At the end of August, we went on a 2-week motorcycle trip with Duluth, Minnesota as our main destination, but then continuing on to Michigan before heading home.

I had wanted to entertain you with a travelogue of snapshots from the back of the bike. Not just the landscape, from the Rocky Mountains to the prairies, to the Midwest and the lushness of the Michigan Upper Peninsula, but also interesting or silly things along the way. Funny road signs, weird points of interest, and touristy roadside attractions.

I did, in fact, take hundreds of photos and videos. But since I took so many videos, I was running low on storage space on the camera, so I decided to just keep uploading them to Larry’s laptop every few days. And of course, disaster struck and his laptop’s hard drive bit the dust completely. He’s great at geeky computer stuff, but after trying various options, he was unable to read the drive at all. Since there was nothing else of importance on it, it wasn’t worth attempting to have a professional look at it. So sadly, most of the photos are a loss, except for the last few days and some video.

But here’s a few things that might give you a flavor of the trip.

If you like, you can take a little ride with me, by watching this 1-minute video from the back of the motorcycle, taken in the Keewenaw Peninsula, Michigan. (Note: there is music on the video.)

A few of the things we saw (click photos for bigger):

The prairies:

The seemingly never-ending crop fields of soybeans:
Soybean fields

And corn (the corn crops were devastated this year by drought and disease – many fields were just dead stalks):

Corn fields

There were windmills – both old:

Windmill, Elk Horn, IA

and new:


The old windmill above is located in Elk Horn Iowa – a charming little Danish community about 5 miles off I-80. We stayed there for the night, and loved it. I wish we had been able to stay an extra day. We did get to the Danish Immigrant museum, but weren’t able to do the Winery tour or the tour of the windmill. However, one thing I did get to have was the “#1 Tenderloin in Iowa” – the awesome pork tenderloin sandwich at Larsen’s Pub:

Pork tenderloin

Most of our days were sunny, in the 70’s, and beautiful. Perfect riding weather. We did have a day of ominous clouds, but nothing more than a few raindrops:

Storm clouds


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9 Responses to Travelogue

  1. vicki says:

    That’s too bad about the photos. That last one is my kind of sky, provided there isn’t any rain!

  2. Carole says:

    It’s a shame about all those photos. I’m glad it was a great trip, though.

  3. kitten says:

    Love that sky, and I’d have enjoyed the rain (though not on a motorcycle)!

  4. Cookie says:

    You’ll just have to go back and next time load everything onto your site as you go. ;^) Those Danes really did get everywhere, didn’t they? Love the windmills! Thanks for sharing with us.

  5. Chris says:

    That just sucks about your photos. 😦 Dropbox Camera Upload for next time!!!

  6. silvia says:

    Ugh! Technical difficulties are the pits!
    Glad you had a good time though!

  7. zeneedle says:

    I’m heartsick every time I hear about your photos being lost. The important thing is you had fun and returned safely!

  8. Heather says:

    Love that sky in the last shot!

  9. jill says:

    I’m glad your journey was safe and fun. I’m sorry about losing the pictures.

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