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Retired and Riding. Northern US Tour

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by danisOTR, Jun 29, 2020.

  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.

    Here is a link to that report:

    https://advrider.com/f/threads/retired-and-riding-temporarily-on-pause-in-northern-new-york.1424901/

    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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  4. Golden955

    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:

    https://maps.findmespot.com/s/T6GV

    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

    Omar Muddling thru Supporter

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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

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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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  14. danisOTR

    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

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    7/4/2020 Saturday Urbana, IL

    Yesterday we walked around the University of Illinois in Urbana. Patti did her usual great job capturing some of the sites that interested her.
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    After the tour we walked to downtown Champaign. Not a lot of activity but there were several restaurants open with outside seating.
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    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

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    July 4th continued

    On the 4th we rode out to the Robert Allerton Park and Retreat. This was recommended to us from a former coworker of Patti. Pictures below. Here is a link to their site: https://allerton.illinois.edu/
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    I routed us back to Urbana but apparently a fat fingered a via point and we ended up taking a 90 minute ride back. Straight and flat. There was a point that I was able to pass 6 cars at one time. The whole time having excellent site lines in front of me.
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    We got back to town and had a late lunch at Legends a bar near the college campus. It was empty so no issue with social distancing.

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    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

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    On the 5th we headed into Iowa. We had an invite from “Blancr ” through the forum to stay at his and Mrs Blancr’s ’ home north of Iowa City.

    We bombed through the rest or Illinois and into Iowa mostly on the highway. When we were around an hour put we stopped for fuel. I linked the address he had sent us and the iPhone Map plotted a route. I sent Blancr our ETA and am we set off.

    The Apple map took us off the highway and headed us into the countryside. A few miles up we were instructed to take a left. Within 100 feet we were on a gravel road. Remember we are on an RT and an R with street tire fully loaded.

    We were to be on the road for ~5 miles. There were some tire tracks that got down to hardpack but that was not consistent and the bikes were dancing down the road. There were sounds of exasperation coming through my headset and I replied with encouragement. As trucks passed they kicked up dust clouds that limited visibility to a few dozen feet. It reminded me of riding the Trans Labrador Highway.

    That road finally ended and we turned right, north on pavement. A few miles up we were again instructed to turn left and we were back on the gravel.

    This section also was around 5 miles and this time there were more marbles than tracks. I continued to provided encouraging as I took to the pegs to lower my center of gravity. There was only one near scrub but Patti recovered and we made it to the end with tons of dust to prove the accomplishment.

    We stoped once more for adult beverages to bring. We asked the clerk if our direction was going to continue to be pavement and were assured that it was.

    We headed out and within 10 minutes we were at Blancrs’. He had instructed us through text to pull right into the garage which we happily did.

    We got unsuited and generally together expecting someone to pop out the door to greet us. Finally I sent a text saying we were in the garage which apparently caught them off guard as they didn’t hear us pull in. Quiet BMW’s.

    Introductions were made and we were welcomed into their BEATIFUL home.

    We hung around the kitchen island, who doesn’t, and got to know each other. We have a lot in common with kids being the same age. The wives both having IT backgrounds, etc. And of course motorcycling.

    Blancr, however has more motorcycles in his garage the. I’ve even owned. A grand collector with varying taste. An Air Head to a 9’ long chopper style with stuff in between.

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    I won’t post any more pictures of their collection as it is not my place. But if Blancr wants to we would all be happy to see. In fact his latest acquisition was to arrive on Wednesday. It was something he has sought for a long time. Foot clutch and suicide shifter.

    We had been invited to share with them our experience as full time travelers which is something they are aspiring to do. We shared some of our story and explained how we came to do what we are doing. There was a lot of back and forth and it was a very enjoyable conversation.

    We were treated to a fantastic steak and shrimp dinner and more truly engaging conversation.

    We turned in early as the Blancr’s has to work the next morning. Both Patti and I had one of our best night sleeps since embarking and on THE most comfortable bed we’ve ever slept in.

    In the morning we were up around 7:30. Blancr has gone into work with a promise to return before we left. Mrs. Blancr works from home and while handling work responsibilities helped us with our destination and route for the day.

    At 9 Blancr got came home to see us off. Daughter Blancr has gotten home from her overnight shift at a memory care facility. God bless these saints who take care of loved ones when they get to that point.

    We chatted some more and started the event of getting ready for departure. We made sure we exchanged contact info and committed to stay in touch.

    Thank you Blancr’s!

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    We charged west and north using the grid pattern roads of Iowa. All the of State was beautiful and there were actually roads that were not straight. The roads insulated and provided varying views. I have a group of pictures on the point and shoot camera and will post them when I can.

    Tonight we are at Storm Lake in north western Iowa. We had no reservations for camping or hotel. We were counting on being able to get a campsite as a walk-in.

    We pulled into one right on the lake, “Sunrise Resort”. I went in to check on availability and was told that the town manager had forbidden tent camping until after the 9th.

    The ladies at the desk reached out to the manager. As they were waiting for a reply they called another campground 30 miles further up the road. They were told that place was accepting tent camping and they had a spot. We were a moment from setting off when the manager called back and said we could stay. Thanks Kim, whoever you are.

    We were lead to the tenting area and were told we could set up wherever we wanted. We nestled our tent behind a tree where no one from the road “town manager “ could see it.

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    We had camp set up quickly and I headed out for dinner and beverages. I was a minute for getting to the store when I remembered by wallet was in my “Stitch” and I had to ride back to get it. Back to the store a quick shopping and I was headed back to the campground where we are now sitting enjoying our adult beverages. We are going to walk down to the beach in a moment to enjoy the sunset.
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    In. Thoroughly enjoyed your Mexican adventures and am looking forward to your domestic exploring.

    Not to get too deep, but after reading many ride reports, a couple of characteristic stand out. The first is attitude. As a motorcycle adventure traveler, one must take things as they come and accept that as part of the journey. You two knock it out of the park on that score. You're MX Corona-virus lock-down experience solidified your bona fides on that front.

    The second is authenticity. Not trying to be someone you aren't, but relating your experiences in an honest and transparent way. Again, high scores. You have your own style and it is positive and nice, simple words yet often underappreciated.

    And lastly, if there's a competition for best pair of bikes ridden by husband and wife couple, start building your trophy cabinet as you've got it in the bag!

    Godspeed!
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    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

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    We are humbled by your post. Thank you!
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  20. Blancr

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    It was a pleasure to have you guys stay the night and sharing your input on traveling. Ride safe and we will continue to follow your travels waiting until we can do the same....
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