Day 52: St. Paul, MN, where I “got my Nookie”

October 18; Miles 6460-7070 I intended last night to be my last night staying on my own (camping or motel). A friend of my family’s had a sister in St. Paul, MN who apparently could take me in, so from this point on I’d start to have people to stay with as I was getting back into familiar territory. This was a little bit longer of a day then I had been doing recently, but with a good start getting out of the Black Hills, warmer weather, and a day of all interstate, I made relatively good time getting to St. Paul, though it was after dark. Debbie was a great host, setting me up with a bed and a garage for the bike. Then she took me to a famous local pub, called the Nook, for a real Minnesota experience, a Hamm beer and some great burgers. They have
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Day 48 (motorcycle): Rubber Back on the Road

(sorry if the day numbers seem weird. I started the numbering over for the hiking, but it seemed better now to just keep it all together. So 48 is the total number of days out) October 14 Miles 4993-5170.3 So after exactly one month and over 550 miles of hiking, it was finally time to get the rubber on the road again! After spending a great afternoon in Seattle where I got my sleeping pad fixed at the MSR factory, eating fish sandwiches and raw oysters at the market, and getting a coffee at the very first Starbucks, we were on our way south to Portland. There, 8 of us (we lost Swiss Miss this morning on a plane back to Georgia), were invited to stay at the home of the Splarmboys (Splints and Farmboy), whose parents were so fantastic to not only do so much for me but then
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