MI to AZ on a 40 year old Wing :-)


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MI to AZ on a 40 year old Wing :-)

Post by landisr » Fri Oct 21, 2016 12:46 pm



Here is an informal log of my latest trip "back home"..

It was time for a visit to Michigan. I wanted to join some buddies for a long weekend of riding around the Upper Penninsula to include Copper Harbor. Then hang out a bit on the home front there, then ride my trusty old 76 Wing back to the barn in Phoenix. It was my personal Fly N Ride program. It just was not good to let a scoot sit for 9 or 10 months at a time and I wanted to ride it more often.

So I flew to Michigan on Aug 11. Then things took a nasty turn. My brother wanted me to bring them some rain because it was so dry there. The attached photo (taken on the way home from the airport...) shows how successful I was...

Then my sister-in-law was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. While she was in the hospital while they came up with a game plan, my Mom went in to the ER with breathing problems. At least the two of them were in adjacent rooms, so the visits worked out. More to follow..
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Post by landisr » Fri Oct 21, 2016 12:55 pm

Mom is better with changes to meds and therapy, and SIL is starting chemo. She is a fighter..

... but on to the positive... we rode up to St Ignace (north end of Big Mac) and kicked back for the night at my buddy's cabin. Woke up to sunny skies, but with nastiness in the forecast. That, coupled with NO rooms available anywhere in the area, camping was out, so we stayed 'local' and hit Java Joe's for his famous breakfast before we suited up and rode up to Paradise for pie and coffee. Stopped at the Eckerman Fish Hatchery and Artesian Well for a photo op. The red Corvette belongs to our buddy that had to give up riding for medical reasons. So he was our parts truck and beer wagon. ;-) It was so soggy, we didn't ride the remaining 13 miles to Whitefish Point, as we have been there before. We rode back to the cabin and spent the remainder of the weekend drinking beer, eating pizza, smoking ceegars and playing.......... Dominoes. ;-P
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Post by landisr » Fri Oct 21, 2016 12:56 pm

The weather turned better (of course) for the return ride back downstate, so we did the Tunnel of Trees (M-119), and ended up spending a couple days at one of the guys' place outside of Grayling. Then back to Lansing, stopping, of course, at the Cops N Donuts bakery in Clare. Struck up a conversation with a former Clare Chief Of Police and had him sign copies of his book of poetry and sketches which is on sale there. It is titled "Words, Not Bullets". His name is Michael Becker (in the wheelchair). What a fine fellow. He exchanged Cop stories with my 'Vette buddy, he being a retired Indiana State Trooper and Motor Cop before his health issues. It was nice seeing the comraderie.
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Post by landisr » Fri Oct 21, 2016 1:01 pm

Any way, after more base-touching with Friends & Family, it was time to head Back West. My life-long buddy is joining me for the stretch to Denver, where he will spend some time with his daughter and I will press on solo. My cousin from Tempe was going to join me in Denver for the home stretch, but ended up with scheduling conflicts.

Day One had us ride through Indiana and to our stop for the night in Decatur, IL. It was sunny all day, but hot & humid, with quite a headwind. But we made our target mileage, so all is well so far. The motel AC works so life is good. No pix today, but should have a couple tomorrow.

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Post by landisr » Fri Oct 21, 2016 1:07 pm

We made it to Belleville, KS on day two. It wasn't quite as hot as yesterday. We skirted a couple storms, but just caught the edge. We only rode a few miles in the rain, but didn't suit up. We dried off quickly.

Here are a couple pix at roadside somewhere on Rte 36 in Illinois.

A little later we crossed the Missouri River into Hannibal, MO. We couldn't stop on the bridge, but I took this poor glimpse of the river from a gas station.
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Post by landisr » Fri Oct 21, 2016 1:10 pm

Today (day 3) we rode the rest of the way across Kansas, into Colorado and our stopover in Denver. The Kansas leg was cool and overcast, so photography was limited at best. Lots of folks ask how old the bike is, or what kind. One guy asked if it was a BMW. Well, it's kinda old looking, black, and has the jugs sticking out the sides, so I guess I can't blame him. A guy at a gas stop told us about a guy from Chile' that passed through a month or so ago on a "125". I'm assuming he meant a Honda. But he was traveling the world on it, and it had over 50,000 miles on it. I always enjoy chatting it up with the locals. I avoid the superslab whenever I can for that reason among others.

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Post by landisr » Fri Oct 21, 2016 1:12 pm

As soon as we crossed into Colorado the sun came out and it turned hot again, but tolerable. I was lucky to find gas at a co-op in Anton, otherwise I may or may not have COASTED in to a station in Byers at the I-70 interchange. I was aware of 'iffy' gas in the area, but the state line snuck up on me, and once in CO there was only that ONE station for that stretch of about 120 miles. So keep that in mind if traveling across on US 36.
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Post by landisr » Fri Oct 21, 2016 1:13 pm

Good timing.. Denver at Rush Hour..


Approx 1340 miles so far.
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Post by landisr » Fri Oct 21, 2016 1:16 pm

Day Four dawned sunny and bright. At that point, since I was pressing on solo, and was focusing more on getting home (and off that awful seat :) ) I decided to take the most direct route. I basically went down 285 to 160 to Cortez. Beautiful weather, good roads, very little road construction. I didn't feel too guilty with this choice of route, as most any path in Colorado is a good one, and I will no doubt return again to explore more extensively. I arrived in Cortez right at sunset and snagged the last single room at the Econolodge.

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PS. One can't take too many pictures of Colorado...
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Post by landisr » Fri Oct 21, 2016 1:19 pm

Kenosha Pass. A "normal" ride in CO..
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Post by landisr » Fri Oct 21, 2016 1:21 pm

More boring misc pix. ;)
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Post by landisr » Fri Oct 21, 2016 1:24 pm

Lunch at the Oasis, a Mom & Pop in Saguache. GREAT burger and fries. Then up and over Wolf Creek Pass.. 10,850 ft elevation..
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Post by landisr » Fri Oct 21, 2016 1:29 pm

Just.... Colorado.... It was a tough job, but somebody had to do it....
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Post by landisr » Fri Oct 21, 2016 1:31 pm

The only problem with an early start: sunny, but 38 degrees... ::)

A couple views as I headed south toward Gallup, NM on Hwy 491.
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Post by landisr » Fri Oct 21, 2016 1:33 pm

I proceeded over to Holbrook, then south thru Hebert-Overgaard and Payson. I got home just in time to help The Wife watch the Detroit Tigers get their butts kicked. :o :))

Cruisin' through Rim (Mogollon) Country in northen AZ.
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Post by landisr » Fri Oct 21, 2016 1:56 pm

It was a great ride. That poor bike lived with us in Michigan for 8 or 9 years, then rode in the truck when we moved out here 2 years ago. Shortly after that, I went back to MI, and The Wife actually suggested I ride it back and leave it so I had one to ride there. I had a 'good' place to store it at a buddy's place. But this summer he sold his house and moved out, and I had to move it to my brother's house. But it was kinda in the way, so that added to the decision to ride it back out AGAIN. ;) 8-)

The attachments were 'downsized' by the server for obvious reasons. But if anyone wishes to see any in higher resolution, just PM me.

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Post by dingdong » Sun Oct 23, 2016 3:51 pm

Quite an adventure. Thanks! Pics are great. Glad the old girl made the ride okay.
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Post by landisr » Sun Oct 23, 2016 6:56 pm

You're welcome. :) My buddy also had a nice ride, on his "new" '86 Interstate. He bought it from me a long time ago, but still considers me a close friend. :lol:

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