Needles to Nebraska to Nearly Tipping

Saturday (October 1st) saw me packed, up and riding before the chill had left the air.  I had a long day’s ride planned: a meandering route heading west into Custer State Park to ride Needles Highway, then down into Nebraska before finally back west to my room for the night in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

400 miles in about 9 hours.
400 miles in about 9 hours.

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First Leg: Cincinnati to St. Joseph to Wisconsin

Leaving CincinnatiOn Friday morning I packed up all my gear and started my journey by heading west.  You can see here a photo my mother took as I was headed off.  The new light bar is looking good!

The plan was to leave Cincinnati and head up towards Indianapolis and continue heading west and a bit north until I arrived at my friends Britt & Nate’s house, a few towns over the border in Illinois.

Britt had the day off, and I wanted to start my trip off by being able to see the countryside and not take interstates the whole way.  So I took a vacation day and rode country highways up.  It was a beautiful drive; I hadn’t noticed it as much in Cincinnati but out in the country fall has begun.  The trees haven’t turned, but one of the common crops (soybeans?) have started taking on a beautiful golden hue.

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Ohio Rides

Motorbike nerds sometimes share “ride reports”, basically excuses to recount the details of your ride and post mediocre pictures of interesting places (ok maybe that’s just me).  I expect to be writing these with some regularity, so if you find this boring you might just want to skip over future “ride report” categories.  This post is a combination of three rides I took recently while hanging out in Cincinnati, Ohio.  One followed the Ohio River to the east, one towards the rural heart of Ohio and one south into Kentucky.

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