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Motorcycle Rides

Home at last!

What a great trip.

Other than some rain in Red Lodge, Montana, a quart of oil in Barry’s bike (It’s a Harley, what can I say), Quin getting pulled over by a cop (twice) and a dirty hydraulic line on Jeff’s bike, the trip was without incident. We shared some good times together, and adventured into some new realms. (What goes on in Sturgis, stays in Sturgis)

We’re already looking forward to another trip next year.
Here are some recap pictures of the trip:

Until next year…

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Posted by Brad Stone - August 11, 2010 at 8:47 PM

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Northeastern Motorcycle Trip – Day 16

Well, here I am cruising across the wide expanse of North and South Dakota. I learned something today about the two states… they both look alike, but one is called North and the other South.

The monument off in the distance looks like Devil’s tower, but it isn’t. Let’s just call it the Devils Tower look alike.

I traveled about 500 miles today. It was nice and straight and fast going across North Dakota via I-94. I had a lot of company on the interstate. But as soon as I started heading south I was in no-man’s land and felt very lonely and vulnerable. A few times along some lone and lonely stretches of road I started freaking myself out playing the what-if game. What if I had a flat? Or, what if I hit something? There is absolutely no one and no services for miles and miles. There were some stretches of highway that I didn’t see another car for about half an hour or more, both ways.
Here’s me, with no cars in sight. 

Here’s me next to a lake with no cars in sight.
Here’s a stretch of road, with no cars in sight.
Here’s a bend in the road with no cars in sight.
Here’s my bike, with no other cars in sight. I had to stop for a potty break. I didn’t need to worry about being discreet, because, you guessed it, there were no cars in sight.
Here’s me in downtown Sturgis, with no other bikes in sight. A stark difference from the August Bike Rally.
Other than being a lonesome man on a lonesome highway today, the drive was quite pretty. A lot of wide openness of nothingness. It’s interesting to see how each state has it’s own uniqueness and beauty.
Tomorrow, I’ll point my bike once again toward the western horizon, hoping that some day soon I will find home again.
See you tomorrow!

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Posted by Brad Stone - June 14, 2010 at 7:18 PM

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Day 15

Left Wisconsin Dells at 9:00 AM, headed towards North Dakota.

Putting about 450 miles on the bike, I landed in Fargo, North Dakota for the night.

The day was kind of uneventful, other than (And please don’t get tired of hearing this) the forecast called for rain, and guess what? No rain!

All I can say is that with no rain, my risk on the motorcycle is greatly reduced. So I am very grateful for another dry day. Let’s see what tomorrow holds, because according to the radar map, I’ll be riding through some rain in South Dakota.
Tomorrow I will actually be riding through Sturgis, South Dakota, site of the annual bike rally of about 500,000 motorcycles. It will be interesting to see what it looks like with no bikers.
The drive today was through a lot of wide open spaces. However, there was a stretch through Minnesota that had lakes blotted all over the countryside, really quite pretty.
My stopping point for the night, Fargo, North Dakota, is named after William Fargo, founder of the Northern Pacific Railroad and Wells Fargo. Shortly after the railroad came through, Fargo was named the “Gateway to the West.” In the 1880’s it was also known as the divorce capital of the Midwest for its lenient divorce laws. Glad I don’t need to use the town for that. “Right Honey?”
Well, tomorrow I head through Bismarck, North Dakota, and then start working my way back home. Looks like I’ll take a number of backroad’s highways to I-80.
See you tomorrow!

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Posted by Brad Stone - June 13, 2010 at 5:36 PM

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Day 14

After a tearful goodbye to my sweetheart this morning, I set my GPS for Bismarck, North Dakota, a little over 1,100 miles from Cleveland, Ohio. Why Bismarck? Because I missed North Dakota on my trip out, due to weather conditions, and it is the last state to check off my list of states I’ve driving through. (Except for Alaska)

I’ll drive through North Dakota tomorrow, and then my lifetime goal will have been accomplished. (Of course, except for Alaska. I just might do an Alaskan trip next year) I don’t think many motorcyclists can lay claim to this goal.
When I got up this morning and looked at the weather forecast, it called for rain, not just a chance of rain, but a pretty darn sure amount of rain. So I thought should I put on my rain gear first thing this morning, or wait and suit up later. I decided for later.
And you are not going to believe what happened today. Not a single drop of rain. There were several times during the day, I would look to my left and see dark rain clouds; and I’d look to my right and see dark rain clouds; and I’d look straight ahead to no rain. Thanks to all your prayers and faith, I have not had an increased risk of riding through rain. Someone up above has been looking out for me.

Today I logged 562 miles. I could have probably done 700 except for the darn toll booths. (See my comments below)
I drove through four states today: Ohio, Indiana, Illnois and Wisconsin. Once away from the metropolitan cities, I drove mostly through farmland.
Okay, now for the toll booths. Can I just say how much I truly dislike toll roads. They are a real pain. Most of the problems I had was on the Ohio Turnpike. About every five to seven miles, on the interstate, I would have to go through a toll booth, stop my bike, put it in neutral, dig in my wallet for a couple of bills, sometimes only 50 cents, and pay my toll. Aren’t the interstates funded by federal money? If so, then why are these states (Mostly the eastern states) so hung up on toll roads. I think toll roads are way outdated, and a very inefficient way of moving traffic.
I am so looking forward to our western highways, where I can roll down the road, uninterrupted, and stop when I want to stop, and not be inconvenienced with these inexcusable toll booths! There, now I feel better.
I stopped for the night in Wisconsin Dells, the World Capital of Water parks. Everywhere you turn in this town, there is a water park. They claim to have the world’s largest indoor water park called “Noah’s Ark.”
The only water park I’m going to enjoy tonight is the hotel’s hot tub.
See you tomorrow!

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Posted by Brad Stone - June 12, 2010 at 6:32 PM

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Day 13

Today we visited the John Johnson home, where Joseph and Emma lived for a year, from Sept 1831 to Sept 1832; and also visited the rock quarry where the stone was cut for the Kirtland Temple.

While sleeping in this bedroom in the Johnson home, a mob broke into the home and carried Joseph out the door and about 300 yards from the home, stripped him of his clothes, and proceeded to tar and feather him. Some of the men scraped the Prophet’s skin with their fingernails. They even tried to pour poison into his mouth. All night Emma and the Johnsons cleaned the tar from the body of Joseph. The next day Joseph preached from the front steps of the Johnson home to a congregation, which included some of the members of the mob, . In his journal, Joseph records, “With the rising of the sun it was the sabbath day, I preached a sermon and baptized three.”
The field he was carried into and tarred and feathered.
Many revelations were received in this room. One significant revelation was of the Three Degrees of Glory as recorded in the 76th section of the Doctrine and Covenants. Joseph Smith and Sydney Rigdon saw God the Father and Jesus Christ in this room. (Special feelings were felt here)
Penny and I at the rock quarry.
Slabs of rock were quarried from this site and hauled two miles to the temple site and used for the construction in the Kirtland Temple.
Today ended our visits at the historic sites. Tomorrow, Penny will board a plane back to Salt Lake, and I’ll climb back on my iron horse and head due west for home hoping to arrive home by Wednesday.
It has been a very enjoyable three days with Penny. I’ll miss her.
See you tomorrow!

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Posted by Brad Stone - June 11, 2010 at 3:41 PM

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Day 12

Today Penny and I spent the day visiting the various Church historical sights in Kirtland, Ohio. There were some very special feelings throughout the day.

This is the Newel K. Whitney store. Built in 1826, it was an important gathering place in the community. Whitney generously provided rooms in the store for Church meetings, offices, and a home for Joseph Smith and his family.

Among many other types of goods, the Whitneys sold shoes. Notice that each shoe of a pair of shoes are identical and can be worn on either foot. This was done so that when one shoe wears out, all you need to do is buy one shoe to replace it.
This is a printout of the store’s register. Interesting looking at the prices of that day.
The Whitney Store goods: Barrel of flower – $3.46; Jar of molasses – .87; Beautiful lady next to the barrels – priceless.
Room above the store where Church Headquarters were located. Sixty five revelations, which are now in the Doctrine and Covenants, were received here. Joseph Smith met around this table with his counselors to conduct church business.
A room above the store where the school of the prophets was held. It was in this room that several of the brethren had a vision of the Father and the Son.
Kitchen in the store in which Emma Smith used to prepare meals.
Kirtland Temple, currently owned by the Community of Christ Church. (RLDS) During the dedication of the temple (an 8 hour meeting) many of the saints saw visions, heard choirs of angels and experienced one of the greatest spiritual events of their lives.
The Community of Christ Church did not allow photos taken inside the temple. So here are two tourist we found standing outside the temple. Handsome couple, don’t you think?
Home in which the Joseph and Emma Smith family.
Penny and I finished the day sitting on a park bench overlooking the great (And I mean great) Lake Erie. The lake covers 9,940 square miles.
See you tomorrow!

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Posted by Brad Stone - June 10, 2010 at 4:26 PM

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