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Old 11-24-13, 10:37 AM
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Hi guys...so I'm planning a Tour from wayyyyup here in Edmonton to San Diego in 2015. I will hit Montana(Custer Battlefield re-enactment)head over to Portland to do the Pacific Coast, then to San Diego. Then it's up to Yosemite, Bodie Ghost Town, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon....then I'm not sure.
My biggest pondering is my budget. I will Camp and Warmshowers most of the way with possibly one Motel per week. A combination of eating out and cooking my own meals.
I will have $10,000. I was looking at $30/day for food, thats $210. Plus a Motel once per week brings me to $300 per week. $1200/mth. I will use my Credit card(not the $10k) for attractions(Disneyland and such, and Bike problems)
I've read many Journals on GCOAB where people were Touring on $20/day and others $100. I think my Budget is fine....of course there are things that could happen along the way where I spend more and perhaps days where I spend less. Thoughts? Ideas?
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Expensive part is maintaining the house you are to be returning to when the trip is over .

Once I moved out, and zeroed that out, the tour cost less than rent utilities car ownership insurance , etc.
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Expensive part is maintaining the house you are to be returning to when the trip is over .

Once I moved out, and zeroed that out, the tour cost less than rent utilities car ownership insurance , etc.
That part is easy. I'm retiring in May 2015(at 55)and will give up my Apartment and I don't own a vehicle. So, I guess I'll be a Homeless Hobo for a little while
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That part is easy. I'm retiring in May 2015(at 55)and will give up my Apartment and I don't own a vehicle. So, I guess I'll be a Homeless Hobo for a little while
This will work for you. Rider sleeps on top.



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Setting up Direct deposit of the Pension checks will keep the purse getting refilled .

now with the web, banks may keep you informed as to the balance,

and such things as Currency exchange rates on funds withdrawn with debit cards in Other countries .

[ pre euro I had a bunch of different ones as I crossed Borders.]

By the way Canadians traveling in the US need Traveler's Health insurance ,
For catastrophic stuff maybe get them to just evacuate you back up north.

our country is run for the benefit of corporations , at taxpayer expense,
insurance companies just one of them.

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Wow, where was this? Guy actually lived in this? What, was he 4'2"?
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Setting up Direct deposit of the Pension checks will keep the purse getting refilled .

now with the web, banks may keep you informed as to the balance,

and such things as Currency exchange rates on funds withdrawn with debit cards in Other countries .

[ pre euro I had a bunch of different ones as I crossed Borders.]

By the way Canadians traveling in the US need Traveler's Health insurance ,
For catastrophic stuff maybe get them to just evacuate you back up north.

our country is run for the benefit of corporations , at taxpayer expense,
insurance companies just one of them.
Yeah, Pension money will help for a longer Tour. And Health Insurance is something Im looking into. Lord help me if I get sick or hit by a car down there and I have no Insurance.
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Wow, where was this? Guy actually lived in this? What, was he 4'2"?
Woman...That is a Big Rig.
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Woman...That is a Big Rig.
Wow, never seen anything like that before. Of course you couldn't live in that year round up here.
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How about going up steeper hills? Looks like its pretty heavy...
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Seems like $30/day for food is high, even on average. Co ops and grocery stores are your friend (if you can secure your bike). I can do one Subway sub for lunch and dinner (only on occasion though).
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Seems like $30/day for food is high, even on average. Co ops and grocery stores are your friend (if you can secure your bike). I can do one Subway sub for lunch and dinner (only on occasion though).
OK, so I'll be touring in the spring (FL to CO). What is the average cost - camp a little, Warm Showers a little, motel 6 a little?
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Staying under 30/day is pretty easy in the US, fair bit harder in Canada but still doable. It really is all the small things that you still have at home that will kill your budget; phone bills, car insurance etc. Once you remove these things, then life becomes incredibly cheap

And you might find that once you start hitting campgrounds that have full services (showers, laundry etc), you might not stay in a motel/hotel for long periods of time. I budget one for ever 2 weeks, but the reality, I've only stayed in one ever 2 months or longer when the weather gets really really bad.
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On the Pacific Coast, you can find Hike and Bike sites, at the very most $10 a night, at most of the state campgrounds, and even at many county or city campgrounds. (Such as Lake Cachuma in Santa Barbara County) Most often they are closer to $5. Most of those have hot showers, but often they're coin-operated.

Some national parks have HB sites too..the Grand Canyon for sure, and you can stay one night only (a shame) in the North Pines backpackers' camp in the Yosemite Valley (we dared to stay two nights and got away with it)

I'm not sure it's advisable to detour far south into the low desert from Yosemite in order to hit Las Vegas--if you want casinos, you can head north to Lake Tahoe. Otherwise, I'd head due east from Yosemite, across the basin-range section of Nevada, to hit the Grand Canyon. This is generally at 4000-5000 feet in the valleys between ranges, which takes the edge off the heat--like 95 F instead of 110, plus the nights should be bearable, due to the dry air.

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OK, so I'll be touring in the spring (FL to CO). What is the average cost - camp a little, Warm Showers a little, motel 6 a little?
On my short trips I usually do not camp in a camp ground. There are many places in Florida that are very wooded and far from people so no issues. Not a bad idea every few days to help keep the cost down, if that is your goal. Some depends on the season though, as summer is hard on you at night without a shower (hard sleeping in all that sweat - which I've done). There are mant primitive sites too - that have showers and toilets not too far away.
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