Ride the USA-Day 37: Glacier National Park

Tuesday, June 30—Browning, MT to Libby, MT

2015-06-30 08.25.04The wind was blowing early this morning as I set off for Glacier National Park (see also Wikipedia for park history, geology, etc.). This is the Montana I love with rolling foothills leading into the Rocky Mountains. (In this part of the state, the sub-ranges are the Lewis and Livingston Mountains.) I started off the morning listening to Bob Seger. After a photo stop, as the road climbed and wound to the left and right, my music system automatically played America by Simon and Garfunkel, America by L.C. Greenwood, and then American Pie by Don McLean. I knew it was going to be a great day! Continue reading

Ride the USA-Days 35-36

Sunday, June 28—Fargo, ND to Williston, ND

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Fort Mandan

I left Fargo with a 12 mph northwest wind in my face. At times I had to lean into it to keep the bike from drifting into another lane. It wasn’t quite as bad as the 22-25 mph headwind when I left Liverpool, NY. That wind had some nasty gusts. One pushed me 4 feet to the left. Another, after I turned to the north, seemed to hit only my head. It was like a sucker punch from a large, invisible man, knocking my head sharply to the right. Both headwinds cut my gas mileage by about 25%. Continue reading

Ride the USA-Days 33-34: Gitche Gumee/Fargo

Friday, June 26—Ashland, WI to Fargo, ND

It was foggy and pretty cold in Ashland this morning. I rode west to Superior/Duluth, and then northeast, away from my final destination for the day, to ride the North Shore Scenic Drive on Lake Superior, know as Gitche Gumee from Longfellow’s “The Song of Hiawatha. The Ojibwe named the lake Gichigami (pronounced as gitchi-gami), which means “big water”. Continue reading

Ride the USA-Day 32: The Upper Peninsula

Thursday, June 25—Cheboygan, MI to Ashland, WI

For just the second time since leaving California I began the day in full rain gear. There was light rainfall forecasted for most of the morning, so I left at my usual time and made the most of it. Continue reading

Ride the USA-Day 31: Lake Huron

Day 31: Wednesday, June 24—London, ON to Cheboygan, MI

The ride through Canada and back into the USA at Point Edward was quiet and peaceful. I passed lots of wide-open space and farmland. I travel at about the speed limit, but it seemed most drivers ignored it and drove as fast as they wanted. It’s strange to have tractor-trailers and garbage trucks speed by. Continue reading

Ride the USA-Day 30: Falling Water

Tuesday, June 23— Liverpool, NY to London, ON

The morning forecast called for rain through 10:00 am, and then cloudy skies for the rest of the day. I’d rather ride into the setting sun than in the rain, so I caught up on writing this morning and waited until the sun came out. I headed west on I90, the New York State Throughway, for about two hours. It was the longest, straightest stretch of road I’ve travelled in a while. Continue reading

Ride the USA-Day 29: Adirondack Park Forest Preserve

Monday, June 22—Newport, VT to Liverpool, NY

I stayed up a little too late last night trying to make a lousy Internet connection work. I wanted to update my trip blog, and needed to synchronize my GPS with Harley-Davidson’s Ride Planner mapping software.

Today I took a hard left to the west, beginning the third phase of my trip. It rained hard last night, so the road was wet. It only took about five minutes for my seat to fire up, so the ride started with a certain discomfort. Continue reading

Ride the USA-Day 28: White Mountain National Forest

Sunday, June 21—Laconia, NH to Newport, VT

2015-06-21 09.59.39It rained hard last night. In spite of what that meant for today’s ride, the sound of rain pounding on the cottage roof encouraged a good night’s sleep. I was ready for the first truly rainy day of the trip. Continue reading

Ride the USA-Day 27: Laconia Motorcycle Week

Saturday, June 20—Woodbridge, CT to Laconia, NH

I headed out this morning without a clear idea of my destination for the day. I knew my friend, Carlton, was riding with a group of his friends in New Hampshire at the Laconia Motorcycle Rally. We’d been exchanging messages for a couple of weeks trying to figure out how we might meet. I was waiting to hear back from him when I left Woodbridge. Regardless of my specific stop at the end of the day, I was headed out at the bottom of an S-shaped route with Yale University at the lower end of the S, Amherst College at the middle, and somewhere between Sunapee and Laconia at the top end. Regardless of the final stop, I was going to travel on the scenic routes on highway 169 and 9. Continue reading

Ride the USA-Day 26: The Adventure Continues

Friday, June 19—Washington, DC to Woodbridge, CT

2015-06-19 07.55.57Lisa and I said goodbye to each other this morning as she headed for Dulles and her return flight to San Francisco and I resumed my ride around the perimeter of the country. We thoroughly enjoyed our time together in the nation’s capitol. Continue reading