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Old 12-26-2010, 04:23 PM   #121
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Hi Steve, what a truly enjoyable RR.

Lovely pics and I'm rereading it all for all the inspiring literary quotes.

Maybe I'll see you up there next year,(I think you mentioned another trip somewhere) my KLR which cooling off in storage in Wasilla is beckoning.

In the meantime I've been wandering around the mountains in Thailand on the GS
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Old 12-27-2010, 07:35 AM   #122
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Hi Steve, what a truly enjoyable RR.

Lovely pics and I'm rereading it all for all the inspiring literary quotes.

Maybe I'll see you up there next year,(I think you mentioned another trip somewhere) my KLR which cooling off in storage in Wasilla is beckoning.

In the meantime I've been wandering around the mountains in Thailand on the GS
Cheers, Alex

Thanks for the kind words Alex! Yes, if the planets align, I hope to get back up that way in 2012. I'll definitely check out your link to your Thailand travels.

Take care,

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Old 12-27-2010, 08:41 AM   #123
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Laugh Wow

Hey Steve, I'm a late joiner having just found your RR but man am I ever glad that I did stumble onto it. Fantastic report, thanks so much for sharing! I'm in the early stages(ok dreaming) of planning a similar route.
Hope you're able to head back in 2012, in the meantime I think I'm going back to page 1.
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Old 03-17-2012, 09:31 PM   #124
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Great report and pix!

I just got to this party - what a great RR!
Thanks for everything!
I was planning a similar trip in July 2012 trip however untimely but good circumstances are going to cause that to be put off.
So I hope I'll get to do it next year.
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Thank you for all the kind words every one. I'm glad to see folks still reading this. Like I said at the beginning, this was my contribution back to ADVrider in payment for all the the great ride reports that gave me inspiration.

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Old 03-24-2012, 10:48 AM   #125
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Great report!!!
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Old 03-24-2012, 02:04 PM   #126
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Wonderful report, great pics, and good story. Thank you. You made my memories come alive again. The sights, the sounds, the smells, as well as the silence.

I'm going back.
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Old 07-27-2012, 02:22 PM   #127
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Mark O recommended this and I finally got a chance to go through it. Got a little emotional at the end...

You did a great job with the report and the pics were awesome.


And I guess we'll cross paths next weekend after all, just in a different place.
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:36 PM   #128
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Thank you for the kind words Rick! It was a great trip. I'm making plans to repeat next season. You should come along!

Yes, I changed my vacation plans so that I could hook up with you guys next weekend. Looking forward to it.



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Old 09-04-2012, 12:38 PM   #129
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the door to the shit-house opening an closing didn't keep you up all night?

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"Our Nature lies in movement; complete calm is death."
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Day 2 – June 13
Manitowoc, Wisconsin > Lake View, Iowa (Blackhawk State Park)
Today’s mileage: 794.3 km, Trip to date: 1,439.7 km



The day started out rather dark, cloudy and gloomy. It seemed rain was looming to the west. I had hoped the roads I had chosen would prove to be more interesting than yesterday’s ride. I started off on Route 151 and got as far as Lake Winnebago but soon had to detour back to the east due to construction. It seemed 151 was tore up for miles. Too bad because I remember it as rather scenic as it follows the shores of the lake from a previous trip. I followed Route 60 along the Wisconsin River all the way to Prairie du Chien where I crossed over the Mississippi River into Iowa. Route 13 to the south-west was quite curvy and entertaining, Then it was time to head straight west and that’s when the topography changed…. damn is Iowa flat! I took route 3 then 20 straight west.

I decided to spend the night at Blackhawk State Park near LakeView. When I got there I was in for a surprise. The place was a hive of buzzing motor boats, screaming jet skis, party pontoon boats, bass boats and any other thing that could float. I should have known better. It was a Saturday and this part of Iowa wasn’t exactly strewn with water sport recreation areas! It was crowded, noisy with every kind of popular music wailing away on thumping car stereo systems and reving Harleys up and down the road way in. This wasn’t my idea of serenity, but I was tired and it would have to do. The picture of my journal entry for the day kind of sums things up! After setting up camp, I went into town for supplies, came back and had a few beers and hit the sack wearing my earplugs and had a rather sound sleep, oblivious to the outside revelry.

I didn’t take many pictures today and that would have to change. I’m not quite in vacation mode at this stage of the trip. It takes me a bit to get into the right mind set.




View of Lake Winnebago from 151





My camp that day. At least I was close to the shitter!





Part of my journal entry for day 2. I’m not happy!


sounds crappy for sure
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Old 09-04-2012, 01:29 PM   #130
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Great Report

Great report. Your "voice" in your writing made it very enjoyable. The great pictures made it spectacular. Thanks!
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Old 09-04-2012, 02:53 PM   #131
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sounds crappy for sure

Earplugs......

Never travel with out them! Good for muffling out your snoring buddies, obnoxious loud campers and every snapping twig you hear in the woods that you lie awake all night envisioning to be a prowling bear!

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Old 09-04-2012, 03:23 PM   #132
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Speaking of snoring, I was told you were snoring loudly at Chet's. I couldn't hear it over my own.
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