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    Originally posted by username
    great report, great photos, great writing. your 'three dangers' section was well put-together. sounds like you kept a cool head and did well in all situations.

    keep it coming!

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    I'll try to finish this report now, but I've caught a little bit of trouble. My wife read the post on the dangers, and although I had previously "alluded" to that day, I hadn't quite related it with the same precision and detail. Sheila supports my biking, but understandably doesn't enjoy hearing about the danger parts.

    I have always done what I can to be safe. I believe in proper training, safe equipment, and mostly an appropriate attitude. I try my best to never let annoyance or even anger stand in the way of good judgement. As my wife's grandfather (who was a train engineer on the famous Newfoundland or "Newfie" Bullet) often said, "it's better to be wrong than to be 'dead' right". Nonetheless, as you well know, there are risks.

    Denver was great. We enjoyed many good meals, the 16th Avenue walkway, and the spectacular scenery. We also visited the famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre to the west of Denver. I had first heard about this theatre in the rocks when watching the DVD of Neil Young at Red Rocks. I subsequently found out the Beatles played here on August 26th, 1964. Almost exactly 40 years ago. In Neil Young's DVD the amphitheatre seemed like an incredible place, in a natural red rock setting, and it absolutely is. With huge natural rock formations on either side, the sound is apparently spectaular. Here is a picture of the rock formation to the north of the seats, with my wife sitting on a ledge at ground level.
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    Here is a picture of the stage area, looking to Denver in the background.
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    It came time for Sheila to fly home, and for me to ride home. On the day of my departure I left Denver at about 4:45 AM. I wanted a solid mileage the first day, to make a reasonable three day return possible. The northern route, avoiding Chicago, was my plan. I rode through Colorado, Nebrsaka, and Iowa into Albert Lea Minnesota. About 840 miles. I knew in advance what this would feel like, since I had previously completed the Saddlesore 1,000 in 16 hours. When I pulled into the Comfort Inn in Albert Lea at about 7:30 PM, there were several HD riders in the lot, checking in. They asked me if I was on the 'circuit'. I wasn't sure what the circuit was, but thought it could be an arranged routing for HD riders. I had seen dozens of them, and put two and two togther given that I was close to Milwaukee as well.

    I don't think it's good practice to brag at any time, especially out on the road. But I couldn't help replying that I had left Denver earlier in the day, and that yes, I was a little beat too. I figured my 15 hour ride earned me that small indiscretion. I wasn't asked any more questions, but they did look at me as if I was somewhat over the top.
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    Riding north through Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan was great. As I crossed into Michigan, helmets appeared. It was like seeing a long lost friend, and I no longer felt as different in my ATGATT. The other appearance in Michigan was of highway police. I saw more patrol cars on highway #2 than in the rest of my trip combined. I watched my speed closely.

    Northen Lake Michigan was really pretty. Here are a few photos.
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    Another.
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    Taking the trans-Canada highway from the Sault home to Ottawa was covering well known territory. I made my customary gas stops in Espinola and Mattawa.

    It was terribly cold. In fact the whole trip home, while trying to stay ahead of some bad weather, I had worn my electric vest. I never rode without it, and it was on most of the time. I can't imagine what it would have been like without the vest to keep me warm. The grips were on often as well. Beside the hail and rain at Loveland Pass in Colorado, the only other precipitation I encountered on my trip was this rain the last few hours west of Ottawa. Heavy rain.

    Just west of Deep River I was passed by a couple riding two-up on a cruiser. A half an hour later I pulled into Deep River for a coffee and found them stopped having coffee and food at the same place. Both about my age. I felt so badly for them, they looked miserable, cold, and drenched. As I sat having my coffee, I noticed that neither had any electric clothing. The woman was wearing a North Face winter coat and a winter overall. The man had a rain suit, but was wearing running shoes that were soaked. Neither had full face helmets. The man poured over maps, barely looking up, while the woman stared vacantly into the rain outside. They hardly spoke a word to each other.

    I imagined them talking about and eagerly anticipating this trip, through northern Ontario. Time off together, on the bike, enjoying the scenery and the wind on their faces. And then this, days of cold and rain. I was embarrassed for how smug I had been the day before, and made a silent wish for their improved comfort.

    I finally made it to Ottawa, after hours of rain. Miraculously, the rain let up just as I arrived home, looking a bit like a refugee from a home for wayward motorcyclists:
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    That smile on my face is real. Glad I did it. Glad to be home. After several thousand kms.

    (Many thanks to Jessie McGrath, Master BMW mechanic (the best!!) and owner of Premier Cycle in Ottawa, who keeps my bike going).
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    Speechless.Man.

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    Originally posted by L Rider
    There were roads that seemed to go miles and miles into the horizon.
    Lord, that is straight! Too straight!

    I wonder if that explains why raked out Harleys originated down there?

    Thanks for the report. Ahhh, to win a lottery and travel. Wouldn't that be pure heaven?

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    Originally posted by jgr451
    Speechless.Man.

    Thanks.
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    Rod,

    What was happenin' there was *exactly* clear. A wonderful ride. Wish I'd been along. With your fine photos and great description, I was.
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    Originally posted by Global Rider
    Lord, that is straight! Too straight!

    I wonder if that explains why raked out Harleys originated down there?

    Thanks for the report. Ahhh, to win a lottery and travel. Wouldn't that be pure heaven?


    My pleasure.......
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    Outstanding report, L. Absolutely outstanding!
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    Thanks for the kind words folks!!!
    Cheers............Rod
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