|11-06-2008, 09:58 AM||#1|
Joined: Nov 2008
Detroit Michigan to the Badlands
This is my first post here. So here it goes:
August 2008: Detroit Michigan - Badlands South Dakota
Motorcycle: 1997 Suziki TL1000S Streetfighter.
Gear: Full leather all the time.
Actual miles: 2600.
Duration: 7 Days.
Point to point distance: 2223 miles.
Point to point time: 36 Hours.
Average speed: 61 Miles/Hour.
The difference between point to point and actual miles is me tooling around cities or exploring. It amounted to about 60 miles per day.
Day 1: Detroit Michigan to Silver lake Michigan.
250 miles - 4 hours.
Stayed in my dad's RV at a campground. Took the sand hog out for a few hours on the sand dunes.
Learned how to sail on a small keel-less racing boat.
Silver Lake, Michigan
Day 2: Silver Lake Michigan to Whitewater State Park, Minnesota
275 miles - 5 hours.
Time on boat: 4 hours.
I took the SS Badger from Luddington Michigan to Manitowoc Wisconsin. Whitewater was definitely the best state park of the trip, The Minnesota parks are pricy buy very well maintained.
White Water State Park, Minnesota
Day 3: Whitewater State Park, Minnesota to Lake Vermillion Rec Area, South Dakota
290 miles - 5 hours.
Lake Vermillion, South Dakota
Day 4: Lake Vermillion Rec Area, South Dakota to Badlands
270 miles - 4 hours.
This is what the trip was all about. I was able to camp right inside of Badlands National Park.
Badlands, South Dakota
Day 5: Badlands, South Dakota to Albert Lea, Minnesota
461 miles - 7 Hours.
Long day on the bike with perfect weather.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Day 6: Albert Lea Minnesota to Madison Wisconsin
263 miles - 4 hours.
Fuel Pump failed in the morning. Had to take it out of the tank, remove the sealed cover plate and free up the impeller. Weather turned to crap. After 250 miles or so of rain I gave up and got a hotel to dry off in and pass out.
Not a good day
Day 7: Madison Wisconsin to Detroit Michigan
414 miles - 7 Hours.
After the fuel pump failure it was like driving with a gun pointed to my head as I didn't know when it would fail. Added a lot of stress to the final leg.
All in all I was I'm very happy with the route and camping choices.
|11-06-2008, 01:45 PM||#4|
Joined: Jul 2007
Location: Port Kennedy, Western Australia
Except for the fuel pump, looks like a great ride.
'13 Triumph Sprint GT; '04 Triumph Tiger 955i
|11-06-2008, 03:43 PM||#5|
Joined: Aug 2007
Great thread! make the pictures bigger
South America: Until our Luck or Money Runs Out http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=377792
|11-06-2008, 03:54 PM||#6|
Joined: Mar 2002
Location: Not Fargo, not Butte, not Cheyenne
Wall Drug used to hold an eerie fascination for me. I couldn't resist stickers, postcards, and beaded belts that said "Wall Drug". I think I am over it. I can go into Wall for a drink at the Badlands Bar, hell, I can even close up the Badlands, without crossing the street to Wall Drug. I can drive right through Wall without stopping. My hands still shake a little sometimes, but I can get through it.
You flatter yourself, Madam. It's hanging out.
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