Saturday, May 23, 2009
On Wisconsin! I find myself in the prairie.
Day 3 - Saturday May 23, 2009
Start: Novi, MI
End: Edgerton, WI
Trip Miles Today: 427
Total Trip Miles: 1218
Now we're really getting into the swing of things. 427 miles today but, while most were on logged on the superhighways, I finally had the chance to ditch the super slab and spend a bit of time on the delicious secondary roads in rural Wisconsin. Let's start at the beginning though. Once again I was up early, this time 5:00 AM. I arrived at my favorite Michigan Starbucks shortly after 6 and was able to log online to update all the travel info from Friday for both this blog and the other forums where I have trip threads running. I actually didn't hit the road till nearly 7:30 but when I did it with a vengeance. I logged 200 miles in the first 3 hours, including a fuel stop so I was covering ground rather quickly. Routing was via I-94 Westbound through Michigan, then after entering Indiana I jumped on the Indiana Toll Road (I-90) and basically stayed on I-90 through Gary,Indiana, across the Chicago Skyway, and then through Chigago via the Dan Ryan Expressway (still I-90). I was in Wisconsin by 1:30 local time and finally had the chance to do something other than cruise the Interstate. At Beloit, WI I jumped off the highway and headed West to a small town I know called Brodhead, WI. I know Brodhead as a pilot and have visited the airport there a number of times. The Brodhead Airport, a grass field, is known nationally as a hotbed of Antique Aircraft restoration and flying. While there wasn't much flying going during my brief visit(it was windy) there was a cadre of folks busy in their hangars tending to the rewarding work of restoring/maintaining these classics. Check out the picture of my bike in front of a hangar with 1950s Piper Cub resting quietly within! After Brodhead I visited with yet another motorcyclist/flying enthusiast friend who lives nearby.The Brodhead side trip allowed me to spend quality time on Wisconsin's excellent, interesting, and nearly empty secondary road system. Based on my friend's "local knowledge" and recommendations, the plan for tomorrow is to spend the entire morning on the secondary roads. I'll be heading North by West in the general direction of Lacrosse WI, and then plan to cross the Mississippi River into Minnesota by mid-day. Hopefully I can get pretty close to North Dakota by Sunday evening.The weather continues to cooperate. Today started with 50 degrees at sunrise in Michigan and ended with mid 70's in Wisconsin, and mostly sunny the entire time. If the Weather Channel is to be believed, I will have another delightful day tomorrow but am at risk to (finally) get wet Monday or Tuesday. I'm ready!!
If you go to the RevZilla Motorsports blogsite at blog.revzilla.com you can see more pictures and find more info on my ride.
The 2009 Ride to Alaska for The Austin Hatcher Foundation is supported by
RevZilla Motorsports at RevZilla.com and by Hermy's Cycles in Port Clinton, PA