North to Alaska
Days 32 & 33
I fooled the three evil sisters today and met a really cool sister.
Motorcycle traveling was really tough yesterday I have to admit. I thought the Scotty had beamed me to West Texas it was so hot. I reminded me a lot of the Bun Burner I did last year from Orange, TX to El Centro, CA.
The temperature was over 100 degrees at 9:30 in the morning and varied to as high as 106 degrees and I rode 655 miles. To say the least, I was in no shape to write last night I got something to eat actually shared dinner with a really great motorcycling couple from Iowa then took a long cool shower and hit the sack.
This morning provided an opportunity to pick up another passport stamp just 2 miles off I-80 in Iowa is the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. I jumped off to get my passport stamped and pulled in at the same time as a California Gold Wing rider also doing the Iron Butt National Parks Tour. We had a few minutes to exchange stories about our experiences then back on the road he went west I went east.
Ive written many times about my dislike for the toll roads across the three evil sisters Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. Well, I decided to do something about it take back roads across these states and avoid the aggravation I normally get on the interstates.
I dove off of I-80 in Joliet, IL onto Route 30 then worked my way north to Route 6 which I am taking across most of Indiana and Ohio nearly to the Pennsylvania border. Route 30 is generally known as the old Lincoln Highway but for the first 40 miles it could be called Mall Boulevard. Route 6, although it has some truck traffic is generally rural with the two-lane road so narrow in places I almost feel as though I could stretch out my arms and touch the corn on both sides of the road.
Made a mandatory stop in Kingsbury, IN at Wagners Cycle Shop to lay my eyes on a brand new Ural Patrol motorcycle. But that was secondary to meeting a really cool sister, Felicia, Co-Owner of the shop. She came into the shop on her day off just to show me the bike and spent two hours with me going over it from top to bottom and then taking me for a test ride. Still cant get the grin off my face from my first sidecar ride.
Cant help thinking about only two more days left on this trip. But meanwhile, Ill enjoy the less traveled roads across Indiana and Ohio then I-80 across Pennsylvania to home.
So to you and Iowa Sioux and Hawk, Australian Shepherd, Ashland, MO I say goodnight from Auburn, IN the home of the Auburn, Cord, and Dusenberg.
Index, Day, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 thru 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32&33 34