Left Friday the 13th and met up with Rick at the Bluebird campground near Lacrosse Wisconsin . Set up camp and went to the bar and grill at the campground for a couple beers and some burgers and some live music. We went back to the campsite for a few more beers and some BS.
The next morning we packed up and headed Northeast, First we visited a big damn between two lakes
After that Rick sent me on a recon mission, but a beaver had blocked the trail.then we rode through a Wildlife preserve called Sandhill Wildlife Area that has some invisible Bison (not buffalo)
After that we found a place to camp near Dexterville.
Sunday morning we packed up and went exploring. I let Rick talk me into going somewhere I should not have been again!
We made our way to Lacrosse and got to see a large cruise ship docked.
Warm temperatures got me excited to ride, so went for a little spin, but could only see about 40 yards into the fog without my lense fogging up and on top of that 1 in 5 Idiots Out Wandering Around had their headlights on. Didn’t feel like be run over today.
Rode to Dubuque with Rick and Richard to see the the last remaining WWII USS LST 325.
Had a great ride and a lot of laughs….
The KLR turned over to 50000 miles too
Just not working out to ride this damn motorcycle this year!
New Progressive 465 shock and progressively wound front springs for the KLR at 49295 Miles.
Sucks not having a heated garage in Iowa, but helps to have an understanding wife.
New chain and sprocket’s , changed oil , cleaned the air filter , new T63 rear tire. @ 48282 miles. I might even wash it
KLR has been collecting dust this year, so I thought I would take it for a ride.
Kolonel Mustard at Pulpit Rock
The Fun Sponge
Lynette is out of town so I thought I would spend some time with KLR , getting it ready for its next adventure. I mounted a USB plug that Rick gave to me and fixed the auxiliary lights .Speockets need to be changed before I ride too far
Need to replace soon
Turkey Valley drive your tractor to school day and tractors are a little bigger than they used to be in my day. I remember thinking I was the shit driving to 3020 John Deere
Woke up and went out for breakfast at Jake’s pizza . Got off to a late start as it was cold and snow still on the ground, Had a Polasheks burger for lunch then got on bikes and rode South west, found some nice twisty roads again. Temperature was at 55•. Went over to Oklahoma and visited some cool places, people down here seem genuinely nice to us and each other. it was another kick ass trip with Rick.
Great twisty roads near here
Bicycling seems to be popular in this area.
Cool old chimney still standing
The trail of tears
Crossing back into Arkansas from Oklahoma
Unbelievable how many rust free vehicles in Arkansas
Turned out to be a great place to stay
Rain stopped long enough for Rick to make us breakfast, visiting some pawn shops and Eureka Springs
A lot of older rust free vehicles in Arkansas
Enjoying a beer
Who doesn’t like a rowdy beaver
Old one lane bridge
Ready to leave for Arkansas tomorrow, The KLR is not gonna know how to act, riding in style in an enclosed trailer. Thanks Marc Haldeman for the use of trailer.
Gotta have meat from Polasheks Locker for the trip.
Finish putting KLR back together and try to straighten foot peg, then I can start getting trailer ready to head down to Arkansas for a few days.
Picked up the KLR from Russ’ Repair, it’s ready for another Adventure
Lynette and I are taking a trip to Murphys California to visit my Dad and his wife Merle
Lynette at RST
Was chosen to be frisked and hands tested for chemicals
Plane getting fueled up
Deicing plane from previous flight
Leaving the ground
Getting ready for takeoff
Our rental car
Scrubbing on my KLR 650 with a toothbrush, wondering why I do it and it occurred to me I do it because of the red clay that I find deep down inside that takes me back to my trip to UP following Highway 41 to its end and continued on red clay trails that ended at the most peaceful place that I have ever been to that point on the shores of Lake Superior.
It also conjures up memories of the time I rode my motorcycle around Lake Superior traveling east of Sault Ste. Marie in what seemed like no man’s land without any advertising signs or very little indication of life other than four wheeler trails that I rode till I realized I could easily get lost and not be found as I hadn’t seen anyone else on the trails for miles.
To sum it up this motorcycle is not worth crap to anyone else , but it helps me to dream of the places I have never been and to relive the things that I have seen while exploring with it.
Replacing head stem bearings,
Another nice November day in Iowa, rode to my physical therapy appointment.
Supposed to help swelling go down
Time for some much overdo maintenance. Oil change , clean air filter, adjust chain, changed rear brake fluid then stopped over to Gregs to hear about his trip to Montana, then to Cresco to give the KLR a bath.
Hanging out at Dans
Waiting in Lanesboro to meet up with Richard and check out his new Triumph
Didn’t ride a lot, but had a very enjoyable day hanging out and shooting the shit.
Got up early to get a ride in before the rain. Riding mostly gravel and checking out dead ends and closed roads as I often like to do,
Lower dam near Decorah
I should have figured the ground would be sandy
Near Sheldon Minnesota
After lunch at Kaddys in Lacresent mn, I crossed into Wisconsin from Winona and took 35 North to Nelson Wisconsin over to Wabasha Minnesota and back home through Rochester and home by 5pm
Little island between winona and Wisconsin
My boys were gonna play here today, but had a change in plans
KLR hit 43000 miles, while out on a leisurely ride with my wife.
Checked out of Edgewater resort and visited the Glensheen mansion. Stopped at Moose lake and toured the 1918 fire museum, 569 people died in the fires.