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i had a good riding buddy [god rest his soul] who every time we would get together to ride it would rain. he would call me and ask "do you want to do a rain dance?" so much so that my cousin who had a farm in uptsate new york called me and asked if the two of us could get together for a ride to his place because it was so dry. we went. and yep it rained.
 

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7-2-2022

Country side from Moorehead Minnesota to Minot North Dakota. With a stop in Rugby North Dakota




 

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Playing around with video and put two videos together from different days. The video on the right stays on top of Garrison Dam and the video on the left goes down along the dam after crossing over the spillway.



 

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I will include the text again with the video.

7/9/2022
Slow Start
7/9/22
Heading to Custer, South Dakota to visit friends. I was going to get an early start but the weather decided I should just hang around a little more. The forecast had the rain ending about midnight, that was not the case. I planned on leaving about 6AM. After the rain let up, I was on the road about 7:30. I did hit a few small showers on my way to Dickinson, ND. I was cold so I decided to stop in Dickinson for breakfast. The restaurant was so cold I hurried to eat my breakfast and get back on the road. To make matters worse my hash browns were cold. By the time I got to Sturgis the temperature was pretty warm. I stopped at the Best Buy in Rapid City to purchase a new high power cigarette/USB-C power plug and USB-C/C cable. It turns out that if your power output of a USB-A is not enough to keep GoPro battery charged when the camera is on, the battery will slowly discharge. The heat may also be an issue with keeping the battery warm. No pictures but I have a short video of rain.

There is a ranch/farm on South Dakota Highway 79 that I always stop for a visit with the owners. To me this is an interesting story that I have not put pen to paper. And after this trip there is another amazing coincidence that happened to me. The story starts in 2011.



 

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7/10/2022
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7/10/22

My friend had some business to attend to so I decided to video the entire Needles Highway from south to north as well as US16A, Iron Mountain Road, from north to south. I have ridden the Needles before, maybe 10 years ago and I can't remember which direction. You had to purchase a Custer State Park pass to ride/drive the Needles Highway. Because of the park pass I have ridden the Needles a lot less. The cost is $20 for a 7-day pass or $33 for a yearly pass and I believe those prices are for a motorcycle. You don't have to pay to ride US16 or US16A (Iron Mountain Road) as those are federal highways. You don't have to pull in the ticket booth and if you do, tell them you are either driving to Custer or to Keystone, it all depends on if you are going north or south. I have ridden Iron Mountain Road many times. I got an early start so I had very few cars to contend with. It was a very pleasant ride and I was in no rush.


The entire Needles Highway is 37 minutes long and Iron Mountain is also 37 minutes long.
7-10-22 - Milestwogo

Smugmug would not allow me to upload videos larger thatn 3 mega bytes but youtube did. The entire ride north on the Needles Highway and the entire ride south on Iron Mountain are on youtube.

 

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7/13/2022
Still Southbound

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Sco...cdfcc1068!2m2!1d-100.9598709!2d35.5361559!3e0

I was up real early, I waited for the sun. I left about 20 minutes before sun rise. Stopped in Garden City for fuel and then to Liberal for a McDonald's stop and breakfast. Continued to Perryton for another fuel/break stop. I was trying to surprise a friend of mine in Pampa. His wife could not come up with a good idea to get him off the farm to town so I could surprise him at a restaurant. I ended up riding out to the farm. He was only slightly surprised. I first met this gentlemen back in late July of 2008 when my 1985 Jeep CJ-7 broke down about 3 miles from his farm. Making a very long story short I came back to his farm in October and drove semi truck and grain cart during the corn harvest. I showed up just before lunch and we drove to Pampa for Mexican food. After lunch I rode along in the pickup and we checked on cattle the rest of the afternoon. Checking that they had water, salt and minerals. Oh, and it was hot, very hot.
No pictures today.






 

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Still Southbound

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Sco...cdfcc1068!2m2!1d-100.9598709!2d35.5361559!3e0

I was up real early, I waited for the sun. I left about 20 minutes before sun rise. Stopped in Garden City for fuel and then to Liberal for a McDonald's stop and breakfast. Continued to Perryton for another fuel/break stop. I was trying to surprise a friend of mine in Pampa. His wife could not come up with a good idea to get him off the farm to town so I could surprise him at a restaurant. I ended up riding out to the farm. He was only slightly surprised. I first met this gentlemen back in late July of 2008 when my 1985 Jeep CJ-7 broke down about 3 miles from his farm. Making a very long story short I came back to his farm in October and drove semi truck and grain cart during the corn harvest. I showed up just before lunch and we drove to Pampa for Mexican food. After lunch I rode along in the pickup and we checked on cattle the rest of the afternoon. Checking that they had water, salt and minerals. Oh, and it was hot, very hot.
No pictures today.






I drove a grain truck for some friends when I was riding in Innisfail, Alberta back in August.
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7/14/2022
Still Southbound and Westbound
7/14/22 (click or copy paste to see the route.

Time flew by last night visiting with friends and I did not get to bed until midnight. That is what happens when you visit with good friends. And this morning was no different, started visiting and I did not start riding until 9AM. And the temperature was already warm. Not long after I left I came across another mini Carhenge only with Volkswagen's. Or Volkswagen's buried like the Cadillacs west of Amarillo. I had a lot of wind (of course against me) and sun all day. Another hot day of riding. It was so hot my phone would not charge. I stopped often at gas stations/convenience stores just to cool off and fill my water bottle with ice. In one convenience store I had my phone in the ice cream cooler. I was just standing around drinking water and cooling off when one of the clerks looked in the cooler. I said it was my phone and put it in the cooler to cool off. The clerk looked at me and said that some one named Sweetie (my wife) is calling, I didn't hear the phone ring. I did the same thing yesterday, only I put it in the ice box outside of a gas station. I set the phone on one bag of ice and laid another bag of ice on top of the phone. I wanted to make it to Mountainair NM but stopped about 65 miles short in Vaughn, NM. I was ready to stop and enjoy some AC. The choices for restaurants in Vaughn was pretty thin and settled on Penny's Dinner which happens to be open 24 hours. And it is not open 24 hours because of good food.




 

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7/15/2022
More Westbound

Was up before my alarm. The temperature was not cool but definitely not as hot as yesterday. Got on the road and planned to have breakfast at Mountainair. From an internet investigation there was only one cafe open early. And this restaurant (Alpine Alley) was open for take out only until 8AM. I showed at 7:10 and walked in and was going to claim ignorance to the 8AM dine in. They told me I could dine in as the drive up traffic was slow. I ordered your basic breakfast sausage, eggs, hash brows, toast and coffee. I asked for crispy hash browns and was told that this would take a little longer, 18-20 minutes. 35 minutes later I had my breakfast and yes the hash browns were crispy. Took off for Socorro for fuel and than to Pie Town to the Pio-ONeer for pie. I got the New Mexico apple pie, coffee and as an added treat I got a chocolate chip cookie. I have been to Pie Town may times for pie and the pie has been excellent every time. This time the pie as not so excellent definitely not as good as what I have come to expect. And the chocolate chip cookie had no taste, and to add insulate to the tasteless cookie was that it cost $6USD. If I knew the price of the cookie before I bought it I was have passed. Also the service was lacking. I don't know what happened. The ride today was nice and cool, elevation helps. Stay with friends as Nutrioso, Arizona.

My RideWithGPS quit or paused in Pie Town. Here is the entire route for the day.


7-15-22 - Milestwogo



 
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