Friday, July 16 - Marshfield, WI to Huron, SD
Yet another early morning today as we had just shy of 500 miles to ride. We had a great ride in the sunshine, enjoying the fabulous views and quiet country lanes. I enjoyed all of the scenery during the past several days but I found Wisconsin to be particularly lovely. Peaceful, rural roads, hills and valleys and nothing but blue sky! Fabulous 🙌 Somewhere along our route we ended up riding part of the Wisconsin section of the Great River Road. What a treat! I had ridden a good chunk of the Great River Road in 2018 when I rode across the country and loved it. It certainly didn't disappoint today. Eric had been a bit cranky this morning and I simply said, "Look at where we are! Riding the Great River Road in glorious sunshine with very little traffic! And, we're doing it on 150cc scooters, Dude! Ya can't be cranky with all this!" His mood improved noticeably, lol.
We took our start photo and headed off to the first BP.
BP - My Second Home Bar & Grill
The first CP was the Lyster Lutheran Church. Notice the red sports car on the right? Some Scooter Paparazzi enjoying watching the Cannonballers come to the bonus. However, didn't they realize that their car kind of polluted the photo? Guess not. Maybe they just wanted to be in everyone's photo, hahaha!
Sabre Lake Cemetery Kilkenny was CP 2.
This was another popular spot for the SCBR Paparazzi to hang out! These fine folks wanted to chat and check out all the scooters. We didn't stay long - we had miles to pound!
Off to BP 3 which was the St. George Church.
Then on to CP 3, Wabasso White Rabbit. However, no White Rabbit to be found! Apparently it had just recently been removed to be tidied up. This was an acceptable photo.
Everything was flowing smoothly. No wrong turns, great weather, no accident scenes and fantastic roads. We were making excellent time!
BP - Lyon County Farm Service.
At the Farm Service BP we encountered a number of other SCBR riders. We were right on track!
Before we knew it we were at the end Hotel in Huron, SD! Approximately 470 miles and lots of smiles! Short day, we ended around 3:30 pm. Yippee! Plenty of time to relax and socialize. Nope. That didn't really happen. Our room wasn't ready. Okay, we'll make the best of it and have a cocktail in the bar. While in the bar we enjoyed chatting with other SCBR participants and support crews. We waited an hour or so and still no room so we ordered some appetizers. Remember, we're still in our stinky riding gear, ugh 😭🙎
Finally 2 1/2 hours later we were told our room was ready. Hooray! Of course it was up several floors and all the way to the end of the hall. Schlepping our gear, helmets and overnight bags was a bit much after a long scooter ride. And then, we were greeted with this lovely view from our window, hahahahaha. Oh well, some you win and some you don't.
SCBR rider Quasimotard with Eric.
Eric getting a hug from GoPam. What a spirit she has. First she had cancelled flights and many issues just getting to Bar Harbor for the start. Her scooter had been shipped ahead. I think she made it to Bar Harbor in the wee hours giving her very little time to prepare for the start! Then, poor GoPam had a series of crashes and some kind of electrical gremlin. She has an epic tale to tell! She never gave up!🏁
Riders chilling in the parking lot. Standard procedure at the end of each day 😏.
At the host hotel we had yet more paparazzi waiting for us! Our dear friends Ken and Linda Schleman were there to cheer us on. Seeing friends at the end of a long day who are there to encourage and support was totally fantastic💕😍
Whew! What a day! Just over 400 miles but lots and lots of small, technical roads made for a rather long day. Time for cocktails and dinner 🙌
Today is listed at 526.2 miles and a good portion of that was going to be on unpaved roads. YIKES! Another early start, we were out the door and on the scooters as dawn broke the night sky. A quick shot of the host hotel and then we were on our way!