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Old 09-26-2012, 07:47 AM   #31
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:46 AM   #32
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Biker Stories from the Road - September 28, 2011

Sturgis, South Dakota is only as big as Dryden in population but once a summer for a week the population expands as upwards of 500,000 bikers drive in for "Biker Week". The first rally took place in 1938 and has been going strong ever since.

With some colder weather in the next day we decided to see if we could find a heated jacket for me so pulled into the BMW dealer,


just to have a look. They did not have anything so we asked if they could recommend a place to eat. They recommended the "Easy Rider Saloon and Steakhouse" for breakfast. It was so impressive! The food was great but the 3 storey building and the saloon/restaurant were really amazing.







The focal point of the saloon is the huge black leather bar with the silver stud design that runs the length of it. All the furnishings and decor are beautiful and it was so clean. This place has really benefited from "Biker Week" (although GW has his own theory on where the money comes from for the upkeep of the Easy Rider Saloon)!

We picked up gas across the road from a station that was closed but did have operating pumps.



As we were leaving Sturgis we passed an area that, at first glance, looked like rows and rows of storage units ... until I spied the decks and white lawn chairs that are on each small deck ... these are little cabins! They are all painted brown and if there is 2 ft between them I would be surprised. These would be rented by all the Biker Week participants ... can you imagine! There are hundreds of them! I would not want to be stuck in the middle. What a party that must be!

Sturgis Cabins photo stolen from Jing J


The rest of the day was spent making our way across South Dakota ... in the wind! On this trip I have had a few mantras ... they are usually mild, soft and uplifting ... today they were "fuck off wind" and "where the hell is Aberdeen" (the place where we stopped for the night). We stopped at Roscoe, SD and gased up. We were approx 40 miles from Aberdeen. The gas attendant warned us about some road construction but he said that there would be a pilot car etc. So when we reached the single lane gravelly mess we were somewhat prepared ... except we were not prepared for the fact that this section of highway 12 was still flooded along with a huge area around it and it was eery to see a barn and outbuildings still half under water. The end of September and still affected by that spring/summer flood.

Tomorrow it is supposed to be windy again, groan, but GW figures that we can make it to the Detroit Lakes area and there are trees there to block the G D wind!
So we are getting closer ... see you soon!

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Old 09-26-2012, 09:11 AM   #33
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Biker Stories from the Road - September 29, 2011

Ole Mother Nature was an angry lady today! The wind beat the snot out of us!

Garth The wind was as strong as I have ever ridden in. From the north at 60-70 km gusting to 90 at times and direct in our face or to the side of us. No pictures taken today as we just tried to stay alive.

But we were still able to get 400k closer to home. We are staying the night in Detroit Lakes, MN. Unfortunately it means 550k tomorrow to make it home so I am praying that the winds are gentler.
We left the shelter of our motel in Aberdeen ND


and followed the secondary highways going east then north then east then north. Garth had to be creative to find us an alternate route in Fargo that did not include the interstate.
In that wind I could not go any faster then 80K and that is not interstate speed.

In Fargo we hunted down a Yamaha/Honda dealer who sells the riding clothing that is wired and it plugs into the motorcycle battery system There are vests, jackets and pants. This dealer had the last of their stock for 50% off and they had a jacket that fit me so now all that is left is for me to be toasty warm on the ride home tomorrow (or electrify myself ... I am still not sure about having all of these live wires all over my upper body).

We weaved our way through the city of Fargo, first to find the store and second to find our highway out, and it was quite enjoyable because the city broke the wind and we had to go slower. All in all a pretty non-eventful day and hence a boring update ... sorry about that!

GW decided to treat us to a suite at the AmericInn and it has a corner jacuzzi that I plan on soaking in asap.
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Old 09-26-2012, 09:20 AM   #34
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Biker Stories from the Road – wrap up September 30, 2011

Today we woke up to fog so we didn't leave until after 10 and it was sunny and near freezing cool.
We left Detroit Lakes and headed up scenic highway 34 to Walker MN. We then took highway 200 to Remer and highway 6 to Grand Rapids.







The fall colours are beautiful right now. From Grand Rapids we took another scenic highway 38 to Effie and this route took us through the Chippewa National Forest right during the "Fall Colours Tour" time and it was amazing. They have alot of maple trees in that area and there were so many reds and oranges among the yellows ... it was really pretty. The highways 34 and 38 are both windy with some hills so cruising on a motorcycle was lots of fun.









We highly recommend exploring that area.

The "electrics" (that is biker lingo, haha) really paid off today.

Warming up in the sun


The temp got as high as 12.5 but on the way home it got down to 4.0 in the low areas on the Fort Frances highway and that was cold. Our feet were cold by the time we got home.

Map of todays ride



5,777 kilometers in total! We pulled into our driveway at 7pm on Friday Sept 30th and that is what the GPS odometer read ... amazing!
Here are the other GPS stats: (Garth turned off the GPS everynight when we were done riding for the day and turned it on every morning when we were ready to get going.)
68 hours 41 minutes moving
41 hours 39 minutes stopped (for lunch and breaks etc.)
overall average speed was 52.4 kilometers per hour
moving average speed was 84.1 kilometers per hour
maximum speed reached was 119 kilometers per hour
13 day trip
2 provinces and 5 states

It was such an awesome trip! You know 5 years ago if someone would have told me that the year I turned 50 I would own a motorcycle and take it on a cross country trip I would have told them that they were nuts!
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Old 09-26-2012, 09:25 AM   #35
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Conclusion

So that ends our first big motorcycle trip together. I must say it was a great experience and we both looked forward to doing it again.

In 2012 we set off for another trip that would take us through Glacier parks Going to the Sun road, The mountains of British Columbia, Vancouver island and whale watching and the infamous Duffy lake road along with several of the best motorcycle roads in western Canada.

That report will be coming next as Denise carries on with her Biker Stories from the Road.
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Old 09-26-2012, 09:33 AM   #36
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Thank you.

I just forwarded this to my wife. She just started riding this summer.
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:00 PM   #37
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Thanks for sharing and taking us along with you. My wife to rides and if she can take the distance I hope to share this type of adventure with her. hope to follow in your tread marks after our Ontario winter lifts (Long point Port Dover area.) Thanks
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:43 PM   #38
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awesome report! my wife is shopping for her first bike, but our kids are 11 and 6 so it will be a while before we are doing any multi-day trips together!
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Old 09-26-2012, 04:07 PM   #39
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awesome report! my wife is shopping for her first bike, but our kids are 11 and 6 so it will be a while before we are doing any multi-day trips together!
Enjoy your kids they are only young once, but try to get some practice on some shorter rides.
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Thanks for sharing and taking us along with you. My wife to rides and if she can take the distance I hope to share this type of adventure with her. hope to follow in your tread marks after our Ontario winter lifts (Long point Port Dover area.) Thanks
We set a rule of 500k or 5 o'clock for our rides. Also we try to take the secondary highways which are far less busy.

Make your own schedule and make it fun. Actually just put the BMWs in the shed today for their winters nap. We have a couple KLRs that will stay out for some fall back road riding on the nice days. They go to bed after the first snow
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:23 PM   #42
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Thanks for a great ride report!

I stayed at the Mansion House in 1986 while on a hunting trip to Buffalo, WY. Some of those pics brought back great memories of that trip. I'd love to be able to do it on a bike.
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:59 PM   #43
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Nice

You picked some good places and a great time of year to go for a ride.

I'm a big fan of Montana and Wyoming - born in Wyoming, grew up in Montana, ride my motorcycle out there when I can - so your photos brought back some good memories. Love Northern Minnesota too, so I enjoyed seeing the pics of the leaves changing on the way north from Detroit Lakes to Walker and back to home.

I've spent some time in Canada over the years and think your neck of the woods in Ontario (Lake of the Woods in particular) is a special place.

If you get a chance, and haven't already, another interesting way to get into Yellowstone Park is through Columbus, Absarokee, Red Lodge Montana and up the Beartooth Highway.

I had other commitments this summer so no long rides for me, but thank you for sharing yours.
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If you get a chance, and haven't already, another interesting way to get into Yellowstone Park is through Columbus, Absarokee, Red Lodge Montana and up the Beartooth Highway.
Yes that is the way we went into the Park back in 2000 but we were in a mini van. Needs to be redone on a bike. We plan to go back to Jackson and continue our trip down Hwy 89 in the next year or 2 so maybe then.

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I had other commitments this summer so no long rides for me, but thank you for sharing yours.
Yes sometimes life gets in the way.
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I just forwarded this to my wife. She just started riding this summer.
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