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Old 07-21-2010, 02:31 PM   #1
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Across the rest of the U.S.

OK... I've always wanted to ride across the U.S. coast to coast. Since I had just ridden out Route 66 from Santa Monica CA to Chicago IL, I decided to finish the job.

Here’s a link to my Route 66 RR and I’ll write up the rest of the trip here.
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Old 07-21-2010, 02:34 PM   #2
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Here's the route I ended up taking
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Old 07-21-2010, 02:51 PM   #3
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Nice writeup. I'm envious!
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Old 07-21-2010, 03:00 PM   #4
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Chicago to Minnesota

A shot from my helmet cam that I was still learning how to use... cant tell you how many great pictures I thought I'd taken


Somewhere in Iowa...



Spotted another ADV'er (Cornbread82) in Bellevue Iowa.



Saw lots of farms along the way... this one was in northern Iowa.



Finally arrived in Austin, MN... home of the one and only Spam Museum.
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Old 07-21-2010, 07:43 PM   #5
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Left Minnesota after an extended visit with family including a awesome camping/fishing/canoeing trip to the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area. Next up was ride out to Pennsylvania to a visit with another old army buddy that I hadn't seen in 30+ years. Its funny how our voices don't seem to have changed at all but our appearances sure have. Here's a couple pics of my buddy Frank in 1978 and 2010. See if you can guess which one is which Sorry, I know its a bit off the motorcycle topic but I couldn't resist... doesn't he look like Super Mario now



Ok... back to business. Here are some pics I got going thru Ohio. I took a wrong turn and ended up going 10 miles out of my way but I did end up with this shot for my troubles


Here's a video of some scenic farms. Just missed getting some really cool footage of me passing a horse and wagon, due again to my lack of experience with the helmet cam... Im slowly getting use to it but its been an agonizing process.



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Old 07-21-2010, 07:59 PM   #6
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GPS Shortcuts

Sometimes I would get a little bored and play with the GPS options for "Shorter Distance" or "Faster Time" to see if I could find some unpaved roads.


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Old 07-21-2010, 08:03 PM   #7
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The World Series?

Williamsport PA is home to the Little League World Series and this is the stadium where they play for all the marbles.
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Old 07-21-2010, 08:08 PM   #8
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I always wanted to be the first with that emoticon in a RR!!!

Cool write up so far...and decent pics! Nice to see a ride of that distance on a small DS bike.
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Old 07-21-2010, 08:39 PM   #10
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The Adventure Begins...

I’ve heard it said that the adventure doesn’t begin until something goes wrong. Did I mention that I had strapped a canister of bear spray to my handlebars? I carried bear spray on my Alaska ride and decided to do the same for this one as I would be camping out most of the time. But this time I chose to strap it to the handlebars where I could reach it while riding. Well I didn’t have any problems with bears but I did have quite an exciting time with the bear spray. Let me just say this: the adventure has officially begun.

I was on my way thru a small town and going rather slow when I noticed an oily looking substance dripping all over my right pant leg. When I realized what it was, I immediately pulled over and proceeded to carefully remove the canister from my bike while trying not to breath the fumes from the liquid pepper spray. This would prove to be a real pain that could not be easily fixed. As I rode on, the fumes were coming off of my clothing and the bike, causing my eyes to burn and water. I found a car wash and proceeded to rinse the nasty substance off my bike and clothing. Problem is that the mist from the spaying water mixed with the liquid pepper spray creating a large pepper cloud in the car wash bay. Its been nearly two weeks now - several bike, cloths and gear washes, and several storms later and I still get periodic whiffs of bear spray.
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Old 07-21-2010, 09:07 PM   #11
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When I left PA, I headed for Niagara Falls. Here's a pic of the horseshoe falls from the Canadian side.



And here's a short video of both falls


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Old 07-21-2010, 09:13 PM   #12
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A covered bridge in Vermont


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Old 07-21-2010, 09:25 PM   #13
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Goin for a little walk

I knew that I would cross The Appalachian Trail somewhere along the my way thru Vermont. After asking around a bit I found the spot where it crossed and when I got there a group of hikers were relaxing in the parking lot. They had started in Georgia and been on the trail about 4 months. I was fortunate to catch them here... It's kind of ironic that we would meet - me traveling across the country from west to east and them traveling across the country from south to north.
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Old 07-21-2010, 09:36 PM   #14
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End of the road

The Head Light House near Portland Maine.
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