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Old 07-16-2013, 11:04 PM   #76
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Day 5 Belle Fourche SD to Murdo, SD

It had stormed out by morning and I left Belle Fourche under cloudy skies and a peek of the sun. The plan was to take it easy and head to Deadwood and ride some of the Black Hills. I was really lookiing forward to a good breakfast, for a change. After an hour or so I finally reached the exit and noticed all the Casino signs. I'm already getting bad vibes about a place that I had heard so much about



After a nice twisty road I ride down the hill and notice all the Casino signs. Somehow I thought that this would be a restored western town. Not a tourist trap



I ride up and down the streets and decide to place my bike here for my obligatory bike photo(s)



There are not that many cars around but I was trying to wait for a clear street and every time a car went out of the scene, another one drove by



For this shot I used my new Sigma 18-250mm ultra zoom and I really like it. Now I don't have to fiddle with changing lenses. I used to carry my 55-250mm but it was always a pain to dig it out so I never used it



I'll bet you thought I forgot to pose my Pink Crocs, didn't you ?



No parking is allowed on the main street and I didn't want to park my bike out of sight in the parkade a couple of blocks away so I was looking for a place with outside parking and I didn't realize that this was a cafe, at first

I find that when you are by yourself, you can make friends with other bikers more easily. Here are Stan & Becky, having ridden their Harleys from Indiana



Eventually I finish chatting with the locals and head south on 385 until I reach the Crazy Horse Memorial



It started raining a few miles out and I had to dig out my rain gear and when I finally parki
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:21 PM   #77
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It started to rain a bit harder so I had to "Rain proof" my bike before I went inside to see the exhibits



I installed the zip lock rain cover for my Nuvi GPS and cover my tank bag



there are lots of bikes here today, mostly Harleys. The Crazy Horse statue is gigantic and it was started in 1949. Notice Crazy Horse's face, it is larger than the 4 presidents of Mt Rushmore (combined), and that opening which is the part under his arm is as tall as a 6 storey building



My bikes loves affection and loves to be posed



The rain continues and I am not used to this warm, humid rain. With a non-breathable rain suit I was getting super heated underneath. We don't get this type of weather on the west coast. We are used to cold rain. Anyway, this heat was making me dizzy so when I saw all the cars lining up to pay the $11. parking fee I just snapped a photo by the side of the road and left. I didn't feel like paying for only a 30 second photo opp



So that's my close encounter with Mt Rushmore and I was glad to be on my way

Now I was heading East on I-90 and about 50 miles away you start seeing signs for Wall Drugs. I mean Lots of signs and so when you reach the WALL exit you just have to exit and take a peek



It is a huge store and I think they carry most everything. I'm not much of a consumer of trinkets so they only got less than $2. from me
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Old 07-17-2013, 08:39 AM   #78
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Good job on the pics, Bob. I especially love the picture of Mt. Rushmore. I have never been there.

Thanks for sharing.


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Old 07-18-2013, 06:29 AM   #79
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Crossed paths

Hey Bob

It appears we have crossed paths sometime last night. I see from your spot locator you are in Bellefonte PA this morning. I rode through there about 7Pm last night. I'm in Export PA today, just West of you.

Some hot eh? I saw 37C most of the day on the I-80 yesterday. Yikes!

This morning I am enjoying the morning by my friends Bill and Lisa's pool while I wait to go get an oil change at Bentley's KTM in Murryville, PA at 10am.




If I don't see you in PA I will see you in Shediac in ten days or so.

Ride safe

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Old 07-18-2013, 01:47 PM   #80
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Hey Bob

It appears we have crossed paths sometime last night. I see from your spot locator you are in Bellefonte PA this morning. I rode through there about 7Pm last night. I'm in Export PA today, just West of you.

Some hot eh? I saw 37C most of the day on the I-80 yesterday. Yikes!

If I don't see you in PA I will see you in Shediac in ten days or so.

Ride safe

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Dwight:

I'm so disappointed that we were so close but missed. I only arrived here at around 6:15pm yesterday and then we ordered a pizza delivered as it was so hot and no one wanted to put on riding clothes to go anywhere.

If you had a Spot or checked my location you would have known. I have a spot link on my right side bar of my blog (link below)

I have two tour guides to lead me to Portland Maine. Leaving in the morning and heading WEST towards the Atlantic

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Old 07-19-2013, 09:09 AM   #81
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Dwight:

I'm so disappointed that we were so close but missed. I only arrived here at around 6:15pm yesterday and then we ordered a pizza delivered as it was so hot and no one wanted to put on riding clothes to go anywhere.

If you had a Spot or checked my location you would have known. I have a spot link on my right side bar of my blog (link below)

I have two tour guides to lead me to Portland Maine. Leaving in the morning and heading WEST towards the Atlantic

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It is too bad we missed such a close opportunity. I never thought to check your spot location. Too focused on trying to make long miles on a smokin hot day. Hopefully I won't be held up too long here in Export and I will see you in Shediac.
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Old 07-19-2013, 05:08 PM   #82
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Rt 100 up VT then RT 112 across the heart of NH avoiding interstates is a possibe route if you don't want to miss the real beauty of the area. ..

Sorry just read your blog and realized you weren't collaborating on the route to ME.

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Getting a bit behind. Monday was a pedal to the metal day. I found out that my friend, who lives in Denver, was on his way to a family birthday party and would be there that same day. And it was virtually on my flight path



so naturally I wanted to meet up with him and all I wanted to do was to put on the miles. Since I was passing through Mitchell (on I-90) I decided to take a quick look at the Corn Palace



I wasn't interest to stop or take any tours but it looked like a touristy kind of place with lots of souveniers for sale

Not many photos today but I took a photo of this neat bridge but can`t be sure where it was



After being alone for so many days it was nice to see a friendly face



He was waiting by the side of the road waiting for me



He arranged to give me a home for the night. You can read about it here
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:40 PM   #84
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Good job on the pics, Bob. I especially love the picture of Mt. Rushmore. I have never been there.

Thanks for sharing.


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I was a bit disappointed with Mt Rushmore. I liked Crazy Horse Monument better. Lots of things to see and buy

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Rt 100 up VT then RT 112 across the heart of NH avoiding interstates is a possibe route if you don't want to miss the real beauty of the area. ..

Sorry just read your blog and realized you weren't collaborating on the route to ME.
Liberty NH:

Thanks for your suggestion but I have left the planning to my tour guides. We are taking the boring I-84. Today we had lots of congestion and the traffic was brutal

Tonight we are in Southington, CT and heading for Portland ME in the morning

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Day 7 La Crosse, WI to Plymouth, IN

Tuesday I made a miscalculation. I wanted to meet a friend who lives in Chicago but I was told to stay away as the traffic would be bad as there were many events going on with many streets closed in the downtown area so she said to meet her in Beliot, WI

We had a long leisurely lunch so I got a late start to the day. I had nearly 1,000 kms to cover by the next day so I decided to ride late into the night which is something I prefer not to do

The mistake was trusting my GPS. I set it to avoid Toll Roads and it led me right into the heart of the Chicago commuter traffic during rush hour



It doesn't look that bad here but soon all traffic was stopped so I found an exit and waited it out in an air conditioned fast food restaurant



around 7pm I emerged and found that the traffic was till barely moving but I endured and it still took nearly an hour to get out of the gridlocked mess



The sun was setting fast and soon I found myself on Hwy 30, The Lincoln Highway. This is not a fast route but has lots of truck traffic and many signal lights. It was dark and I was following the tail lights of the truck ahead and I suddenly got the feeling that this wasn't such a good idea so I started to look for a place to stay. GULP, nothing around except darkness and many signs for restaurants but no places to stay
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Day 8 Plymouth, IN to Bellefonte, PA

This was another 500 mile day where I had friends waiting for me to arrive. Last year when I was planning my trip I had offers from two other riders to take me to the Atlantic coast and show me around. Both of them had already arrived the day before and were mainly just sitting around the pool waiting for me to arrive



there has been a record heat wave in this part of the country and wearing ATGATT in this humidity is very hot

I arrive just after 6pm and set up camp



I have been keeping an eye on Kedgi hoping to bump into him and I find out later that he passed us around 7pm as he was heading west on I-90. If he had know we were here, and stopped . . . then he could have had some pizza which we had delivered.

Day 9: Was maintenance day. I had an appointment to have have an Oil Change done on my BMW R1200R at Kissell Motorsports in State College, PA

other than that it was a good day to stay by the pool

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Old 07-20-2013, 06:33 AM   #88
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The mistake was trusting my GPS. I set it to avoid Toll Roads and it led me right into the heart of the Chicago commuter traffic during rush hour
Damn those gadgets can be frustrating!! I have found there is a fine balance somewhere between the GPS advice, what your maps show (depending on resolution), what route people suggest, and your instinct. (And I somehow still end up choosing poorly in many instances.)

I hope you manage to avoid any more traffic like that, especially with the heat. Thanks for taking us along on your ride.

-Mike

By the way, I think that you gave Mt Rushmore plenty of time.
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Liberty NH:

Thanks for your suggestion but I have left the planning to my tour guides. We are taking the boring I-84. Today we had lots of congestion and the traffic was brutal

Tonight we are in Southington, CT and heading for Portland ME in the morning

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Well maybe on the way back.....Do the notches in NH. Up through the ski areas in VT. Across Champlain through Lake George and the Adirondacks. Some really great roads around. I even skip the interstate in my work truck when time permits.

Oh yeah we did the same drive by at Rushmore last year too.
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Old 07-22-2013, 05:36 AM   #90
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Made it to Portland, Maine on Saturday



also visited the Portland Head Lighthouse



and a famous beach



and another (old orchard beach)



and I had my first taste of Lobster rolls

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