DAY 22 HOME – FINAL MILAGE- 10,773

What a great trip this was, I want to thank my son Craig for setting up this blog for me, I enjoyed sharing my trip with everyone. I was able to sort out a lot of things. I excepted what is going on with my eyesight , there is no reason to talk about it anymore, when that day comes then thats when Ill deal with it. I know I wanted to go see other places but what I did was enough for a lifetime, I want to thank my wife Dawn for understanding and letting me do what I needed to do. I also want to thank  Chris at Crown Lift Truck
for giving me some extra time for this also. This was an amazing journey as ive said before and meeting all sorts of wonderful people along the way made it better but I have to say the best part of my trip was seeing my brother Andy in Montana, it had been six long years but seeing him was great, we both had a great time together, hope we can do it again. For everybody who followed along and called me or emailed me, thank you, being on the road alone sure made it easier to get by. For my good friend in New Jersey, Denise, a special thank you to you. My Harley held up and got me home safe, hats off to the people who built her, she needs a good cleaning now. Its good to be home.

DAY 21-MY LAST NIGHT- 10331 Miles So Far

Today got off to a late start due to heavy fog this morning, it cleared around 830 and then I opened her up. Later on I stopped for gas and the sun was shining so I figured I can take off my rain pants that Ive been wearing every day on this trip, took them off and rode on. later on in Ohio I stopped got coffee and was talking to a friend who said it was raining in New York and I said I finally have sun, well wouldnt you know it 20 minutes later all the rain clouds came out. I pulled over at the next rest stop to change back into my rain gear and park next to a fellow biker who also was changing into warmer clothes and rain gear. His name was Joe and was from Rochester, always good meeting a fellow New Yorker on the road, we talked  for a little while, really nice guy and then we took off.   For the last couple of days my horn has not been working so Ive been trying to find a local Harley dealer somewhere but there either closed or I just cant find them. As I riding thru Youngstown Ohio I notice an open dealer on the the right so I pull off and head over there, took the turn way to fast and scraped those floorboards into the pavement , god I love doing that, I drove Dawn nutz every time I did that. Anyway I go inside and go to the parts guy I need a horn and should be covered since its less than 2 years old, he says no and gets me the horn, $48 for the horn,I said that should still be covered, he goes yeah but we close in a half hour, there is no time to change it, I took the horn and removed the old one that was filled with water and installed, tested and had it back on his counter before he had a chance to shut up. A lot of guys coming over checking out how dirty my bike is and when I told them where I just came from their jaws dropped,proud moment for me. This is my last night on the road and hoping to be home around noon tomorrow. I will write my final thoughts tomorrow but holy crap this has been one hell of a trip.

Joe from Rockchester NY

DAY 20 LAKE MICHIGAN

reading the harley map book

Woke up this morning and could not believe how cold it was here in Wisconsin. loaded up the bike and froze my ass off to the local diner for some nice hot coffee. With in 2 hours I crossed into Michigan and started driving along Lake Michigans shoreline, I wanted to take some cool pics but it was cold and the sun did not come out today so I didnt bother taking off my gloves for any pics except the big ass bridge I had to drive over and it was grated so you bikers out there just know how muchfun that is. Driving on Route 2 was an amazing road with wonderful towns and friendly people, Im so glad I decided to stay off the interstate.

GETTING LOST IS FUN SOMETIMES

I think every town had one of these
Bullet shells everywhere
Ruth
Devils lake
Devils lake

Today I decided to go and see Devils Lake and wouldn’t you know it 2 miles into the road their doing construction and I’m driving thru mud. Good thing I got experience in that by now.lol. There are no signs where to go so I just follow the construction trucks for a few miles but they turn off at the dirt pit so I keep riding. I’m thinking I should just turn around and go back but I like a good challenge. Up ahead I see a flag girl and pull over to see if she knows where this road goes and see does not. Her name was Ruth and I think we talked for at least 45 minutes. Great person I really enjoyed meeting her. So I proceeded to keep going and saw a sign for a town. It was a dirt road I’m I thinking what kind of town can be in here, well there was one old gas station and a really old bar. I saw this guy and pulled up to him, he was a very old native american indian that had no idea what I was saying and he was mumbling something back to me but I couldn’t understand what he was saying, he held up a big bottle of vodka and I think he wanted me to have some. Well I just got out of there real quick. I have a GPS but will only use it in extreme emergencies because my father taught me and my brother how to read a map before we learned to walk and he would have kicked me in the ass for using a GPS. I did find my way and had fun doing it too. Even when I pulled over to pee there were bullet shells all over. Took pics of them and took off fast, don’t need some drunk indian shooting at the white man lol. I got out of North Dakota and into Minnesota and pulled over to use the rest room at the rest stop. I walk out and there is this old woman lying on the ground with her frail husband trying to get her up so I picked her up and brought to her car and her head was bleeding pretty good but another person who pulled up took care of that, that was my good deed for the day. I’m riding the back roads today and staying off the interstates and I’m glad because its some good riding and it didn’t rain today. I crossed into Wisconsin and staying at the Sleepy Hollow Motel next to Lake Superior. Tomorrow I will be in Michigan Ill settle in  Ohio for the night. I have pics of today but can’t post them because there is no wifi to upload.