Tuesday, August 28, 2018


The upper Midwest is getting the rain that we were missing all summer.  With it, winds and lots of nasty.  Last night was the worst weather my tent has ever protected me from.  Audiobooks, music and BBC.

I was texting Peg last night, she with tornado warnings.  I was camping in Severe Thunderstorm Warnings and now tonight Tornados up where I was last night.   Based on recent and expected weather I gave up my campsite and made a reservation .in Manistee instead.   It seemed wise to be closer and dryer before getting on the USS Badger tomorrow.

In my tent last night....


A milestone.....

The nicest it was today....


Serendipity?  All day I'd been planning to take the next Seasonal Road and not following through.  Finally one was approaching on my screen.....COOPER ROAD!!

Branches in the woods and on major roads, I saw more than one guardrail buckled fromt large trees...cable and power line wires hanging.

I should have stopped Sunday...there was a dump truck, solid axles from front to back.

Arcadia Dunes....

Michigan's version of the Wisconsin Rustic Roads?

I did some dirty and muddy today, some fun roads as I just wandered.  Saturday in Ontario on the Searchmont I essentially ran 80 miles...40mph, 4th gear, 4000rpm.   Today was 2nd gear, sand wet enough to just get me through..  The OEM MT_60 tires are working. (and wearing) SO well .but they aren't sand tires.  I'm no pro but I've come to appreciate the difference.

The Himalaya is working flawlessly; no question it prefers 60 to 70 but then so do I.  It's on the center stand tonight, a wise choice.


  1. Hopefully, you'll get some nice clear skies after that passes through. 5000 miles. What kind of tires are you looking at?

    1. I had to get most of the way through Wisconsin for the clear skies but it steadily was improving as I moved west. Lovely today though!

      I've had really good luck with the Shinko 244's and unless I surprise myself, there's a really good chance they will be next.