caycek5 and kalonji's Crosscountry Trip - 23 States, 14 Days, & over 7,500 miles
This ride report will be more pictorial than narrative as I/we are lazy:D. If you have questions post them or pm them to either of us. Now to the good stuff!
Here's a trailer of our adventure that my Mom-E made:lol3
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Before the Trip
My bike will never be that clean again.... :(
I left alone at 4:33 am Saturday September 10th 2011 to embark on my journey of epic proportions.
1st stop was a mere 10 miles away give or take. I met up with my dad and a fellow ADV'er fox102
Dad split off at mile marker 159, about 1/2 way there.
Fox (pictured left) made it all the way to cola town for another photo op.
Our first border crossing
And our second
We were pretty much just trying to get some miles behind us slabbing it so we could free up time later on the west coast. Day 1 was 649 miles for me. My longest up to that time. I was already enjoying and appreciating my homemade beadrider and Sargent Seat purchase. We stopped in "Land Between the Lakes" to camp for the night. Campground had showers which proved to be a luxury in the not so distant future.
Land Between the Lakes Campsite
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I am in ....
Make us South Carolina Boys look good!
You live in south Carolina and DON'T have you own trailer????:huh
You must have one of dem fancy mobile homes. :lol3
Day 2 Land Between the Lakes to Independence MO
Here's another picture of the campsite.
If you look in the background at the building you can see the coke machine that served as our night light.
This was the easiest fire to start ever according to kalonji. He was the official pyro for the trip. I tried once in CA and I wasn't successful, so kalonji lit it.
Can you start a fire now?:lol3
In the morning we headed to Illinois.
We passed through Metropolis. Fortunately we didn't see or need Superman's services. :pynd
Next it was onward to the west.
kalonji is going to write a sternly worded letter to the St Louis city council.
Guess where we were.
We stopped in a church parking lot to snap a couple of pictures of the arch.
We saw many interesting sculptures in St Louis. Here is one that kalonji got a picture of.
We headed out of St Louis and towards Independence to meet kalonji's brother where we would stay for the night. kalonji sure is talented. :rofl
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Next stop the Badlands of South Dakota. :ricky
That's pretty much how I remember it. I will add that when we visited the coke machine for a drink mixer we received the stickiest can ever! ewww
I need to write a sternly worded letter to the Coca-Cola Company too.
The reason we go so many picks from the interstate ramp with "emergency stopping only" was due to the fact there was Eagles v Rams game. No safety/police office directing traffic....lame. We sweat our asses off on that ramp til we jumped a curb and got moving again:D
Well, life has taken a break, not really, I've taken a break from life and I'm back in ADV Land. A world of mystery and fun :D!
When I left we were in Independence, Missouri. After the Acoustic Jam, a few beers and bad singing we crashed in our beds to sleep a few hours before another long day. We got up way before the crack of dawn. 4:00 or 4:30 if my memory serves me (it usually doesn't). We were on the road by 5 or 5:30 I'd say. It was early, dark and I didn't know where I was going. That being said, I was in the lead....
We were supposed to head towards Sioux City up I-29. Instead I steered us towards Des Moines, Iowa up I-35. We realized this when we stopped for gas and I asked caycek5 (he who possesses GPS) if we were going the right way. We weren't so he mapped us a route and we got back on track.:evil
Little did we know that the Missouri River had flooded I-29 and many adjacent farms, houses and pretty much everything. I guess the two of us don't keep up with current events too well.
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Our detour was very scenic and showed us a little Iowa we would have missed.
Everyone knows I can't resist driving by one of these:lol3
I took a darthpeach Color break. Everyone need these now and again.
I even ran through a corn field.
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and we made it to
The Welcome to Missouri sign is on the bridge heading into St. Louis with no shoulder to pull off onto. So we turned the bikes around and....
Got the shot heading out of the state :)
We may have been day dreaming on the way into South Dakota so we took this.
Don't worry, we got the shot on the way out but that's not til the next day. Heck this is only half way though day 3 (9-12-11)
Y'all behave out there...don't scare the west coasters :lol3
You took a pic of a great pic of large male chicken. That does seem to be a common picture.
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A friend of our told me today he likes all of the pics but he needs more stories. Well up to this part of the journey it had been pretty uneventful and we're not great narrators like he is so we just can't manufacture inspirado as he does. I wish we could. There are some good stories to come that really did happen. The first few days we were focused on getting some miles behind us and closer to the west and what we were really interested in seeing. so stay :ear
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