2021 ride towards the pacific

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    2021 Day 1: 310 miles home to Syracuse NY. Feels good to be back on the road again, for the next few weeks I’ll be plodding my way around, I’ll try to keep up with the daily progress updates and a few photos. So follow along if your interested. Today’s ride was largely pretty boring, left right after work and rode the highway to a hotel. Didn’t even make Springfield by the time I got caught in about a 20 mile thunderstorm that soaked me right down to the britches, hope this isn’t a sign of things to come tomorrow is supposed to be hot and sunny! 118A6C74-F6F7-4876-AEA5-0DADF2C4C428.jpeg
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    2021 day 2-4 795 miles: Syracuse NY to Cedarburg WI. Long haul to make a few miles up. I did however it a point to stop at the anchor bar in Buffalo (the original home of the Buffalo wing) first thing when they opened them on up towards Milwaukee. not much interesting in the way of riding, I-90 to I-94….. pretty much a full day of 80mph interstate, but at the end of the day I rolled into cedarburg around 10 pm and Uncle Donny had a nice grinder and a beer awaiting me upon arrival, got to spend the whole day Saturday with him. Got coffee and checked out his new apartment, went to lunch at Culver’s for a quick bite then back to the house to prep dinner. Sunday we did a bit of canoeing on the Milwaukee and stopped at Sahle brewing for lunch. Then back to the house where Meg made a great salmon dinner and we just relaxed and recharged a bit before hitting the road tomorrow, great pit stop thanks so much to Donny and the potter clan for hosting me on my way by, it’s always great to catch up! I’ll 07A0B570-FFFD-4ED8-8718-ECAC060A0C11.jpeg BB6A55F8-0550-4147-BA2F-C81B3755EB6E.jpeg 9E040AAD-BA10-4127-9C1D-EB3AB4112AEE.jpeg 83321A0B-61E7-4894-85D2-96C9DD8768DC.jpeg 3A1B71CB-252A-47A6-9997-4A73DD1B39CE.jpeg try to add more photos in the days to come.
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    Day 5 615 miles cedarburg WI to Hillsboro ND. Today was another long one the mornings ride was nice, typical Midwestern roads corn fields quaint little towns but as I crossed into the western part of Minnesota it got real boring real quick. Mostly 80 mph highway in a straight line, but it all improved dramatically upon meeting up with Sarah and Leslie in fargo, we checked out these cool weird sculptures they found which was pretty neat. As best they could tell some old dude just collects them for fun, they’re on private property and are not for sale. Spent the evening hanging around the house chit-chatting and I was treated to an excellent steak dinner! Going to bed at a reasonable hour tonight because tomorrow’s going to be another long one. E7CD0B74-4C5D-4AC4-9F94-B07A8A438FF8.jpeg E58F099B-360B-4048-9069-7AB1B36C4B6A.jpeg 7BD457B0-9C8C-4FB6-82AF-AE47804251A6.jpeg A4422DD4-B2F5-4B07-BA73-637DEA1B5D3B.jpeg D5EE918E-565D-4998-B2C4-DA63E9330811.jpeg 8178BA7F-1F1E-44FE-93E5-63A06FEB80BE.jpeg 7D981AB5-EC69-44F5-992A-656DF8FB9E04.jpeg 70E343E5-584E-4F03-B145-ABDFFB2A4B8C.jpeg A3B31309-C63C-48AC-B491-3A78084DAD8E.jpeg DE946D64-82B6-4E74-BCF8-21B86ADA92A9.jpeg
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    Day 6 560 miles: Hillsboro ND to Keystone SD. I picked up a straggler in North Dakota looking to hitch a ride to Seattle, since I was heading that way and she was pretty easy on the eyes I figured why not. the morning started out pretty straight and flat once again, but it was about 70 degrees and overcast so it was actually a rather enjoyable ride. First big event of the day was figuring out that adding the extra wind resistance and weight of a passenger and a pair of soft panniers that ride outboard of my existing ones cut my fuel economy dramatically. Down to about 30 mpg, which doesn’t sound too objectionable to someone who drives a truck that gets 10 mpg but when paired with a 4 gallon tank and the vast spaces between civilization that the Dakota’s offer it just required a bit more foresight. So after using my emergency liter of fuel and rolling 10 miles down the breakdown lane doing 50 to the nearest gas station we were up and running. This stretch of the Dakota’s had some great scenery separated by hundreds of miles of nothing. Once we got off the interstate we started heading south across the Standing Rock Indian reservation, since we didn’t have enough fuel range to make it to the other side of the reservation we stopped at this little co-op that only sold low octane fuel, the bike ran ok cause there was still a gallon or so left of 93 to dilute it. The upside of the limited fuel range was we had to stop a lot so we met plenty of local color. Some sweet old folks, an Asian couple from New York who wanted pictures with us, a bearded lady and a dude who eats dinner with his parrot at the truck stop. The afternoon was brutally hot 108 was the highest the bike saw, we had to pull over at one point to cool off because Sarah started getting woozy. At the end of the day we detoured to ride Iron Mountain Road in the Black Hills, it was the closest thing I’ve seen to the Devil’s Triangle in Tennessee this side of the Mississippi, hopefully I’m proven wrong in the days to come. Tonight’s accommodations include a nice little cabin in Keystone SD and chicken broccoli Alfredo prepared on my camp stove on the coffee table, we thought the cabin was a kitchenette, it was not, we made due… it was delicious anyhow! 46EABBA2-4F1E-494F-AB65-E654FBB36AC1.jpeg 3D317753-670C-4280-86A7-4CA8DB62A61D.jpeg F45914A4-FC50-434B-8EC6-B469CDBAE4AE.jpeg F8A3CB33-57BD-4B05-AD0B-2F7835235E42.jpeg 886DB556-C298-4B11-B003-CCA5CBBED233.jpeg 91C7B56A-9ADF-450C-A29D-4AE6CE8CDFE0.jpeg AE3786D4-EE91-4E96-A5DD-A1415730CD45.jpeg 41C66E9F-F0C9-4AD2-B897-A30EA4CD38EB.jpeg 6E4499D9-2FED-4C9F-8FE5-CB5C909F334A.jpeg 313A8474-40B2-4181-8B4A-988D337F9EA8.jpeg
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    Lol.....I have sat on that green dinosaur out in the Wyoming boondocks....
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    Day 8 396 miles: Sinks Canyon WY to Copper King Hotel in Butte, Montana. It was still raining when we got up this morning, about, 48 degrees. We broke camp in the rain and hit the road wet. Sarah was wearing every layer she brought, she looked a bit like the kid from a Christmas Story. All of this was compounded, I found out, by a distinct lack of sleep on her part. Apparently at some point in the night her mattress sprung a leak and deflated, leaving her cold and uncomfortable. She didn’t wake me so there was little I could do to assist. Riding through the last stretch of Wyoming probably would have been gorgeous if we could have seen any of it, the temps stayed pretty steady around 45 all morning with a light rain that was just steady enough to thoroughly soak you to the core. I found out in pretty short order that my riding boots which are well ventilated for summer riding do zero for water proofing or warmth. This isn’t usually an issue on an August trip, if your feet are wet and 70 degrees it’s fine. In the forties it’s another story entirely. I will have to find a solution to that moving forward. As the day progressed towards Yellowstone we crossed the continental divide, at the summit of the pass it was with visibility of maybe 50 yards and the temps dipped to 38 - a nice even 70 degrees cooler than it had been two days earlier. We stopped at the next available place (some sort of high end touristy hunting lodge) and picked Sarah up another layer. I also took the grocery bags we got at the gift shop and tied them over my boots in a futile attempt to keep the water out for a bit longer. As we moved into Yellowstone the temps evened out about 50 but the rain continued mercilessly. We arrived at Old Faithful just in time to miss it and wait the 90 minutes or so to catch the next show. We thought we’d get lunch and warm up while we waited. Turns out due to covid there were no heated areas at all to regroup in, it was at this point sitting outside with our soggy boots on eating lunch we decided to bail on the campsite we planned to stay at in west Yellowstone and find a hotel. The closest hotel with availability was about 3 hours from where we had lunch so we gritted our teeth and made the run. We checked in about 8:30 went to the room stripped all our cold wet gear and tossed on bathing suites and went straight to the hot tub. Nirvana!!! I think we’re going to sleep in a bit and regroup in the morning. FB1B613A-7300-4B2D-9236-8EF39E63666B.jpeg F9EA9424-49CC-4F49-8E51-1D4A69639F42.jpeg 65A21159-6F21-4281-9D39-A26C246F7AE1.jpeg A4FF4D32-490C-43AB-8D1E-8B8493C02277.jpeg 8A42B633-2562-4670-8C50-19D44E42043C.jpeg 11FEA70B-AB1B-4CDE-B6FF-F1B8EC7796CE.jpeg 6BC217C8-840F-4D90-AAE2-C629C4EAD37A.jpeg B935578B-BF8F-4E90-A1DB-0DA4FA787841.jpeg BB0A3AAB-7217-4BD9-B98F-855209AB1E93.jpeg

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    Day 9 273 miles: Butte MT to Lolo MT. Slept in a bit this morning and had a nice breakfast at the hotel. Then got a message from our air BNB host for tonight that she and her husband tested positive for COVID and would not be able to host us. We decided to figure it out on the fly. Weather today calls for more of the same, so on our way out of town we stopped at a cvs and picked up a roll of duct tape. I used it to seal up the vents on the front of my boots that let the road moisture and wind in. It looks a bit ludicrous but I think it will work. As we headed down the road, all layered and taped the sun came out and the temps returned to the 60’s so we were slightly overheated by the time we made it to out excursion for the day. The Lewis and Clark caverns in Whitehall, Montana. (I’m getting a bit sick of these guys actually everything out here is named after them) The caves were really cool though. It was about a 20 minute walk up to the cave entrance then we spent about an hour walking through the cave and learning about how they are formed and the history of the folks who discovered them. (Who by the way were unrelated to Lewis and Clark and discovered them about 50 years later) Really cool tour though; the whole path was stairs that the CCC carved into the limestone around the depression and the stonework was pretty impressive. After the tour we found a place to camp sort of near where we planned for the night and stared heading there as a bit of a gamble as it was a first come first served park with no reservations available. The rain did pick up again as we neared camp so the boot duct tape worked out. When we got about 15 miles from camp we started seeing signs about active wildfires, we also drove by the fire fighting camp and could smell smoke, which made us a bit nervous about our camp accommodations. However, when we arrived the camp was untouched and we couldn’t smell smoke. It was about 65 and clear by the time we were setting up. The weather calls for more rain overnight so I have a hunch we’ll be packing up in the rain. But for now we’re warm and dry! AB143E81-68D9-4D0B-8648-FBEE9AC689E8.jpeg E40BC5E3-70A1-41E0-809C-A6B08B32E04D.jpeg 28B29661-3EFE-4BC0-92E9-1698AD6D1278.jpeg 1C1EC897-2390-480C-A4DC-BD64631EF8B4.jpeg 8E613287-196F-4507-ABC9-96DF2A2121C4.jpeg 8277F010-0E6B-4294-BE6A-59E5CAC449EF.jpeg 1830B144-1E6A-4C5B-857B-88F0704F80C0.jpeg 519E9091-499A-4898-8CEB-DA1E414AF500.jpeg 7178ED9A-471D-4F4D-BB66-591B2FD2ADA0.jpeg 78E9417D-EAA4-405D-8679-BF05BE0554D0.jpeg
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    2021 day 10 205 miles: Lolo Montana to Heyburn State Park ID. We decided to take it easy today after rolling in a bit late to camp and setting up just as darkness fell last night. So we went up the road about 10 minutes and stumbled across the Lolo hot springs resort. The springs didn’t open till 10 but the restaurant was open, so we decided to have a nice breakfast and soak in the hot spring for a few hours. Great place, nothing super fancy but really nice, they build a concrete pool about 4 feet deep around the natural hot spring. My favorite spot (likely everyone’s) was right in the corner by the rocks where the natural spring feeds the pool, our attendant said it was about 114 degrees. After a nice long soak and a swim in the heated pool we hit the road for Idaho. The mountains are beautiful out here. We decided to hop on the interstate for a few miles to save some time so we could get to camp early tonight, I’m glad we did I-90 was indistinguishable from most of the local roads we had ridden except that it had two lanes. We stopped for gas in this little town called Wallace, ID and got a huckleberry milkshake. Quite good, funny little town looked like something out of an old western. Upon doing some research we found that there actually has been a movie shot in town (Dante’s Peak) and they used the town’s citizens as extras. After that we were off to camp, the website lists the wrong address and coordinates so we drove around for about an extra half hour to try to find the place. Once we pulled into camp and set up under a couple of big ponderosa pines the camp staff approached to inform us they have a no hammocks policy. Which sucks, it wasn’t listed anywhere online and was just posted on one small notice by the front gate. Anyhow the camp staff felt bad for us and offered up a little tent they had. For dinner Sarah had some camp food and I had a bowl of rice with some little sausages, right as my rice started to boil we ran out of gas for the stove… so the texture was a little funny but it was plenty edible. This will be the first time I have slept in a tent on one of these big trips….. 7D74FD4A-978F-4319-AFBD-95B7B27D2029.jpeg 233A57F0-5811-4928-8459-02589B1DA31B.jpeg B41F0128-EFE4-4750-9AA8-BB7ABB14A0BF.jpeg 3DE33349-0AAA-4F53-BAFC-29FAA0F9A127.jpeg 64174DBB-08D3-4EA4-AE7F-0BFB19330F3B.jpeg 763831DB-CC07-49E2-BC57-48F772556570.jpeg D1B2F422-B93E-438E-B039-D49F493D6533.jpeg 750EB7DD-F28D-4346-8C6D-EFC60612EEC7.jpeg A42A04CD-8CCE-4774-BF15-DB356990F7DA.jpeg DD80F76A-3445-4838-8F79-1FA350BE6751.jpeg
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    2021 Day 11 265 miles Heyburn State Park ID to Lake Wenatchee WA. via Sun Lakes-Dry Falls in Washington was a very surprising ride to say the least. We begun our day begrudgingly packing up the campground hosts tent, while I complained about sleeping on the ground like a normal person and Sarah just shrugged. Thanks Idaho for making your rules super clear in advance! Anyhow we saddled up and hit the trail. First stop was in Spokane for supplies, as we left camp I didn’t realize the hose for my camelback had freed itself and was dragging on the road for a few miles ruining the bite valve. So since I needed one of those and more gas for the stove we decided to stop at REI. They were out of gas so we had to go up the road to a little local outfitter who had two cans in stock. The surprising thing was leaving Spokane headed west, as we left the city, we left the conifer forests iconic of the Pacific NW behind and rode up onto the Cascade plateau. Finding arid farm land and desert was about the last thing I figured I’d see in Washington. But it turns out most of the center of the state is like this. As we rode towards the dry lake falls I kept thinking that without the mountains barely visible on the horizon we could be easily convinced that we were in parts of North Dakota or Wyoming. We met some other BMW folks with the same destination as us at a gas station a few miles before the falls and the lady even let Sarah swing a leg over her factory lowered 750 GS. They say you meet the nicest people on a Honda, but you must meet the second nicest on a Beamer! The dry falls exceeded expectations as well, apparently towards the end of the last ice age these cliffs were home to a set of falls significantly bigger than Niagara Falls! We checked out the visitor center and snapped a few shots of the view and decided to have lunch at the hokey looking concession stand nearby. Boy I’m glad we did. I had a burger that was awesome and Sarah had a great Cesar salad, but the best part was we decided to split an order of garlic Parmesan fries. They were, by themselves, worth a two hour ride into the desert! After lunch we kept heading west towards camp, and as quickly as the landscape changed this morning it changed back this afternoon and we were suddenly riding through the ponderosa’s and hemlocks we had left behind in Idaho with no evidence that there were arid lands for miles. Tonight’s camp is on the easterly bank of Lake Wenatchee, there is a steady 10-15 mph breeze off the water that makes the temp in camp feel much cooler than it is. Which was great this afternoon but as it is now about 8:00 the temps still seem to be dropping, forecasts calls for lows in the 40’s overnight. If this wind keeps up it could get chilly in the hammock. We had backpackers food again for dinner as the fire danger is still extreme and there’s a fire ban in effect. I set up my rain fly over our table as a wind break which worked nicely. I have Sarah bundled up with all my extra layers as well as hers in an effort to keep her warm tonight. I brought a winter hat, as I always do, but didn’t expect to use it. I think as I set off to bed I will swap out my sun hat for the knit one, in lieu of hair it should keep the wind off my head. No rain in the forecast tonight. 190F4AF2-7571-4006-8DB0-D804F906385A.jpeg D445D097-579F-4AFA-B5DB-8E2FA632FE46.jpeg FFEDACBF-53BA-4004-8668-664A9C91EC4D.jpeg F14DA983-0CA4-450B-B8E0-01EF5BA2C50B.jpeg 24382A17-9C7F-4EBD-B542-EDB4C815D020.jpeg 4E406821-0C08-40D0-BF4B-1F86DADAFD43.jpeg 24EDEAFC-8C7F-438E-A31B-646A042D50FD.jpeg 32FD88DF-B0C2-41E3-91A9-CC06E59074DB.jpeg 3C5A8B4C-E7CB-4256-A369-5581CD972977.jpeg 2A9C7CB0-C988-4413-9AEB-B6784AAB42B5.jpeg
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  17. Carrots FTW

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    So it is going to fall a bit out of order as far as my trip log goes but I think this needs a bespoke post. I’m currently in Seattle, and the bike has been a bit weak to start on some of the colder days, odd glitches when running the heated seat/grips through the mountains in the 40’s, so I figured I better get a battery before I continue south just in case.

    So today I headed out to get a new battery, and as I was traveling up I-5 to get to the dealer I had a piece of road debris fly out from the next lane right of me. I heard it hit the back tire… *plufh* and I knew instantly it was going to be flat. But, as I was only 5 miles from the dealer and the heidenau is a pretty stiff tire I figured I’d make it.I just want to give a huge shout out to BMW Motorcycles of Seattle. I rolled in disgruntled with a flat tire and a dead battery an hour before they closed, and don’t you know those guys all bent over backwards to have me rolling out by quitting time. I didn’t even miss my dinner plans. And the piece of shrapnel (for lack of a better word) I pulled out was bigger than anything I’ve ever seen pulled out of a tire.

    Thanks a million guys! Because of you I’m Oregon bound tomorrow to continue my trip back to the east coast without a hiccup! 5AB61950-EF71-4927-9DEC-D73BB1F466D0.jpeg 000F2E18-76C6-4F9C-8309-EEED29E88146.jpeg 7A6BD14E-D3FF-445B-882E-3D2E82678DD4.jpeg B1D76F4E-9439-4426-8A88-8D2EB867CB21.jpeg 1AAB6229-710F-4EEF-B9BB-7B72EC4262BE.jpeg EE6B19B3-2883-4089-87C7-D1C8BAA3D618.jpeg
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  18. Carrots FTW

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    2021 Day 12 140 miles: Lake Wenatchee WA to Seattle WA. Started out Monday morning exploring some forest roads just north of our camp, we approached a barrier that said forest fire ahead. I read through the whole notice and there was an active fire that had apparently been started by lightning. But at the bottom of the sign in small lettering it said, no road closures at this time. So I let the clutch out and we were off! The road was well maintained as the guys had just graded it to make sure the fire trucks could get in without issue. As we climbed the mountain we could see the hoses they had laid out along the road to prep for fighting the fire as well as an intermittent drop tank full of water. We stopped to check out the biggest Douglas Fir I’ve ever seen, which in itself was worth the detour. On our way up the mountain we encountered more fire crews clearing brush and cutting trees to prevent the fire spreading across the road. As we neared the summit we ran into one other vehicle going the other way. Then we started our descent, I could tell Sarah liked going up better than going down by the noises she made every time the front tire bounced off a rock. It was a nice winding switchback road with great views. After we made it to the bottom I could feel Sarah relax as we transitioned to pavement. The remainder of the day was rather uneventful, we stopped for lunch at a little roadside cafe in one of the valleys and kept on riding towards the pacific. As the conifers transitioned into tall buildings and our air bnb was nearing there was this sense of victory. While it isn’t my last leg, it is where Sarah and I will be parting ways again as well as the northwestern terminus of my trip. Looking forward to Seattle! 5D1C12D0-9BBC-457D-AA25-8313F4A76432.jpeg 8AA15CA0-63D7-413D-8BA4-063EC8CA39CE.jpeg 3E750D62-8E47-40B7-A50D-86DED00084FE.jpeg 5781B179-E1CE-4E76-B142-D03ECEA43CD6.jpeg D0F3EE82-D053-47B9-8B6C-158929F86CC9.jpeg B7B70A73-444A-4424-A3E7-585D0C0A6C23.jpeg 353B963B-0CCC-4157-8606-0871A482067C.jpeg 3E0E0F6B-9276-4A69-83C1-D424DB66B3E2.jpeg E0D5F8D4-3352-4844-9A42-2FAD2F73CF92.jpeg DAE85711-BB38-491E-906C-BC1E07C68303.jpeg
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    2021 day 13 30 miles. Seattle WA. After we arrived at the air bnb we stripped the bike of all our crap and went inside, hung anything wet out and put a load of wash together. Once he was off work Jonathan was kind enough to come pick us up and we hit a couple local breweries and a burger joint. Good beer out here, but I think I’m spoiled by the beer scene back home. The next day we met up with Indy downtown and took the tour of the Seattle underground, really interesting city history, and an absolute monument to poor planning. After the tour we walked around pike place for a while and explored the waterfront. Indy had to catch the ferry back to Bremerton so that’s where we parted ways, great to see him! After that Sarah and I took the monorail to Seattle center to check out the space needle and walk around city center. Then on back to the air bnb where I decided to go get a battery for the bike and picked up a flat tire on the way. Since the bike was rolling again so quickly we didn’t even miss dinner plans with Jonathan, had a great burger and some more good beer before heading back. I think we’re sleeping in tomorrow before I start heading south on my own… B583B8F0-734F-4935-A467-037EC538123E.jpeg E6A692EC-BF21-4D1D-943C-7E0219089D63.jpeg 41838933-292D-46F9-9E01-5F7F7677F788.jpeg FF51A5D5-6177-4BBE-88FB-D2A125F31BE0.jpeg C47F199F-136E-416F-858A-100E54D5D3E6.jpeg 8941E156-E352-4FE9-8914-4F729C16415C.jpeg CEEFE4DB-DCEA-4CF2-BB42-5166F4014535.jpeg E5DD382D-4549-449E-B2A0-C0FE7D729E0B.jpeg 812A4AF5-A014-46C6-99D3-C333A0F6B6A9.jpeg DA15C59B-550C-40DC-A7BE-3515F80617A6.jpeg
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