Sunday, September 10, 2006
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Total Mojitos Enjoyed: 17
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Total Breakdowns: 3
We got on our way again, but Kevin's bike acted up after a rain shower, resulting in the first of three breakdowns. Kevin figured out a temporary fix and we all made it safely to Mark's house. We're all ecstatic to have left the corn fields and returned to civilization. Finally.
Amazingly enough, this was our first real encounter with rain on our trip. Dave and Zena have to strip off our riding suit to put on our waterproof liners. We also gear up for some colder than usual riding weather. I like any excuse to wear my ninja mask.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Monday, September 04, 2006
Total Times Crossing the Mississippi: 1
Current Rating of the Midwest on a Scale of 1-10: 2
Stopping in Greenville for gas, we couldn't pass up eating at Lu-Bob's family restaurant. Yup, we were definitely still in the Midwest. Unfortunately, the food fell far short of making up for the dreary weather and endless corn fields that had started to grate on our nerves. We wrapped up the day with a tv marathon in a comfy hotel, which helped lift our spirits, if not or current opinion of the Midwest. Two days before we arrive, and we're ready for Pittsburgh.
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Total Number of Times a Clausterphobe Would Have Freaked: 35
Total Times Crossing the Mississippi: 1
We enjoyed some live blues music and overpriced food at the Big Muddy Blues Festival, then made our way to Dan's house for a house party. Dave and Kevin got their first lesson in "washers," a St. Louis game akin to horseshoes.
The City Museum of Saint Louis was the greatest indoor playground we'd ever been to (and the main reason we went to St. Louis in the first place). Here's a photo of the outside structures as seen from the parking lot. If you look closely, you can see the arched wire tunnels we crawled through. Yay!
Saturday, September 02, 2006
Miles Ridden: 254
Number of Times we Crossed the Mississippi: 1
It was a leisurely day on back roads with a long breakfast where we met a retired couple who each have ridden over 800,000 life miles on various motos. We did a short side trip and visited their home moto museum full of various motorcycle memorabilia.
Ever since Dave committed to going all the way with the Lemon, he's made the changing of his spark plugs into a daily ritual. He has the whole set up: a wire brush, sand paper, carb cleaner and 10 spark plugs of two different varieties. Obsessive maybe, but hey, it's working!
Friday, September 01, 2006
Price per Gallon of Unleaded: $2.35
Touristy Things Done: 0
Bee Stings: 1 (Kevin, 2 total)
Today we saw corn. Just like the last two days and we'll probably see more corn tomorrow.
The weather is not as hot or dry as it was from Colorado westward. The day's high is about 85 and the air is starting to get sticky.
It is currently 11:30 as I write this. We are blogging in the lobby of a hotel that we are not staying at. They are so kind. Yeah wi-fi. We have not set up camp yet, one mile down the road, but will soon. Tomorrow we land in St. Louis!
From the eastern part of Colorado through all of Nebraska and Iowa, we have been motoring between fields and fields of corn. Here a farmer tests different strains of corn seeds to see which genetically modified seeds give him/her a desired result. For example, on almost all fields the ear of the corn grows within a specific height range on the plant. This makes the corn ears easier to harvest.
We decided to go for Mexican food in Bloomfield, Iowa. The menu at this restaurant did not have one of Kevin and Dave's favorite drink, agua fresca. So we asked if they could make us one each. To our surprise, they provided us each with a pitcher. Que sabrosa!
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Number of Deep Fried Twinkies Eaten by Zena: 1
We made it to Lincoln, Nebraska (state capitol) and home of the famous Nebraska State Fair (started in 1868), Check it out at http://statefair.org/. We pitched our tents in the fair campground around 4pm and then walked over the the fair. Here's a quick rundown of our fair activities:
5pm - entered west entrace $6 a head
5:30pm - watched vintage tractor parade (garnered ideas for next SF City cruiser)
6:30pm - watched Giraldo Family Circus Troupe
7:00pm - Kevin ate entire Funnel Cake ($4.50)
7:15pm - Lost a combined total of $9.50 at Bingo Tent
7:45pm - Watched Zena Devour Deep Fried Twinkie ($3.00)
8:00pm - Got Nauseous in the Vortex Tunnel ($2 each)
9:00pm - Zena & Kevin bought unlimited passes to the fair rides ($10 each)
9:01pm - Dave is stuck carrying both backpacks, waterbottles, and all jackets while Z and K run around the park. As the designated "Dad" he also got to take all the pictures.
10:00pm - Kevin lies down to fight his second attack of Nausea after the rides.
10:30 - Zena buys a Pineapple Whip ($2.50), Kevin gets a super size fresh lemonade ($5) and nachos with jalepenos($4).
11:00pm - Enter Beer Gardens to enjoy live Country Music - bummed we left earplugs with the motos
11:30pm - Watched an honest-to-god, beer induced, bar fight break out & immediately broken up by the Nebraska State Troopers.
All in all, we left with an euphoric feeling of having had an authentic Mid West Experience.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Number of Times Kevin got stung by a Bee: 1
With bags packed with fresh laundry, we headed east to begin our Midwest Conquest. After many people suggested that we bypass Kanas, we altered our route slightly to drive the Southern route of Nebraska. Thanks to Zena's forthought, we were well aware that the Nebraska State Fair was running over 10 days. We were primed to hit it.
Not counting the Bee String, we had an easy ride to McCook, Nebraska. We ate dinner and breakfast at the local 24hour family restaurant and enjoyed some incredible all-american food. Homemade apple pie and fresh cut ribeye steak. We also had the very tasty vegetable soap, but quickly learned that vegetable soup in Nebraska means beef soup with carrots, celery and potatoes.