Northwest Adventure 2014… Day 13

Steve Kinchen, Sr/ July 9, 2014/ BMW R1200RT, General Rants & Raves About Riding, Northwest Adventure 2014, Touring/ 0 comments

Departure Location:O’Neil Nebraska

Time: 0725

Weather Conditions: 64 and clear

Daily High Temperature: 82

Destination: Madison, WI

States Covered: Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin

Daily Miles Logged: 634

Our route for today... Ignore the Kilometers as it does not track the distance accurately

Our route for today

Today’s goal was to get caught up on our itinerary as we ended last night in the red nearly 200 miles.  Our original departure time of 0645 escaped us due to fatigue and the necessity of completing our modified route for the day.  After our quick breakfast at the hotel, we shoved off and continued our trek east on Hwy 20 towards Sioux City, Iowa.

Our Hotel Last Night in Nebraska

Our Hotel Last Night in Nebraska

The rolling fields were full of cattle, sheep, grass, and of course… corn, or Fresh Cron as it is otherwise known in certain parts of the west that we encountered earlier in our journey.  The smells ranged from a sweet honey aroma to the nastiest smell of dung that I have encounter since my visit to the Tibetian grasslands in 2012.  It was difficult to breathe or concentrate on anything other than getting past that smell.

Just past Sioux City, we ventured north on Hwy 75 making our way to Minnesota, or Minasoda as the local pronounce it.  One of the first towns we came across was a town named “Welcome Cylon”.  I immediately called my two older sons and shared that with them as we are all fans of Battlestar Galactica.  I also noted that the Minnesotians that named their towns lacked in the creative department as they simply copied the names from other states.  As a few examples, there is an Austin MN, Rochester MN, and Dover MN, just to name a few that we encounter on I90.

Need I say more...

Need I say more…

My view as I lay down on a soft patch of grass for a quick snooze.

My view as I lay down on a soft patch of grass for a quick snooze.

Said patch of soft grass

Said patch of soft grass

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We were all felling fatigued, needed fuel, and a quick nap, so we exited just past a town called Dexter looking for food and gas.  We stumbled upon a shop, I kid you not, named “Kum and Go”…  What were they thinking…?  Subway was there as was non-ethenol gas. After lunch, Jon was already napping on the table inside the subway.  Matt and I decided to seek out a shady spot near a fence and some trees.  Fifteen minutes of sleep never felt so welcomed…

Though we were still exhausted, we pushed through the miles on into to Wisconsin entering through the town of LaCrosse.   This is also known as the city where the New Orleans Saints practice in their off season.  More importantly, there is a stretch of asphalt called “the Great River Road” that follows the Mighty Mississippi River along its banks in this area.  The road was terrific, with the exception of the construction that had us rerouting and detouring all over creation.

Obligatory glamour shot of the RT posing at the river

Obligatory glamour shot of the RT posing at the river

Scenic Lookout point of the Mississippi River in LaCrosse, WI

Scenic Lookout point of the Mississippi River in LaCrosse, WI

Madison would ultimately be our stopping point for the evening, just shy of 76 miles of our goal of Milwaukee.  We will push there in the morning and then turn south riding through Illinois and Indiana.  We have cover well over 6000 miles this far and it is almost time to look towards home.

A reuben sandwich at tgifridays...

A reuben sandwich at tgifridays…

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