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Day Four

First thing this morning, we got ready, cleaned up, put on our best clothes and attended the LDS Church meeting in Sturgis. With our presence, we doubled the attendance. The locals were very happy that we came. One of the members who gave the closing prayer, even prayed for our safety on the road.

Barry even attended… and the building did not fall in, nor did fire come down from heaven. You can’t see it in this picture, but Barry wore his hawaiian shirt and shorts to Church.

All our bikes parked outside the Church.

Gary, new to long distance riding, has been doing pretty well, considering his uncomfortable sit.

David is growing out his beard to blend in with the crowd. I think he’ll need three more years of no shaving and baths before he’ll totally blend in with the crowd here.

BFF’s forever!

Barry has worn these same shorts this whole trip.

Jeff has acclimated quite well to the Sturgis environment with his new black leather vest.

Mike and myself are the token old guys. It takes all our combined strength and persuasive powers to keep this group in line.

Later in the day we had a close encounter of the third kind at Devil’s Tower. We didn’t see ET, but we saw a lot of weird people that were out of this world.

Gary trying out Mike’s new Victory Motorcycle. Roxy (Mike’s wife), it’s my fault. Mike said he needed approval on this one, so I gave it to him. You won’t see the purchase until next month when it shows up on your bank statement.

You see all kinds in Sturgis.

Well, tomorrow we leave the wonderful state of South Dakota and head for Yellowstone and the Beartooth hwy. The weather has been near perfect so far on our trip. And Sturgis, the city of Sodom and Gamorrah, wasn’t totally destroyed while we where here. Maybe next year.

See you tomorrow.

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Posted by Brad Stone - August 8, 2010 at 9:08 PM

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Day Three

Today, was an awesome day, full of beautiful vistas, majestic mountains and good companionship. We started the day taking a plunge at a Hot Springs pool. It was a good excuse to take showers after two days of sweat, dirt and grime.

The gang at the Crazy Horse Monument.

The gang at Mount Rushmore.

Jared threading the needle. This canyon road we drove through had some awesome tunnels and vistas.

Trekking through the Black Hills.

One of Quin’s evening activities.

Getting just the right angle.

Today was a day of Park fees. $10 here, $5 there.

Inaddition to Quin Farmer, we saw other farmers.

Five prominent faces. Can you name them all?

See you tomorrow!

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Posted by Brad Stone - August 7, 2010 at 11:29 PM

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Day Two

Barry’s traveling companion, Freddie Kruegar. As cars passed, they always did a double-take, and at gas stops it was a topic of conversation.

We finally reached Sturgis, just after a nice little thunderstorm. We were fortunate to have missed it.

Here are the Sturgis boys.

On our way to Sturgis the second day, coming down out of the Big Horn Mountains, Jeff Henrie’s bike’s clutch started slipping. We limped down off the mountain to a bike shop, expecting the worst. But after some checking, it was determined that he had a dirty hydraulic tube. Once cleaned, we were on our way again.

Speaking of Jeff Henrie, he is our token Gold Wing guy. Gold Wings are to bikers, what a red cadillac is to an old person.

Our trip today was through some sharp curvey curves. But, we took it safely slow. (This comment is for our wives who are fearful of wreak less driving) We have been very careful with our speed and driving. However, Quin did get pulled over just outside of Sturgis for not making a complete stop at an intersection. The officer asked Quin to please climb into his cop car. They had a friendly conversation. They laughed… they cried (Well Quin cried), and the cop gave Quin just a warning.

Two loving, but really different brothers.

Here is the best looking bike at Sturgis. (The bike, not necessarily the guy) Actually, Jared has one hot looking bike. His get’s all the looks.

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Day One

We all met at my house on Thursday morning at 8:00 AM. We left at 8:30 on I-80 headed east. The temperature was in the low 70’s, ideal weather for traveling.
Our first stop was Evanston. The new guys had to walk off the sore backsides, but with every mile became more hardened to long-distance riding. We then stopped in Rock Springs for another fill up, then headed north on hwy 191 towards the Big Horn National Forest.
As we headed across the lonely Wyoming desert, it was hot and flat and kind of boring. However, the flat, boring Wyoming desert has a unique beauty in and of itself. Kind of like an ugly baby that still has it’s cuteness.
Heading up toward the Big Horn Mountains. We traveled up through a majestic rock canyon. The newbies at this time were carrying a pride of the ride, and were displaying ere of confidence. After traveling almost 400 miles at this time, they were veteran riders. 
Awe, finally our campsite for the night, Lakeview campground, overlooking Meadowlark Lake in the Big Horn National Forest. Although it was infested with mosquitos, and really damp, it was nice to have a place to lay our tired heads for the night.

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Leaving tomorrow morning

We’ll be leaving tomorrow morning at 8:00 AM from Sandy, Utah, heading east on I-80, then picking up Hwy 191 north in Rock Springs, Wyoming, following the highways to the Big Horn National Forest, where we’ll be spending the night at Meadowlark Lake.

Friday morning we’ll head into Sturgis and the Black Hills, setting up our camp at Roubaix Lake, just outside of Deadwood, South Dakota.

I may not be able to post any pictures or content until we reach our camping spot Friday night, unless I’m able to get reception at Meadowlark Lake. If so, check back later.

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Posted by Brad Stone - August 4, 2010 at 7:44 AM

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Some past Sturgis Trips






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Posted by Brad Stone - July 30, 2010 at 10:06 PM

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Two Weeks away!

Less than two weeks away, we are getting excited to head on a 2,500 mile round trip to the Black Hills of South Dakota, and the famous Sturgis Bike Rally. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the rally.

We have made a few route changes. Everyone in the group is in consensus of leaving one day early from the Black Hills, and take 3 days heading back to Salt Lake City, over the Bear Tooth Highway in Montana and down through Yellowstone Park.

Should be a great ride!

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Posted by Brad Stone - July 24, 2010 at 3:40 PM

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Getting Ready for Sturgis 2010

I’m getting ready to ride to Sturgis, North Dakota, along with 8 other family members and friends, for the 70th Anniversary of the Sturgis Bike Rally. It should be a well attended rally this year. The event usually draws around half a million motorcyclists from all over the world. In years past I’ve met people from all over the US, as well as Europe, Australia and Japan.

My group of nine will be staying in the Roubaix Campground in the Black Hills National Forest, about 30 miles outside of Sturgis, away from all the noise and crowds. We’ll stay there for four nights.

Looking forward to it. If you would like to follow our trip, check out our trip blog here: http://sturgistrip2010.blogspot.com/

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Posted by Brad Stone - July 7, 2010 at 10:27 PM

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A month away!

We are just a month away from our Sturgis Trip. Looks like we’ll have 7 to 10 in our group this year.

We will be leaving Thursday, Aug 5th, traveling 450 miles to the Big Horn National Forest to spend the first night, and then on into Sturgis. We like staying outside of Sturgis, away from the crowds and noise,  at a nice quiet Black Hills National Forest campground.

We’ll be there 4 nights and then head back home through Wyoming. You are welcome to visit this blog each day of our trip, experiencing with us, the sites and stories or our adventure.

Those that have committed to go are:

Jared Gant of Orem. Rides a Kawasaki Nomad. Is the creator of “Utah Motorcyclist.” You can follow his blog here: http://utahmotorcyclist.blogspot.com/ or his Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=22386784576

Quin Farmer of Herriman. Rides a Kawasaki Vulcan. You can learn more about him on facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1330535892&ref=sgm#!/profile.php?id=1330535892&v=info&ref=sgm

Mike Jarvis of Orem. Rides a Kawasaki Vulcan. Mike is a commercial pilot for UPS. You can learn more about him on facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1711712163&ref=sgm

Adam Anderson of Sandy. Rides a Honda VTX. Adam is married to my oldest daughter Sarah. You can learn more about him on facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1317976118&ref=sgm

Barry Stone of Orem. Rides a Harley. My little brother. Barry is a PA, and a professor at UVU in Orem. Not sure if he has a facebook account. If so, I’ll post it later

David Kent of Orem. Rides, I think either a V-Star of a Buelivard. He’ll have to correct me.

Gary Anderson, I think of Orem. (Man we have a lot of Happy Valley people on this trip). Not sure what Gary rides. He is a friend of Mike Jarvis. Not sure if he has a facebook page. If so, I’ll post it later.

Jeff Henrie, of Sandy. Rides a Honda Goldwing, the token Goldwing of the group. Loves to ride and is looking forward to his first long trip.

Brad Stone of Sandy. Rides a Honda VTX. Author of this blog, and the “senior rider.” (The old guy of the group) Since 2004 I’ve logged over 71,000 miles on my bike.

I hope you enjoy our trip blog. We have fun and adventure!

Brad Stone

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Posted by Brad Stone - July 5, 2010 at 10:23 PM

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Kirtland: The Crucial Years

I’m on my way to the Cleveland Airport to meet Penny, who will be spending the next three days with me touring the historical sites in Kirtland.

The Kirtland era, for the Church, was a period in Church history of high highs, and low lows. It was a time of great spiritual manifestations, as well as dark grueling seasons. The Church went through some very challenging economic years, which tested the faith of the saints and their support of the Prophet Joseph Smith.
If you are interested in reading a short article that sums up the Kirtland era, click here: Kirtland; The Crucial Years
See you tomorrow!

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Posted by Brad Stone - June 9, 2010 at 11:30 AM

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Motorcycle Trip – Leaving Palmyra

Today I left Palmyra, headed west towards Kirtland, Ohio. As I got closer to Buffalo, NY, I started to see these signs for Niagara Falls. So I began having this conversation with myself. Should I or shouldn’t I take the time to go to Niagara Falls? I have been there twice before, and I’m sure the Falls has not changed much since the last visit. But on the other hand, it is only 17 miles out of my way. But then again, I would have to cross over the border into Canada and can I put up with the stress of being interrogated again? (I really don’t have anything to hide)
So, at the last minute, I turned my bike toward The Falls. I’m glad I did. As before, The Falls were breathtaking, but for only 30 minutes…let me explain.
I started to have another conversation with myself. Do I really want to park my bike with it packed with all my personal stuff, and risk someone ripping me off? Can I just pull close enough off the side of the road and snap a quick picture and never leave my bike?
Well, as I turned into the parking area for The Falls, the price of parking, $18.00 quickly helped me decide. I turned around and headed back towards the border. On the way I found a little parking area, next to The Falls, where I could pay $3.00 for 30 minutes. So I did.
I was able to walk (Run) over to the “photo taking” area, and still have my bike in sight, take a number of pictures and run back within 30 minutes. Wow, that was worth it!

This is American Falls. Called American Falls because it is on the American side. How original.

This is Niagara Falls. Ever thought about going over this in a barrel? The thought made me feel all tingly inside.
Your’s truly with mist coming out of his armpit.
Your’s truly again, but with the American Falls on my right, and a little of Niagara on my left.
On the shores of Lake Eire. Man this is one big lake.
Finally arrived in Kirtland. What a beautiful place. More to come later.
So today I traveled through Upper State New York, into Canada, then back into the USA, across a portion of Pennsylvania, and part of Ohio, along the shore of Lake Erie. Sounds like a lot, but I only traveled about 280 miles today. Just a drop in the bucket for ol’ iron butt man.
My sweetheart is flying in tomorrow, and will join me for three days in Kirtland. Can’t wait for her arrival. I’ve missed her a lot. I’ve been one lonely guy for ten days…and I mean really lonely…
See you tomorrow!
PS. Again, no rain today. The Rain Gods are smiling on me.

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Posted by Brad Stone - June 8, 2010 at 5:57 PM

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Kirkland Ohio – Motorcycle Trip

Today was spent visiting the Martin Harris Farm, the Peter Whitmer Farm, the Grandin Book Store, and one last visit to the Sacred Grove

Martin Harris Home

Peter Whitmer home where the Church was officially organized on April 6, 1830.

Inside the Peter Whitmer home.
Second floor of the Peter Whitmer home and place where the Gold Plates were translated into the Book of Mormon.
Grandin Bookstore where the first 5,000 copies of the Book of Mormon was printed.
One of the original printing presses used.
A photo copy of the original printer’s copy (Second copy of the manuscript) that is in Oliver Cowdery’s own handwritting.
Dock on the Erie Canal where the printing press was delivered to Grandin’s bookstore.
One last stop at the Sacred Grove, before leaving tomorrow morning for Kirtland, Ohio.
Palmyra has been a special stop on my cross-country trip. I’ll miss the special feelings that were felt in all the places I visited.
See you tomorrow!

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Posted by Brad Stone - June 7, 2010 at 3:52 PM

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Day Nine – Sunday, June 6th

Today I attended Church services here in Palmyra. Half of the congregation were visitors, filling up the chapel and halfway into the cultural hall. They were great meetings. Afterwards I toured the Smith cabin, framed house and the Sacred Grove.

Since I have several of my friends reading my blog who are not affiliated with my Church, I want to share with you a little history of my Mormon faith and Joseph Smith.
Joseph Smith, when he was a 14 year old boy, living in Upper State New York in 1820, was concerned about which religion he should join. One day he was reading in the Bible, James 1:5, which said, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
So Joseph decided to go into the woods behind his home and apply what he had read. Walking some distance into the woods, and finding himself alone, he knelt down and prayed to Heavenly Father for guidance. After praying, Joseph said, “I saw a pillar of light above my head that descended gradually until the light rested upon me…in this light I saw two personages, whose brightness and glory defies all description. One of them, calling me by name, and pointing to the other said, ‘This is my Beloved Son, hear Him.'”
Joseph eventually asked which of all the churches he should join. He was told to join none of them, for the churches of that day taught some form of truth, but did not have the fullness of the gospel. He was also told that over time the fullness of the Gospel would be restored to the earth through him.
Several years following this experience, Joseph grew in age and wisdom, and had several other appearances from heavenly beings. One of which was an angel called Moroni who lead Joseph to a place where ancient records were buried. Over time these records were given to Joseph to translate through the power of God. The translation of this record is what we now have as the Book of Mormon.
Through these divine experiences, the fullness of the Gospel, with Prophets and Apostles (Just as during the time of Christ), along with proper priesthood power, were fully restored back to the earth through Joseph Smith.
With all this being said, now let me share with you some very special places from our church history.

This is the cabin Joseph lived in.

This is inside the cabin.

This is the upstairs bedroom where the angel Moroni appeared to him and told him about the ancient record.
When Joseph obtained the ancient record, he hid them in this upper loft, to keep them from falling into the wrong hands.
He also hid them at one time under the hearth of this fireplace.
These pictures are places in the woods behind his home, called the Sacred Grove.

This is the new Palmyra Temple, overlooking the Sacred Grove.







I want to share with you my personal witness of these historical events. I know them to be true. I have felt the spiritual witness many times. I felt them today as I walked through these sacred areas. I know the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. If you haven’t had an opportunity to read it, I challenge you to do so and pray about its truthfulness.
I am firmly grounded in this personal testimony, and desire to share it with you my good friends.
See you again tomorrow!

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Posted by Brad Stone - June 6, 2010 at 5:30 PM

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Day Eight, Saturday, June 5th

My destination today was Palmyra, New York, a short jaunt of about 300 miles. It was suppose to rain most of the way there, but I really only got a few drops. Again, the weather was tempered for my behalf. I really have been fortunate with pretty good weather. The temps were in the upper 70’s. Ideal riding temp.

I stayed on I-90 (A toll road) the whole way. By the time I got off in Palmyra it cost me $11.50 in tolls, almost as much as my gas for that distance.
Along the road, every forty to fifty miles, they have these Service Areas, where you can stop for gas, food and restrooms, without getting off the toll road. I’ve never really understood the need for toll roads. They seem like a pain to have to stop and pay all the time. I would think that the state government could figure a better way for paying for their roads, like gas tax or state tax. Anyway, just my two cents worth.

Just outside of Albany, New York I crossed the historic Hudson River. While crossing, I reflected on the use of the river in fighting the battles for our nation’s independence. It was General Cornwallis who lead the British troops across the Hudson River for an attack on Fort Lee. To escape certain defeat, the army of George Washington retreated across the Hackensack River at the New Bridge to avoid entrapment on the narrow peninsula between the Hudson and Hackensack rivers.
You are probably thinking, “This Brad guy is one smart history buff.” Even though I do enjoy history (I didn’t while in school), I Googled this information to add an historical twist to my Hudson River crossing today. Hope you enjoyed a little piece of American history.

Once I arrived in Palmyra, and checked in at the Palmyra Inn (Very nice Inn), I decided I should do some laundry, since I didn’t have any clean clothes left.
While in Palmyra until Tuesday morning, I look forward to visiting all the historical church sites. Tomorrow and Monday I’ll post some pictures and stories of my visits.
See you tomorrow!

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Posted by Brad Stone - June 5, 2010 at 1:57 PM

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Day Seven – Friday, June 4th

Pulled away at around 9:00 AM this morning and needed to make two stops before hitting the road. The first stop was to a local Mac store. Last night when I went to plug in my AC adapter for my Mac Book Pro laptop, I noticed the little plug attachment was missing. (Those of you who own Mac’s know what I’m talking about.) Without this attachment the adapter can’t be plugged in. I looked everywhere for it and finally determined that I must have left it at the hotel from the night before. So I found a Mac store and pick a new one up.

My next stop was to a local hardware store to pick up some 16 gauge wire and some “little wire twisty things” for connecting two wires together. I needed to make my quick-fix wiring job on my motorcycle a little more permanent and a better quality fix.
So, I picked up those two items, re-fixed the wiring on the bike, and headed southeast to begin my trek through six states. Yes, you heard that right. Six states, all in one day. I can report that I accomplished that goal. Can any of you other hard-riding bikers out there claim this goal?
Here’s a recap of the states: Started in Vermont; Drove through New Hampshire heading for the southeastern corner of Maine; Saw the Atlantic Ocean from the shores of Maine; Headed south back through a part of New Hampshire, then through Massachusetts (Big mistake going through Boston! Bad traffic. It took me 2 hours to go 10 miles, and at times my temperature gauge read 103 degrees. I was dying!) Then swung below the Massachusetts border to drive through Rhode Island and Connecticut. Then back up into Massachusetts, where I am spending the night in Springfield, Massachusetts, home of Homer Simpson, as well as the birthplace of Dr. Seuss and basketball.
Except for the hot bumper to bumper traffic in Boston, today was a pretty good day. I logged just over 350 miles, including the 2 hour 10 mile part in Boston.
On the shores of York, Maine, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Stuck in traffic. This picture was taken crossing over the bridge into Downtown Boston. If you look really close on the right, you can see the Arena, called The Garden, where the Celtics play.
Crossing into Connecticut. It was hard to get my picture in front of each state sign, because most of them were on bridges or had no place to pull over.
In all the states traveled today, they looked pretty much like this…lots of trees and green.
Tomorrow I should make it to Palmyra, NY, where I plan on staying for a few days and attend Church on Sunday. This will be my third trip to this area. Looking forward to revisiting some very special places.
The forecast for tomorrow is rain. But, I’ve heard that before, and for some reason I’ve avoided the rain. (Someone is looking out for me…thanks!)
See you tomorrow!

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Posted by Brad Stone - June 4, 2010 at 6:41 PM

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Day Six – Thurs, June 3rd

Last night I decided to check my bank account online and noticed that I had two identical charges of $95.57 for two consecutive gas stops. At first I thought that someone had stolen my card number some how and charged these amounts at the two gas stops that I made. But that didn’t make sense. Why would someone follow me to the next gas stop and charge $95.57 again?

Well, I spent about an hour and a half with Chase Bank, talking to some guy in India. (Don’t you love that?) And explained what I think may have happened. Since I’m in Canada, the charges there go through an exchange into US dollars. Curious about the exchange rate, I looked up the rate for that day. Guess what? It was exactly.9557 per Canadian dollar. After explaining that to my India friend, he said “Mr. Stone, I can’t do anything about it until those charges are finalized, because they are still pending.” Well, why didn’t he explain that to me before I expended an hour and a half of my time jaw-boning with him?
Then he proceeded to let me know that they could cancel that card number and issue me a new one, that would take two weeks to be sent to my home address. I asked him if he could figure out a way for me to still use my card since I am still on the road? Long story short, they didn’t cancel my card. I’ll have to work it out when I get home. Arrrrgggghhhh!
Okay, deep breath.
On to today’s journey.
I set my GPS for the birthplace of Joseph Smith in Sharon, Vermont. It ended up setting my route as direct as possible, taking me through all the backroads of Canada, New York and Vermont. Although the drive was break-taking, it took me much, much longer than normal. I left Pembroke, Ontario at 9:30 AM and pulled into my hotel for the night at 8:30 PM. That’s almost 12 hours on the bike.

I did end up losing 2 hours for a minor repair to the bike. I was waiting in line at the Canadian/US border, again nervous as usual. I don’t know why I feel nervous crossing a country border? Happens to me when flying somewhere too. I guess I feel like they are going to arrest me and throw me in jail for now good reason. You know, they do that to some people.

Anyway, while I’m waiting nervously in line at the border, my bike just quits. There was absolutely no electrical–no ignition, no lights, nothing. So I walked it off to the side of the road and started checking everything, fuses, wires, etc. I took my seat off and was checking everything around the battery. Finally I found the culprit…a wire connector was fried. Tracing the wire, it was the main ignition wire that provided juice to everything that comes on when the ignition key is turned on. After determining the problem, it was an easy fix. I just bypassed the connector and spliced the wires together. But it took about an hour to find the problem.
As I climbed back on the bike I started to diagnose the cause of the fried connector. So I started counting everything that is powered through the ignition circuit. Aside from the common things, like headlight, cooling fan, spark plugs, I counted a total of 14 addition lights. (highway lights, hard bag lights, turn signal lights, license plate lights, and tail light. Hmmm, maybe I’ve hooked up to many accessories? Well, I turned off my highway lights to protect the rest of my wiring. I’ll have to figure out a different set-up when I get home. (Just in case you are wondering why I have so many lights hooked up…I read some where that if you are well lit, you have a lower risk of getting hit by someone who didn’t see you coming.)

After crossing the border, I drove through the upper pan-handle of New York State, then down through Vermont. All beautiful countryside.
I stopped at the birthplace of Joseph Smith. Great feeling there.
Here are some pics I took there:
I’m spending the night at a place called Whiteriver Junction in Vermont. Tomorrow I’ll be heading towards the eastern coast to hit Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get them all in in one day, but I’ll try. I just need to ride through them to check them off my list.
See you tomorrow!

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Posted by Brad Stone - June 3, 2010 at 6:41 PM

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Day Five – Wed, June 2nd


When I checked the weather forecast last night and again this morning, it looked like I was going to be driving in rain for most of the day. So I thought to myself, “Well Brad, how strong is your faith?” As I evaluated my answer to this question, I thought if the Lord thinks it will be safer for me to travel on dry roads, then I think He would help me out here. So I said a little prayer and asked, according to His will, if He could temper the elements in my behalf.

Well, it was cloudy all day and I didn’t get one drop of rain… until I pulled into my stop for the night. I’m a big believer in prayer. It has certainly helped me out time and time again while driving my motorcycle. I can literally fill pages of experiences where I had been protected on the road.

Now, on to today’s trip.

Can I just say that Canada, at least this area of Canada, is just gorgeous! My trip today was spent driving through a continuous forest of pine trees. I noticed a lot of logging trucks, so I’m assuming that lumber is big business here.

After spending a full day in Canada, I had to do some rearranging in how I perceived some things.

For example, this sign doesn’t mean the speed limit is 90 miles per hour. When I first saw this sign I thought, “Wow, I’m going to make some good time today.” Well, this sign means 90 kilometers. One mile equals 1.6 kilometers. So this speed limit sign is really saying, “Go no faster than 56.25 miles per hour. “Rats, I’ll never get to where I need to today in a timely fashion!” The scenery was beautiful, so the slower pace was okay.

Then when I stopped at my first Canadian gas station and saw the price of gas, I was elated with how cheap it was. But upon closer review I discovered that the price quoted was for a liter of gas. (About the amount of one nice sized soda drink) Holy cow, after doing some calculations, I concluded that I was really spending almost $4.00 a gallon.

Well, then to top that off, my room last night at a “budget motel” Super 8 was almost $130. So tonight I thought I would downsize into a poorboy’s motel and checked in at the Econo Motel. My room tonight is only $110 (Now, that is more like it; You know how many accessories I can get for my motorcycle for these prices?). Wow, Canada is expensive. I’ll bet, however, they have a really good Health Care program!

Back to my trip. Today I traveled 403 miles (Real slow miles) or 649 kilometers. In addition to the pinewood forest I rode through, I traveled along the north channel shoreline of Lake Hurlon, a rather large body of water, and the north shoreline of Nipission Lake. (Anyone want a stab at how to pronounce this?)

I’m spending the night in Pembroke, Ontario, voted the “prettiest little city in Canada, in 2006.” Everything up here in Canada seems pretty. However I did meet a few ugly people… but they had sweet spirits to compensate. All the Canadian’s are really nice and friendly. I feel safe in Canada.
See you tomorrow!

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Posted by Brad Stone - June 2, 2010 at 5:15 PM

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Day Four – Tuesday, June 1st

I traveled only 343 miles today through some beautiful country side, between Lake Michigan and Lake Superior, and crossed the northern border into Canada. Upon reaching the Canadian Customs window, the officer asked me a ba-gellion questions. I think I was profiled because I was a biker, hadn’t shaved for 4 days, looked mis-givious and hesitated on a couple of questions he asked me. There was one question he asked me three times during the interview process, and that was “Do you have any guns or weapons?” I wasn’t packing, so I told him “no sir!” After the third time, I think he was convinced.
He also asked me a stupid question, but I didn’t tell him it was stupid. He asked “Is anyone else riding with you?” I smiled, looked at my empty passenger seat, and said “no sir…here’s your sign.” (Jeff Foxworthy) He frowned back at me and said “Here’s your passport, have a good day.”
I just love people!
Heading north in Wisconsin.
On the shore of Lake Michigan.
Beautiful drive through a northern Michigan forest.
Crossing the bridge over the upper tip of Lake Superior and into Canada.
Waiting in line at the Canadian border to show my passport. I don’t know why, but I felt nervous and guilty, wondering if they will let me through. I had nothing to hide or to be ashamed of, but still was a little nervous.

Behind me, the bridge I crossed over to enter Canada. Awe, my nervousness and guilt finally gone.

I’m spending the night in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario Canada, on the banks of Lake Superior. So far the weather has been pretty good. Today was a beautiful day, in the 70’s. Right now, as I’m gazing out my motel room window, it is raining, but I suspect it will clear by tomorrow. Let’s hope anyway.
Speaking of tomorrow, I’m looking forward to some more beautiful frontiers as I head east across Canada.
See you tomorrow!

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Posted by Brad Stone - June 1, 2010 at 5:34 PM

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Day Three – Monday, May 31st

After my free Super 8 motel continental breakfast of two slices of french toast, three glasses of orange juice, two chocolate donuts and two cinnamon rolls, I headed straight north for the beautiful state of Minnesota, traveling a total of 421 miles through three states (Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin).

I know what you are thinking, “Did this guy really eat all that for breakfast?”
Well, if it makes you feel better, the chocolate donuts were the bite-size kind, and the cinnamon rolls were the size of a half dollar. (For those of you younger people who have never seen a half dollar, it is approximately one inch in diameter) So I didn’t total overdo it for breakfast. I did skip lunch and had a late dinner.
Okay, now on to the trip.

Just in case you forgot what Iowa looked like, here is another picture. Notice their mountains. (Can you see it there. It is the small ant hill there on the lower right side of the picture)

Me entering Minnesota.

Here is a picture of Minnesota. Pretty much like Iowa and Nebraska and Wyoming…Flat.

Here is Wisconsin. A beautiful state with a lot of trees. My GPS took me on a shortcut, off of the interstate to reach Oshkosh, Wisconsin and Lake Winnabago, my final stop for the night.
I’ve had some of you ask how I can endure the long stretches on my bike.
So here is my secret:



Well, I’m kind of tired from the long day, all those one handed push ups and sit ups, so I’m going to retire.
See you tomorrow!

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Posted by Brad Stone - May 31, 2010 at 6:01 PM

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Day Two – Sunday May 30th

Got up this morning with good intentions of attending Church. I discovered the meeting didn’t start until 10:00 AM, and check out from my motel was 11:00. So I thought, I’ll just check with the front desk and ask if I can check out at noon. No big deal, I thought. Well, being the Memorial weekend, the motel was full, and had another full vacancy for the following night. The desk clerk said no deal!

So I scrapped that well intended desire, and hit the road by 8:00 AM. I did listen to the scriptures on my iPod part of the day, hoping that would compensate for missing Church. I got through Genesis and Exodus. It’s been awhile since I’ve read the Old Testament all the way through. In Exodus, as I listened, I envisioned Charltan Heston, saying “Let my people go.” Now, that was a great movie!

Anyway, I put on 531 miles today, from Sidney, Nebraska to Des Moines, Iowa.

Here’s a pic of the Nebraska landscape.

Here’s a pic of the Iowa landscape. It is the same as Nebraska, but it is called Iowa instead. 🙂
Did you know that Nebraska is the “Home of Arbor Day?” I didn’t know that either, until I saw this sign.

One of my many gas stops.

Don’t tell Penny that I took this picture while cruising down the highway at 75 mph.
Well, I’ll catch you tomorrow as I head North into Minnesota and on up into Canada. (Actually, it will probably be Tuesday before I reach Canada. I’m looking forward to some beautiful vistas.

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Posted by Brad Stone - May 30, 2010 at 5:30 PM

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