I got to go. It was a fun time, but I couldn’t help comparing the modes of travel.

On a motorcycle trip, you get up early, drive for an hour and find a little restaurant that offers home-style breakfasts.

On an RV trip, you get up early, start driving, and your sister-in-law hands you a fresh, hot egg burrito that she just made on the little stove in the back.

On a motorcycle trip, you stop frequently for gas. The motorcyle gets 40-plus miles per gallon, but it has a small tank.

On an RV trip, you stop frequently for gas. The RV gets maybe 8 miles per gallon, and it holds a lot of gas.

On a motorcycle trip, you make stops for nature calls.

On an RV trip, you just get up and walk to the back of the bus to the bathroom.

On a motorcycle trip, you become part of the landscape.

On an RV trip, you get to see a lot of landscape.

On a motorcycle trip, you stop every one-and-a-half hours to stretch your legs and look at stuff.

On an RV trip, you walk to the back to stretch your legs.

On a motorcycle trip, you stop and put on your rain suit when raindrops begin to fall and hope it doesn’t get too windy.

On an RV trip, you turn on the windshield wipers when it starts to rain and hope it doesn’t get too windy.

On a motorcycle trip, you try to get off the highway and into a hotel room by 5 p.m. so you can beat the families with kids to the hot tub.

On an RV trip, you try to get off the highway and into an RV park so you can connect your water, sewer and electric lines and maybe take the kids to the pool, if there is one, before dark.

Both are fun ways to travel, but I still prefer the bike, where the wind provides the air conditioning and Mother Nature has charge of climate control.

There are still a lot of great riding days ahead in Minnesota. If you’re looking for a great ride, check out Ride Minnesota, available at most Minnesota Harley dealers, and at Amazon.com.

About cindysowden

Cynthia Sowden is a freelance writer and editor. She puts her 30-plus years of corporate communications experience to work for businesses of all sizes. These are her thoughts on the business of writing.

Posted on August 21, 2014, in Motorcycles and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. RV’s are a good time but it just does not beat life on two wheels unless its snowing.

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