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USA ROAD TRIP, DAY 3

17 September 2012 | News

by Gary Inman

Day 3: Cleveland, OH to Des Moines, IA

A transit day. It’s what Nick Sanders, the organiser of this trip, calls a big mileage, fairly boring day in the saddle. They’re in the three-week itinerary to link one area of great riding to another, as quickly as possible. Some US states are blessed with great roads, and some are not. Those that are not, are dealt a transit day.

Today’s route will cover two-thirds of Ohio, the width of both Indiana and Illinois and some of Iowa. A straight line, east to west. The main group I’m travelling with are riding 890km (550 miles), but I’m addin another 160km (100 miles), so I can visit some friends in Des Moines, Iowa.

I am on the road at 6.15am, then riding, on the deathly dull I-80 Interstate, stopping just for breakfast and petrol, for the next ten hours.

At least the Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenéré I’m borrowing is comfortable. I pass Gary, Indiana, a dump of a city I share a name with.

Rolling into Des Moines, late afternoon, in the sticky heat of a Labor Day weekend, the roads are all blocked by a Triathlon. I eventually find the Kung Fu Tap & Taco biker bar my friends own, park up among the Harleys and order a cold drink and a hot taco. Everyone in the bar wants to know where I’ve come from and where I’m going. I sit talking to the locals for two hours before finding my hotel, getting a shower and finding another friend’s bar. When I get back to my hotel at 3am. I can’t even see straight. Tomorrow might be a long day.

Gary is riding from New York to California and back to New York with www.nicksanders.com

by Gary Inman

Day 3: Cleveland, OH to Des Moines, IA

A transit day. It’s what Nick Sanders, the organiser of this trip, calls a big mileage, fairly boring day in the saddle. They’re in the three-week itinerary to link one area of great riding to another, as quickly as possible. Some US states are blessed with great roads, and some are not. Those that are not, are dealt a transit day.

Today’s route will cover two-thirds of Ohio, the width of both Indiana and Illinois and some of Iowa. A straight line, east to west. The main group I’m travelling with are riding 890km (550 miles), but I’m addin another 160km (100 miles), so I can visit some friends in Des Moines, Iowa.

I am on the road at 6.15am, then riding, on the deathly dull I-80 Interstate, stopping just for breakfast and petrol, for the next ten hours.

At least the Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenéré I’m borrowing is comfortable. I pass Gary, Indiana, a dump of a city I share a name with.

Rolling into Des Moines, late afternoon, in the sticky heat of a Labor Day weekend, the roads are all blocked by a Triathlon. I eventually find the Kung Fu Tap & Taco biker bar my friends own, park up among the Harleys and order a cold drink and a hot taco. Everyone in the bar wants to know where I’ve come from and where I’m going. I sit talking to the locals for two hours before finding my hotel, getting a shower and finding another friend’s bar. When I get back to my hotel at 3am. I can’t even see straight. Tomorrow might be a long day.

Gary is riding from New York to California and back to New York with www.nicksanders.com

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