Lawrence, KS-Boulder, CO (Day 4)

August 20 Miles 1120-1760 Up bright an early again this morning. Since I was running a little behind schedule, I needed to haul ass to meet brother in Colorado today. Johana woke up with me and I was able to help myself to breakfast from the dorm’s cafeteria. She also showed me stuff I could grab for lunch and snacks. So I stocked up and packed up. Before leaving I gave Johana a quick ride on the bike and then headed out. I decided to stay on I-70 the whole way to boulder since I needed to make the miles. I was told it was a bit boring but the scenic route wouldve taken too long. What made it boring though made it pretty enjoyable to me. Eastern kansas had a lot of gently rolling hills which kind of reminded me of sheep farms in southern New Zealand. Then the
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Lincoln Trail State Park, IL-Lawrence, KS (Day 3)

August 19th Miles 662-1120 It definitely pays to have am early start. I had to make a lot of miles today and I was going to meet a friend tonight, so I didn’t want to show up too late. A close friend of my girlfriend’s is a student at Kansas University so I had planned to meet up with her on my way to California. I went all the way through Illinois on route 40 today, and it was better than yesterday (even though my map book didn’t mark it that way). There were more cornfields (and what were probably plenty if accompanying ethanol plants…), more curves in the road, less towns, and because I left early, less cars on the road. Eventually the road joined up with I-70 and went through St. Louis. I had never been and there was a great view of the iconic arch famous in
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Sterling State Park, MI to Lincoln Trail State Park, IL (Day 2)

August 18 Miles 271-662 When I hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2005, there were people known to us hikers as trail angels. Trail angels were people who went completely out of their way to do something nice for a thru-hiker. People gave money, gave snacks, fed entire meals, gave rides, left coolers of beer and soda on the trail, and some even opened up their homes for us hikers to clean and sleep. Well turns out that there are trail angels for bikers too! This morning after I took a shower at the campground, I was walking back to the site when I was offered a cup of coffee by a kid and his grandfather. So I walked over to their camper, sat down, and before I knew it I had coffee, cereal, and breakfast cake placed in front of me. So I stayed eating, drinking, and chatting with this
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Toronto, ON-Sterling State Park, MI (Day 1)

August 17th Miles 0 to 271 I decided a few months ago that when I was done with summer classes that I was going to take my sportster for a ride across the country to see some friends in San Diego. I’m going to be keeping a daily journal, trying to keep the blog as up to date as possible. Pictures and maps will be posted hopefully in the middle and end of the trip. Well of course my adventure had to start out with a little excitement I was maybe a couple hours outside of Toronto on the 403, nothing of significance happening other then some traffic, when I saw far down the road a very dark rain cloud. This wasn’t just an average ominous rain cloud because underneath it was also almost completely black, a splotch of blueish-black on an otherwise relatively peaceful sky. The darkness underneath was
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