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Old 09-22-2004, 04:58 PM   #841
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22nd September

Once again, I wake at just after 0800 – once again it feels earlier. I pack the bike and, after making a few calls and replying to some emails, I’m on the road at 1030, heading west towards Lake Michigan…



It’s a fantastic morning - 75 F and barely a cloud in the sky. I ride the 55 to Manistee, then turn right to follow the east shore. It’s hard to think about this being a lake – it’s over sixty miles wide at this point and it has all the properties of the ocean…



…including beaches, waves and sand dunes. The road is great – at times, it reminds me of Thetford Forest, back in Norfolk. As I enter the Manistee National Forest, I notice some odd looking cattle…



Their markings are really striking. According to the sign at the farm, they’re Scottish Belted Galloways – although I’ve never seen one, in all my travels through Scotland…:

A little further down the road, I round a right hand bend and swerve to avoid something in the road…



…it’s a terrapin, risking life limb and shell by trying to cross the road. I stop and carry him back into the woodland at the side of the road…



…where he’ll probably get eaten by a raccoon :yelrotflm

The road starts to follow the shoreline more closely…



…and small lakes start appearing on the left of the road. I notice this beautifully restored old lady parked in the shade…



…any guesses? (Grizz, from UKGSer, wins the prize for yesterday’s mystery car, correctly identifying it as a 1948 Chevrolet Fleetline). I eventually turn inland, leaving the shoreline behind…



…and come across a vast amusement park…



…which, unfortunately is closed. The parking lot covers a couple of acres and the park itself seems to specialise in roller-coasters.



This one looks like it might be fun…

I set Bettie the task of finding me somewhere to stay for the night – half an hour later I’m checking into the Hampton Inn at Muskegon.

A good day.



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Old 09-22-2004, 05:04 PM   #842
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Being born in Munich - that was SPATEN not HOFBRÄU beer. I probably might get a heavy head with Guiness or some other similar brew from your island.

Enjoying every one of your reports.
Said Hofbräu on the menu...

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Old 09-23-2004, 06:14 AM   #843
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Said Hofbräu on the menu...

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How dare they serve Hofbräu in Spaten steins?!?!?!?
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Old 09-23-2004, 06:55 AM   #844
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How dare they serve Hofbräu in Spaten steins?!?!?!?
Ah I think I see the problem - I was drinking a different beer to Chris & co...

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Old 09-23-2004, 07:04 AM   #845
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Old 09-23-2004, 08:05 AM   #846
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Hey, Mike, are you gonna be near NYC on October 16? You might want to consider some Dim Sum with the NE Chapter crowd:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...&page=10&pp=10

We could give you the scenic tour of all the biker bars in the big apple.
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Old 09-23-2004, 10:19 PM   #847
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Greetings from Canberra, Australia.

Fantastic!



Keep 'em coming.....

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Old 09-24-2004, 11:36 AM   #848
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Old 09-24-2004, 09:59 PM   #849
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Amazing

I just read your entire adventure over the past week. Simply amazing! Thanks for sharing this with all of us!

It's too bad you had such an unpleasant time on Vancouver Island. I'm from there originally so I know it well. I was cringing as I read the route you tried to take, knowing full well what you were in for! I can see why you didn't like it! Not that you are likely to take the time to go there again, but if you wanted to subject yourself to the island once more, probably the best thing to do would be to spend some time seeing the sights around Victoria, and then maybe take the highway (not the gated backroads!) up to Pacific Rim National park. I think what you needed was a good tour guide...

Once again, thanks for all the beautiful photos and narratives depicting a vast part of the United States, which I have yet to explore myself!

Perhaps when you return to the UK, you could show us the last few days of your journey, such as receiving your bike and riding it home! It would be a nice way to end this tale of adventure... :)
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Old 09-25-2004, 12:34 AM   #850
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I agree with mdmaroon. I have spent plenty of time on Vanc Island with a bike and there are plenty of ways around the gates. Not to mention the great highways that lead out to Tofino and Gold River. Plenty of roads out the Lake Cowichan that are great for dual sports as well. Heck, even the Gulf Islands offer some great rides. Saltspring island is one of the best, but all of the others offer their own unique experience.

Hmmm, should do my own trip report on the island one day. Perhaps when I am there next summer I will take the opportunity.
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Old 09-25-2004, 10:10 AM   #851
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I agree with mdmaroon. I have spent plenty of time on Vanc Island with a bike and there are plenty of ways around the gates. Not to mention the great highways that lead out to Tofino and Gold River. Plenty of roads out the Lake Cowichan that are great for dual sports as well. Heck, even the Gulf Islands offer some great rides. Saltspring island is one of the best, but all of the others offer their own unique experience.

Hmmm, should do my own trip report on the island one day. Perhaps when I am there next summer I will take the opportunity.
I think Mike's made his opinion on V-Isle pretty clear! This is like shutting the barn door after the horses have run (errr.... make that "gate" ) I'm more interested in what he has coming than what has passed. Carry on big guy!

BTW: PM me if you are planning a trip here. I might have some ideas..

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Old 09-25-2004, 06:52 PM   #852
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This entire thread has been an awesome read. I was sorry to read of your bad experiences here on Vancouver Island - it sounds like the rest of your trip has more than made up for it, though! Thanks for taking the time to share all of your thoughts with us - I'm glad I was referred to join this site. It has been an addictive read and has helped pass the time at work!

Once you've recovered, I'd be fascinated to read your recommendations about bike shipping. Myself and MDMaroon are thinking about a trip throughout Europe in a couple of years, starting in the UK, and your advice about shipping methods (or anyone's else advice, for that matter...), costs, proceedures, etc, would be invaluable.

Enjoy the rest of your trip! All the best...
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Old 09-25-2004, 07:35 PM   #853
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your recommendations about bike shipping.
Try the guys on the Horizons Unlimited Website, plenty of first hand info there on shipping etc.
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Old 09-25-2004, 08:10 PM   #854
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Myself and MDMaroon are thinking about a trip throughout Europe in a couple of years, starting in the UK
I think we should start the trip by riding to the east coast and then have the bikes shipped to the UK from there! Hey MikeO, wanna go for a ride?
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Old 09-26-2004, 04:59 PM   #855
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23rd September

I wake reasonably early and I’m on the road, packed and fed, at 1000. I’m heading for Hilliard, on the outskirts of Columbus, Ohio, today – I’m going to meet one of the characters from the Adventure rider site – BMW Rider…

It’s a reasonable hike over to Hilliard, about 360 miles, and I decide to keep off the freeways. After a few hours of pleasant, but hardly inspiring, country roads…



…and quiet little towns…



…with interestingly named streets…



…I decide to head towards the freeway. I cross the border into Indiana for about half an hour, passing this refugee from American Graffiti…



…then enter Ohio. Just before joining the freeway, I stop when I see this 1949 Buick Roadmaster…



…which you may recognise as the hard-topped version of the car Tom Cruise & Dustin Hoffman used to cross the USA in ‘Rain Man’.

I arrive at Hilliard and say hello to Dan and Brenda at about 1745 – and relax into an evening of pizza and beer, whilst I use their laundry to de-contaminate the content of my panniers…



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