Grand Island, Nebraska to Wall, South Dakota
Sep 26, 2007
|It has been 9 days since we left Bar Harbour, Maine on our trek home across the northern USA. Althought I have kept up with posting our track and the few photos we have taken, there realy has not been to much to report and very little spare time to do so.
The first few days were great while we traveled through the New England states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and upstate New York. We found a lot of back road routes including several little gravel lanes and tracks. We realy felt guilty moving through here so fast; we could have spent weeks exploring here and will definately try to return in the future.
One of the highlights for us was our encounters with the Amish farmers along the way. We were lucky enough to see them harvesting corn using horse drawn equipment and loading it all by hand. Ironically, this was all taking place amidst a constant haze of polution from the large populated areas nearby.
Once we hit the south shore of lake Erie things changed considerably. This area of Pennsylvania and Ohio is continuous city, exactly the type of places we try really hard to avoid. We soon realized the quickest way to shorten our exposure to the maze of people, cars, factories and fast food resturants was to take to the freeway; not our cup of tea at all but on the bright side, the Dakar handles the 75 mph cruising speed, fully loaded and two up, without a wimper.
Our route through Indiana and Illinois took us through less populated, rural areas for the most part but it was pretty monotinous; flat farm land planted with soy beans and corn.
The terrain along our route through Iowa was a little more interesting with the fields broken up with some rolling hills in places. Nebraska was mainly corn fields; miles and miles of corn fields.
Near the end of the day today we found our selfs traveling through Badlands National Park and what a treat. The badlands near Drumheller, Alberta are similar and spectacular in their own right but this is a little different. It is more extensive and the area includes a large number of jaged ranges that are simply fantastic.
Now that we are a little closer to home we will likey slow down a little and try to do a little sight see instead of just putting on miles. The weather has always been in the back of my mind. October can turn pretty nasty in Alberta and even though I have ridden in snow, I do not look for it.
Tomorrow we are going to take a side trip to Mount Rushmore and Deadwood, South Dakota.