Sunday, July 15, 2012
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Just got in to Madison. Last minute errands set us back 5 hours. But we still got to ride along the Mississippi on the Great River Road and we caught the Iowa sign while there was just a hint of light left. Our cousin Sheresa was gonna take us in but schedules conflicted so we're staying with awesome people named Solomon and Cissy. Real mattresses to sleep on. A shower. Feels almost like we aren't totally homeless right now. Tomorrow: Chicago!
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Today we got to hang out with the cousins. Kate and Jess are adorable and out of their minds. The youngest, Jess, has a family of imaginary brains that live in her head. They all have names and lives and she was sad because they all recently moved to Italy. The older of the two, Kate, is in love with an evil character from My Little Pony. Adorable as they are our intercom communication device was in shambles after being unattended for a few hours. Luckily their father, Spencer, is a genius fixing things (practice makes perfect in this household) and he got it back together even stronger than before. Showers, laundry, and a charging station for all our gear is just what the doctor ordered.
The only thing I forgot to pack was shoes. So wearing motorcycle boots, shorts, and a t-shirt I walked into Target and bought some sweet top of the line flip flops. Then we visited Dawnell and her lovely kids as they gave us a magic show and a tour of the house. They graciously lent us their minivan for the day so we could explore this cool city. We went to the 5-8 club and got their famous Juicy Lucy burger. Then we went off to see the Walker Art Center in downtown with the giant cherry spoon, the stone arch bridge which looks out over the Mississippi river and the old mill factories, and the lakes in the area. Dinner was had at Hell's Kitchen where the chandeliers had knives dangling from them and a live jazz band was playing. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone travelling the area. Tomorrow we head back out on the road to Madison!
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Pancakes were made on the back of out motorcycles for breakfast. Lunch in Custer, SD. Gas out here is weird because you can fill up before you pay! Needless to day we forgot to pay in Custer so we gave money to dad to pay them on his way back to Utah. Next stop Crazy Horse. Mount Rushmore is where Dad and we parted ways. We grabbed some power bars in Rapid City and headed out to Wall Drug then the badlands. We hit the badlands right at sunset. It was incredible. I can't believe this stuff is in America! We were way behind on schedule so we just rode. For hours. In the pitch black night. Don't always trust google maps is the moral of this story. My navigation system put us right in the middle of some guys farm at 1am. I hand entered some GPS coordinates I found on some guys blog and followed that. We setup or tents and passed out. This morning we were surprised to see where we stayed the night...
We snuck across the street to grab continental breakfast from a neighboring hotel as ours didn't offer it. We strapped our gear to the bikes and set sail over Bear Tooth Pass. It was some if the most beautiful scenery I've ever seen in my entire life. I felt like I was in the Swiss alps. Yellow and purple wild flowers sprang up everywhere in the huge grassy fields around the glacial lakes that dotted the landscape. It was cold but worth it for two reasons: prettiest ride so far and it would most likely be the coldest our ride would ever be. After a few hundred miles of barren fields we arrived at Devils Tower. We camped the night in what seemed like someone's front yard.
Today we started out on highway 89. Lunch was in Jackson Hole at a place called Mile High Pizza Pie. We got to Old Faithful right before eruption so we only had to wait a couple minutes. Normally the geyser erupts every 60-90 minutes. Bison were everywhere and I almost hit one! From there we headed up to Mammoth Hot Springs and had dinner. Then it started raining. Then pouring. Kevin didn't have a waterproof jacket and dad didn't have waterproof pants so we decided to call it a night in Cooke City. We pitched in for a hotel because it was too dark, cold, and wet to try to find a suitable camping spot. There was no data coverage after Jackson so I had to rely on my memory of the route.
Today we had a really late start trying to get everything in order making sure we didn't leave anything behind. We stopped in Bear Lake at Quick and Tasty for the famous raspberry shakes and double bacon cheeseburgers. A few miles up the road after lunch or GoPro decided to make a break for it. Lucky dad was behind us to catch it bounding down the road. The housing on those cameras is pretty much bullet proof so the camera wasn't harmed at all. Lightning, rain clouds, and increasing darkness forced us to make camp about an hour from our intended destination. We started out rocky but as time goes on I'm certain things will become smoother and more routine.