Yesterday’s (6/11/12) Summary:Description: St. Ignace, MI to Perham MN (outside Fargo) Odometer: 30,060 Mileage: 603 Total Mileage: 1439 Time: 12 hrs Today: Perham, MN to Fargo to Bismarck, ND
Yesterday was a long one… 2 lane road most of the way and lots of folks doing the speed limit – imagine that! Had a stunning ride after crossing the Mackinac Bridge to the Upper Peninsula of MI. Completely different world up there. Rt 2 runs along the northern shore of Lake Michigan and at 6am, with the sun rising, was pretty amazing. I shot some video of the ride and will post it as soon as I figure out how to edit it. For now, I will settle for a picture of the bridge shot with a little point-and-shoot camera (still haven’t taken the Nikon out of the case). Great ride through the forest and the smells of balsam were strong and stimulating – a feeling you can’t get sitting in a car.
Slogged though some 2-lane back roads with little stimulating scenery. Took the obligatory picture of the bike next to the water – note the trees leaning – windy. Stopped in Duluth to visit the Aerostich warehouse. Very pleasant folks who cater to riders coming through. Couldn’t resist trying on on of their Roadcrafter one-peice suits – custom fit and could be ready when I ride back through in a few weeks. But, resisted – for now… Figured I have a few days on the bike to ponder any decisions. Stopped on last time to look back at Duluth – nice scene, but snapshotish… Promise photography will improve in a few days…
Today will be pretty easy. Stopped in Perham, MN (just outside of Fargo, ND) yesterday thinking that the hotel might be cheaper than the one in Fargo. Meeting a friend, Dr. Mark Jensen of Fargo, who I roomed with during a trip to Patagonia (Patagonia Blog) a few years ago. I am meeting Mark at the Fargo Indian Triumph motorcycle shop where we are going to grab lunch and catch-up. I don’t have to leave the hotel until about 10am, so plenty of time to fill in some details about the trip. There might be a function or interview or something by a local radio station at the shop, not sure yet. Mark is s surgeon at the VA Hospital in Fargo – very nice guy, but during the ride in Patagonia he kept hoping someone would break something so that he could demonstrate some field surgery… (just kidding Mark).
From Fargo, about a 3 hr ride west to Bismarck to meet Tom Trenbeath of North Dakota government fame. Actually staying at Tom’s house tonight then he and a group of riders are joining me for the ride to the ND border. A bit chilly out at about 45 degrees F, but the wind has died a bit. Should be a nice day for a ride.