Monday, September 18, 2006


Safe In Maine

I arrived in Maine last night after a perfect two days riding with my brother. We arrived at the campsite in Niagra within 10 minutes of each other - is that planning or what! After we got our tents set up and gear unpacked we went out for a nice supper at Red Lobster then built a fire and got caught up (we may or may not have played some cribbage as well). The next morning we got rolling towards the tourist area by the Falls by 9 or so after breakfast at a flying saucer themed restaurant.

We went through the Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum and browsed some of the shops - the falls itself was spectacular and I'll be posting photos soon of all my travels since I left Idaho heading east. On the way across the border into New York my brother appeared to have some kind of difficulty while passing through customs but I waited patiently while he got it sorted out and we quickly got through the city and on to some fantastic riding on secondary roads across upstate New York.

We didn't want to miss any of the scenery on Route 3 so we stopped in the tiny village of Cranberry Lake for the night not long after sunset, logging 300 miles for the day. The room was more of a camp than motel room but it was just perfect after the day's riding and the owner was pretty funny - she somehow thinks Brad Pitt looks like Fozzie Bear from Sesame Street. Again, we may or may not have played cribbage depending on who you talk to . . . . There was a small diner just a few steps away from the room and we had a nice homecooked breakfast with the local game warden and his cronies sitting one table over - the ambiance of the place was like a movie set.

We had a nice warmup ride the first 30 miles with the roads empty and the pavement perfect, twisting through a balsalm fir forest and just enough chill in the air to feel wonderfully alive. With my trusted riding partner finally by my side we had one of the best days riding of my life, just a hint of fall in the air and the leaves starting to turn, Route 3 connecting with Route 2 after just a brief stretch of interstate, one quaint little town after another connected by winding two lane begging to be gobbled up. We pulled into my brother's driveway just as the sun was setting on a perfect day - thanks Bro for meeting me in Niagra Falls and riding that last 700 miles with me, it was awesome all the way around!

Saturday, September 16, 2006


Upstate New York and Home To Maine

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Friday, September 15, 2006


Niagra Falls With Bro

Thursday, September 14, 2006


Marquette, MI to Arrival In Naigra Falls

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Tuesday, September 12, 2006


Duluth, MN

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Heading East

Yesterday was a relaxed day of football and good food. While Trevor was in class I took a ride around the town of Valley City and got the lay of the land. Trevor made some fantastic spaghetti for supper and we watched football then I rode over to the college football field and watched Trevor play in an intramural league game. Back home to watch some more football then off to bed.

Today I am joining the kids and their friends at the local Pizza Hut to devastate the buffet, then I'm heading east. It's been a wonderful visit and Aubrey is indeed perfect! I made reservations at the Niagra KOA for my brother and I and look forward to seeing him soon!

Sunday, September 10, 2006


Valley City, North Dakota

I arrived at Trevor and Megan's last night close to midnight after a 720 mile day. It definitely didn't help that the first 100 miles took over three hours due to extreme switchbacks heading up to 11,000 feet and back down on Route 212 - but it sure was fun riding! Today we drove to Argyle to visit Megan's parents - they are wonderful folks and on short notice (I woke up this morning and announced I wanted to go see the parents!) they fed us a wonderful meal of ham, corn, and garlic mashed potatoes with lemon mereigne pie for desert. After that we watched a little football and headed over to see Megan's grandparents in the nursing home and then to Fargo for Mongolian barbecue and back to Valley City.

The grand daughter is beautiful! Aubrey has gained a couple pounds in the last month and I'm estatic I got here to see her. What a cutie - and what great parents. Good job Trevor and Megan!

Saturday, September 09, 2006


Forsythe, MT - The Road East From Yellowstone


Yellowstone National Park - Part III


Yellowstone National Park - Part II

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Yellowstone National Park

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Friday, September 08, 2006


Arco, ID - Crater Of The Moon

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