Thursday, July 03, 2003

Wednesday, July 02, 2003

Day Five - Wisconsin, Minnesota


The next morning I was again up early and rode as far as Ashland, on lake Superior. The parking lot of a fishing supply store was a good place to stop for a picture. The proprietor was agreeable to my shooting from his back yard, then advised me on the weather. He had just been on the Internet, and despite general predictions for cloudy weather, he predicted a deluge within the next hour.

"There's a big storm coming. I've lived here a long time. When the radar shows a storm up in Arrowhead, we're going to get hit about 50 minutes later. It doesn't matter what the forecast says."

I asked about a place to get breakfast while the storm passed and he recommended Breakers, just a couple of blocks down the road.

Breakers turned out to be a great place for breakfast. Sure enough, while I ate it started raining and kept raining. People commented on how hard it was. "Yes," I agreed, "it's raining tubas and French horns."

Being already inside when the rain started, now, seemed like very good fortune. I took my time eating, reading local papers, and drinking coffee. The waitress, Deb, was busy but I learned that she had grown up there. I told her that I was on my way to the wedding of a friend who had grown up in another Ashland: Ashland, Oregon. After another 20 or 30 minutes, the rain subsided. I wished Deb good luck with her boy friend and was on my way.

You can see by the following pictures, the continuing threat of bad weather. Eventually, the bike was able to out run the storm. Still, there were many nervous minutes. It is not so much that I can't ride in the rain--I kind of enjoy it sometimes, but on a motorcycle there is less protection from lightening. It is said in the 59-rules of motorcycling that "the only place you want to see thunder clouds is in your rear-view mirror." As I rode, I watched the clouds, their height, how fast they were moving, and in what direction. With the help of the GPS I could gauge where I was going relative to them. I imagined that this was a bit like flying a small plane. One would be similarly concerned about the clouds. While I found it comforting to know that I was already on the ground and did not have to look for a break in the clouds and a place to "set down" like early aviators might have had to do in such a storm, on the other hand I had less control over my course. I had to go pretty much where the road would take me.

The country side remained interesting and at rest stops there were pleasant conversations with local residents. Many were interested in what I thought about various elected officials, since I lived in DC. I sometimes joked with them: "DC would be a pretty good place to live if it weren't for all the college ej-u-cated idiots you all keep electing to live there with us. You-all got to find more people like Senator Byrd, who plays the fiddle, and has more common sense than anyone else in either party." With such comments I didn't have to worry too much about the political affiliations of others. It left the door open for them to point out their favorite example of government foolishness. I never had to rely on my old standby for cocktail conversations with strangers; taxes. Even a foreigner will talk for at least 45 minutes if you ask them about their taxes. For fellow Americans, the topic of government foolishness will do even better.



In Duluth I was again impressed by the seafaring ships in the port. Here I was, in the middle of the country; seeing ocean-going ships loading and unloading. Even the very heart of our country is in touch with the power of the worlds oceans.

In Duluth, I planned to find a JC Pennys to buy some new jeans and underwear, then to have lunch at a nearby Wendy's. I had set waypoints in the GPS for both Pennys and Wendys. A route had been calculated for Pennys. After passing the waterfront, the GPS told me to take the 22nd St. Exit. The only choice, however, was the 21st St. Exit. Once off the freeway I discovered that both 21st and 22nd dead-ended in construction. While searching for a better route, I looked up to see that I was parked across from the Old Seafarers' Home. What stories some of the people inside might have told, and how perfect for some of them to retire so far from the sea.

"I have this tattoo of an anchor on my arm." an old seafarer once told me, "When I retire I'm going to start traveling inland, and when somebody asks me what that thing tattooed on my arm is, that's where I'm going to stay."

Looking at the maps in the GPS, I found a nearby cross street that would take me to the next turn onto Trinity Street. That would work to get me around the construction and back on track. Nevertheless, it was a bit confusing when I got to Trinity Street, since the street signs for it seemed to be missing from the intersection. Trusting the GPS, I followed the directions the it gave and soon found that the street I was traveling on was, indeed, Trinity Street. Soon, I was cruising up to a mall where I found Pennys.

Packing for the trip, I tried to minimize the amount of clothing I took. At this point, it was easier to buy a new pair of jeans and new underwear than to wash what I had been wearing. For the wedding I was going to in Bend, Oregon, I had UPS'ed a gym bag full of additional clothing to the hotel I would be staying in. I figured I could catch up on any washing either in Bend, or at my brother's in Vancouver, Washington. Everything I was taking fit in the BMW R1200 CLC's saddlebags and box. The rear seat was empty except for the bag containing a cover for the bike. If I needed, I would be able to strap a bag on the rear seat on the return trip. With the packing and unpacking so far on the trip, I knew I had room for another pair of jeans. One of the tricks that I quickly learned was saving a clean pair of pants and a knit shirt for evening wear after the riding. I could get two evening-wearing's out of one set of clean clothes then wear them the following morning for a day of riding.

I look for Wendy's and Taco Bells when I'm traveling because they offer good salads. Wendy's has a salad bar, and Taco Bell has a Taco Salad that is pretty good. If I stop at either of these places, I feel like I'm getting a more balanced diet.

Exiting Penny's, I could not see the Wendy's, but I knew it was nearby. A woman parking her car had an idea that it was hidden in an adjoining strip mall, and sure enough, she was right. It turned out to be a very busy place, full of local parents. I watched one blue-collar father, in his boots and work clothes, joining his family for a family lunch. The frustrations of the work day were still fresh on his face, and he tended to be a bit stern with the kids, but they would have a meal together as a family.

One must say prayers for such people when one meets them. Some struggle more than others to live well.

Across from Wendy's was a Best Buy. I had one more problem to nail down and I considered spending some money to do it. As if the GPS weren't enough to challenge me, the digital camera was also giving me a hard time. I had bought a Canon S100 on Ebay, replacing another one that had been stolen. Quickly I learned that it would not hold a charge for more than ten-or-so pictures, and to get that many I would have to remove the batteries between shots. A new battery did not improve the situation.

In the course of this trip, there had already been many pictures I wished to take that I could not because the batteries had already gone dead. In the end, I had to admit that these were opportunities that I would never have again. The price of a new camera was merited. Best Buy got the business, and I left with a newer model of my camera.

Leaving Duluth, the bike hummed along in sixth gear. It wasn't too hard to drive a little faster than posted speeds. Traffic moved at 80 or 85. At such speeds, things happen pretty fast. I made a decision to take frequent breaks to help keep myself alert. I learned that I could, if I felt sleepy, pull into a rest stop, set my watch alarm to go off in 20 minutes, put my head down on my tank bag, and catch a nice nap while sitting on the bike with the kickstand down. Earplugs helped. After such a nap I would feel full of energy and good for hours of more alert driving.

At one historic marker, where I stopped and stretched my legs, I met a couple from Haymarket, Maryland who were traveling to Hackensack. ...Hackensack, New Mexico. We wished each other safe journeys.

Passing through Floodwood, I decided to take a break and find some dessert. A local restaurant, Embers, served a rhubarb pie that was incredibly good.

"Who makes your pies?" I asked.

"Cookie," the waitress answered.

"Here?" I asked, "The crust is great."

"Yes, she made up a batch. She uses lard for the crust."

As I gathered put on my jacket to go, others in the restaurant urged me to watch out for deer. I thanked them, making a note to heed their advice before saying goodbye.

The intended destination for the day was Grand Forks. Somehow, when I got to Grand Rapids, I fooled myself into thinking it was the end of the days journey. This small error resulted in a large blessing--the discovery of Brewed Awakenings, a local coffee shop that was playing a key part in maintaining and building a downtown business community.

An old motorcycling adage says, "You'll never reach your destination if you stop at every tavern." In my motorcycling, coffee shops have replaced taverns. Even those I know who drive Harley Davidsons, like my riding buddy at home, Walter, do not drink and drive. When Walter and I travel to taverns, we order cokes. Being still a new rider, it continues to impress me; the extent to which this is accepted behavior in even the toughest biker bars. In traveling, coffee shops offer a sane alternative to booze, the chance to meet fellow customers who have their wits about them, and usually a healthier choice of food.

While a local Starbucks serves as a social hub, at home in Gaithersburg, when I travel I like to keep my eyes open for independently owned coffee shops. I've met some of my best friends in coffee shops through the years. When I travel to Denver, I sometimes even run into old friends like the artist Susie Rember whose work was featured on my first web site, or former co-worker at Evergreen Computing, Dick Hess, in them. Brewed Awakenings looked like just what I wanted. I circled the block and found a place to park in front of an art gallery around the corner. I soon learned that the gallery was connected to the coffee shop and served for overflow seating.

For quite a while, I was the lone customer. The young girl running the place let me plug my various electrical devices into the wall to charge, including the batteries for the new camera. Once I had the new camera working, I asked her if she wanted the old one and explained its shortcomings.

As others came and went I got wind of an evening performance.

"It's sold out," I heard her telling others.

Before long, the band showed up and began to set up for the evening performance. I learned that the string bass player taught music in the junior high school, and enjoyed visiting with him a bit as they set up. My dad taught music and played string bass, so I had at least one good story to relate.

When others came, I needed to get out of the way and moved to a table that wasn't on what was going to be their stage.

John, the owner of Brewed Awakenings, showed up. It was one of those fascinating coincidences of the trip that he was also a BMW rider. We spent quite a bit of time talking about experiences. He suggested my spending an extra day, returning to Duluth to get an Aerostitch rain suit from the factory, and enjoying a local ride that would take me up to Canada on back roads while a local wash and fold, King Koin, did my laundry. I planned to do this, but awoke with an urgency to move on, the next morning. So the route remains in my computer for the next trip.

As we were taking, a pretty young lady sat down at the next table. John introduced us and she asked whether I was staying to hear the band.

"I would like to, but I hear they're sold out," I replied

John clued me in that I would be able to enjoy the music from a table in the adjoining Art Gallery, but he did not reveal that the young lady, Sarah Davis, was the lead singer for Mr. Pumpkin Head. What a surprise she turned out to be. I felt like I was in the movie "Back to the Future," when the musician calls James Brown and says "Hey, remember that sound you were talking about? Listen..." and holds the phone. There was no doubt in my mind that this young lady would be going places and selling lots of CD's some day. The thought that I was getting to hear her play in a coffee shop, in Grand Rapids, a block from the Judy Garland museum gave me goose bumps--it still does when I think of it.

Mr. Pumpkin Head, with Sarah Davis, plays at Brewed Awakenings.

Here's one more bit of synchronicity for the trip. Do you see the guy in the beret in the above picture? He's Dan Wydrow from Idaho City, Idaho. When I learned this, I was delighted to mention that I grew up in Weiser, Idaho. Then it occurred to me. I asked him if he knew Neal Vallette, and he did. Neal was my cohort in crime, growing up. He, me, and Ed Lomas along with Ed's older sister, Lucinda, and her friend Anna Derig pulled off the covert watermelon operation, freeing countless watermelons that were growing in a field from under the armed guard of renown gunman. People who tried to copy what we did, on later nights got well peppered with rock salt as he must have found our trail of mud pretty obvious the next day. Until then it probably had not occurred to him that someone could launch an amphibious invasion by swimming up the irrigation canal and crawling into his field. An added benefit to this approach was that the canal did the job of carrying the watermelons downstream to a bridge where they could be quickly loaded into the trunk of the judge's daughter's car.

I had found a place to sleep in the Itascan Hotel. He had one room which had a broken air conditioner. After camping, what did I care about a broken air conditioner? A 24-hour Country Kitchen restaurant across the street provided a reasonable late dinner and early breakfast, but I made a note to start looking for McDonald's to save money.

There are a couple of short clips of Mr. Pumpkinhead. Please do not judge them by the poor audio quality of a digital camera.

Mr. Pumpkinhead's Route

Sara Davis

All Material Copyrighted by © J B. Fields 2004 unless credited otherwise

Tuesday, July 01, 2003

Day Four - Ohio, Wisconsin,


Pete and I discussed where to go for breakfast before we left camp. It was agreed that we would travel together as far as Dubuque. We used the Garmin V GPS to find a place to eat in Dubuque. I scrolled the arrow to downtown Dubuque, pressed the find button and indicated that I wanted restaurants closest to the arrow point. Dottie's Cafe sounded good so I told the GPS to guide us there.

I followed Pete out of the campsite, then he pulled over. He suggested that as I had the GPS and therefore knew where we were going it would make sense that I lead. This was kind of a first for me, as I generally am content, in a group, to follow. The big question was as to how fast to drive on the empty morning roads, but I soon could tell by the distance he followed that our comfort zones were about the same.

The GPS did a good job of guiding us downtown, up the appropriate streets and back on the correct one-way street. Soon it said "arriving at Dottie's Cafe," but I saw no cafe. I pulled up at a curb and Pete pulled along side.

"We're suppose to be there," I said.

"Hmmm. Would that be it?" He pointed at a sign at the end of the next block.

I looked back at the GPS. Sure enough it said, "Arriving at Dotie's Cafe." Then at the bottom of the screen it said "280 feet."

We motored to the next block, parked, and went inside. With Pete in full leathers, I felt a bit like I was in a Western movie. As we stepped into Dottie's, the sensation continued as the restaurant full of regular customers in what appeared to be their sunday/go-to-meeting best clothes fell completely silent. The place was packed and nobody appeared to be under 60. Fortunately, there was a counter with empty stools. Once we sat down and began to talk between ourselves and with the waitress the room relaxed a little. By the time we were done eating we had been pretty much forgotten. Before leaving, Pete insisted that bikers were suppose to tip well, and so we did.

Outside, we worked out Pete's route to the freeway and said our goodbye's. It felt a bit sad to be parting after so brief a ride together. Another Western story, I suppose.

My next mission was to find a place to send a fax. My old boss at the Peace Corps, LaVerne, was waiting for it. Eventually I found CopyWorks out on Highway 20. They let me camp out, print the documents, fax them, and they let me download the maps to my GPS using one of their desks. LaVerne later said what a surprise it was since she had lived in Dubuque, between stints in Washington, and had frequently used the very same service!

For some reason, I had it in my mind that I wanted to visit Madison, Wisconsin on this trip. Years ago, I had met a woman in Franklyn's, which use to be my favorite Washington, DC coffee shop. She had sold me on a visit to Madison, someday.

I began to follow the route. It took me back through Dubuque, but because of the "avoid freeways" setting being back on took me through some of the tougher parts of town and across the 16th Street bridge into Wisconsin. Then the GPS stopped working. It gave a message about lost reception. Probably the failure was due to vibrations and shock. I did the reset process again, waited until it recalculated the route and headed up highway 151. At the Kaiser turnoff, it failed again. I spent some time, parked in a farmer's driveway, trying to sort things out. Once it was working, I was back on 151 and off again.

At the next exit it directed me off of the highway through Kieler and onto local roads. These proved to be a bit of fun. The GPS sent me on one local road and then another. In Cuba City, I got gas and again played with the GPS. I began to think more about how to get the GPS mounted on the tank bag and off of the handlebar. I managed to move the handlebar mount from the handlebar to the handle of my tank bag, but I could tell that it wouldn't do for long. A broom leaning against the wall of the garage gave me the beginning of an idea, but for now it was time to move on.

The route continued East to Avon and Darlington. Darlington was a real gem of a town that I would never have seen had I stayed on the freeways. Its clean Main Street offered two hardware stores and a corner tavern with a flow of lunchtime customers that promised good food. I cruised down Main Street then doubled back to park in front of the tavern.

Attending to business first, I visited the hardware store and bought a dowel. They agreed to cut a five inch piece out of it and drill a 1/4" hole in each end. Back at the bike, I used tie wraps that came with the GPS threaded through the holes in each end of the dowel to hold the dowel to loops at the front of my tank bag. Next, I moved the handlebar mount to the dowel. It almost fit. Using my small Swiss army knife, I cut a couple rectangles of cardboard from the back of my notebook and used them as shims. Problem solved!

After a hamburger and fries at the tavern I was on my way again. The GPS seemed to be working. It looked like it belonged at the top of the bag. Certainly, it was much easier to read.

Highway 23 took me North to Mineral Point. I was about to pass quickly through the town when something prompted me to turn back and navigate up High Street where I found a venerable-looking Trinity Episcopal Church, a couple of galleries, a bed and breakfast inn, inviting coffee shops, and restaurants before returning to my route.

Continuing North out of town, I rode to US 151 which skirted Dodgeville then turned East. The road and the scenery became increasingly congested until a half-hour later when I found myself entering Madison. This was a lengthy ride Eastward which, after remembering the fight on Highway 30 to get West the day before, did not entirely please me. Probably I needed to take another break about then and get a long drink of cold water.

At about the point where the GPS should have given me turn instructions I looked down and it had completely shut itself off. Instead of being guided to Nakoma or Midvale Streets, and into the heart of Madison, I found myself going east in heavy traffic on US 12. It was about 3 in the afternoon. The sun had been making itself known all day, but in the increasingly congested traffic the heat became oppressive. I turned the power back on, and the GPS started recalculating the route. This could take a minute or three. Since I knew I eventually wanted to go North after visiting Madison, I turned North on US 51 and began looking for a gas station where I might regroup. I found one just off the Cottage Grove exit, but was none too pleased at how difficult the folks in Wisconsin were making it for lost motorcyclists to get turned around. No U-turn signs probably had a purpose but were getting in my way and angered me. It was definitely time for a break.

An easy-going attendant at DB's Service Center helped me chill out. The air conditioning felt good. As he talked I watched the firemen across the street working on their truck and its gear. One of them was a young woman. She was in shape but a little short and struggled to get a hose into its place on the truck. I wolfed down a bottle of Gatorade, marveling that the firemen didn't seem more worried about the heat.

I excused myself and started looking at the new GPS problem. I soon realized that the GPS had quit because its batteries were dead and because the connection to the BMW's 12 volt DC power had come loose. The BMW has two 12 volt connections. You can hook up a pigtail to one of these with a cigarette lighter adapter on the other end. Then, anything you can power from a cigarette lighter can be connected to the pigtail. The problem seemed to be that the GPS plug was being pulled out of the cigarette lighter adapter as I rode. This connector rode between me and the gas tank and my movement could tug it loose. Normally, when it loses power in this way, it gives a message and you can press a button to remain on battery power. Since the batteries inside the GPS were dead, it instead had to shut off. I bought new batteries and made a mental note to check their level on the setup menu of the GPS more frequently.

The traffic had been so maddening that when I found that I was already beyond the parts of Madison that I wanted to see I decided to just keep going. I felt it was time to get myself North to Highway 2. In hindsight, this might have been a good place to spend the night. I could have seen what I wanted to see, got some rest, and continued in a better frame of mind. On the other hand, I still had six hours of daylight and there was a tavern I had been looking at on the Map that seemed so inviting: The Iron Horse in Hurley. I had no way of knowing that this destination would prove to be such a disappointment. It sounded like such a good stop for touring motorcyclist. Quite possibly, a riding partner would have helped me think better of this.

The next six hours I moved North first on I-39 then on US 51. The scenery became more rural. I made frequent stops at rest stops and even pulled over at one underpass to admire the surrounding country. I was glad to be away from the city. In the open country I managed to average about 75 mph. When towns like Wausau intervened, I slowed to about 60. Highway 51 took me through wooded country. I felt I could be riding through Germany. The resorts around Minocqua Lake were particularly inviting, and I began to suspect that I would not find better where I was going. Nevertheless, there was an hour and a half of daylight and I didn't expect to do much but sleep when I got where I was going, anyway.

The highway began to weave between numerous lakes: Manitowish Lake, Spider Lake.... Then the GPS found a secondary route and I turned up a county road, CR-K. The road was narrow and I had to slow to about 35 as it wound around Rest Lake. At the top of the lake the road forked. The part that went straight was CR-W. I stopped for a moment to make sure of the choice then proceeded on CR-W. Still, it was not a road for racing. Deer could show up anytime. There had not been a lot of space between the narrow road and the forest, but the new rode opened up a bit. A mile later I realized I could speed up a bit, but decided I needed to stop and zip up my jacket, first.

Fifty miles an hour seemed a comfortable speed. Where the road opened up more I could go a bit faster. It also helped when I was going North, passing Turtle Lake, rather than riding West into the setting sun. Above Turtle Lake the road curved East before my turn onto CR-o going North, again. Five minutes later I pass a sign welcoming me to the UP. I turned around and went back to read it again: "Welcome to the UP, eh?" Then it cautioned, "Slow down after dark, don't drink & drive, and be careful crossing."

"Crossing what?" I wondered.

There after the road was CR-519. It ran for a ways North West, making me shade my eyes from the sun, then bended around the end of Chaney Lake and ran North East then North along the Western side of the lake. Fifteen miles later I approached Wakefield where I knew I would meet up with US 2, my intended route Westward. Seeing a home with smoke from a wood burning stove, I pulled off for a moment on Olsen Road for a closer look. People were walking between their home and a shed. I was so close that I felt I was intruding. With a nod and a wave, I returned to the road and headed into Wakefield.

Wakefield seemed the kind of small town that I would enjoy living in, having spent my early years in similar small town. It was just big enough to serve the farmers in the surrounding country, not big enough for its own police department or a mayor, I presumed.

The road met US 2 near a lake. I turned left and pulled into a gas station on the corner. Restrooms were outside. People, in the Winter, would not have to track through the store to get to them. I knew Winter there was significant. The guys gathered by their pickup trucks outside the restroom were talking about their Winter jobs as snow plow drivers. They looked like kind of robust, jolly men you would expect to find behind the steeringwheels of snowplows. Such jobs afforded them a way to be outdoors. Somehow they would make it through the Summer weather.

Across the street was Club 28. There were cars in its parking lot. It was inviting. Perhaps I was taking the adage that you'll never reach your destination if you stop at every tavern to an extreme, but I would wait until the next town and see what the Iron Horse offered.

Back on the road, it was nearly dark. US 2 took me through Verona and Bessemer. Then to the connected towns of IronWood and Hurley. It began to dawn on me that the Iron Horse Inn, in Ironwood might have nothing to do with biking. Sure enough. It was nothing more than a compact corner bar. No doubt there would be local color to be found inside, but not bikers. I saw bikes parked at the other end of the block, in front of The Munch.

It made sense to get a room before coming back for dinner. I found a room that cost too much at the Days Inn. I didn't have the steam to look further. I took a short bath, changed into a fresh shirt and went back to the Munch. It turned out to be a bargain for dinner and a lively place full of old and young people, alike. I ordered an O'Doul's, an alcohol-free brew, and a plateful of taco's. The tab came to $10.00.

Next to me were young men. Across the bar I watched three young ladies. They seemed barely old enough to be drinking. One of the ladies came to our side of the bar and stood behind me. About the same time, I realized that I would be more comfortable standing up than sitting on a bar stool, after riding all day. Pushing the stool back, it occurred to me to offer it and she accepted. As I continued eating, it dawned on me that she had been standing there talking to the young men for some time and perhaps one of them should have thought to offer her a seat first. The left by the front door. I left by a side door I had seen others using that I realized led to where my bike was parked on the side street. The young kids passed on their way to a Jeep parked behind the club. As I was climbing on my bike, the young woman turned and said good-bye. Her courtesy felt surprisingly good and I rode away feeling uneasy about her limited choices for boy friends and hoping that she would end up happy.

Returning to the Days Inn, I parked next to a couple of Honda Goldwings that were pulling trailers. I went about cleaning the bike and putting on it's cover. One of the Goldwing owners came out an rummaged in his trailer. I asked him if he knew anything about places to eat breakfast. He wasn't in a mood to talk. His hands emerged from the trailer holding a dripping bottle of champagne. He could not have cared less about breakfast, at the moment. As he walked off, I considered the possible differences in our approach to and goals in touring and in life. For some a motorcycle is just another dating game, another toy among an estate of toys. I think such people are really slaves to the demands of their money and power. Riding a big bike gives them the illusion of freedom and adventure. For some, the motorcycle is truly an escape to nature although nature has its own rigors and demands. Yet for others, the motorcycle is a symbol of the freedom they desire. Like the man with the kids--not all responsibility is bad. Yet, to be successful in bearing up under ones responsibilities there is nothing like having a little fun. A motorcycle doesn't have to be real fancy to be a whole lot of fun.

Another reoccurring problem of the trip was the way my cell phone kept running down. When I roamed, it seemed to use batteries more than normal. I could charge it from the bike in the same way that the GPS could be hooked up, using the cigarette lighter adapter on the pigtail, when it was not being used for the GPS. So, as I cleaned the bike, the cell phone sat on the seat charging. At some point I bumped the cord and heard the phone beep like it does when it goes on the charger.

"Weird," I thought. "Wasn't it already on the charger?"

Yes, the cord was plugged firmly into the cigarette lighter adapter and the green LED on the cord plug was lit. Immediately, this told me there was an intermittent short in the pigtail somewhere between the cigarette lighter adapter and the connector that plugs into the bike's 12-volt accessory socket. I wiggled the pig tail and the phone, sure enough started beeping. It didn't take long to figure out that the short was in the connector that plugged into the bike.

I took the pig tail with me to the hotel room for further investigation in the light. I did not have high hopes. Despite years of training as an electronics technician, in the Navy, the fixes for the simplest of devices often eluded me. Often they are not designed to be fixed. My first clue that this might be different was the discovery of a screw that held the connector together. The Swiss army knife on my key chain was all I needed to open up the connector. Inside, I expected to see something that needed to be soldered, but was again very pleased to see that the leads were instead connected by small screw clamps and that one had come loose. Within minutes the loose lead was re-clamped and problem was solved.

I began the process of loading maps for the next day into the GPS; setting it to automatically turn off when done. Then, I went to bed with a sense of optimism. Things were improving.

All Material Copyrighted by © J B. Fields 2004 unless credited otherwise

Monday, June 30, 2003

Day Three - Indiana, Illinois, Iowa


It was raining in the morning. I was grateful again for Kathy's bags and the ability to quickly load and go. For rain gear, I got by with a Joe Rocket jacket and REI rain pants that fit over my jeans. Jeans are not proper riding pants for such a trip, but there was a limit on how much of my savings was going to be invested in motorcycling and I had yet to get good Summer riding pants. Neither was I going to wear my chaps in such warm weather. They were still hanging in my closet at home.

Getting the rain pants on was the part of getting ready to ride that took the longest. Soon I was off for a morning ride in the rain, but I no sooner found the street than I realized there was a good place for breakfast that shared the hotel parking lot. While I normally like to put on a few miles before breakfast, the thought that came to mind was that the rain might blow over while I ate. It did.

As I ate breakfast, several men at the next table held an intense conversation. They did not seem entirely comfortable with an unknown set of ears being at the very next table. Two middle-aged white guys seemed to be the bosses. One looked like he was the general manager who had worked his way into the position. Another looked like he hadn't done manual labor in his whole life and he didn't say much. I figured he was the book keeper and the source of funds. A younger white guy must have been the working foreman. You can tell who is paying attention to who. Two Hispanic guys tried to pay attention, but their minds were elsewhere. Eventually some agreement as to what needed to be done was reached. They parted. My eyes followed the foreman as he walked out to his truck. He had a boat on a trailer behind it. His manner in checking the trailer and the hitch struck me as very professional. He reminded me that in motorcycling, one should also check out the bike before each ride.

I took my time eating. The rain began to let up. I paid, chatted with the cashier, then made a last visit to the restroom before heading out. Outside, I saw that the rain was nearly stopped. It also occurred to me that I was getting the message that early-morning departures are not always the best plan. A delay had served me well. Also, it occurred to me that had I gone to the nightclub the night before I would have probably seen the restaurant and might have then saved the time of putting on the rain pants before breakfast, as I now would soon be taking them off.

I might also have met the people who stayed in the room next door.

Leaving Ft. Wayne, there's not a lot to say. Highway 30 goes for a long, long way. From Ft. Wayne, through Jolliet, and across Illinois to Fulton, then over the bridge into Clinton, Iowa. Fulton was a nice town, but Clinton felt better. It felt good to be out of Illinois. I was beginning to think Highway 30 would never end.

"Iowa," I told many people who I later met, "is the reward for driving through Illinois."

Driving through Jolliet, I kept my eyes open for a Kinko's or another suitable place where I could take care of some business. The appearance of a Starbucks with wireless Internet access gave me a break and a chance to catch up on e-mail. A local hustler struck up a conversation wanting to sell a tablet computer to me for a thousand dollars.

The single point of interest in the long flat drive beyond Jolliet was a sky diving business that was advertising and operating out of a private airfield next to the highway. An afternoon or a day of sky diving to get back onto free-fall status was tempting. It was a bit of an annoyance the way highways just came together at stop signs in the middle of nowhere, but this probably helps keep people from falling asleep.

In Clinton, I pulled off in the shade on a back street to read what the next few turns were off of the GPS. I wasn't stopped long before a car came by, slowed, and stopped. A woman driver wanted to know if I was okay. It was nice to be in the part of the country where people cared.

The mount I had purchased for the GPS mounted it on the handlebar next to my right hand. Unfortunately, it did not swivel and the only open parts of my handlebars left its face at a 45-degree angle to my face. To read it, I would have to lean forward then look down and to the right. This really limited its ability to advise me on upcoming turns, which it did very well, because I could not quickly see what it said when it beeped with new information. This is why I was so interested in the radio mount I saw on the Harley the day before.

Vibrations and bumps from the road may have also had something to do with the GPS locking up, but it was locking up more often. I would be going down the road, expecting a turn, and it would be stuck five miles back, or at precisely the place where it should have been telling about the upcoming turn. When this happened, none of the buttons would work. I would have to disconnect it from the bike's DC power source, open up its battery compartment to de-energize it, and then after I put it all back together it would work for a while.

Weeks earlier I had run into problems with my cell phone while it was connected to the bikes 12v power. I ended up getting a new cell phone and was very relieved when Verizon's John Watkins, at the Gaithersburg store, replaced the pricey Kyocera 6035 under its warranty. The good service netted him another sale when a friend recently decided to buy one of the latest Pocket PC/cell phone/digital camera units. Anyway, part of me was wondering if the 12v DC had surge or spike problems that was damaging the electronic devices connected to it. Focused on that as a possible problem, and not having an easy way to check, the simpler possibility that the unit was just a bit defective did not occur to me.

I decided to disconnect it from the bike's 12 volt power and just run on batteries. A short time later, it froze up again, telling me that I had a problem with the unit itself. I decided that I would have to come up with a way of mounting it on my tank bag so that it would be easier to read (and to see when it froze up) and where vibrations and jarring from the road my by padded a bit. How to do this would take some thought.

I headed up Highway 52 from Clinton. The scenery was beautiful. The road wound around rolling hills, and creeks, past farms and farmland. One farmhouse was so well trimmed and decorated with red-white-and-blue bunting that I had to stop to admire it. It had been some time since I had been anywhere where individual people got that excited about the Fourth-of-July being anything but a holiday. A few miles later I came to the K & L Hilltop Cafe atop a hill. A dirt road took off toward the river, and the sign said it was the Green Island Road. A restaurant in the country seemed like a good place for a bite to eat dinner.

Getting off the bike, I looked at my watch. It was 7:30. It had been a long day. It was time to look again at my camping plans for the evening. My goal, all day, had been The Rustic Barn Campground just North of Dubuque. It was still a reasonable choice.

Indeed, the cafe turned out to be a winner. Sitting at the bar, I met a couple local veterans and discussed veterans benefits with the cafe owner. Her husband had passed away years ago, and she had received only a death benefit. We encouraged her to get in touch with the VA and/or her state congressional representatives to see if she had some back-pay coming. They in turn asked where I was planning to stay for the night then told me about a nearby campground that another biker, earlier in the day, had been headed for: The Spruce Creek Campground just above Bellevue.

One of them suggested following Green Island Road for some extra scenery. Had it been earlier in the day I probably would have taken his advice. When I saw the road rejoining Highway 52 a short distance North, I did wish that I could have taken the time.

Their directions took me right to the campground. It was a county park with a $12.00 fee and a sign-up system. There were a couple of camp spaces left, and I saw the motorcycle that must belong to the rider the folks at K&L had mentioned. I parked in the empty campground next to it and before I had a chance to unload, it's rider, Pete showed up with an offer to use a spot that was already paid for, nearby. I agreed, with the stipulation that I needed to make a beer run so I wouldn't be a complete freeloader.

"Great," he said, "they're drinking Miller Light."

It was a short hop back to the nearby gas station and mini-mart. They sold me their last 12-pack. I asked about what time they started serving breakfast, and they said five A.M.. They probably get a lot of business from people headed out early for a day of fishing. On the way back, I noticed a Rolls Royce in the driveway of a very typical tract home and a 60's vintage Mk2 Jaguar with a for sale sign on it sitting on the street, in front of it. Neither were covered from the elements. This time, I did miss a turn and soon found myself riding next to a small golf course before I turned around and found the correct route.

The beer was appreciated even if it was a bit like bringing coals to Newcastle. I shook hands with CJ, Mike, and Linda Lu from Waterloo. Linda was cooking steaks. She said that they had been there drinking for days and nobody had been eating. She did not want to take the steaks back with her so she was cooking them all up. Pete and I were treated to a wonderful steak dinner as well as free camp spots. The main subject of the evening was Mike's RV that he had built himself out of a bus, adding a diesel engine from a combine and real RV windows. It was so well done that it seemed only a parody of a school bus: a school bus on steroids.

As night fell on the river, we sat by the fire trading stories. Tugs pushed their freight and lit up the night with their huge search lights when they needed to find channel markers. It happened that I did not need to set up the tent--just roll out my sleeping bag in one of theirs.

The next morning, Pete and I were up and gone by six o'clock. Pete also liked the idea of "riding at least 40 miles before breakfast," so we headed for Dubuque.

All Material Copyrighted by © J B. Fields 2004 unless credited otherwise

Sunday, June 29, 2003

Day Two - Ohio, Indiana

Sunday, 2003-06-29:

I had 4100 miles on the bike as I began my trip. Leaving camp, this Sunday morning it said "4444."

I rode at least an hour and a half up the freeway (77), thinking that I would get a jump on the day before hopping off to see the country. That worked, but finding a place for breakfast turned out to be a challenge. Next time, I want to visit Wolf Run and Salt Fork state parks.

Getting off the highway in Dover, I found nothing. A scenic route beckoned so I figured I would ride to the next town. Not far out of town, along the scenic canal route, I passed the defunct BMW Dam Bike Shop. It's sign lay beside the road like an omen.

A country golf course was a possibility for a breakfast, but being unshaven I decided to pass it up even though its parking lot was full and there were signs of a crowd in the club house. Finally, after another hour of searching, I asked the GPS to find the nearest eatery and found the right solution in El Ducko's Restaurante & Dairy in Strasburg.

The waitress let me camp out with computer and batteries charging on a back table. I worked on my route until the ham and eggs arrived. Some friendly folks at the next table wished to be helpful on the route, but by then the GPS was busy downloading maps and route information from the laptop. They weren't clear on what route I was taking, but seemed relieved that from what I could remember I wasn't going on a route where the bridge was out. I should have taken notes at that comment.

Loading regional maps for the day into the GPS took over half an hour. I made a note to get that bit done before retiring in the evening, from there on out. In following days, I learned that all the regional maps are not always necessary. If you plan to follow a specific route, setting up a route on the computer and downloading it seems to provide the bare essentials, including what services and points of interest are at each exit. Still, if you expect to get off the beaten path, the regional maps will help you keep from getting lost.

After breakfast, the day got more complicated. The detour probably cost me three hours time. It took me back almost all the way to Dover, on highway 516. Most of the way I was going South East. The GPS flaked out on me in the middle of nowhere. I fiddled with it and eventually it started working again. Eventually it put me on a Westward track on Highway 39, and because of all of this I was able to see several Amish buggies and many places selling their work. One buggy came clopping down the road with the oncoming traffic at such a brisk pace that I shuddered at the thought of shoeing horses and the frequency with which they probably had to be done.

Years ago I worked at ranching. Melvin Widner, the foreman at the Stanfield ranch, taught me to shoe horses. "It's probably the hardest work God ever invented for man to do," he said.

At Wooster, the GPS flaked out (again). I stopped next to a door labeled "Wooster Orthodox Fellowship," to reset it, which involved unplugging it, removing the batteries, and turning it back on. Being Sunday, it did not surprise me to see people emerge from its door although in hindsight I realize it wasn't Greek or Russian Orthodox they meant but probably Jewish Orthodox.

Once the GPS was working, for some reason, instead of going straight ahead, I decided to take a right turn at the next corner and go around the block that I was on. It turned out to be one of those impulses that you later think may have been divinely inspired. Coming around the third corner, I spotted a bike parked at the opposite curb near the end of the block. I started looking for where its riders might be. Rounding the fourth corner to the street I had arrived on, I saw that some kind of coffee shop was taking up the corner location. There were signs that there might be live entertainment there in the evenings. So I went around the block again before parking next to the bike. I admired it and its electronics before going into what turned out to be a Seattle's Best coffee Shop. Since I've never been in one before, I was immediately impressed with the classic Western bar-like layout. Cappuccino hit the spot and the cinnamon scone was excellent. A young lady next to me was amenable to passing the time in conversation. She had just returned from Kansas City where she had been the Ohio State Representative to a Vocational Skills competition. Through the program, she was studying medical skills while still in high school. It seemed a good thing, to me, that we are giving young people work they enjoy doing.

A couple at a table near the window turned out to be the folks riding the other bike. I commented on the electronics and learned that the radio I saw mounted on his left handlebar was a combination CB and weather band radio. What I was really interested in was the mount he was using for it. He told me about Cycle Gadgets ( which seems to have a number of solutions for mounting GPS, radios, CD's, and radar detectors.

I changed the GPS settings so that it would no longer avoid highways when it calculated a best route. Once it recalculated the route, I set out. I barely remember the next 200 miles. I remember Mansfield for offering the first live adult entertainment of the trip, shortly before I stopped for gas. A short time later as I moved up the road a sign on a side-street beckoned: "Adult Books. Truckers welcome!" For the next hour I tried not to think about the injustice of regional economics, the exploitation of young women and the difficulties of life for people who work on the road.

Marion or even Portage, Indiana were my destination for the day, but too much time had been lost that morning. In Ft. Wayne, I stopped at Wendy's and realized that it felt unusually good to be stopped. I killed the engine and stretched a bit before getting off the bike. When I got off the bike, it rolled over as I had failed to put down the kick stand.

"Nobody saw that," I thought.

Once inside, people kept watching me. I looked ragged, didn't walk real straight, and probably didn't smell that great. After a taco salad, I went back outside and dug the Motel 6 guide I carry out of a saddle bag and found a local place for the night.

Motel 6 is predictably inexpensive. I like the showers that they have in them for some reason even though a warm bath is sometimes more beneficial after a long day of riding. Motel 6 phones are designed in a way that tells you they anticipate that a traveler may want to dial-out to the Internet. I keep an AOL account just for such occasions. The AOL interface lets me set up a new location without having to connect anywhere to get phone numbers. I put in the area code off the room phone and AOL gave me several numbers for Ft. Wayne connections.

As I was arriving at the hotel, I saw there were nightclubs on either side advertising topless entertainment. The notion that I could walk from my hotel room to a place that would serve me a drink was attractive. The prices that topless clubs would probably charge for a drink of scotch or a martini, at the same time, did not appeal to me. The lady clerk at Motel 6 had no better suggestions but told me I could save the price of a cover charge at the closest one by showing my room key. In the end I decided to forgo drinks altogether that night. Part of me was also being pragmatic. My journey was young. It would not do to become preoccupied with lust. Such things are easily enough found at home when I'm not on vacation. Instead, I would go to bed early and get an early start on the next day. Newer things beckoned.

The clerk showed me on a map how I could park behind the motel and use a back door to get to my room. This, it turned out, worked well. I could open my curtains and check on my bike, anytime. Unpacking and packing the bike was easy thanks to the purchase of several "Kathy's Bags" that were constructed to fit my bike's storage box and saddlebags. These canvas bags you can pack indoors, zip shut, then quickly drop into the saddle bags of the bike and get going. Unpacking means simply opening the saddlebag and pulling the bag out by it's straps. There's no fiddling and digging for the things you'll want in the hotel room, which could be especially annoying in a rain storm. I also had a "tank bag" that attached to the top of my gas tank by a magnet and a set of four clips. In it I kept the cell phone, a flashlight, PDA with addresses, insect repellant and sun screen, and digital camera. It had clear plastic on its top where a map could be kept for viewing during a route. Moving into the hotel room entailed unclipping the four clips that held the tank bag on, and pulling the Kathy's Bag with my clothes in it from its saddlebag and carrying both to my room.

During my trip, each time I did this I would feel impressed with how light I could pack and still get by.

After unpacking the bike there was usually one other chore: getting it cleaned up some and putting on it's cover. The cover was useful in reducing the chances of theft. In Ft. Wayne cleaning meant using an Amoral wipe to clean bugs from the windshield and dirt from the chrome exhaust pipes.

As I cleaned, I noticed a truck pulling some kind of carnival trailer parked against the back fence. A man went out to check on the trailer and its contents. Something happened inside the trailer. In the darkening evening I could see bright light slipping from the edges of the trailer's shuttered window and carnival sounds came from inside the trailer. Later that night the same bubbling cyclotron sounds came through the walls from the room next to mine, waking me. A woman's cries of pleasure joined the carnival sounds. When her cries ended someone pulled the plug on whatever made the sounds and it wobbled down to a silence. In hindsight, I might have knocked on their door and offered to patent whatever it was.

All Material Copyrighted by © J B. Fields 2004 unless credited otherwise

Saturday, June 28, 2003

Day One - Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio

A major goal of this trip is to see the country. That, I knew right up front, meant getting off of the freeways and seeking out the lesser-used back roads. For weeks prior to leaving, I studied routes. Microsoft's MapPoint program would allow me to indicate where I would be traveling to, what places I wanted to stop along the way, and the kinds of roads I preffered. It would then give me the route, from the roads available, that was closest to my desires. At the outset, I could see that this would mean an extra day to get past Chicago, as I would loop well South and West before turning back to Madison Wisconsin.

Day one and I was already off plan as I found myself leaving from Germantown. At first, I went along with the recalculated route the GPS program gave me, taking me up 270 toward Frederick, Maryland but I tired of the freeway before reaching the Clarksburg exit. In full rebellion, I exited, stopped, then adjusted the GPS settings to avoid highways as well. It told me to go left on highway 121 into the winding roads of Maryland countryside. I was much happier.

Soon it told me to turn onto Old Baltimore Road. I did. This was a road I had seen in other travels, but I had never traveled it here. It began to get worse, but I did not worry as I was sure I had seen it come out on a road further West. It turned to gravel and then came to a creek that I would have to cross. I was not ready to turn back.

The creek looked shallow. It would have been good to walk across it first, but I was feeling impatient. It clearly was shallow and a short bit of water, but what I didn't bargain for was the gravel. Once into the creek the rear wheel sunk into the gravel and the motor died. I quickly restarted it, calculating that I had about a thousand pounds to deal with should I have to push it out of the creek, and was able to rock the wheel forward in the gravel and eventually made it across. The road on the other side was no better and I found myself feeling very uncomfortable navigating it even though it was straight and dry. Before I reached the top of the next hill a dairy truck came over it. He saw me and was kind enough to stop until I struggled past him.

"Less than a half-hour into my trip and already an adventure like this," I thought to myself.

It was worth it. Soon I was on Barnesville Road, then connecting up with Highway 28 which is a favorite weekend cruise, and on my way North. I passed through Tuscarora, chuckling at its name, then turned at the 85 intersection, staying on 28 to go to Point of Rocks, Maryland. The route took me, then on 340 past Harpers Ferry and Charlestown, West Virginia before turning sharply South. I went through Wheatland, Rippon, and Franklintown before entering back into Virginia. At Berryville, a right on Highway 7 would take me to Highway 50 which would get me though most of West Virginia. I liked seeing these new towns that weren't so far from where I've lived for the last fourteen years, but I began to realize that I might have gotten there quicker--and I've said nothing of the wrong turn that took me back to Frederick on 15 before finding 340.

Approaching Winchester, I gassed up next to Smoking Joe's Tobacco Products. So many people I know smoke, that I'm surprised I've not taken it back up. For a moment I think about how nice it would be to have a pipe on a camping trip like this.

The route I have takes me around Winchester. In hindsight, I would have done better to ride 50 through it. On the other side, I continued West on 50 which takes me West and back into West Viginia. Capon Bridge is the next town. A mile West of Capon Bridge I see two Harley Davidson's parked next to a club. It's two o'clock. I decide to eat. The lady who runs it does a good job on my hamburger, and the Harley riders don't rib me too hard about riding a German bike. By the time I leave, I find myself telling them that I hope I see them again.

"Tell Oregon Gomer says 'Hay," one of them says.

The road continues. The weather is good. Less than two hours later I'm back in Maryland at Gormania. What a name. The borders sure do get confusing out here: Started in Maryland, over the river into Virginia, and a mile later over another river into West Virginia at Harper's Ferry. South from Charles town and back into Virginia near Berrysville. West from there past Winchester then back into West Virginia before Capon Bridge. Fifty miles later, back in Maryland again. Looking at my map, there's not much more than eight miles of Maryland before I cross back into West Virginia. But this seems like a peaceful part of Maryland. It's so rural, and so far from the state seat of power. Do they appreciate being out of sight and out of mind, I wondered, or do they find it cause for complaint?

A few minutes and I'm back in West Virginia.

At Cathedral Park there is a campground, a large general store, and a couple of gas pumps. I pull in thinking I'll ask about camping. It seems somebody has to operate the gas pumps. I wait. Nobody comes to help. I go inside and danged if I can tell where the attendant's counter would be amid the shelves. Further into the building are a bunch of lunch tables. People are sitting at them. Aparently they are waiting for dinner. It's only 4:30, but the park seems dark. Some of them look at me, but all are silent. No greeting. I begin to suspect that my getting gas would mean a delay in their cook getting dinner onto their plates. So, I beat a retreat.

Back on the bike, I find myself remembering the musical "Brigadoom" and considering the nature of religious groups. How many religions originate among people waiting to be fed?

I think I'm somewhere between Macomber and Israel when I pass a produce stand and see a R75 BMW parked next to the road. I turn around and go back. It's owner emerges soon after I park. He and his young wife work there. I hear kids clamoring and see them in a pickup truck. He and I talk a bit about bikes and Bob's BMW, where I bought my bike and where he buys parts. I'm admiring his bike, but he's really admiring mine. I wonder if I've caused a problem. He comments that he has a hard time finding the money to keep up the bike. I think of the kids I heard.

It seems that motorcycles are often in competition with family. I'm not sure that it's such a good thing that I have time and money to spend time riding. He has a family that I don't.

As I prepare to drive off, he says something about my enjoying the road just ahead. I'm still wondering what he meant as I pass two riders resting on their crotch-rockets on the left side of the road, waiting to take off. I look at them and see the thumbs-up sign then turn my head to see a tight uphill turn has snuck up on me. I'm grateful that the uphill part of it will help me slow to a safe speed, but I'm pushing the bike down into a turn that I've never done before at a speed I intended only for a straight highway. The bike pulls me through it and a second later I'm pulling and pushing on the handlebars to get it to turn the other way. It begins to dawn on me what the guys on the crotch-rockets were all about. A series of tight climbing turns follows for several miles. There is too much traffic for them to be too much fun, so I gather the guys were hoping for a long enough gap in the Westward Bound traffic to be able to have some fun.

Highway 50, through West Virginia, continued rewarding me with many sites. I followed a band of early vintage auto's to Melanie's. It was a good bet the local folks driving those cars knew a good place to eat. Others behind me fumed at the 35 mph pace.

After dinner, I pick a campground along the route ahead. The Landings Family Campground in Reno, OH would be my first camp site.

Highway 50 took me through the hills, then descended and picked up the CSX railroad for company. Leaving Clarksburg the GPS computer did a good job of getting me off the main roads, even if only temporarily. It told me to turn onto old limestone road, then when I didn't catch the next turn quickly enough, told me to take a u-turn, but eventually put me on a bit of old Highway 50 that paralleled the new highway. For miles, houses bordered the highway. Kids played on front lawns. Adults doing chores nodded at me as I rode by. An older couple sat in chairs on the porch at one house and waved at me as if they were use to my passing by at that time every evening.

This came to an end just past Wolf Summit. It was only 6:30. There were at least three hours of daylight left, but I needed to set up the tent when I got there--something I might have practiced at home. It was time to get on the highway and cover some miles. I pulled over. I needed to zip up my riding jacket and do a quick check of the bike. When I finished I was surprised to find I had stopped in front of a Progressive Insurance Dealer. Progressive advertises a lot for motorcycle coverage. I'll probably switch to them at some point, myself as I'm not exactly happy with GEICO and the State of Maryland. Anyway, it made me smile to myself. It seemed like a commercial break in my touring--a piece of cosmic humor.

Highway 50 took me as far as Ellenboro where I turned North on Highway 16. In hindsight, I wish I had got off at Wilhelm Run then caught CR-36 and picked up old 50 again. It would have been good to see more of old 50: Waynesboro and Lamberton, for example. Maybe there will be a next time.

Highway 16 went North to St. Marys and to what I thought was a very spectacular bridge over the Ohio River. As I rode over it high above the river, below me a tug pushed huge barges. It was astonishing to see what looked like a sea-going vessel so far inland. My high school social studies book had told me about commerce on the river, but seeing it first-hand makes a much bigger impression than any picture in a text book.

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After crossing, Highway 7 took me through Newport and followed the bank of the river. Something that appeared to be a nuclear power facility came into view on the opposite bank of the river. The size of the cooling towers was amazing--pictures of them do not convey well the degree to which they impose themselves upon the surrounding scenery because pictures do not do a great job of capturing the majesty of the the scenery to begin with. Giants viewed in the context of a snapshot's four-inch by five-inch frame do not intimidate the way they do in real life when they're about to crush you.

Twenty minutes later, after some back-and-forth in Reno looking, I made it to the Landings Family Campground near Reno, OH. I had at least an hour of daylight left.

The first night of camping went well enough. They charged me $20 for a place to pitch my tent. They had showers if I wanted to use them. I had just enough daylight left to get the tent pitched. So, I picked a place next to a picnic table and got started. The table gave me a place to lay out the tent and it's parts as I unwrapped them. Again, I remembered that I should have done this at home first. I just had just not found the time. Putting up the tent went well, nevertheless, except that I pitched it between the picnic table and the bike and the bike was perhaps a bit too close to the table. One of the stakes for the rain-fly went into the ground underneath the bike, but this also meant that the bike was close enough to grab when I lost my balance emerging from the tent.

"Next time," I thought to myself, " I'll have no difficulty getting it pitched in the dark."

I did, however, wish I had asked the REI guys who sold it to demonstrate how to pitch it. There was probably a way to make the rain slicker that goes over it not lie against the underlying tent fabric. Also, there were a few parts left over.

I walked down to the river and brushed my teeth in the men's showers. Outside I saw the afterglow of the sunset through the humidity. Across the river, other campers had lit fires. The smoke from their fires hovered just above the tree tops. It formed a mist and gave the picture a kind of ghostly feeling. The light of campfires pierced through the mist--a timeless picture of people camping by the river.

I didn't sleep as well as I would have liked. Tugs on the river, trains nearby, and the unfamiliar feel of hard ground that kept me searching for more comfortable ways to lie upon it cost me some rest. Trips to the bathroom were complicated by the need to put shoes on and take them off outside the tent, and by the one-block distance. So, a task that could be completed at home or in a hotel in a minute probably took ten or fifteen. Then once the sun started to come up, the tent brightened and I was awake. There was no snoozing-in on the hard ground. My body decided that sunrise was time to be up. Nonetheless, I reveled in the powerful sounds of the tugs, and grew use to them. It was tempting to save time by not lacing up my boots, but instead I learned to lace them faster.

Camping next to the motorcycle, I discovered, also had advantages. Its seat gave me a place to lean against while tugging my shoes on. Also, much of what I needed could stay packed on the bike until it was needed unlike hotels where I had to drag belongings up to a room.

In the morning, as I said, I was up early. When I emerged from the tent I found that everything was wet. I couldn't tell if it had rained or if it was just heavy dew. A quick walk to the river found the scenery just as mysterious as the night before. The river top was dotted with puffs of mist that seemed to rise from it as if rain drops were hitting a hot surface and evaporating, but it wasn't raining.

The prehistoric aspect of the scene began to waver. A low rumble began to grow until a giant tug came into view pushing its barges up the river. Through the night I had heard them rumbling against the surge of the river and listened to the knocking sounds of their barges. They sounded like locomotives and trains going by, but with deeper voices and a more lumbering speed.

Back to the tent for packing. Striking camp is my least favorite part of camping, but my gear surprised me with how easy it went. First I folded up the REI lightweight sleeping bag. It fit into its small duffle sack more easily than I expected. I pulled the stakes for the rain-fly, unsnapped it from the four corners of the tent and pulled the top from the Velcro of the tent. After shaking off as much water as I could I folded it and put it on the picnic table. The tent came down as easily as it went up. It's ground cover was dry compared to the rest of it. Dirt and grass shook off easily. The rain-fly rolled up with the tent. Everything was packed back into the bike's saddle bags and I was ready to go by ten-till-seven. I waited ten minutes more before firing up the bike, knowing that even then the other campers might not be entirely happy.

Friday, June 27, 2003

Planned Route

Summary: 7695.0 miles (34 days, 52 minutes)

Time Mile Instruction For Toward
9:00 AM 0.0 Depart New Home [17150 Downing St, Gaithersburg, MD 20877] on Downing St (East) 0.2 mi
9:01 AM 0.2 Turn LEFT (East) onto Trafalgar Sq 164 yds
9:01 AM 0.3 Turn LEFT (North) onto King James Way 0.4 mi
9:03 AM 0.7 Turn LEFT (West) onto SR-117 [W Diamond Ave] 0.8 mi
9:04 AM 1.5 Turn LEFT (South) onto SR-124 [Quince Orchard Rd] 2.7 mi
9:08 AM 4.2 Turn RIGHT (West) onto SR-28 [Darnestown Rd] 18.3 mi
9:26 AM 22.5 Bear RIGHT (North) onto SR-85 [Buckeystown Pike] 5.4 mi
9:32 AM 27.9 Turn LEFT (West) onto Manor Woods Rd 2.8 mi
9:36 AM 30.7 Turn RIGHT (North-East) onto SR-351 [Ballenger Creek Pike] 1.5 mi
9:39 AM 32.2 Turn LEFT (North-West) onto S Renn Rd 0.5 mi
9:40 AM 32.7 Turn RIGHT (North-East) onto Cap Stine Rd 1.1 mi
9:42 AM 33.8 Bear RIGHT (North) onto Mt Zion Rd [Cap Stine Rd] 164 yds
9:42 AM 33.9 Turn LEFT (West) onto Ramp 0.3 mi US-15 / US-340
9:42 AM 34.1 Bear RIGHT (West) onto US-15 [US-340] 1.3 mi
9:43 AM 35.5 Continue (West) on US-340 18.4 mi
9:54 AM 47.7 Entering Virginia
9:54 AM 48.2 Entering West Virginia
10:00 AM 53.9 Rest break (15 mins)
10:15 AM 53.9 Stay on US-340 (West) 22.9 mi
10:25 AM 64.3 Entering Virginia
10:38 AM 76.8 Turn RIGHT (West) onto US-17 [US-50] 8.4 mi
10:47 AM 85.2 Turn RIGHT (North) onto US-11 [S Cameron St] 0.5 mi
10:47 AM 85.7 Turn LEFT (West) onto US-50 [E Boscawen St] 26.8 mi
11:04 AM 101.9 Entering West Virginia
11:15 AM 112.6 Rest break (15 mins)
11:30 AM 112.6 Stay on US-50 (West) 60.5 mi
12:26 PM 168.4 Entering Maryland
12:30 PM 173.1 Rest break (15 mins)
12:45 PM 173.1 Stay on US-50 [George Washington Hwy] (West) 60.1 mi
12:50 PM 177.5 Entering West Virginia
12:52 PM 179.8 Refuel before here (last refuel was 179.8 miles ago)
1:45 PM 233.1 Rest break (15 mins)
2:00 PM 233.1 Stay on US-50 (West) 58.8 mi
Resurfacing near Clarksburg from 4/4/2003 to 11/28/2003
3:00 PM 291.9 End of day


Time Mile Instruction For Toward
9:00 AM 291.9 Stay on US-50 [SR-31] 0.5 mi
9:00 AM 292.4 Turn RIGHT (North) onto SR-31 9.4 mi
9:13 AM 301.8 Turn RIGHT (East) onto SR-2 [SR-31] 98 yds
9:14 AM 301.9 Turn LEFT (North) onto SR-31 6.3 mi
9:24 AM 308.1 Entering Ohio
9:24 AM 308.1 Continue (North) on SR-160 [Mtta Williamstown Bridge] 0.2 mi
9:25 AM 308.3 Turn RIGHT (North-East) onto SR-7 [Greene St] 4.7 mi
9:30 AM 313.0 Turn RIGHT (West) onto Local road(s) 0.1 mi
9:30 AM 313.1 Bear RIGHT (North-West) onto Local road(s) 87 yds
9:30 AM 313.1 At The Landings Family Campground [PO Box 220, Reno, OH 45773, Tel: (740) 373-6180], return South-East on Local road(s) 87 yds
9:31 AM 313.2 Bear LEFT (East) onto Local road(s) 0.1 mi
9:32 AM 313.3 Turn LEFT (North) onto SR-7 3.1 mi
9:35 AM 316.5 Turn off onto Ramp 0.3 mi
9:35 AM 316.8 Merge onto I-77 (North) 33.8 mi
10:00 AM 350.6 Rest break (15 mins)
10:15 AM 350.6 Stay on I-77 (North) 9.9 mi
10:23 AM 360.4 At I-77 Exit 44, turn off onto Ramp 153 yds
10:23 AM 360.5 Merge onto I-70 (South-West) 22.5 mi
10:24 AM 362.2 Refuel before here (last refuel was 182.4 miles ago)
10:40 AM 383.0 At I-70 Exit 157, turn off onto Ramp 0.2 mi
10:40 AM 383.3 Merge onto SR-93 [Pleasant Grove Rd] (South) 0.2 mi
10:41 AM 383.4 Bear LEFT (South) onto CR-5 [S Pleasant Grove Rd] 0.6 mi
10:42 AM 384.1 Turn LEFT (North) onto Local road(s) 54 yds
10:42 AM 384.1 Arrive KOA-Zanesville [2850 S Pleasant Grove Rd, Zanesville, OH 43701, Tel: (740) 452-5025]
End of day


Time Mile Instruction For Toward
9:00 AM 384.1 Depart KOA-Zanesville [2850 S Pleasant Grove Rd, Zanesville, OH 43701, Tel: (740) 452-5025] on Local road(s) (South) 54 yds
9:00 AM 384.2 Turn RIGHT (West) onto CR-5 [S Pleasant Grove Rd] 0.6 mi
9:02 AM 384.8 Bear RIGHT (North) onto SR-93 [Pleasant Grove Rd] 0.2 mi
9:02 AM 385.0 Turn off onto Ramp 0.2 mi
9:02 AM 385.2 Merge onto I-70 (West) 2.6 mi
9:04 AM 387.8 At I-70 Maple Ave Exit, turn off onto Ramp 0.2 mi
9:05 AM 388.0 Bear LEFT (North) onto Maple Ave 0.2 mi
9:05 AM 388.3 Turn LEFT (West) onto SR-146 [Adair Ave] 11.7 mi
9:22 AM 399.9 Bear RIGHT (North) onto SR-586 [Blackrun Rd] 19.4 mi
9:48 AM 419.3 Continue (North) on US-62 [Millersburg Rd] 12.4 mi
10:01 AM 431.7 Rest break (15 mins)
10:16 AM 431.7 Stay on US-62 [Millersburg Rd] (North) 1.5 mi
10:18 AM 433.2 Bear RIGHT (North) onto SR-205 [N Market St] 6.4 mi
10:27 AM 439.6 Turn LEFT (West) onto TWP-334 [Pealer Mill Rd] 0.2 mi
10:28 AM 439.9 Bear RIGHT (North-West) onto CR-45 [Pealer Mill Rd] 3.1 mi
10:34 AM 442.9 Continue (North-West) on CR-107 [Doup Rd] 0.8 mi
10:36 AM 443.7 Turn LEFT (West) onto CR-106 [Harris Rd] 0.3 mi
10:37 AM 444.0 Turn RIGHT (North) onto CR-108 [Bunkerhill South Rd] 0.3 mi
10:38 AM 444.3 Turn LEFT (West) onto Local road(s) 120 yds
10:38 AM 444.4 At KOA-Butler/Mohican [6918 Bunker Hill Rd S, Butler, OH 44822, Tel: (419) 883-3314], return East on Local road(s) 120 yds
10:39 AM 444.5 Turn LEFT (North) onto CR-108 [Bunkerhill South Rd] 2.0 mi
10:43 AM 446.5 Turn LEFT (West) onto SR-97 3.3 mi
10:48 AM 449.8 Continue (West) on SR-95 [Cleveland St] 0.2 mi
10:48 AM 449.9 Continue (North) on SR-97 [Main St] 5.8 mi
10:57 AM 455.7 Turn RIGHT (North) onto SR-13 [Main St] 9.7 mi
Resurfacing near Mansfield from 5/17/2000 to 10/15/2003
11:07 AM 465.4 Continue (North) on US-42 [S Main St] 0.4 mi
11:07 AM 465.8 Continue (North) on SR-13 [N Main St] 0.2 mi
11:07 AM 466.0 Arrive Coney Island Diner [98 N Main Street, Mansfield, OH 44902, Tel: (419) 526-2669]
11:52 AM 466.0 Depart Coney Island Diner [98 N Main Street, Mansfield, OH 44902, Tel: (419) 526-2669] on SR-13 [N Main St] (South) 0.2 mi
11:53 AM 466.1 Continue (South) on US-42 [S Main St] 47.2 mi
12:41 PM 513.4 Turn RIGHT (West) onto US-36 [E William St] 11.7 mi
12:53 PM 525.0 Rest break (15 mins)
1:08 PM 525.0 Stay on US-36 (West) 4.4 mi
1:12 PM 529.4 Bear RIGHT (West) onto Delaware Ave 0.7 mi
1:14 PM 530.1 Bear RIGHT (West) onto E 5th St 0.5 mi
1:15 PM 530.7 Turn LEFT (South) onto SR-38 [S Main St] 0.3 mi
1:16 PM 531.0 Turn LEFT (South) onto Milford Ave 0.3 mi
1:17 PM 531.3 Continue (South-West) on CR-88 [Milford Ave] 1.8 mi
1:21 PM 533.1 Bear RIGHT (West) onto Payne Rd 98 yds
1:21 PM 533.2 Turn LEFT (South) onto US-36 [SR-4] 45.7 mi
1:30 PM 541.2 Refuel before here (last refuel was 179.0 miles ago)
2:08 PM 578.8 Rest break (15 mins)
2:23 PM 578.8 Stay on US-36 (West) 36.2 mi
2:59 PM 614.7 Entering Indiana
3:00 PM 615.0 End of day


Time Mile Instruction For Toward
9:00 AM 615.0 Stay on US-36 60.0 mi
10:00 AM 675.0 Rest break (15 mins)
10:15 AM 675.0 Stay on US-36 [Pendleton Pike] (South-West) 9.9 mi
Resurfacing between McCordsville and Lawrence from 3/3/2003 to 7/31/2003
10:27 AM 684.9 Continue (West) on E Pendleton Pike 0.8 mi
10:28 AM 685.7 Bear RIGHT (West) onto E 38th St 2.9 mi
10:32 AM 688.7 Continue (West) on Local road(s) 1.3 mi
10:33 AM 690.0 Bear RIGHT (West) onto Local road(s) 0.1 mi
10:33 AM 690.1 Continue (West) on SR-37 [E 38th St] 1.4 mi
10:35 AM 691.5 Turn LEFT (South) onto US-31 [N Meridian St] 2.7 mi
10:39 AM 694.2 *Turn potentially restricted* Turn LEFT (East) onto E 14th St 153 yds
10:40 AM 694.3 Turn RIGHT (South) onto N Pennsylvania St 0.1 mi
10:40 AM 694.4 Arrive Ten [1218 N Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN 46202, Tel: (317) 638-5802]
11:25 AM 694.4 Depart Ten [1218 N Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN 46202, Tel: (317) 638-5802] on N Pennsylvania St (South) 87 yds
11:26 AM 694.5 Turn RIGHT (West) onto E 12th St 164 yds
11:26 AM 694.6 Turn RIGHT (North) onto US-31 [SR-37] 0.3 mi
11:27 AM 694.9 Turn LEFT (West) onto W 16th St 2.1 mi
11:29 AM 697.0 Continue (West) on Local road(s) 1.5 mi
11:31 AM 698.5 Continue (West) on W 16th St 0.7 mi
11:32 AM 699.2 Continue (West) on Local road(s) 32 yds
11:32 AM 699.3 Continue (West) on Crawfordsville Rd 1.9 mi
11:35 AM 701.2 Turn LEFT (South-West) onto US-136 [Crawfordsville Rd] 38.5 mi
11:47 AM 709.6 Refuel before here (last refuel was 168.4 miles ago)
12:17 PM 739.6 Turn RIGHT (North) onto US-231 [N Washington St] 1.4 mi
12:20 PM 741.0 Turn RIGHT (East) onto Local road(s) 109 yds
12:20 PM 741.1 Turn LEFT (North) onto Local road(s) 98 yds
12:20 PM 741.2 At KOA-Crawfordsville [1600 Lafayette Rd, Crawfordsville, IN 47933, Tel: (800) 562-4191], return South on Local road(s) 98 yds
12:20 PM 741.2 Turn RIGHT (West) onto Local road(s) 109 yds
12:21 PM 741.3 Turn LEFT (South) onto US-231 [Lafayette Rd] 1.4 mi
12:23 PM 742.7 Turn RIGHT (West) onto US-136 [W Market St] 2.6 mi
12:26 PM 745.3 Rest break (15 mins)
12:41 PM 745.3 Stay on US-136 (West) 17.0 mi
12:58 PM 762.3 Turn RIGHT (North) onto US-41 [US-136] 42.7 mi
1:41 PM 805.0 Rest break (15 mins)
1:56 PM 805.0 Stay on US-41 [US-52] (North-West) 8.4 mi
2:04 PM 813.4 Turn LEFT (West) onto US-24 [E Seymour St] 52.0 mi
2:09 PM 818.0 Entering Illinois
2:56 PM 865.4 End of day


Time Mile Instruction For Toward
9:00 AM 865.4 Stay on US-24 [Wabash Ave] (West) 47.7 mi
9:24 AM 890.1 Refuel before here (last refuel was 180.4 miles ago)
9:47 AM 913.1 Bear LEFT (South-West) onto US-24 Bus 6.7 mi
9:54 AM 919.8 Arrive Katy T's [120 N Wilmore Rd, Washington, IL 61571, Tel: (309) 444-9343]
10:39 AM 919.8 Depart Katy T's [120 N Wilmore Rd, Washington, IL 61571, Tel: (309) 444-9343] on US-24 Bus [Peoria St] (East) 6.7 mi
10:45 AM 926.5 Bear RIGHT (East) onto US-24 2.0 mi
10:48 AM 928.5 Turn RIGHT (South) onto SR-117 [S Main St] 6.0 mi
10:56 AM 934.5 Turn LEFT (East) onto Timberline Rd 0.9 mi
10:59 AM 935.4 Turn RIGHT (South-East) onto Local road(s) 32 yds
10:59 AM 935.4 At Yogi Bear Jellystone/Goodfield [PO Box 92, Goodfield, IL 61742, Tel: (309) 965-2224], stay on Local road(s) (North-West) 54 yds
10:59 AM 935.5 Bear LEFT (West) onto Local road(s) 32 yds
10:59 AM 935.5 Turn LEFT (South) onto Local road(s) 32 yds
10:59 AM 935.5 Turn RIGHT (West) onto Timberline Rd 0.9 mi
11:01 AM 936.4 Turn RIGHT (North) onto SR-117 6.0 mi
11:10 AM 942.4 Turn LEFT (West) onto US-24 [W Center St] 15.0 mi
11:25 AM 957.4 Continue (West) on US-150 [E War Memorial Dr] 11.4 mi
11:39 AM 968.8 Rest break (15 mins)
11:54 AM 968.8 Stay on US-150 (West) 59.5 mi
12:54 PM 1028.4 Rest break (15 mins)
1:09 PM 1028.4 Stay on US-150 (North) 18.4 mi
1:27 PM 1046.8 Turn LEFT (West) onto US-6 [69th Ave] 0.5 mi
1:28 PM 1047.3 Continue (West) on 69th Ave 0.1 mi
1:29 PM 1047.4 Continue (West) on 27th St (W) 1.7 mi
1:32 PM 1049.1 Turn LEFT (West) onto 36th Ave 0.3 mi
1:33 PM 1049.5 Bear RIGHT (North-West) onto 16th St 0.9 mi
1:35 PM 1050.4 Arrive Hungry Hobo [1635 23rd Ave, Moline, IL 61265, Tel: (309) 762-4626]
2:05 PM 1050.4 Depart Hungry Hobo [1635 23rd Ave, Moline, IL 61265, Tel: (309) 762-4626] on 16th St (North) 1.1 mi
2:08 PM 1051.5 Turn RIGHT (East) onto 7th Ave 0.3 mi
2:08 PM 1051.8 Turn LEFT (North) onto Ramp 120 yds
2:08 PM 1051.9 Merge onto I-74 [US-6] (North) 1.2 mi
2:09 PM 1052.8 Entering Iowa
2:10 PM 1053.1 At I-74 US-67 Exit, turn off onto Ramp 0.1 mi
2:10 PM 1053.2 Bear RIGHT (East) onto US-67 [State St] 30.0 mi
2:24 PM 1066.6 Refuel before here (last refuel was 176.6 miles ago)
2:40 PM 1083.2 Turn RIGHT (East) onto US-30 [Lincolnway St] 3.4 mi
Construction near Clinton from 5/12/2003 to 2/13/2004
2:44 PM 1086.7 Turn LEFT (North) onto US-67 [S 2nd St] 15.1 mi
3:00 PM 1101.8 End of day


Time Mile Instruction For Toward
9:00 AM 1101.8 Stay on US-67 [HWY-67] 1.8 mi
9:01 AM 1103.6 Bear RIGHT (North-East) onto SR-64 0.5 mi
9:02 AM 1104.1 Turn LEFT (North) onto US-52 [HWY-52] 43.7 mi
9:46 AM 1147.7 Turn RIGHT (East) onto US-61 [E 9th St] 10.2 mi
9:48 AM 1149.8 Entering Wisconsin
9:57 AM 1158.0 At Squirrels Nest [3385 Town Hall Ln, Cuba City, WI 53807, Tel: (608) 568-9927], return South on US-61 [Great River Rd] 2.6 mi
10:00 AM 1160.6 Turn RIGHT (West) onto CR-HHH 65 yds
10:00 AM 1160.7 Rest break (15 mins)
10:15 AM 1160.7 Bear RIGHT (North-West) onto Dry Hollow Rd 0.2 mi
10:16 AM 1160.8 At Rustic Barn Campground [PO Box 306, Kieler, WI 53812, Tel: (608) 568-7797], stay on Dry Hollow Rd (East) 0.1 mi
10:16 AM 1161.0 Bear LEFT (East) onto CR-HHH 65 yds
10:17 AM 1161.0 Turn LEFT (North) onto US-61 [Great River Rd] 33.9 mi
10:51 AM 1194.9 Continue (North) on US-18 [Lincoln Ave] 0.5 mi
10:51 AM 1195.4 Continue (North) on US-61 24.7 mi
11:16 AM 1220.1 Rest break (15 mins)
11:31 AM 1220.1 Stay on US-61 (North) 10.6 mi
11:42 AM 1230.7 Turn LEFT (West) onto US-14 [Kickapoo St] 17.9 mi
11:59 AM 1248.3 Refuel before here (last refuel was 181.7 miles ago)
11:59 AM 1248.6 Turn RIGHT (North-East) onto SR-27 [Main St N] 32.3 mi
12:32 PM 1280.9 Rest break (15 mins)
12:47 PM 1280.9 Stay on SR-27 (North) 16.6 mi
1:03 PM 1297.5 Continue (North) on US-12 [Gebhardt Rd] 23.4 mi
1:26 PM 1320.9 Turn RIGHT (East) onto US-10 20.3 mi
Resurfacing between Neillsville and Humbird from 4/7/2003 to 9/26/2003
1:47 PM 1341.2 Rest break (15 mins)
2:02 PM 1341.2 Stay on US-10 (East) 21.4 mi
Construction between Neillsville and Stevens Point from 5/9/2003 to 5/31/2004
2:23 PM 1362.7 Continue (North) on SR-97 [SR-13] 0.5 mi
2:24 PM 1363.2 Continue (North) on SR-13 [S Maple Ave] 35.0 mi
3:00 PM 1398.2 End of day


Time Mile Instruction For Toward
9:00 AM 1398.2 Stay on SR-13 32.5 mi
9:32 AM 1430.7 Turn RIGHT (East) onto US-8 28.4 mi
9:32 AM 1431.0 Refuel before here (last refuel was 182.7 miles ago)
10:00 AM 1459.1 Rest break (15 mins)
10:15 AM 1459.1 Stay on US-8 (East) 4.5 mi
10:20 AM 1463.5 Turn LEFT (North) onto US-51 55.8 mi
11:15 AM 1519.3 Rest break (15 mins)
11:30 AM 1519.3 Stay on US-51 (North-West) 24.2 mi
11:55 AM 1543.5 Turn LEFT (West) onto SR-77 [Silver St] 0.1 mi
11:55 AM 1543.6 Arrive Hurley
End of day


Time Mile Instruction For Toward
9:00 AM 1543.6 Depart Hurley on SR-77 [Silver St] (East) 0.1 mi
9:00 AM 1543.8 Turn LEFT (North) onto US-51 [2nd Ave S] 1.6 mi
9:02 AM 1545.3 Bear LEFT (North-West) onto US-2 58.0 mi
10:00 AM 1603.3 Rest break (15 mins)
10:15 AM 1603.3 Stay on US-2 (West) 44.5 mi
10:26 AM 1614.8 Refuel before here (last refuel was 183.7 miles ago)
11:00 AM 1647.9 Bear RIGHT (West) onto Ramp 0.1 mi
11:00 AM 1648.0 Bear RIGHT (North-West) onto US-2 2.3 mi
11:01 AM 1649.7 Entering Minnesota
11:02 AM 1650.4 At US-2 Exit 253, continue (North-West) on Ramp 0.2 mi
11:02 AM 1650.5 Merge onto I-35 [US-61] (South-West) 2.5 mi
11:05 AM 1653.1 At I-35 US-2 Exit, turn off onto Ramp 0.2 mi
11:05 AM 1653.2 Continue (West) on US-2 11.3 mi
11:16 AM 1664.6 Rest break (15 mins)
11:31 AM 1664.6 Stay on US-2 [HWY-2] (North-West) 60.1 mi
Bridge Replacement between Saginaw and Brookston from 9/9/2002 to 11/10/2003
12:31 PM 1724.6 Rest break (15 mins)
12:46 PM 1724.6 Stay on US-2 (West) 60.2 mi
1:46 PM 1784.9 Rest break (15 mins)
2:01 PM 1784.9 Stay on US-2 (West) 58.5 mi
2:12 PM 1795.8 Refuel before here (last refuel was 181.1 miles ago)
Construction near Bemidji from 2/3/2003 to 9/30/2003
3:00 PM 1843.3 End of day


Time Mile Instruction For Toward
9:00 AM 1843.3 Stay on US-2 (North-West) 60.3 mi
10:00 AM 1903.6 Rest break (15 mins)
10:15 AM 1903.6 Stay on US-2 (North-West) 59.1 mi
10:24 AM 1913.5 Entering North Dakota
11:15 AM 1962.7 Rest break (15 mins)
11:30 AM 1962.7 Stay on US-2 [HWY-2] (West) 59.9 mi
11:45 AM 1978.4 Refuel before here (last refuel was 182.5 miles ago)
12:30 PM 2022.6 Rest break (15 mins)
12:45 PM 2022.6 Stay on US-2 (North-West) 37.4 mi
1:23 PM 2060.0 Turn RIGHT (North) onto Local road(s) 43 yds
1:23 PM 2060.0 Turn LEFT (West) onto Local road(s) 32 yds
1:23 PM 2060.1 Arrive Hillman Inn & Campground [Rt 1, Box 5, Rugby, ND 58368, Tel: (701) 776-5272]
End of day

DAY 10

Time Mile Instruction For Toward
9:00 AM 2060.1 Depart Hillman Inn & Campground [Rt 1, Box 5, Rugby, ND 58368, Tel: (701) 776-5272] on Local road(s) (East) 32 yds
9:00 AM 2060.1 Turn RIGHT (South) onto Local road(s) 43 yds
9:00 AM 2060.1 Turn RIGHT (West) onto US-2 [HWY-2 SW] 59.8 mi
10:00 AM 2119.9 Rest break (15 mins)
10:15 AM 2119.9 Stay on US-2 (West) 59.6 mi
10:57 AM 2160.9 Refuel before here (last refuel was 182.5 miles ago)
11:15 AM 2179.5 Rest break (15 mins)
11:30 AM 2179.5 Stay on US-2 (West) 60.4 mi
12:31 PM 2239.9 Rest break (15 mins)
12:46 PM 2239.9 Stay on US-2 [US-85] (South) 8.7 mi
12:54 PM 2248.5 Bear RIGHT (South-West) onto Ramp 153 yds
12:55 PM 2248.6 Bear RIGHT (West) onto US-2 [Dakota Pkwy] 51.3 mi
1:15 PM 2268.9 Entering Montana
1:46 PM 2299.9 Rest break (15 mins)
2:01 PM 2299.9 Stay on US-2 (West) 58.8 mi
2:46 PM 2344.9 Refuel before here (last refuel was 184.0 miles ago)
3:00 PM 2358.7 End of day

DAY 11

Time Mile Instruction For Toward
9:00 AM 2358.7 Stay on US-2 [Lewis and Clark Trail] 60.9 mi
10:00 AM 2419.6 Rest break (15 mins)
10:15 AM 2419.6 Stay on US-2 [Louis and Clark Trail] (West) 61.1 mi
11:16 AM 2480.6 Rest break (15 mins)
11:31 AM 2480.6 Stay on US-2 (West) 60.2 mi
12:20 PM 2528.9 Refuel before here (last refuel was 184.0 miles ago)
12:32 PM 2540.8 Rest break (15 mins)
12:47 PM 2540.8 Stay on US-2 (South-West) 10.8 mi
12:57 PM 2551.6 Turn RIGHT (North) onto Local road(s) 54 yds
12:57 PM 2551.7 Arrive Havre RV Park & Travel Plaza [Box 1430, Havre, MT 59501, Tel: (800) 278-8861]
End of day

DAY 12

Time Mile Instruction For Toward
9:00 AM 2551.7 Depart Havre RV Park & Travel Plaza [Box 1430, Havre, MT 59501, Tel: (800) 278-8861] on Local road(s) (South) 54 yds
9:00 AM 2551.7 Turn RIGHT (West) onto US-2 0.7 mi
9:01 AM 2552.4 Turn LEFT (South) onto 4th Ave 0.3 mi
9:02 AM 2552.7 At Havre, turn LEFT (East) onto 5th St 120 yds
9:02 AM 2552.8 Turn LEFT (North) onto 5th Ave 0.3 mi
9:03 AM 2553.1 Turn LEFT (West) onto US-2 [1st St] 56.8 mi
10:00 AM 2609.9 Rest break (15 mins)
10:15 AM 2609.9 Stay on US-2 (South-West) 60.2 mi
11:15 AM 2670.1 Rest break (15 mins)
11:30 AM 2670.1 Stay on US-2 (West) 44.6 mi
12:13 PM 2712.9 Refuel before here (last refuel was 184.0 miles ago)
12:15 PM 2714.7 Continue (West) on US-89 0.4 mi
12:16 PM 2715.1 Turn RIGHT (North) onto Cemetery Rd 0.2 mi
12:17 PM 2715.4 Turn RIGHT (North-East) onto Local road(s) 0.3 mi
12:17 PM 2715.7 Turn RIGHT (South) onto Local road(s) 65 yds
12:17 PM 2715.8 Arrive Sleeping Wolf Campground [Box 607, Browning, MT 59417-0607, Tel: (406) 338-7933]
End of day

DAY 13

Time Mile Instruction For Toward
9:00 AM 2715.8 Depart Sleeping Wolf Campground [Box 607, Browning, MT 59417-0607, Tel: (406) 338-7933] on Local road(s) (North) 65 yds
9:00 AM 2715.8 Turn LEFT (West) onto Local road(s) 0.3 mi
9:01 AM 2716.1 Turn LEFT (South) onto Cemetery Rd 0.2 mi
9:02 AM 2716.4 Turn LEFT (East) onto US-89 0.4 mi
9:03 AM 2716.8 Turn RIGHT (South) onto US-2 59.5 mi
10:02 AM 2776.3 Rest break (15 mins)
10:17 AM 2776.3 Stay on US-2 (North-West) 60.1 mi
11:18 AM 2836.4 Rest break (15 mins)
11:33 AM 2836.4 Stay on US-2 (West) 60.1 mi
12:32 PM 2896.0 Refuel before here (last refuel was 183.1 miles ago)
12:33 PM 2896.4 Rest break (15 mins)
12:48 PM 2896.4 Stay on US-2 (North-West) 59.6 mi
1:29 PM 2937.3 Entering Idaho
1:48 PM 2956.1 Rest break (15 mins)
2:03 PM 2956.1 Stay on US-2 [US-95] (South) 32.6 mi
2:36 PM 2988.6 Turn RIGHT (West) onto Alder St 0.2 mi
2:37 PM 2988.8 Turn LEFT (South) onto N Boyer Ave 54 yds
2:37 PM 2988.9 Turn LEFT (East) onto Local road(s) 32 yds
2:37 PM 2988.9 At Sandpoint, return West on Local road(s) 32 yds
2:38 PM 2988.9 Turn LEFT (South) onto N Boyer Ave 43 yds
2:38 PM 2988.9 Turn LEFT (East) onto W Main St 0.2 mi
2:39 PM 2989.1 Turn RIGHT (South) onto US-2 0.4 mi
2:40 PM 2989.5 Turn RIGHT (South) onto US-95 [S 1st Ave] 5.4 mi
Bridge work near Sagle from 5/26/2003 to 10/7/2004
2:46 PM 2994.9 Turn LEFT (East) onto Sagle Rd 1.0 mi
2:49 PM 2995.9 Bear RIGHT (East) onto Garfield Bay Rd 5.6 mi
3:00 PM 3001.6 End of day

DAY 14

Time Mile Instruction For Toward
9:00 AM 3001.6 Stay on Garfield Bay Rd 1.8 mi
9:03 AM 3003.3 Turn RIGHT (South) onto Local road(s) 32 yds
9:03 AM 3003.4 Arrive Idaho Panhandle National Forests (Garfield Bay Cam [Tel: (208) 263-5111]
End of day

DAY 15

Time Mile Instruction For Toward
9:00 AM 3003.4 Depart Idaho Panhandle National Forests (Garfield Bay Cam [Tel: (208) 263-5111] on Local road(s) (North) 32 yds
9:00 AM 3003.4 Turn LEFT (West) onto Garfield Bay Rd 7.4 mi
9:15 AM 3010.8 Bear LEFT (West) onto Sagle Rd 1.0 mi
9:17 AM 3011.8 Turn LEFT (South) onto US-95 [HWY-95 S] 41.7 mi
Bridge work near Sagle from 5/26/2003 to 10/7/2004
10:01 AM 3053.5 Rest break (15 mins)
10:16 AM 3053.5 Stay on US-95 [HWY-95 S] (South) 62.1 mi
10:38 AM 3075.5 Refuel before here (last refuel was 179.5 miles ago)
11:18 AM 3115.6 Rest break (15 mins)
11:33 AM 3115.6 Stay on US-95 (South) 48.6 mi
12:21 PM 3164.2 Turn LEFT (North-East) onto US-12 [US-95] 7.6 mi
12:29 PM 3171.8 Bear RIGHT (South-East) onto US-95 4.7 mi
12:34 PM 3176.5 Rest break (15 mins)
12:49 PM 3176.5 Stay on US-95 (South) 60.6 mi
1:49 PM 3237.1 Rest break (15 mins)
2:04 PM 3237.1 Stay on US-95 (South) 55.2 mi
2:27 PM 3259.5 Refuel before here (last refuel was 184.0 miles ago)
3:00 PM 3292.3 End of day

DAY 16

Time Mile Instruction For Toward
9:00 AM 3292.3 Stay on US-95 22.2 mi
9:22 AM 3314.5 Turn LEFT (East) onto SR-55 12.2 mi
9:39 AM 3326.7 Turn RIGHT (West) onto Railroad Ave 0.2 mi
9:39 AM 3326.9 At McCall, return North-East on Railroad Ave 0.2 mi
9:40 AM 3327.0 Turn LEFT (North) onto SR-55 [N 3rd St] 12.2 mi
9:57 AM 3339.2 Continue (West) on US-95 [Virginia Ave] 3.4 mi
10:00 AM 3342.5 Rest break (15 mins)
10:15 AM 3342.5 Stay on US-95 (West) 61.4 mi
11:16 AM 3403.9 Rest break (15 mins)
11:31 AM 3403.9 Stay on US-95 [HWY-95] (South) 12.8 mi
11:44 AM 3416.7 Turn RIGHT (West) onto Pioneer Rd 0.4 mi
11:45 AM 3417.1 Arrive Weiser
End of day

DAY 17

Time Mile Instruction For Toward
9:00 AM 3417.1 Depart Weiser on W 6th St (South) 0.3 mi
9:01 AM 3417.4 Turn LEFT (East) onto W Main St [US-95 Spur] 0.4 mi
9:01 AM 3417.8 Continue (East) on US-95 [W Main St] 17.3 mi
9:18 AM 3435.1 Bear RIGHT (South-West) onto Ramp 109 yds
9:18 AM 3435.2 Bear RIGHT (West) onto N 16th St 0.6 mi
9:20 AM 3435.7 Entering Oregon
9:20 AM 3435.7 Continue (West) on (E) Idaho Ave 0.7 mi
9:22 AM 3436.4 Continue (West) on US-30 Bus [E Idaho Ave] 0.7 mi
9:24 AM 3437.1 Continue (West) on SR-201 [W Idaho Ave] 4.8 mi
9:31 AM 3441.9 Turn off onto Ramp 142 yds
9:31 AM 3442.0 Bear RIGHT (West) onto US-20 [Central Oregon Hwy] 29.3 mi
9:32 AM 3442.5 Refuel before here (last refuel was 183.0 miles ago)
10:00 AM 3471.3 Rest break (15 mins)
10:15 AM 3471.3 Stay on US-20 [Central Oregon Hwy] (West) 60.1 mi
11:15 AM 3531.3 Rest break (15 mins)
11:30 AM 3531.3 Stay on US-20 [Central Oregon Hwy] (West) 60.6 mi
12:31 PM 3591.9 Rest break (15 mins)
12:46 PM 3591.9 Stay on US-20 [US-395] (West) 60.7 mi
1:21 PM 3626.5 Refuel before here (last refuel was 184.0 miles ago)
1:47 PM 3652.6 Rest break (15 mins)
2:02 PM 3652.6 Stay on US-20 [E HWY-20] (West) 42.5 mi
2:45 PM 3695.1 Turn LEFT (South) onto SE 27th St [Arnold Market Loop Rd] 0.3 mi
2:46 PM 3695.3 Turn RIGHT (West) onto Bear Creek Rd 0.2 mi
2:46 PM 3695.6 Turn LEFT (South) onto Pettigrew Rd 0.4 mi
2:48 PM 3696.0 Turn RIGHT (West) onto Thomas Dr 0.4 mi
2:49 PM 3696.4 Turn RIGHT (North) onto Airpark Dr [SE Air Park Dr] 0.2 mi
2:50 PM 3696.6 Arrive Blumenschein's [SE Air Park Dr, Bend, OR 97702]
End of day

DAY 18

Time Mile Instruction For Toward
9:00 AM 3696.6 Depart Blumenschein's [SE Air Park Dr, Bend, OR 97702] on Airpark Dr [SE Air Park Dr] (West) 0.2 mi
9:01 AM 3696.9 Turn LEFT (East) onto Thomas Dr 0.4 mi
9:02 AM 3697.2 Turn LEFT (North) onto Pettigrew Rd 0.4 mi
9:04 AM 3697.7 Turn LEFT (West) onto Bear Creek Rd 0.2 mi
9:04 AM 3697.8 Turn RIGHT (North) onto Don Carlos St [Dean Swift Rd] 0.3 mi
9:06 AM 3698.1 Turn LEFT (West) onto US-20 [NE HWY-20] 4.3 mi
Construction near Bend from 2/14/2003 to 10/31/2003
9:11 AM 3702.4 Bear RIGHT (North) onto US-97 [N HWY-97] 38.0 mi
9:50 AM 3740.4 Continue (North) on US-26 [SW HWY-97] 10.4 mi
10:00 AM 3750.7 Rest break (15 mins)
10:15 AM 3750.7 Stay on US-26 [NW Warm Springs Hwy] (West) 60.3 mi
11:11 AM 3806.8 Refuel before here (last refuel was 180.3 miles ago)
11:15 AM 3811.0 Rest break (15 mins)
11:30 AM 3811.0 Stay on US-26 [Mt Hood Hwy] (West) 34.1 mi
12:07 PM 3845.1 Turn RIGHT (North) onto N Main Ave 0.8 mi
12:09 PM 3845.9 Turn LEFT (West) onto SE Burnside Rd 1.9 mi
12:12 PM 3847.8 Continue (West) on SE Burnside St 0.5 mi
12:12 PM 3848.3 Turn RIGHT (North) onto NE 181st Ave 1.6 mi
12:15 PM 3850.0 Turn LEFT (West) onto US-30 Byp [NE Sandy Blvd] 9.3 mi
12:29 PM 3859.2 Turn RIGHT (North) onto SR-99E [NE Martin Luther King Blvd] 1.4 mi
12:30 PM 3860.7 Rest break (15 mins)
12:45 PM 3860.7 Stay on SR-99E [NE Martin Luther King Blvd] (North-West) 0.7 mi
12:46 PM 3861.4 Continue (West) on N Marine Dr 0.2 mi
12:46 PM 3861.6 Bear RIGHT (North) onto Ramp 0.4 mi I-5 / Seattle
12:47 PM 3862.0 Merge onto I-5 (North) 1.3 mi
12:47 PM 3862.9 Entering Washington
12:48 PM 3863.3 At I-5 Exit 1B, turn off onto Ramp 0.4 mi 6th Street / City Center
12:49 PM 3863.8 Bear RIGHT (North-East) onto E C St 0.2 mi C Street
12:50 PM 3864.0 Turn RIGHT (East) onto E Evergreen Blvd 0.3 mi
12:50 PM 3864.3 At roundabout, take the SECOND exit 76 yds
12:50 PM 3864.3 Exit roundabout onto E Evergreen Blvd 1.5 mi
12:55 PM 3865.9 Turn RIGHT (South) onto E Edwards Ln 142 yds
12:56 PM 3865.9 Turn LEFT (East) onto E Clark Ave 164 yds
12:56 PM 3866.0 Arrive 3821 E Clark Ave, Vancouver, WA 98661
End of day

DAY 19

Time Mile Instruction For Toward
9:00 AM 3866.0 Depart 3821 E Clark Ave, Vancouver, WA 98661 on E Clark Ave (West) 164 yds
9:00 AM 3866.1 Turn RIGHT (North) onto E Edwards Ln 142 yds
9:01 AM 3866.2 Turn LEFT (West) onto E Evergreen Blvd 0.4 mi
9:02 AM 3866.6 Turn RIGHT (North) onto E Grand Blvd 0.1 mi
9:03 AM 3866.8 Turn LEFT (West) onto E Mill Plain Blvd 1.3 mi
9:06 AM 3868.0 Turn LEFT (South) onto Ramp 0.2 mi I-5
9:06 AM 3868.3 Merge onto I-5 (South) 2.3 mi
9:07 AM 3869.1 Entering Oregon
9:08 AM 3870.5 At I-5 Exit 306B, turn off onto Ramp 0.2 mi Interstate Ave. / Delta Park
9:08 AM 3870.8 Continue (South) on N Denver Ave 1.3 mi
9:11 AM 3872.0 Turn RIGHT (West) onto US-30 Byp [N Lombard St] 4.7 mi
9:17 AM 3876.8 Turn LEFT (North-West) onto US-30 [NW St Helens Rd] 41.3 mi
9:59 AM 3918.1 Turn RIGHT (North) onto SR-433 0.7 mi
10:00 AM 3918.8 Rest break (15 mins)
10:15 AM 3918.8 Entering Washington
10:15 AM 3918.8 Stay on SR-433 (North) 1.8 mi
10:18 AM 3920.7 Continue (North) on 15th Ave 1.4 mi
10:21 AM 3922.1 Turn RIGHT (East) onto SR-4 [Ocean Beach Hwy] 0.9 mi
10:23 AM 3922.9 Turn LEFT (North) onto SR-411 [NW 1st Ave] 19.6 mi
Resurfacing between Longview and Castle Rock from 8/9/2002 to 6/30/2003
10:51 AM 3942.5 Turn RIGHT (East) onto SR-506 4.6 mi
10:58 AM 3947.1 Continue (East) on SR-505 [SR-506] 2.1 mi
11:01 AM 3949.2 Turn LEFT (North) onto Plomondon Rd 1.0 mi
11:04 AM 3950.2 Bear LEFT (North) onto Jackson Hwy 6.6 mi
11:13 AM 3956.8 Turn RIGHT (East) onto US-12 2.8 mi
11:16 AM 3959.6 Rest break (15 mins)
11:31 AM 3959.6 Stay on US-12 (East) 25.7 mi
11:46 AM 3975.1 Refuel before here (last refuel was 168.3 miles ago)
11:56 AM 3985.3 Turn LEFT (North) onto SR-7 [2nd St] 34.5 mi
12:31 PM 4019.8 Rest break (15 mins)
12:46 PM 4019.8 Stay on SR-7 [Mountain Hwy] (North) 4.5 mi
12:51 PM 4024.4 Turn RIGHT (East) onto Kapowsin Hwy [304th St E] 2.8 mi
12:55 PM 4027.2 Turn LEFT (North) onto SR-161 [Meridian Ave E] 2.6 mi
12:59 PM 4029.8 Turn RIGHT (East) onto 264th St E 4.2 mi
1:05 PM 4034.0 Turn LEFT (North) onto Orville Rd E 5.1 mi
1:12 PM 4039.1 Turn RIGHT (East) onto SR-162 [Pioneer Way E] 8.8 mi
1:24 PM 4047.8 Continue (East) on SR-165 [Pioneer Way E] 1.6 mi
1:27 PM 4049.4 Turn LEFT (North) onto SR-410 3.5 mi
1:30 PM 4052.9 Bear LEFT (North) onto Cole St 0.5 mi
1:31 PM 4053.4 *Turn potentially restricted* Turn LEFT (North-West) onto SR-164 [Griffin Ave] 174 yds
1:31 PM 4053.5 Turn RIGHT (North-East) onto SR-169 [Porter St] 14.0 mi
1:46 PM 4067.5 Rest break (15 mins)
2:01 PM 4067.5 Stay on SR-169 [Maple Valley Black Diamond Rd SE] (North) 0.1 mi
2:01 PM 4067.6 Turn LEFT (West) onto SE 232nd St 87 yds
2:01 PM 4067.7 Bear RIGHT (West) onto Ramp 0.2 mi WA-18 / North Bend
2:02 PM 4067.9 Merge onto SR-18 (North) 3.0 mi
2:05 PM 4070.9 Turn RIGHT (South-East) onto SE 200th St 1.2 mi
2:07 PM 4072.1 Arrive Hobart
End of day

DAY 20

Time Mile Instruction For Toward
9:00 AM 4072.1 Depart Hobart on 276th Ave SE (North) 0.8 mi
9:01 AM 4072.9 Turn LEFT (West) onto Ramp 0.6 mi WA-18 / North Bend
9:01 AM 4073.6 Merge onto SR-18 (East) 7.4 mi
9:09 AM 4080.9 Continue (North) on Echo Glen Rd 0.4 mi
9:11 AM 4081.3 Continue (North) on Snoqualmie Pkwy 3.3 mi
9:17 AM 4084.6 Turn LEFT (North) onto SR-202 [Railroad Ave N] 4.4 mi
9:24 AM 4088.9 Turn RIGHT (North-West) onto SR-203 [Fall City-Carnation Rd SE] 24.3 mi
9:48 AM 4113.2 Turn LEFT (West) onto US-2 [Stevens Pass Hwy] 12.1 mi
10:01 AM 4125.3 Rest break (15 mins)
10:16 AM 4125.3 Stay on US-2 (North) 2.5 mi
10:18 AM 4127.8 Continue (West) on Ramp 0.4 mi I-5 / Vancouver B.C.
10:19 AM 4128.2 Merge onto I-5 (North) 35.6 mi
10:38 AM 4153.8 Refuel before here (last refuel was 178.7 miles ago)
10:46 AM 4163.8 At I-5 Exit 230, turn off onto Ramp 0.4 mi
10:47 AM 4164.2 Merge onto SR-20 [Rio Vista Ave] (East) 5.1 mi
10:52 AM 4169.3 Continue (East) on SR-9 [SR-20] 23.9 mi
11:16 AM 4193.2 Rest break (15 mins)
11:31 AM 4193.2 Stay on SR-9 [Mt Baker Hwy] (North-West) 18.3 mi
11:49 AM 4211.5 Entering British Columbia
11:49 AM 4211.5 Continue (North) on Sumas Way 0.1 mi
11:49 AM 4211.7 Continue (North) on HWY-11 [Sumas Way] 2.0 mi
11:51 AM 4213.7 Bear RIGHT (North) onto Ramp 0.3 mi HWY-1 / Trans Canada Hwy West / Vancouver
11:52 AM 4214.0 Continue (West) on TC-1 16.2 mi
12:06 PM 4230.2 Bear RIGHT (North-West) onto Ramp 0.4 mi HWY-10 / 232 St. / Langley / FT. Langley
12:06 PM 4230.6 Bear RIGHT (South) onto HWY-10 [HWY-10 Byp] 12.9 mi
12:20 PM 4243.5 Bear RIGHT (North-West) onto HWY-99A [King George Hwy] 5.4 mi
12:27 PM 4248.9 Continue (North) on HWY-1A [HWY-99A] 2.9 mi
12:31 PM 4251.8 Rest break (15 mins)
12:46 PM 4251.8 Stay on HWY-1A [HWY-99A] (West) 1.1 mi
12:47 PM 4252.9 Turn RIGHT (North) onto HWY-91A Bus [HWY-1A Bus] 0.1 mi
12:47 PM 4253.0 Turn LEFT (North-West) onto McBride Blvd 0.3 mi
12:48 PM 4253.3 Continue (North-West) on HWY-1A [HWY-99A] 11.7 mi
1:03 PM 4264.9 Turn LEFT (West) onto Ramp 0.2 mi HWY-1A / HWY-99A / HWY-99 N / City Centre
1:03 PM 4265.1 Continue (West) on HWY-1A [HWY-99A] 1.1 mi
1:05 PM 4266.2 Turn LEFT (South-West) onto Thurlow St 0.3 mi
1:06 PM 4266.4 Turn LEFT (South-East) onto Haro St 65 yds
1:07 PM 4266.5 At Vancouver, stay on Haro St (South) 43 yds
1:07 PM 4266.5 Continue (South) on Smithe St 131 yds
1:08 PM 4266.6 Turn LEFT (North-East) onto Burrard St 0.2 mi
1:09 PM 4266.8 *Turn potentially restricted* Turn LEFT (North-West) onto HWY-99 [HWY-1A] 3.5 mi
1:13 PM 4270.2 Continue (North) on Ramp 0.3 mi HWY-99 / HWY-1A / West Vancouver / Horseshoe Bay-Ferries / Squamish
1:13 PM 4270.5 Bear RIGHT (West) onto HWY-99 [HWY-1A] 0.3 mi
1:14 PM 4270.8 Continue (West) on Marine Dr 9.6 mi
1:33 PM 4280.4 Turn RIGHT (South-East) onto Local road(s) 164 yds
1:33 PM 4280.5 Turn LEFT (North) onto HWY-99 [Sea To Sky Hwy] 13.5 mi
1:47 PM 4294.1 Rest break (15 mins)
2:02 PM 4294.1 Stay on HWY-99 [Fraser Delta Thruway] (North-East) 57.5 mi
2:23 PM 4315.4 Refuel before here (last refuel was 161.6 miles ago)
3:00 PM 4351.6 End of day

DAY 21

Time Mile Instruction For Toward
9:00 AM 4351.6 Stay on HWY-99 9.2 mi
9:09 AM 4360.8 Turn RIGHT (South) onto Local road(s) 0.1 mi
9:09 AM 4360.9 Arrive Nairn Falls Provincial Park
End of day

DAY 22

Time Mile Instruction For Toward
9:00 AM 4360.9 Depart Nairn Falls Provincial Park on Local road(s) (North) 0.1 mi
9:00 AM 4361.0 Turn RIGHT (East) onto HWY-99 60.4 mi
10:01 AM 4421.5 Rest break (15 mins)
10:16 AM 4421.5 Stay on HWY-99 (North-East) 48.0 mi
11:04 AM 4469.5 Turn RIGHT (South) onto HWY-97 6.8 mi
11:11 AM 4476.2 Turn LEFT (East) onto TC-1 [HWY-97] 9.8 mi
11:20 AM 4486.0 Rest break (15 mins)
11:35 AM 4486.0 Stay on TC-1 [HWY-97] (East) 61.9 mi
11:49 AM 4499.4 Refuel before here (last refuel was 184.0 miles ago)
12:35 PM 4547.9 Rest break (15 mins)
12:50 PM 4547.9 Stay on TC-1 [TransCanada Hwy] (North-East) 60.1 mi
1:50 PM 4608.0 Rest break (15 mins)
2:05 PM 4608.0 Stay on TC-1 [TransCanada Hwy] (East) 53.3 mi
2:58 PM 4661.2 Turn RIGHT (South) onto Local road(s) 32 yds
2:58 PM 4661.3 Arrive KOA-Revelstoke [Box 160, Revelstoke, BC V0E 2S0, Tel: (250) 837-2085]
End of day

DAY 23

Time Mile Instruction For Toward
9:00 AM 4661.3 Depart KOA-Revelstoke [Box 160, Revelstoke, BC V0E 2S0, Tel: (250) 837-2085] on Local road(s) (North) 32 yds
9:00 AM 4661.3 Turn RIGHT (East) onto TC-1 [TransCanada Hwy] 45.6 mi
9:22 AM 4683.4 Refuel before here (last refuel was 184.0 miles ago)
9:46 AM 4706.9 Bear LEFT (North) onto Local road(s) 1.2 mi
9:49 AM 4708.1 Turn LEFT (South-West) onto Local road(s) 0.3 mi
9:49 AM 4708.4 Arrive Rogers
10:19 AM 4708.4 Depart Rogers on Local road(s) (North-East) 0.3 mi
10:20 AM 4708.6 Turn RIGHT (South) onto Local road(s) 1.2 mi
10:23 AM 4709.9 Turn LEFT (North) onto TC-1 [TransCanada Hwy] 56.2 mi
11:19 AM 4766.1 Rest break (15 mins)
11:34 AM 4766.1 Stay on TC-1 [TransCanada Hwy] (East) 66.2 mi
12:06 PM 4797.4 Entering Alberta
12:40 PM 4832.2 Rest break (15 mins)
12:55 PM 4832.2 Stay on TC-1 (East) 5.4 mi
1:01 PM 4837.6 Turn RIGHT (South) onto Local road(s) 0.8 mi
1:02 PM 4838.4 Turn LEFT (East) onto Local road(s) 153 yds
1:02 PM 4838.5 Turn LEFT (North) onto Local road(s) 32 yds
1:02 PM 4838.5 Turn RIGHT (East) onto Local road(s) 0.3 mi
1:03 PM 4838.8 Turn LEFT (North) onto Local road(s) 0.9 mi
1:04 PM 4839.7 Turn RIGHT (South) onto Local road(s) 0.2 mi
1:05 PM 4839.9 Turn LEFT (South) onto Local road(s) 0.3 mi
1:05 PM 4840.2 Arrive Banff
1:35 PM 4840.2 Depart Banff on Local road(s) (North) 0.3 mi
1:36 PM 4840.6 Turn RIGHT (East) onto Local road(s) 0.2 mi
1:37 PM 4840.8 Turn RIGHT (East) onto Local road(s) 0.7 mi
1:38 PM 4841.5 Bear RIGHT (East) onto Local road(s) 0.8 mi
1:39 PM 4842.3 Turn LEFT (North-West) onto Local road(s) 0.8 mi
1:40 PM 4843.1 Turn RIGHT (West) onto Local road(s) 0.1 mi
1:41 PM 4843.2 Arrive Tunnel Mountain
End of day

DAY 24

Time Mile Instruction For Toward
9:00 AM 4843.2 Depart Tunnel Mountain on Local road(s) (East) 0.1 mi
9:00 AM 4843.3 Turn LEFT (North-East) onto Local road(s) 0.8 mi
9:02 AM 4844.1 Turn RIGHT (West) onto Local road(s) 0.8 mi
9:03 AM 4844.9 Bear LEFT (South-West) onto Local road(s) 1.0 mi
9:04 AM 4845.9 Bear RIGHT (North) onto Local road(s) 0.2 mi
9:05 AM 4846.1 Turn RIGHT (North-West) onto Local road(s) 0.1 mi
9:05 AM 4846.2 Turn RIGHT (East) onto Local road(s) 0.8 mi
9:06 AM 4847.0 Bear RIGHT (North-East) onto Local road(s) 1.3 mi
9:08 AM 4848.3 Continue (North) on TC-1 10.5 mi
9:18 AM 4858.8 Turn RIGHT (South) onto HWY-1A 43.0 mi
9:27 AM 4867.4 Refuel before here (last refuel was 184.0 miles ago)
10:01 AM 4901.9 Rest break (15 mins)
10:16 AM 4901.9 Stay on HWY-1A (East) 5.2 mi
10:22 AM 4907.0 Turn RIGHT (South) onto HWY-22 7.2 mi
10:29 AM 4914.2 Turn LEFT (East) onto Local road(s) 5.1 mi
10:36 AM 4919.3 Turn RIGHT (South) onto Local road(s) 0.9 mi
10:37 AM 4920.2 Turn RIGHT (West) onto Local road(s) 120 yds
10:38 AM 4920.3 At Calaway RV Park & Campground [RR 2, Site 25, Camp 20, Calgary, AB T2P 2G5, Tel: (403) 249-7372], return East on Local road(s) 120 yds
10:38 AM 4920.4 Turn RIGHT (South) onto Local road(s) 1.1 mi
10:40 AM 4921.5 Turn LEFT (East) onto Local road(s) 2.0 mi
10:42 AM 4923.5 Turn RIGHT (South) onto Local road(s) 2.0 mi
10:47 AM 4925.5 Continue (East) on Morley Trail 3.5 mi
10:54 AM 4929.0 Bear LEFT (East) onto HWY-8 5.0 mi
11:00 AM 4934.0 Turn LEFT (North) onto Crowchild Trail SW 2.7 mi
11:06 AM 4936.8 Turn RIGHT (East) onto 17th Ave (SW) 2.4 mi
11:11 AM 4939.1 Turn LEFT (North) onto Macleod Trail SE 0.2 mi
11:12 AM 4939.3 At Calgary, stay on Macleod Trail SE (North) 0.3 mi
11:13 AM 4939.6 Turn RIGHT (East) onto HWY-1A [9th Ave SE] 3.2 mi
11:17 AM 4942.8 Rest break (15 mins)
11:32 AM 4942.8 Stay on HWY-1A [17th Ave SE] (East) 8.0 mi
11:41 AM 4950.8 Continue (East) on 1A 0.1 mi
11:41 AM 4950.9 Continue (East) on Local road(s) 1.6 mi
11:44 AM 4952.5 Turn RIGHT (East) onto Local road(s) 1.0 mi
11:45 AM 4953.5 Turn LEFT (North) onto HWY-791 6.5 mi
11:52 AM 4960.0 Bear RIGHT (East) onto HWY-564 22.2 mi
12:14 PM 4982.2 Turn LEFT (North) onto HWY-21 [HWY-564] 2.1 mi
12:16 PM 4984.3 Turn RIGHT (East) onto HWY-564 19.2 mi
12:35 PM 5003.4 Rest break (15 mins)
12:50 PM 5003.4 Stay on HWY-564 (East) 21.2 mi
1:12 PM 5024.6 Turn RIGHT (East) onto HWY-848 6.4 mi
1:18 PM 5031.0 Bear RIGHT (East) onto HWY-570 34.2 mi
1:33 PM 5046.1 Refuel before here (last refuel was 178.7 miles ago)
1:52 PM 5065.2 Rest break (15 mins)
2:07 PM 5065.2 Turn LEFT (East) onto HWY-570 52.4 mi
3:00 PM 5117.6 End of day

DAY 25

Time Mile Instruction For Toward
9:00 AM 5117.6 Stay on HWY-570 22.1 mi
9:21 AM 5138.9 Entering Saskatchewan
9:22 AM 5139.8 Turn LEFT (West) onto HWY-44 8.4 mi
9:30 AM 5148.1 Turn RIGHT (East) onto HWY-7 30.8 mi
10:01 AM 5178.9 Rest break (15 mins)
10:16 AM 5178.9 Stay on HWY-7 (East) 58.1 mi
11:07 AM 5230.1 Refuel before here (last refuel was 184.0 miles ago)
11:14 AM 5237.0 Turn RIGHT (South) onto HWY-4 3.0 mi
11:17 AM 5240.1 Rest break (15 mins)
11:32 AM 5240.1 Turn LEFT (East) onto HWY-15 60.2 mi
12:32 PM 5300.2 Rest break (15 mins)
12:47 PM 5300.2 Stay on HWY-15 (East) 60.3 mi
1:47 PM 5360.5 Rest break (15 mins)
2:02 PM 5360.5 Stay on HWY-15 (East) 36.5 mi
2:39 PM 5397.0 Turn RIGHT (South) onto HWY-6 [HWY-15] 1.6 mi
2:40 PM 5398.6 Turn LEFT (East) onto HWY-15 19.2 mi
2:56 PM 5414.1 Refuel before here (last refuel was 184.0 miles ago)
3:00 PM 5417.7 End of day

DAY 26

Time Mile Instruction For Toward
9:00 AM 5417.7 Stay on HWY-15 (East) 29.4 mi
9:29 AM 5447.1 Turn LEFT (East) onto HWY-52 [HWY-310] 33.9 mi
10:03 AM 5481.0 Rest break (15 mins)
10:18 AM 5481.0 Stay on HWY-52 (East) 9.9 mi
10:28 AM 5490.9 Continue (East) on HWY-10 [Broadway St W] 26.2 mi
10:54 AM 5517.1 Continue (East) on HWY-8 [HWY-10] 21.3 mi
11:16 AM 5538.4 Turn LEFT (East) onto Local road(s) 0.1 mi
11:16 AM 5538.6 Turn LEFT (East) onto Local road(s) 76 yds
11:16 AM 5538.6 Turn LEFT (North) onto Local road(s) 32 yds
11:16 AM 5538.6 At MacNutt, return South on Local road(s) 32 yds
11:17 AM 5538.6 Turn LEFT (East) onto Local road(s) 54 yds
11:17 AM 5538.7 Bear LEFT (East) onto Local road(s) 54 yds
11:17 AM 5538.7 Bear LEFT (East) onto Local road(s) 0.2 mi
11:18 AM 5538.9 Rest break (15 mins)
11:33 AM 5538.9 Turn LEFT (East) onto HWY-381 2.7 mi
11:36 AM 5541.6 Entering Manitoba
11:36 AM 5541.6 Continue (East) on HWY-547 2.1 mi
11:38 AM 5543.7 Turn RIGHT (South) onto HWY-482 17.7 mi
11:56 AM 5561.4 Turn LEFT (North) onto HWY-83 2.2 mi
11:58 AM 5563.6 Turn RIGHT (North-East) onto Local road(s) 0.2 mi
11:59 AM 5563.8 Turn LEFT (North) onto Local road(s) 43 yds
11:59 AM 5563.8 Arrive Inglis Lion's Beach Campground
End of day

DAY 27

Time Mile Instruction For Toward
9:00 AM 5563.8 Depart Inglis Lion's Beach Campground on Local road(s) (South) 43 yds
9:00 AM 5563.8 Turn RIGHT (South-West) onto Local road(s) 0.2 mi
9:01 AM 5564.1 Turn LEFT (South) onto HWY-83 13.4 mi
9:14 AM 5577.5 Turn LEFT (East) onto TC-16 0.5 mi
9:15 AM 5578.0 Turn LEFT (East) onto HWY-45 37.1 mi
9:34 AM 5597.7 Refuel before here (last refuel was 183.6 miles ago)
9:52 AM 5615.1 Turn RIGHT (South) onto HWY-21 8.5 mi
10:00 AM 5623.6 Rest break (15 mins)
10:15 AM 5623.6 Stay on HWY-21 (South) 0.5 mi
10:16 AM 5624.2 Turn LEFT (South-East) onto TC-16 33.3 mi
10:49 AM 5657.4 Turn RIGHT (South) onto HWY-10 [TC-16] 3.8 mi
10:53 AM 5661.3 Turn LEFT (South-East) onto TC-16 17.5 mi
11:11 AM 5678.7 Continue (East) on HWY-5 0.9 mi
11:11 AM 5679.6 Continue (East) on TC-16 4.1 mi
11:15 AM 5683.7 Rest break (15 mins)
11:30 AM 5683.7 Stay on TC-16 (East) 49.5 mi
12:20 PM 5733.2 Turn LEFT (East) onto TC-1 12.8 mi
12:31 PM 5746.0 Rest break (15 mins)
12:46 PM 5746.0 Stay on TC-1 (East) 47.8 mi
1:17 PM 5781.7 Refuel before here (last refuel was 184.0 miles ago)
1:30 PM 5793.9 Continue (East) on HWY-85 [Portage Ave] 1.3 mi
1:32 PM 5795.2 Turn RIGHT (South) onto HWY-52 [Main St] 0.2 mi
1:32 PM 5795.4 Turn RIGHT (West) onto Graham Ave 120 yds
1:33 PM 5795.4 At Winnipeg, return East on Graham Ave 120 yds
1:33 PM 5795.5 Turn RIGHT (South) onto HWY-52 [Main St] 0.3 mi
1:34 PM 5795.8 Continue (South) on TC-1 [HWY-52] 0.6 mi
1:35 PM 5796.5 Bear LEFT (East) onto HWY-115 [Marion St] 2.5 mi
1:37 PM 5798.9 Turn LEFT (North) onto HWY-20 [HWY-59] 0.3 mi
1:38 PM 5799.2 Turn RIGHT (East) onto HWY-115 [Dugald Rd] 5.0 mi
1:43 PM 5804.2 Continue (East) on HWY-15 [Dugald Rd] 4.1 mi
1:47 PM 5808.4 Rest break (15 mins)
2:02 PM 5808.4 Stay on HWY-15 [Dugald Rd] (East) 42.9 mi
2:45 PM 5851.3 Turn LEFT (North) onto HWY-11 4.5 mi
2:49 PM 5855.8 Turn RIGHT (East) onto HWY-44 10.2 mi
3:00 PM 5866.0 End of day

DAY 28

Time Mile Instruction For Toward
9:00 AM 5866.0 Stay on HWY-44 29.1 mi
9:29 AM 5895.1 Turn LEFT (East) onto TC-1 2.6 mi
9:31 AM 5897.7 Entering Ontario
9:31 AM 5897.7 Continue (East) on TC-17 32.2 mi
10:04 AM 5929.9 Rest break (15 mins)
10:19 AM 5929.9 Stay on TC-17 [2nd St S] (East) 61.0 mi
10:49 AM 5959.9 Refuel before here (last refuel was 178.2 miles ago)
11:20 AM 5990.9 Rest break (15 mins)
11:35 AM 5990.9 Stay on TC-17 (South-East) 67.8 mi
12:42 PM 6058.7 Rest break (15 mins)
12:57 PM 6058.7 Stay on TC-17 (East) 72.1 mi
2:09 PM 6130.8 Rest break (15 mins)
2:24 PM 6130.8 Stay on TC-17 (East) 20.5 mi
2:38 PM 6143.9 Refuel before here (last refuel was 184.0 miles ago)
2:45 PM 6151.3 Turn RIGHT (South-West) onto Local road(s) 5.6 mi
2:56 PM 6156.9 Bear LEFT (South-West) onto Local road(s) 0.5 mi
2:57 PM 6157.4 Turn RIGHT (North) onto Local road(s) 76 yds
2:57 PM 6157.4 Arrive Thousand Lakes Resort [Gen. Del., Upsala, ON P0T 2Y0, Tel: (807) 986-1600]
End of day

DAY 29

Time Mile Instruction For Toward
9:00 AM 6157.4 Depart Thousand Lakes Resort [Gen. Del., Upsala, ON P0T 2Y0, Tel: (807) 986-1600] on Local road(s) (South) 76 yds
9:00 AM 6157.5 Turn LEFT (East) onto Local road(s) 0.5 mi
9:01 AM 6158.0 Bear RIGHT (East) onto Local road(s) 5.6 mi
9:12 AM 6163.6 Turn RIGHT (East) onto TC-17 41.6 mi
9:54 AM 6205.1 Continue (South) on TC-11 [TC-17] 7.0 mi
10:01 AM 6212.1 Rest break (15 mins)
10:16 AM 6212.1 Stay on TC-11 [TC-17] (East) 16.2 mi
10:33 AM 6228.3 Turn RIGHT (South) onto Local road(s) 0.1 mi
10:33 AM 6228.4 Turn RIGHT (South-West) onto Local road(s) 32 yds
10:33 AM 6228.5 Arrive Kakabeka Falls
11:03 AM 6228.5 Depart Kakabeka Falls on Local road(s) (North-East) 32 yds
11:03 AM 6228.5 Turn LEFT (West) onto Local road(s) 0.1 mi
11:04 AM 6228.6 Turn RIGHT (East) onto TC-11 [TC-17] 15.5 mi
11:20 AM 6244.1 Continue (East) on HWY-11B [HWY-17B] 1.6 mi
11:22 AM 6245.7 Turn LEFT (North) onto Waterloo St (S) 0.7 mi
11:25 AM 6246.4 Bear LEFT (North) onto Balmoral St (S) 0.9 mi
11:27 AM 6247.3 Turn LEFT (West) onto Local road(s) 43 yds
11:27 AM 6247.3 At Thunder Bay, return East on Local road(s) 43 yds
11:28 AM 6247.4 Turn LEFT (North) onto Balmoral St N 0.6 mi
11:29 AM 6248.0 Turn RIGHT (East) onto 10th Ave 0.6 mi
11:32 AM 6248.6 Turn LEFT (North) onto HWY-11B [HWY-17B] 6.4 mi
11:40 AM 6255.1 Turn RIGHT (East) onto TC-11 [TC-17] 24.2 mi
12:04 PM 6279.2 Rest break (15 mins)
12:19 PM 6279.2 Stay on TC-11 [TC-17] (North-East) 39.5 mi
12:58 PM 6318.7 Continue (East) on TC-17 21.3 mi
1:03 PM 6323.2 Refuel before here (last refuel was 179.3 miles ago)
1:20 PM 6340.0 Rest break (15 mins)
1:35 PM 6340.0 Stay on TC-17 (East) 60.1 mi
2:35 PM 6400.1 Rest break (15 mins)
2:50 PM 6400.1 Stay on TC-17 (East) 10.0 mi
3:00 PM 6410.1 End of day

DAY 30

Time Mile Instruction For Toward
9:00 AM 6410.1 Stay on TC-17 72.8 mi
10:12 AM 6482.9 Rest break (15 mins)
10:27 AM 6482.9 Stay on TC-17 (South-East) 58.6 mi
10:52 AM 6507.2 Refuel before here (last refuel was 184.0 miles ago)
11:26 AM 6541.5 Turn RIGHT (South) onto Local road(s) 164 yds
11:26 AM 6541.6 Arrive Wawa RV Resort & Campground [Box 204, Wawa, ON P0S 1K0, Tel: (705) 856-4368]
End of day

DAY 31

Time Mile Instruction For Toward
9:00 AM 6541.6 Depart Wawa RV Resort & Campground [Box 204, Wawa, ON P0S 1K0, Tel: (705) 856-4368] on Local road(s) (North) 164 yds
9:00 AM 6541.7 Turn RIGHT (East) onto TC-17 1.4 mi
9:02 AM 6543.0 Bear LEFT (East) onto HWY-101 70.3 mi
10:12 AM 6613.3 Rest break (15 mins)
10:27 AM 6613.3 Stay on HWY-101 (East) 10.1 mi
10:37 AM 6623.4 Bear RIGHT (South) onto HWY-129 12.5 mi
10:49 AM 6635.9 Bear LEFT (East) onto HWY-667 22.1 mi
11:12 AM 6658.0 Bear RIGHT (South-East) onto Local road(s) 14.7 mi
11:32 AM 6672.7 Rest break (15 mins)
11:47 AM 6672.7 Bear RIGHT (South) onto Local road(s) 15.3 mi
12:07 PM 6688.0 Bear LEFT (East) onto Local road(s) 1.1 mi
12:09 PM 6689.1 Bear LEFT (East) onto Local road(s) 17.2 mi
12:11 PM 6691.2 Refuel before here (last refuel was 184.0 miles ago)
12:31 PM 6706.3 Bear LEFT (East) onto Local road(s) 1.3 mi
12:33 PM 6707.7 Bear LEFT (East) onto Local road(s) 0.2 mi
12:34 PM 6707.9 Turn RIGHT (South) onto HWY-144 18.8 mi
12:53 PM 6726.6 Rest break (15 mins)
1:08 PM 6726.6 Stay on HWY-144 (South-East) 60.4 mi
2:08 PM 6787.0 Rest break (15 mins)
2:23 PM 6787.0 Stay on HWY-144 (South) 1.1 mi
2:25 PM 6788.1 Turn RIGHT (South) onto Regional Road 13 [Regional Rd 13] 1.1 mi
2:27 PM 6789.2 Turn LEFT (East) onto Bradley Rd 1.0 mi
2:29 PM 6790.2 Turn LEFT (North) onto Vermillion Lakes Rd 1.1 mi
2:31 PM 6791.3 Turn RIGHT (East) onto Highway 144 [HWY-144] 3.0 mi
2:33 PM 6794.3 Continue (East) on HWY-144 [Regional 35 Rd] 10.9 mi
2:45 PM 6805.2 Turn RIGHT (South) onto TC-17 [Lorne St] 0.8 mi
2:46 PM 6806.1 Turn LEFT (South-East) onto Regent St S 0.5 mi
2:48 PM 6806.6 Turn LEFT (East) onto York St 0.6 mi
2:49 PM 6807.2 At Sudbury, stay on York St (East) 131 yds
2:49 PM 6807.2 Turn RIGHT (South) onto Paris St 1.8 mi
2:53 PM 6809.1 Turn LEFT (East) onto Regent St S 1.9 mi
2:58 PM 6811.0 Continue (East) on TC-69 [HWY-69] 1.5 mi
3:00 PM 6812.5 End of day

DAY 32

Time Mile Instruction For Toward
9:00 AM 6812.5 Stay on TC-69 [HWY-69] 62.0 mi
9:58 AM 6870.9 Refuel before here (last refuel was 179.7 miles ago)
10:02 AM 6874.5 Rest break (15 mins)
10:17 AM 6874.5 Stay on TC-69 (South) 61.8 mi
11:19 AM 6936.3 Rest break (15 mins)
11:34 AM 6936.3 Stay on TC-69 (South) 24.2 mi
11:58 AM 6960.5 Bear LEFT (South-East) onto TC-12 17.1 mi
12:15 PM 6977.6 Turn RIGHT (South) onto HWY-11 [TC-12] 1.5 mi
12:16 PM 6979.1 Turn LEFT (East) onto TC-12 16.7 mi
12:34 PM 6995.8 Rest break (15 mins)
12:49 PM 6995.8 Stay on TC-12 (South) 3.9 mi
12:53 PM 6999.7 Continue (South) on HWY-12 [HWY-48] 0.3 mi
12:53 PM 6999.9 Continue (South) on TC-12 [HWY-48] 13.8 mi
1:07 PM 7013.7 Continue (South) on HWY-7 [HWY-12] 24.5 mi
1:32 PM 7038.3 Bear RIGHT (South) onto HWY-12 [Baldwin St S] 6.2 mi
1:40 PM 7044.5 Turn RIGHT (West) onto Ramp 0.3 mi HWY-401 / Toronto
1:40 PM 7044.8 Continue (West) on HWY-401 [MacDonald-Cartier Fwy] 3.9 mi
1:44 PM 7048.7 Bear RIGHT (West) onto Ramp 0.2 mi RR-44 / Harwood Avenue
1:44 PM 7049.0 Turn RIGHT (North) onto RR-44 [Harwood Ave S] 0.5 mi
1:45 PM 7049.5 Continue (North) on Local road(s) 10 yds
1:46 PM 7049.5 Turn LEFT (West) onto HWY-2 [Kingston Rd W] 1.7 mi
1:46 PM 7049.5 Refuel before here (last refuel was 178.6 miles ago)
1:49 PM 7051.2 Rest break (15 mins)
2:04 PM 7051.2 Stay on HWY-2 [Kingston Rd W] (West) 7.7 mi
2:19 PM 7058.8 Continue (South) on Ramp [Kingston Rd] 65 yds
2:19 PM 7058.9 Continue (South) on HWY-2 [Kingston Rd] 3.4 mi
2:23 PM 7062.2 Turn RIGHT (West) onto Eglinton Ave (E) 11.2 mi
2:38 PM 7073.4 Turn LEFT (South) onto Bathurst St 2.4 mi
2:43 PM 7075.8 Turn RIGHT (West) onto Barton Ave 109 yds
2:44 PM 7075.9 Turn LEFT (South) onto Markham St 0.1 mi
2:45 PM 7076.0 Turn LEFT (East) onto London St 65 yds
2:45 PM 7076.0 Arrive 10 London St, Toronto ON
End of day

DAY 33

Time Mile Instruction For Toward
9:00 AM 7076.0 Depart 10 London St, Toronto ON on London St (East) 32 yds
9:00 AM 7076.0 Turn RIGHT (South) onto Bathurst St 1.0 mi
9:02 AM 7077.1 Turn LEFT (East) onto Dundas St W 1.2 mi
9:05 AM 7078.2 Turn RIGHT (South) onto Bay St 0.2 mi
9:06 AM 7078.4 At Toronto, return North on Bay St 0.2 mi
9:07 AM 7078.6 Turn LEFT (West) onto Dundas St W 3.7 mi
9:14 AM 7082.4 *Turn potentially restricted* Turn LEFT (West) onto HWY-5 [Bloor St W] 23.3 mi
9:58 AM 7105.7 Turn LEFT (South-East) onto HWY-25 [RR-25] 2.4 mi
10:00 AM 7108.0 Rest break (15 mins)
10:15 AM 7108.0 Stay on HWY-25 [RR-25] (South) 21 yds
10:15 AM 7108.0 Turn LEFT (East) onto N Service Rd W 0.2 mi
10:15 AM 7108.2 Continue (East) on Ramp 0.2 mi QEW / Queen Elizabeth Way West
10:16 AM 7108.4 Bear RIGHT (South-West) onto QEW [Queen Elizabeth Way] 6.5 mi
10:21 AM 7114.9 Bear RIGHT (West) onto HWY-403 16.6 mi HWY-403 / Hamilton / Brantford
10:35 AM 7131.4 Continue (West) on Ramp 0.4 mi HWY-52 / Copetown
10:36 AM 7131.8 Turn LEFT (South) onto HWY-52 [RR-52] 0.8 mi
10:37 AM 7132.6 Turn RIGHT (West) onto HWY-53 [HWY-2] 3.4 mi
10:40 AM 7136.0 Continue (West) on HWY-2 [HWY-53] 4.9 mi
10:45 AM 7140.9 Turn LEFT (South) onto HWY-54 27.0 mi
11:12 AM 7167.9 Turn LEFT (East) onto HWY-3 [Talbot Rd E] 4.6 mi
11:17 AM 7172.5 Rest break (15 mins)
11:32 AM 7172.5 Stay on HWY-3 (East) 53.0 mi
12:01 PM 7201.8 Refuel before here (last refuel was 152.2 miles ago)
12:26 PM 7225.5 Turn LEFT (North) onto Central Ave 0.2 mi
12:27 PM 7225.7 Turn RIGHT (East) onto QEW [Queen Elizabeth Way] 0.6 mi
12:27 PM 7226.2 Entering New York
12:27 PM 7226.2 Continue (East) on Peace Bridge 0.3 mi
12:28 PM 7226.6 Continue (South-East) on Moore Dr 43 yds
12:28 PM 7226.6 Bear RIGHT (South) onto Local road(s) 0.2 mi
12:28 PM 7226.8 Continue (South) on Ramp 0.3 mi I-190
12:28 PM 7227.1 Merge onto I-190 [New York State Throughway] (South-East) 1.4 mi
12:30 PM 7228.5 At New York State Thwy Exit N7, turn off onto Ramp 0.2 mi NY 5 West / Skyway
12:30 PM 7228.8 Merge onto SR-5 [Skyway] (South) 1.3 mi
12:32 PM 7230.1 Rest break (15 mins)
12:47 PM 7230.1 Stay on SR-5 [Skyway] (South-East) 6.1 mi
12:54 PM 7236.2 Continue (South-West) on Lake Shore Rd 0.4 mi
12:54 PM 7236.6 At roundabout, take the SECOND exit 43 yds
12:54 PM 7236.7 Exit roundabout onto SR-75 [St Francis Dr] 4.6 mi
1:00 PM 7241.3 Turn LEFT (East) onto US-62 [SR-391] 0.5 mi
1:01 PM 7241.8 Continue (East) on SR-391 [E Main St] 2.7 mi
1:04 PM 7244.5 Turn off onto Ramp 0.3 mi US-219
1:04 PM 7244.8 Bear RIGHT (South) onto US-219 [Southern Terrace Expy] 44.6 mi
Construction between Concord and Sardinia from 6/24/2002 to 7/19/2003
1:47 PM 7289.4 Rest break (15 mins)
2:02 PM 7289.4 Stay on US-219 [SR-417] (South-East) 16.3 mi
2:14 PM 7300.7 Entering Pennsylvania
2:19 PM 7305.7 Continue (South) on Ramp 0.2 mi
2:19 PM 7306.0 Turn RIGHT (West) onto US-219 [Owens Way] 39.8 mi
3:00 PM 7345.8 End of day

DAY 34

Time Mile Instruction For Toward
9:00 AM 7345.8 Stay on US-219 [Johnsonburg Rd] 36.5 mi
9:29 AM 7374.4 Refuel before here (last refuel was 172.7 miles ago)
9:38 AM 7382.3 Continue (East) on US-322 [28 Division Hwy] 21.9 mi
10:00 AM 7404.2 Rest break (15 mins)
10:15 AM 7404.2 Stay on US-322 [20 Eigth Division Hwy] (East) 23.9 mi
10:39 AM 7428.1 Turn RIGHT (South-West) onto US-220 [28th Division Hwy] 9.0 mi
10:48 AM 7437.2 Continue (South) on Ramp 0.1 mi
10:48 AM 7437.3 Continue (South) on I-99 [US-220] 25.1 mi
11:07 AM 7462.3 At I-99 3rd Ave Exit, turn off onto Ramp 174 yds
11:07 AM 7462.4 Turn LEFT (East) onto 3rd Ave 120 yds
11:08 AM 7462.5 Continue (East) on US-22 [3rd Ave] 6.9 mi
11:15 AM 7469.3 Rest break (15 mins)
11:30 AM 7469.3 Stay on US-22 (East) 33.7 mi
12:04 PM 7503.1 Turn RIGHT (South) onto US-522 26.1 mi
12:30 PM 7529.1 Rest break (15 mins)
12:45 PM 7529.1 Stay on US-522 (South-West) 34.0 mi
1:11 PM 7554.8 Refuel before here (last refuel was 180.4 miles ago)
1:19 PM 7563.1 Bear RIGHT (West) onto Ramp 0.1 mi
1:19 PM 7563.2 Merge onto I-70 (South-East) 3.6 mi
1:21 PM 7565.9 Entering Maryland
1:22 PM 7566.8 At I-70 Exit 1B, turn off onto Ramp 0.3 mi
1:22 PM 7567.1 Continue (South) on US-522 23.8 mi
1:23 PM 7568.1 Entering West Virginia
1:42 PM 7587.1 Entering Virginia
1:46 PM 7590.9 Rest break (15 mins)
2:01 PM 7590.9 Stay on US-522 [N Frederick Pike] (South) 18.1 mi
2:19 PM 7609.0 Turn RIGHT (South) onto US-11 [N Braddock St] 0.8 mi
2:20 PM 7609.8 Bear RIGHT (South-East) onto US-17 8.4 mi
2:29 PM 7618.2 Turn LEFT (North) onto US-340 30.5 mi
2:42 PM 7630.7 Entering West Virginia
2:58 PM 7646.8 Entering Virginia
2:58 PM 7647.3 Entering Maryland
3:00 PM 7648.6 End of day

DAY 35

Time Mile Instruction For Toward
9:00 AM 7648.6 Stay on US-340 11.0 mi
9:09 AM 7659.6 Continue (North-East) on US-15 [US-340] 1.3 mi
9:10 AM 7661.0 Continue (East) on Ramp 0.2 mi Mt Zion Rd / US-15 S / US-340 W
9:10 AM 7661.2 Bear RIGHT (South-East) onto Cap Stine Rd 1.1 mi
9:12 AM 7662.3 Turn LEFT (South-East) onto S Renn Rd 0.5 mi
9:13 AM 7662.7 Turn RIGHT (South) onto SR-351 [Ballenger Creek Pike] 1.5 mi
9:16 AM 7664.2 Turn LEFT (East) onto Manor Woods Rd 2.8 mi
9:20 AM 7667.1 Turn RIGHT (South) onto SR-85 [Buckeystown Pike] 5.4 mi
9:26 AM 7672.4 Bear LEFT (South-East) onto SR-28 [Dickerson Rd] 18.3 mi
9:44 AM 7690.8 Turn LEFT (North-East) onto SR-124 [Quince Orchard Rd] 2.7 mi
9:47 AM 7693.5 Turn RIGHT (East) onto SR-117 [W Diamond Ave] 0.8 mi

9:49 AM 7694.3 Turn RIGHT (South) onto King James Way 0.4 mi
9:51 AM 7694.7 Turn RIGHT (West) onto Trafalgar Sq 164 yds
9:51 AM 7694.8 Turn RIGHT (North) onto Downing St 0.2 mi
9:52 AM 7695.0 Arrive New Home [17150 Downing St, Gaithersburg, MD 20877]

Driving distance: 7695.0 miles
Trip duration: 34 days, 52 minutes
Driving time: 134 hours, 18 minutes
Cost: $310.00

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