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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Toronto-Lake Placid (2)

So overall my weekend trip to Lake Placid was very successful. Especially once I got all the kinks worked out of the route, it turned out to be a great ride. I ended up getting a little lost after wolf island once I entered New York but managed to work it out just fine. Wolf Island itself was also a really nice ride. It was about a 20 minute ride on a two lane highway through farm land. Had an interesting experience with one of the locals there too. I had realized after a couple of minutes that one of my saddle bag straps was lose so I pulled into the entrance of a driveway to fix it. I left the engine idling and got off. There was a big dog on the porch of the house farther down the driveway that was barking at me. After a little while
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Toronto-Lake Placid (1)

So after about three months of having the bike out of winger storage and only two “long distance” trips (one being 100 miles round trip and another was to Wasaga Beach for a long weekend, but more about those later) I’m finally out on a real touring trip, and one that I haven’t done before. Right now I’m sitting in the wolf-island ferry terminal waiting for the three o’clock ferry to New York. It took me about four hours to go the roughly 200 km from Toronto to Kingston. My originally planned route was to take route 2/Kingston road all the way to Kingston. I had looked up this route in my H.O.G. touring guide which marked pretty much all of rt. 2 as a scenic route. The one problem though is that google maps estimated the time for what should be around a six hour trip into a nearly
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