Grand Junction,CO-Zion National Park,UT (Day 6)

August 22nd Miles 2011-2410 At 6 in the morning today, I woke up to ATV’s ripping there way around not too far away from my site. Turns out the public land I was camping on was a popular four wheeler site. I kept going in an out of sleep for the next hour or so until my alarm went off and I got a look at the place where I had set up camp, a very scenic meadow surrounded by mountains. I packed up my stuff and headed to the harley dealership. As I was winding my through the different back roads of Grand Junction, I started to notice that my rear break had started to come back. It wasn’t completely back to normal, but it wasn’t completely flat either. I decided I should stop by just in case anyway. So after waiting a bit for them to open up,
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Boulder, CO-Grand Junction, CO (Day 5)

August 21 Miles 1720-2011 Very eventful day today. After packing up and filling up on gas, I was 11 miles out of town when the bike started making a really weird sound, like a very bubbly and loud cough. So I pulled over to the side of the road into a dirt driveway to see what was going on. After looking around a bit, I noticed that my front pipe had come loose from the engine so the exhaust was coming straight out rather than going through the muffler. Somehow the nuts had shaken loose off the bolts. After calling around, I eventually found a harley dealership nearby, the mile high harley davidson dealership in aroura, Colorado, that could send somebody out to pick up the bike so they could fix it up. The only problem was that it was going to be a couple hours and I was pretty
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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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