My friend Kermit travelled from DC to Oregon, up through Canada and back to DC. 16 Days of fun.

I thought it would be fun to post our exploits, and the details of the trip.

It was 7300 miles of fun on the notoriously "un"reliable R1200 GS, both with original everything, including Antenna Rings, Final Drives, and Servo-Brakes! Time to put my butt where my mouth is, as my normal 20K + miles a year just doesn't seem to do it! :-)

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Jim (AKA Jim Von Baden)
Over the next few weeks my friend Kermit and I are going to take a little trip. The plan is to head out of the DC area on Friday the 11th and head west to the ocean, then north to the mountains, the east over the Great Lakes, and home.

Because I am into photography, I plan on taking a lot of pictures, and posting them here. I also plan on posting some interesting trip tidbits along the way, as well as thoughts and meanderings. I hope to post regularly when I have internet access.

The bikes:

Trip information:
Distance: 5,000-7200 miles

Time: July 11-27 (17 days)

Route: Roughly from DC to Mt Rushmore, then on to Tillamook, OR. From Tillamook up through Seattle, WA into Canada, through Banff, then across the Great Lakes in Canada, and back to DC. This route is variable depending on our moods, weather, and time.
2005 and 2006 R1200GS with 45,000 and 52,000 miles respectively.The 2005 R1200GS has the following equipment:   Jesse Odyssey Saddle Bags  JC Whitney Top Case  Cortech SuperMini tank bag on SWMototech Mount  Garmin 2610 GPS on a custom mount  iPod Nano with S-plugs  Ohlins Shocks  Avon Distanzia Tires  Hella FF50 Driving Lights  Motolight conspicuity lights  P3 LED lights, and Brake LED tail light  Rick Mayer Seat  Removed hand guards, stock windscreen and Cee Baileys Wind Wings  Hepco and Becker Crash Bars  Kaoko Throttle Lock  Rock Stompa foot pegs  Hammerhead shifter  TT Dash cover and dash plate
The 2006 R1200GS has the following equipment:   Factory Saddle Bags  Givi Top Case  Marsee Corona tank bag on Marsee Mount  Garmin 2610 GPS on a Migsel mount  Ohlins Shocks  Avon Distanzia Tires  Hella FF50 Driving Lights  Brake LED tail light  Sargent Seat  Removed hand guards, stock windscreen  Hepco and Becker Crash Bars  Kaoko Throttle Lock  Fastway foot pegs  SPOT Satellite Tranciever
Mesh jacketMesh pants  Frog Tog Jacket and pants  Gerbing liner & CONTROLLER!!  Summer gloves  Rain cool gloves  Rain Glove covers  Balaclava  Additional Water proof bag
Camera\w lensesComputer and charger/BMW Eprom  Flashlight  Batteries AA  Nikon camera  CPAP, mask and power cords  iPod and charger  Blackberry and charger  Cell phone and charger
Various t-shirts and shortsSocks  Skivvies  Long sleeve shirt  1 pair jeans  Tennis shoes  Cap  Mesh bag for drying clothes  Toiletries
Bike Supplies:
Tire gaugeTire repair kit  Tire inflator pump  Full tool Kit  Tank bag  Extra ear plugs  Spare key  Water bladder  Bug Spray
Bike insurance paperworkBike registration paperwork  Passport/creds  KOA/Allstate paperwork
Just a few hours before we go, and boy do I need a vacation!!!!
Here is a map of out possible route:
I say "possible" because it might be that we decide to venture off in other directions based on whim and weather, time and just how much fun we are having!
Thanks for all the well wishes!


Day 1 July 11th 2008

Commentary to come tomorrow if I am not so tired. (I was too tired)


Day 2 July 12, 2008

Not a bad second day considering we got slammed with seriously hard rain for the first few hours out of Indianapolis. Otherwise the weather was not bad, and we made great time.
Here is a shot of the clouds just before they opened up for the second time!
Along the way a speedo/GPS shot.
How I felt after dinner tonight.
Cool shot of Kermit behind me.
For Tina, Peoria, IL
Cool IL rest stop.
A gas break in Iowa, cool dirt track cars. Reminded me of when I was a kid.
Awesome windmills! Speaking of wind, we had such a headwind that our gas milesage went from 43 to 33 for this leg of the trip.
The end of day two in Worthington, MN. 708 miles felt much better than the previous 625! Maybe we are getting numb.
More tomorrow from Sturgis, SD.


Day Three:  July 13, 2008

Long, long, lonely roads.
From Worthington, MN to Sturgis, SD 518 miles, with lots of stopping, and a total of 1849 miles in three days.
The following are some shots of the day. The first is the general view of the road for most of the ride.
And what was apparently the main crop!
At breakfast we came across this cool rig. How can you go wrong with Jack Daniels?
At lunch we stopped to take a look at the Corn Palace. There was advertising for nearly 300 miles for this place:
We decided not to go in.
Another icon was Wall Drugs, similarly billboard advertised for many miles, it looked like it was worth stopping.
Imagine our surprise when we were parking and Paul Mihalka pulls up! Needless to say we had lunch with him. He was coming back towards DC from the BMWST UnRally.
In front of Wall Drugs, yes there was a tiny drug store in there, we saw Tina, or what looked like her bike.
Off to the badlands near Rushmore. Very cool looking.
A little further on we came to Mt. Rushmore. Damn $20 parking, plus entry fee and we decided to just take a few shots by the road.
After Rushmore we went to the Crazy Horse monument. $5 each to get in, and very cool!
The finished schupture compared to present completion.
The man responsible for the concept was Sculpture Korczak Ziolkowski, who was a very accomplished talent. One of his schulptures.
Another shot of the ride, though not nearly as dull as I make it out.
In all, about 1000 bugs killed, 520 miles done, and bonding with a friend accomplished.
The daily tally!


Day 5 July 13, 2008
Not too much to report today. We rode from Sturgis, SD to Butte, MT, via Wyoming.
From the Wyoming border to Butte we did over 500 miles of open road, mostly rolling hills, and saw not one cop!
Great high speed roads, virtually no traffic, and lots of bikes going both ways. We saw a bunch of BMWs heading towards Gillette, and passed through there. This must be a favorite motorcycle road judging by the number of bikes, many HD, and nearly � with no helmets!
We had breakfast at Donna�s Diner. Very good breakfast, and a nice small town feel.
There is a reason Montana is called �Big Sky Country�. Long roads, expansive vistas, and great riding.
The mountain roads were fun too, but few and far between.
Along the way we stopped at the Little Big Horn museum and had an ice cream!
So, at the end of the day, is this my GPS�
or, is this?
Just a few bugs along the way. Rain, crops, and cows, made for a mess of bugs. Anyone who has ridden with me knows how much I hate bugs, but this ride made them tolerable!
Our bikes at the Super 8 motel. Nice dinner at a casino, and we are off to bed.


Day 6 July 18, 2007 after Midnight:

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