Retired and Riding. Northern US Tour

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  1. danisOTR

    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

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    As many of you know we started our retirement in Mexico. Due to the Pandemic we decided to leave Mexico in early May and head back to the US.

    We spent 7 weeks at Pattis’ brother and sister in law in Northern New York. It is great to have family that will put you up and put up with you.

    Being restless we came up with a plan to head West. No definite destination but Mount Rushmore and Yellowstone are on the list.

    Leaving Plattsburgh,NY via Lake Champlain.


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    Our first 3 nights were spent with our best friends who live in NH just north of the MA border. We had not seen them since we left for our MX trip.

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    Prior to leaving the Northeast I needed to see my dad who is in assisted living. His place has been locked down since the beginning of the pandemic. The administrator was ahead of the curve which resulted in no cases at the facility.

    On Thursday the 25th we went to see my dad. He was very excited to see us. The home had set up 15 minute visits but we were able to squeeze out a 75 minute visit. My dad who is 94 does a lot at the home. He entertains and sings for the other residents. This has been a boon of late as they have not been able to bring in outside entertainers.

    The home recognized him with a sketch which was done by another resident. This was hung in a common area and will be there in perpetuity.

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    They just opened up to outside visits last week. Outside. 6’ distance masks required. I am awaiting a picture from the home and I will post it.
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    On the 27th we rode via some great backroads from NH to the Albany, NY area where Pattis’ sisters all live. We stayed with her eldest sister and spend an hour or so visiting her other two sisters in area. We had to retrieve some of our camping gear that one of Pattis’ sisters was generous enough to let us store in her house.

    We had a great time visiting with everyone and prepping for our departure today.

    We left Albany this morning the 29th of June. I had created a route that took us via all secondary highways ending up in Tioga PA at Ives Run Campground.

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    I have a bunch of pictures on my P&S camera that I will post when I pull out the computer and download them.

    300 miles down today. Who knows how many more to come.
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  2. danisOTR

    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

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    Today we rode through PA mostly on Route 6 and State Route 66. The roads were great almost all the way through. PA is a wide state and it took us until 3:00 to be in Ohio.

    Tonight we are in Stow Ohio at a city run campground name Silver Lake, which, ironically has no lake and no restrooms. But the sites are grass which is nicer than gravel to tent camp
    On.

    We bought a new tent for this trip. We have a Redverz but it is just too big to carry especially when you are setting up and tearing down.

    We ended up getting a Marmot Limelight 3. So far we are very impressed with all aspects of the tent. Easy set up. High walls. Smooth zippers that don’t hang up. We also like the color which will assist is stealth camping which we want to try. image-2020-06-30-20:22:54-279.jpg

    Tomorrow we head to Chain O’Lakes State Park in Indiana.
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    If you are traveling by/through Iowa City and would like a place to stay - my wife and I would welcome you.
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    Golden955 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Golden CO has a room for you, so enjoyed your Mexican adventure.
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    Thanks for including us on your new adventure. Mexico was enjoyable to follow.
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  6. danisOTR

    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

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    Thanks everyone for your generous offers. We will be in touch if we are nearby.
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  7. danisOTR

    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

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    Tomorrow we will be in Urbana,IL. We have a Airbnb for a few nights. I’ll be able to expound on our ride and post some pictures.
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  8. Smidty

    Smidty Been here awhile

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    Subscribed, enjoyed your Mexican adventure.
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  9. danisOTR

    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

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    The next few posts will be catch up for our travel to date. First off we've created a Spot Page. Just clock on the link to see where we've been:

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    Here are the screen shots of our route so far.

    On June 27 heading from Pelham, NH to Albany, NY.


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    From Albany, NY to Tioga PA

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    Tioga, PA to Stow Ohio

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    Stow, Ohio to Chain O'Lakes in Indiana

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    Chain O'Lakes to Urbana, IL

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    Miles per day have been between 240-290. Hours between 6-8 hours traveling. All Secondary highways with average speed ~45-50 MPH.

    We are tracking our travel expenses by category. Here are our stats to date.

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    Off the cuff impressions so far.

    Route 6 and Route 66 in PA are nice riding roads. Also Route 30 and Route 10 in NY are great.

    Ohio, Indiana and Illinois so far roads are flat and straight. I'm afraid that our tires will become square.

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    We are currently in Urbana, IL at an AirBNB. We are hanging here until Sunday. We were not able to find any camp grounds with openings over the weekend.

    Not making any political statements and please don't make this report one. But the further west we go the less concerned people seem to be. Almost no one is wearing masks. We are wearing ours when we go into stores, etc. At least we have not been mocked.


    EDIT: We’ve been walking around. More people than not ARE wearing masks. Social distancing is easy as there is nobody around. College is closed so that must be a big driver.


    I'll post pictures from our Point and Shoot later today or tomorrow.
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  10. Omar

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    Bob,
    Looks like you both are averaging about $120 a day .... not bad at all. Thanks for keeping us informed...I just sent out an email and have your Spot Tracker info in it. I know some will follow you on the ADVRIDER , but if you want a pic or two included in the newsletter please send it to me.
    Ride Safe and have fun.
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  11. KenneyB

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    "Ohio, Indiana and Illinois so far roads are flat and straight. I'm afraid that our tires will become square.
    We are currently in Urbana, IL at an AirBNB. We are hanging here until Sunday. "

    I had a nice visit to the Johnny Appleseed Museum in Urbana on a XC ride a few years back. I was raised on the story of Johnny Appleseed. :)
    I also note that you're just a bit south of US 136. I rode that all the way from Loveland CO to Columbus OH during harvesting season. I really enjoyed it, and my tires only went to "sorta" square!
    Ride On!
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  12. danisOTR

    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

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    Here are some pictures from our P&S.

    Bikes after getting a pre-trip bath.

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    Patti taking the lead on Route 30 in NY

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    Rolling hills of NY

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    Covered Bridge in NY

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    Brick Octagon House in NY

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    Reservoir in NY. We kept on passing signs stating "Location of such and such town". Obviously they had been evacuated to make way for the reservoir.

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    Heavily laden RT

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    Campsite on our first night in Tioga, PA

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    For those of you who read our other RR in MX you'll remember the missing brake lines. They JUST arrived in Palenque.

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    Soybeans

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    CORN

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    A sign that we from the North East are not used to seeing.

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  13. steinVT

    steinVT Just a rider

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    Patti just exudes that hard core traveler vibe. You guys have undergone a quite few changes since Croatia and that was just over two years ago.
    Living your dream, keep on trucking.....
    PS. I like the new tent, not quite the Taj, but your bikes don't need a garage anyway.
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