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Old 05-12-2013, 07:16 PM   #16
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There was a warning sign with a picture of a deer so a very large bird decided to "walk" right in front of me. Honest ! Not sure what is was but looked vulture-ish and I had to swerve to avoid hitting the damm thing as it could have done sone damage.
I''d bet it was a turkey. First time I encountered one I thought it was a goose and that it would fly away when I got close to it. Apparently turkeys like playing chicken!
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Old 05-13-2013, 06:26 PM   #17
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Last nights stay in Austinburg just happens to be the home (Ashtabula County) of covered bridges, similar to "The bridges of Madison County" fame. While there I had to have a look at a couple of them and take pics.
From there the ride was across Ohio on a very cold day (4c when I got up) on very flat, straight open roads. I90, Highway 2, I475,Highway 20. The latter is the straightest road I have ever seen (Look at it on Google Earth) and just carried on into the horizon most of the day. Some sections of road appear to be named after soldiers recently killed in conflict. Not a bad way to remember them. One section was called "Jacky (can remember surname) Miss America highway !!!! It was a very flat road apart from a couple of hills !
Nearly went into a store called the Happy Hooker, but it was only selling fishing equipment.
During the late afternoon on th 20, started to see a couple of horse drawn carriages that looked like Aimish ones seen on TV and the movies. Obviously they were...took a couple of pics and even managed to get one group to wave at me. Two carriages were parked in McDonalds car park (see pic) but didn't see them eating a Big Mac.
Finally got to Elkhart, Indiana where I am falling asleep as I write. The temperature is due to be 26c tomorrow ie. hot, so I will not be whingeing about the cold for a while.
Pics available on Blog listed below.
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Old 05-14-2013, 06:32 PM   #18
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Comfortable night in a cheap Red Roof Inn then off to the nearest motorcycle shop the get chain lube & engine oil. Got talking to a couple of guys and, well that took a while. Bike talk is very important.
The weather was supposed to be warmer today and from a cool start it soon became quite sweltering. For most of the day it was good while I was moving but even that became uncomfortable. Jacket was ok as I bought it for the vents but the trousers were getting sticky. Sound good, does it not ? I guessed I would have to get mest trousers for the hotter states & countries so I will visit a Honda shop a few miles away in the morning.
Not many pics today as I needed to get some miles on the clock and the roads were long, straigt n flat again. It is not boring as it is all new to me and you have to watch the 18 wheelers as I can see them coming in my mirrors before they overtake me at approx 75 mph. Don't get that at home.
I gained an hour (now 6 hours behind the UK) so I guess this is Central time. Passed the place where Ronald Regan was born but otherwise not so interesting 'til I pulled off after seeing a "Camping" sign. Didn't know what to expect but this place place is beautiful, clean $22 for the night, middle of nowhere & I am sitting at a table outside my tent on the internet !! How cool is that ? (the kids would say).
The owners, who thought I was CANADIAN ??????? are really friendly, the bloke wants to come with me and told me the best place to see the river M_I_SS_I-SS-I-PPI which is just up the road. Also the place to get the best American breakfast ! Hope I can report that tomorrow or the next day.
I hope everyone is enjoying work !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!

Again, having a problem placing pics on ADV but they are on the Blog below.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:20 PM   #19
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Again, having a problem placing pics on ADV but they are on the Blog below.
Dave, do you have the photos uploaded to a photo site like SmugMug, Picasa, or photobucket? If so it is quite easy to post to the forum. While you are writing your post, you just click the little button on the tool bar with the little mountain on it. Then paste the url of the photo which you get from the photo sharing site.
You can also get the url from travelpod. Right click on the image and "copy image location".

Like this!!



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Old 05-14-2013, 08:14 PM   #20
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Puke Love the inspiration guys!!

Keep the photos coming!

I was thinking of road tripping the USA in a van... but now a split trip of some van and some bike travel seems even better!
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:26 PM   #21
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Quite a good nights sleep in the tent but it was very warm for the first few hours and didn't nedd the sleeping bag at all. It has been many, many years since that happened.
Up and packed by 08-00 so that it was all done in the shade. A few mile to the I 80 again then over the Missiissippi. Followed the river to a bike shop but they didn't have any mesh trousers. Took the opportunity to ride down to the big river, I mean this is one of THE rivers of the world ! I watched it, took a couple of pics and just had to dip my feet in it. Who from Taunton can say that ?? Maybe nobody would want to but, it's been done.
Once over the river I was now in Iowa !
On to the I 80 again to " IOWA 80 ", the Worls biggest truckstop. It IS big. Parking for 900 trucks and inside there are vintage small trucks and at least two full 18 wheelers ie. tractors & trailers....American size !! Needless to say the buffet was great and that was my one meal of the day....possibly week !
The rest of the day was racking up the miles again; very warm and long straight roads. Passed Des Moins & the town, Winterset, Iowa, where John Wayne was borne and perhaps should have popped in. Shame I am not here on the 25th as Maureen O'Hara is there and for $125 I could meet her. She must be the lat of the greats.
The rest of the day was on the I80 and although there were plenty of camping signs earlier in the day there were none in the afternoon so found a cheap motel in Harlan.
Tomorrow should take me to Nebraska & South Dakota on my way to Devil's Tower and Little Big Horn. Warning, violent thunderstorms due. Gulp !!



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Old 05-16-2013, 07:43 PM   #22
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Miles today 270 Total 1928

After very basic brekkies at motel (I think I was the only guest). As I filled up with gas (into the language already) I had a chat with a younger guy on a Harley who was 4 days into his trip from California to Milwaukee. Apart from helmet and gloves he was not wearing any protective clothing at all. Almost every bike I have seen so far has been a Harley and they just wear T Shirts and sometimes shorts.
I had a good start re-joining the I 80 then onto the I 29 North. I realised that mu route did not actually take me into Nebraska but a little detour could correct that. I killed two birds with that as I chose a road that took me on a toll bridge over the Missouri River. For the old gits like me who were brought up on westerns the Mississippi and the Missouri were mentioned in most of them. This one just happens to be the longest in the USA at 2,341 miles.
The bridge had a terrible metal grid road that did not agree with the tread on my tyres. It was weaving all over and after paddling in the river I paid a second dollar and road over it again....very slowly !
Back onto the I 29 to the I 90 passing Little Sioux, Sioux City, through Minnehaha County then a bit to eat at a real diner. The 3 courses were delicious and cost $10.50...my only real meal of the day. This was when the weather turned nasty so from 14-30 onwards the sky was black and the heavens opened. Rode about 90 miles in that with the wind blowing me about and then the 18 wheelers adding to it as the passed.
I had enough at approx 17-15 and found a cheap hotel.
I am sure there were other places and things I should mention but it is difficult to remember them all. Yesterday I rode over North Skunk River then South Skunk River. Not astounding but to me they were great names.
I have received plenty of great comments, thank you all. Neil & Paul thought I was brave to do this. If you saw me the few day before I left and the couple of days after I landed you would not have said that. Big coward, me !



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Old 05-17-2013, 07:28 PM   #23
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Quick good breakfast, quick chat with Jayne on Skype as it was her lunchtime, then on the road. Bit of a chilly start (bliss) then it warmed up.
Road was again very flat but was able to stop at a visitor centre for the scenery (a bit hazy) and to read about Lewis & Clark, famous American explorers. The Brits who read this can Google them and the Americans already probably know. Very interesting though. A lady behind the information desk gave me useful routes ie. see Badlands below.
After 130 miles or so stopped to fill up at a gas station next to "1880 town", a reconstruction of a western town. Didn't go in there but parked the bike next to some table and had a cold drink. I sat on the edge of the seat but it was not bolted down so the far end of the plank went up in the air and this plank landed on his but. Luckily no one saw this so my blushes were spared.
The roads were VERY straight and managed to take a pic while riding at 65 mph ( Oh you shouldn' do that !!). While I was riding at approx 70, I was overtaken by 4x4 hooked up to a LARGE caravan AND towing a large speedboat !
Next stop Badlands. Again you will have to Google it but it is incredible and a national park. Had a Bison Hot Dog then paid the $10 entry and rode the 35 miles or so taking pics at every stop and walkabout. There are loads of them but doubt they convey the real scale of the place.
For approx 300 miles I had been reading billboards at the side of the intersate with "drug Wall" on them. They all said different things and I hadn't a clue what it was. After asking I discovered it is actually the largest drugstore in the world in the town of wall. During the depression and the time of the dustbowls people were moving west. This family had the idea of offering free iced water in their small drugstore and the rest is history. They sell everything and the place is huge ! Google it.
From there it was a 60 mile chase to Keystone, just outside Mt Rushmore where I now am. Another cheap hotel and I am knackered. Have gained a further hour though so I am now 7 hours behind the UK.

Shorter day tomorrow, I hope.

Still cant get pics on here but you can see them on the link below.
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Old 05-18-2013, 06:57 PM   #24
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What a day !!
As I said yesterday their was a problem with the internet at the hotel so went to the deli across the road to use theirs. As I walked out of my room I bumped into a Canadian couple who I had met a couple of hundred miles previously at a rest stop. Mutual accusations of following each other and a promise of drinks if it happened again.
Was able to download pics (took ages) had a non healthy bagel with bacon, cheese, egg n other stuff and completed the most important role of the day.............spoke to Jayne on Skype ! Technology !
Had been advised of a very scenic road over the Black Hills where I would also be able to see Mt Rushmore. It was incredible with windy roads circling over themselves, over wooden bridges and through small tunells blasted into rock. One of which is so placed that it frames Rushmore as you drive through it. Good job the speed limits were 25 & 35 or I would have been in the trees still. Then decided to take the detour through Custer state Park. Usually $10 but today was FREE. No brainer ! Also would I like a free box of Grape nuts ? They say that America is the land of the free but I thought it was a different free !!
Saw plenty Bison, One group was in the way on the road and cars were parked close to take pics.....that was until they saw the bike and they quickly moved. Still got pics though. Got a pic of two donkeys with heads stuck in a car. Also saw plenty deer and little furry things.
From there went to the scene of one of my fave movies "North by Northwest" , Mt Rushmore, and had a meal in the canteen where she shoots Cary Grant. Splendid.
From there to Deadwood...however the dark clouds that had been looming threw down what it had ready. A bit of rail but mostly hail. It was a whiteout and it hurt...a lot. I missed the worst of it as, as I travelled further down the road it was all white and the road as slippery as sheet ice. Had to hide under a tree ! After a while rode on carefully to Deadwood.
This is where Wild Bill Hickok was shot in the back of the head. I was going to have a look around but it was heaving with tourists (like me !) and casinos so rode around then moved on. Devils Tower was only 60 miles or so away so headed for Hulet, the nearest town. Passed into Wyoming and never passed a gas station. Only passed about 2 cars on the road, the sky was getting blacker and was very low on fuel so rode slowly to max the mpg. Arrived here and the only gas station closed ! Asked a guy where I could get some and he said I could use a credit card in the pump. Sigh of relief until the card didn't work........'cos I was inserting it the wrong way. Phew !! Should be Dopey travels the Americas !

Anyway found a cheap, nice hotel to avoid further thunderstorms that are due and there appears to be two western type bars for a drink...& a shootout !
Tomorrow, North to Alaska (Stewart Granger & John Wayne).
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Old 05-18-2013, 08:14 PM   #25
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It sounds like you are having one heck of a trip! That road to Mt Rushmore is spectacular, I'm glad you found it.
Keep up the good work on the reports
Are you still passing through Edmonton? We can sort out your photo posting difficulties
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Old 05-18-2013, 10:23 PM   #26
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Yes I am and I figure it will be mid next week. I was planning on asking for a bit of tuition !!! See you soon & thanks.
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Old 05-18-2013, 10:41 PM   #27
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Good report. I'll see if I can walk you through the picture posting.

When you hit the "New Reply" button you see this:



The little button that the arrow is pointing to is one way to post pictures.

Click that and you get a pop up box:



This is where you paste the "Direct' Link from Photobucket and click "OK." I copied the following photo location from your blog: http://images.travelpod.com/users/da...641.had-to.jpg



The alternative is to copy the "IMG" Link from Photobucket and paste it right in the reply box. When you paste it you will see the code for the image and if you click the "Preview Post" button you should see the image.

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Old 05-18-2013, 10:47 PM   #28
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Old 05-19-2013, 04:18 PM   #29
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Checked your blog. Good write up

Keep up the good work Grumpy. Did some of this ride last year and enjoyed it. You'll get the hang of pics. Right clicked this out of your blog and pasted it here. Just don't let the http:// go in twice. http://images.travelpod.com/users/da...-the-trees.jpg

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Old 05-19-2013, 06:42 PM   #30
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http://s1328.photobucket.com/user/tr...13a96.jpg.htmlMiles today 220 Total 2635

Last night : Went out in this "one horse" town to the local bar. Interesting ! Very noisy with voices only (C&W was in the background), the blokes all had stetsons apart from one who had one of the worst wigs ever, and, I cannot repeat the language from the woman next to me whose bloke could't get a word it. She was from Bridgwater, I think ! The beer was served on a jam jar with a handle but my "bourbon on ice " had half a pint of liquor in it. When walking back to the motel a couple passed me and the lady asked it I was "the brit" ? She was born in Yorkshire 76 years ago and has lived in Connecticut for many years.
Today: It must be a Bank Holiday at home as the weather here has been 'orrible !
Rode the 9 miles to Devil's Tower as used by Mr Spielberg in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind". It is amazing how it is just "there" in the landscape but it was a volcano vent...a few years ago. The heavens then opened so I decided to push along to Little Big Horn in the hope that if, the weather was moving east and I was moving west, it would soon pass. WRONG ! THe rain was heavy for the whole 220 miles to Hardin (good job there is not a "g" at the end of it mr H or I would have moved on !
On the 112 I moved into Montana "State of the Big Sky" and only saw a few cars and truske for the whole length of it. At one point there was roadworks where the sign said "Gravel". Well there was to begin with then it was mud on gravel. The wheels were slipping all over the place and I had to let a truck past. This went on for about a third of a mile and the bike and my legs were covered in mud. It goes with the "adventure" I guess.
Due to the weather, I wondered if Bighorn was worth a visit. I stopped at a gas station to refuel, the card worked but nothing came out of the nozzle. After going into store lady told me there was no fuel at all. Ta, Mrs ! I guy pulled up, said he was a biker and he could give me some gas. Said I was ok 'til the next place but he said I should visit the battle site. Bikers ? Good guys !
The visit was well worth it. very hard to believe that so much took place on that little hill and what we do to each other.
From there just a couple of miles down the road to fill up and decided to get a hotel here. Not too cheap but I was just fed up with the rain.
Having a couple of tacos and beer while writing this.
Despite the help, I still cant get pics on here.

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