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I think the earliest I'll get to Edmonton is May 3rd. I'll leave St. Louis on the 26th. This assumes the Northern Midwest has fewer distractions than Texas.

Unless you're severely distracted by planted fields, you'll be OK in the Upper Midwest. And, Yeah!, there are lots of interesting things to see, especially the beauty of Wisconsin and Minnesota with all the lakes and rivers (that means river valleys full of curves and twisties) but not as grand as the Tetons and Rockies, especially the Canadian Rockies where I'm headed in about 60 days!:grin2:

You're making the Meet & Greet in Ainsworth Hot Springs, BC, right? June 24-27.
 

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You're making the Meet & Greet in Ainsworth Hot Springs, BC, right? June 24-27.
By late June I should be back on the east coast. Maine probably.
 

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I have been following your adventure, albeit loosely, when I have the time to catch up, but I must say that I am totally envious of your trip. Your getting a chance of a lifetime and an adventure that most can only dream about. Of all you are seeing, just think of all you are missing. This vast country is so full of things to do, places to go, etc. I guess you just catch what you can catch and enjoy it as you roll.. Glad you are enjoying your trip, stay safe and thanks for taking us all along with you.!!
 

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I think the earliest I'll get to Edmonton is May 3rd. I'll leave St. Louis on the 26th. This assumes the Northern Midwest has fewer distractions than Texas.
I'll stay tuned, looks like mid work week for my schedule but you never know where a person can turn up in the evening...:wink2:
 

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Looking at your blog and noticed the transportation museum. We have one of those WWI rail cars from France here in Jackson, Mississippi also.

Also see you stayed in Maggie Valley. Hope you had time to see the Wheels Through Time motorcycle museum. All American made motorcycles and they run.
 

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Also see you stayed in Maggie Valley. Hope you had time to see the Wheels Through Time motorcycle museum. All American made motorcycles and they run.
Darn. No, it was closed when I went past. I would have enjoyed that.
 

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I fly back tomorrow to St. Louis to rejoin my GW and continue the drive to Alaska. For those keeping score, to date the Adventure has consumed 8,200 miles and included 12 states. Obviously I'm taking a lot of side trips. My future track includes Minneapolis, Bismarck, Regina, Edmonton, Jasper, Prince George, Dawson Creek. I shall certainly meander off the beaten track until the scarcity of roads becomes a reality. But I expect that my forward progress will improve. I spent 9 days waiting in Florida for the SpaceX launch. That won't happen again.
 

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Thanks for the update! Your adventure is rolling along great!

BTW, when you're passing through the Twin Cities, you'll probably want to go via the northern part of the beltline, I-694. If you feel like a break or some riding companionship for 50-100 miles, I'll buy you lunch/coffee and/or ride with you. I live less than 10 miles northeast of the northeast corner of 694.

I know what you mean about the populous nature of the East. Noticed it a lot on last Fall's trip to the Maggie Valley M&G. Wasn't till I got to Indiana that things started to thin out. It's just from living in the Midwest for 20 years. When I moved back here I checked and at that time Minnesota had 1/4 the population density of North Carolina, where I lived before Minnesota.

Oh, and trust me, you'll notice quite a drop in traffic by the time you get 50 miles northwest of Mpls. And it stays that way for the most part pretty much until you reach Seattle!:wink2:
 

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hehe, wait til he crosses the prairies:surprise:
 

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I'm saying goodby to the Mississippi River tomorrow. I was at its south end in March, now I'll be leaving its northern beginnings. What a river! Up here, with all the dams and stuff, it's more lake than river. Down at the end it raced past.

Also tomorrow I'll begin the prairie run. I've got several bottles of Five Hour Energy. Anyway, I've done it before so it won't be new boredom. A friend's wife considered it great fun as a passenger. Rolling hills she said. I suspect she slept through much of it but didn't notice.

Going west makes it easier. The Canadian Rockies are worth it!
 

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I've arrived in Canada! In honor of the event:

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
 

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Hats Off

Just wanted to mention that with a wee tad of help from yours truly, our traveler is getting a new set of Bridgestones and an oil change at Riverside Honda in St Albert tomorrow. Their service department is actually booked up but Vaughn and the guys stepped up and squeezed him in in spite of their busy schedule. Cheers to the service crew at Riverside Honda!
 

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Great job Daryl and the fellas at Riverside Honda


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Well,Kkerry (edmkc) and I met up with Doug (austinetc) yesterday and had a visit and an evening meal with him. That is no small adventure he's on.
Doug, it was great to meet you face to face, and as I said, do ride safe. I hope your timetable works out for the future of your major adventure, including Scotland. Looks like you'll have another hot one today as you head for the Rockies. On the plus side, the scenery improves greatly! In a few hours that is...:wink2: Hopefully the skies are clear when you go through Mt Robson Park tomorrow, it's gorgeous.

Now for the really bad news. In our excitement, we didn't take any pictures. :surprise: So, to Doug, and especially all of our members, I sincerely apologize for my indiscretion and lack of foresight. I know, no pics, never happened. But I have witnesses...
 

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Hope you're planning on riding the Icefields Pkwy, Hwy 93 through Banff NP. Would be a shame to miss that one. Be safe.
Honeymooned at Lake Louise in 1983, so I have a great appreciation for the area. I'll hopefully drive south from Jasper for a ways today. But I'm meeting friends in Jasper tonight. They're doing a train vacation. Happy coincidence.

Many thanks to Budoka and edmKC for meeting with me for dinner. Special thanks to Budoka for helping with Riverside Honda and buying dinner. My GW is has new tires and fresh oil, and I've eaten fresh Canadian salmon, though it's possible it came from the US. You can't trust those restaurants to buy local (inside joke).

Route plans: Jasper, Prince George, Dawson Creek (Start of Leg 2C), Whitehorse, Fairbanks, Anchorage, ??. Some part of the return trip will probably be by ferry.
 

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Now for the really bad news. In our excitement, we didn't take any pictures. :surprise: So, to Doug, and especially all of our members, I sincerely apologize for my indiscretion and lack of foresight. I know, no pics, never happened. But I have witnesses...
Just to be clear, I didn't forget to take pictures. I simply don't like my picture being taken. Never have. I wanted pics of you two, but knew I'd then be roped into one also. I have friends who share the rule no pics, never happened. In fact I'll be seeing them tonight. I cringe. :laugh2:
 

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I can attest that it did in fact happen :).

It was very nice meeting you Doug, and always good to see you again Daryl.

Hope you have a marvelous day today in the mountains, and of course for the rest of the trip.

BTW - saw a ton of LEO's all the way home to Fort Sask (Doug said he'd only seen one in Canada so far).
 
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