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Old 07-19-2014, 09:58 PM   #1
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Drifting w/the FJR to Black Hills & California~Cav47

So many ride reports I have read and enjoyed from the site. Bout time to give back if I can. Heading out tomorrow after church to the Rushmore areas and beyond.


218 miles tomorrow to my brothers house in Northern Illinois for a closer launch.
Going to hit Starved Rock state park on the way up to introduce my riding partner to some decent roads. Nick will be traveling with me for the Black Hills portion of the trip before heading home. I will continue on to Northern California for a visit with the same brother who will be in San Francisco. He does not know I am coming but his wife and kids do.

Surprise visits are stupid if you are cousin Eddy, but this drop in does have some meaning. At least to us as brothers. See, we lost our parents young and it has just basically been the two of us since we were about 20. He is 3 years older at 42. With no parents or grand parents since we were less than 25 or so we try to get together on each others birthdays. Well recently in the last few years, he has been visiting his father in law near San Franciso on his birthday of July 30th. So this year, I am swinging out on his birthday. He gets pretty bored out there just hanging around while his wife sees her dad for a week.

In the mean time I have 4 Days in the Black Hills(once we get there)and then need to be out in San Fran on or around the 29/30th. Other than that I plan to live like a drifter. See the best of what the West has to offer. Hopefully meet and ride with some of the ADV faithful. Camping all the way is the plan. Should be in Mitchell South Dakota on Monday night and Spearfish on Tuesday. Suggestions for places to eat, and things to do on any part of the trip would be greatly appreciated.

I am going to do my best to document, photograph, post, and write about this trip. I hope I can do it justice for the sake of the board. Really need some direction about locals and having a great site like this can be the perfect tour guide.

I am on my FJR. Nick is piloting a 2006 Honda shadow. He is the music minister at our church. He spent some time in the desert fighting for America during the Gulf War. He is a great person and I am lucky his wife is letting my friend go. He has 3 kids under 7.
My wife suggested this trip because of some recent life events. She knows me better than I know myself. Cliche for some but exactly accurate in this case. My wife is going to hold the fort down while I am gone. I just hope we still have 4 kids when I get back in a few weeks.

Very grateful for the chance to get out west, wonderfully excited to ride as a drifter, and a little scared of the unknown.

I will finish the preview post with a quote from one of my top movies of all time. "Get busy living or get busy dying"

To be continued.
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:35 AM   #2
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Eatery advice in Mitchell South Dakota

Anyone have a great local non-chain place to eat in Mitchell South Dakota?
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Old 07-20-2014, 09:04 AM   #3
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Old 07-20-2014, 09:08 AM   #4
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Maybe ride west another hour to Chamberlain SD on the Missouri river, some good local places downtown, Charlys, Derby coffeehouse, Anchor Grill etc. Not familiar with Mitchell that much.
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Old 07-20-2014, 07:49 PM   #5
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The Depot Pub and Grill
The Depot did show up on Trip advisor. Always need a real reccomendation from an INMATE.

Corona village is really close to where we are camping. Actually will be camping at the Cabellas headquarters store. We will be there tomorrow sometime in the evening.
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Old 07-20-2014, 07:53 PM   #6
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Maybe ride west another hour to Chamberlain SD on the Missouri river, some good local places downtown, Charlys, Derby coffeehouse, Anchor Grill etc. Not familiar with Mitchell that much.
Prob good advice, but that is a little out of our range given the circumstances. That would make it almost 800 miles tomorrow on the interstate. I am pretty sure I could make it, but my riding partner on his 600 shadow with the 2 gallon tank and 1 gallon reserve might press us too much. Thanks for the advice though
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:18 PM   #7
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Safe and sound at my brothers in Sycamore Illinois. 223 miles in just under 4 hours. Never hustled or pressed it. Got fuel as we pulled into town. Ready to roll in the morning.

The ride today was up interstate 74 for about 70 miles then we turned north at Bloomington and picked up I-39. Got off at Tonica to ride through Starved Rock state park. The road winds along the Vermillion river them over to the Park. The road itself is not very long but we flatlanders do not have much to choose from. The story behind the name of the park is that a tribe of Indians were Starved to death by another tribe that would not let them off the rock formations. The north side of the park is bordered by the river and has quite a drop off to the river. Not sure of the exact details but it seems plausible. We rode through some peg scraping corners and switchbacks down to the river level. The road is called Rt 71 and terminates into the town of Ottawa.

This town is where I was born. Family left when I was 14. My parents settled on Monticello IL in the middle of corn fields.....12 miles from town.....in July...... And I am 14 without a license. Culture shock for sure. My freshman class at Ottawa had more kids than the whole high school at Monticello.

I am writing this report from my iPhone and have pictures but they all seem to be the wrong size. I need to figure out how to post them more easily.

This is what we saw before we pulled into my brothers house.

I will add some more pics.
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Old 07-20-2014, 09:33 PM   #8
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First of many

This was the first fill up in Georgetown.

I filled up again when we got into Sycamore. Almost 42 MPG. Tomorrow will be a long day to Mitchell SD. 590 miles mostly on interstate 90. Plan to go through Galena as it will cut off a little mileage and might be more interesting than the interstate drone.
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Old 07-21-2014, 04:45 PM   #9
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Started very cool in Northern Illinois and finished at 96 degrees. Cooling off at the cabellas store. We are camping here tonight by their lake. More to come later tonight.
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610 miles total today. Went to the famous Corn Palace today after dinner. It was closed and barricaded off. Sopposedly making some upgrades and remodeling. I would venture to say this is pretty much a tourist trap. The whole thing is cheesy and corny. (Pun intended). Bikes both held up great. Speeds were a little slower than I wanted to go because of the 600 began to run out of steam above 75. And the wind was problematic at times. Crosswinds out here can blow you a half lane over. Especially scary when the shoulder on the interstate is 100% unpacked gravel through Iowa.
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Old 07-22-2014, 09:33 PM   #11
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What can I say??!!!

Spearfish canyon. Took pictures, shot video, ate at Lewies, outran amounts in storm, went to Deadwood, won $50 playing blackjack, rode home safely in the dark, tents and gear were still there, breeze is amazing, life is good. Who has it better than us tonight???











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I just can't resize all the pics from my phone and such. I will just narrate some high lights and then when I get home, I will have to upload everything.

Tomorrow is Sturgis, Keystone, Iron mountain road. and Mount Rushmore. Thursday will be devils tower. More to follow
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