48 state, day 52. Burlington, VT

Today was different, the sun shined!
I started out looking for land borders today, first between Ontario and Quebec and teen to the U.S. I’m really surprised that there are no “Welcome to the United States” signs, same for Canada. All there was at this crossing was an hour wait in line to,get across the border.
Quebec was real different, the roads were bad and the drivers were rude. In Ontario all the road signs were in both French and English, in Quebec they are only in French. I drove through Montreal and turned south for home.
Vermont is called the Green Mountain State and that is what you see. I had not seen a town until I got to Burlington and as I drove into town I thought ” what a perfect little town ” all the grass was cut and the houses were neat. Just like a Currier and Ives painting. A few miles later I found out why, I was driving across Fort Ethan Allen. One of those small Army posts that remain open because of tradition. I don’t really think we are expecting an attack from Canada any time soon.
Hope to find some good picture spots tomorrow.

Province 1

Province 1

Province 2

Province 2

More people traveling

More people traveling

State #32

State #31

48 state, day 5. Whitby, ON, Canada

I am so tired of being wet and cold!!!
I stayed last night in a small hotel owned by a very nice couple. she wanted to make me something to eat and made sure I had everything I needed. I think she felt sorry for me because I had the wet puppy look about me. All the children got pictures on the motorcycle and later everyone sat around outside talking. Strange but a lot of fun.
Today was wet again. I started the day at Niagara Falls where the mist is always covering the area. The falls are truly something to see, even with the rain.
There is a great tower with an observation deck that costs $16 to go to the top. The ride up was pretty but when I got to the top it was fogged in. Just my luck on this trip.
I was in the worst traffic of the trip in Toronto, Canada needs to learn about belt ways.
Tomorrow is Canada Day which is kind of like the Forth of July, but not really. One Canadian told me it was the day they celebrated not being Americans.
I saw a great t-shirt today it had crossed American and Canadian flags and the caption said. “Celebrating 200 Years of Peace! 1815-2015”. I’m not sure but that may be a record for bordering countries.

 

At the falls

At the falls

Another rainy day

Another rainy day

The Canadian falls

The Canadian falls

The American falls

The American falls

The tower that I have good fog pictures from

The tower that I have good fog pictures from

The Maid of the Mist

The Maid of the Mist

A closer picture of the falls

A closer picture of the falls

Lake Erie, looks just like the ocean

Lake Erie, looks just like the ocean

They take speeding seriously here.

They take speeding seriously here.

48 state and 2 provinces, day 50. Delhi, Ontario

Another rainy morning! Where is summer?
It rained all the way to the Michigan border and just as I thought I would be taking a picture in the rain it stopped just in time.
When you go into Michigan the car factories start and don’t end until you are in Canada. Detroit is an old industrial city that has been dying a slow death for years and it shows. It’s a little sad.
Going into Canada is much harder than it was 16 years ago, the last time I went. I was stopped and asked several questions, as was everyone, but finally I was let in the country. There are no “Welcome to Canada” signs anywhere because they don’t want you to stop so I’ll try to find one going out. I’ll find a small land border crossing to come back if I can.
The area around Delhi, Ontario has a large Mennonite community. I passed several along the road, but with respect to their beliefs, I did not take pictures.

#30

#30

Canada farmland

Canada farmland

 

48 state, day 49. Piqua, OH

It’s official! Indiana has the worst roads so far. I found it hard to believe, and I’m not talking about some back country road but I-70. I couldn’t believe it.
While I was driving I passed a race track which was holding kart races. This track was built for kart racing and has several professional teams based there. For those of you not familiar with karts, they are not what we played with as kids. These are pure race cars that can go over 100 miles per hour. While NASCAR drivers tend to start on local dirt tracks, Formula 1 and Indy Car drivers start in karts. It was a lot of fun to watch.
When I got to Ohio the sign was posted on an arch over the highway which made it impossible to get a picture. To get a picture I had to take a short detour to a back road crossing. It was actually a nice ride.
The weather today with the temperature in the mid 70s (25c). A little cool for me but great for this trip.

A future F-1 driver

A future F-1 driver

These things were amazing.

These things were amazing.

Short corn but a beautiful green.

Short corn but a beautiful green.

Because you never know when the next attack on West Manchester, Ohio will take place.

Because you never know when the next attack on West Manchester, Ohio will take place.

It's hard to get a picture when the sign is over the road.

It’s hard to get a picture when the sign is over the road.

So I found a better sign.

So I found a better sign. #29

 

48 state, day 48. Terre Haute, IN

Today was a great riding day! Temperatures in the high 70s with sunny sky’s. Out of 48 days I think less than 10 have been this good.
As you can guess everything in Illinois is about President Lincoln. Lincoln birthplace, Lincoln home, Lincoln law office, Lincoln slept here, Lincoln pee’d on this tree, the list goes on and on.
I am disappointed that I am too early to walk through a corn maze. The corn is about five feet tall at most so it will be another month or two before they can construct a maze. Along that same line, I will also be too early for Pumpkin Chunkin’ in Delaware. I just left too early.

Flooding is everywhere. Really strange weather this summer.

Flooding is everywhere. Really strange weather this summer.

Isn't this a great sign.

Isn’t this a great sign.

#28

#28

48 state, day 47. Hannibal, MO

Today was raining all day so only one picture. It was also the day of everyone’s birthplace. It started in Kansas City with President Eisenhower followed by President Truman, then General John J. (Black Jack) Pershing, Jessie James, and Mark Twain. Didn’t know Missouri was such an exciting place, did you?
As I was trying to find a hotel I spotted the bridge across the Mississippi River so I quickly went and took the picture below.

#27

#27

48 state, day 46. Olathe, KS

Today started out cool and cloudy with me riding all over the back roads. This is Jessie James country so as you can guess everything has to do with outlaws.
I was in four states today, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, and Kansas. As I was taking a picture of the Kansas sign tragedy struck as some a**hole trucker passed so close to my camera tripod the wind from the truck blew it over breaking the camera. Thankfully it had just taken the picture so all was not lost. This would not have been so bad if he had not been the first vehicle to pass in five minutes and could have moved to the far lane with ease.
Oh well, a few minutes and a credit card at Best Buy takes care of a broken camera.

#25 I'm straight, the sign is about to fall over.

#25 I’m straight, the sign is about to fall over.

#26 I would have taken a better picture but about three seconds after this was taken the camera fell over and died.

#26 I would have taken a better picture but about three seconds after this was taken the camera fell over and died.

48 state, day 45. Blair, NE

Today is the half way point of my trip, 24 states. I don’t have any way to calculate the miles but I think I’m close to 2/3 of the distance, having done the large western states first.

The day could best be described as windy with rain. The winds today were around 40 mph according to the radio. I can tell you they were from the south and therefore cross winds. The rain just made it more interesting.

All of the buildings on this farm are pink.

All of the buildings on this farm are pink.

#24 Half Way!

#24 Half Way!

 

48 state, day 44. Cedar Rapids, IA

Today was a different kind of day, it was spent on the back roads of Iowa. The countryside was beautiful with rolling farmland and forests. The crops are very green with the corn being about two feet tall.
One of the attractions today were some Native American burial mounds. I’ll refer you to the National Park Service for more information.
http://www.nps.gov/efmo/learn/historyculture/effigy-moundbuilders.htm
I stopped in at J&P Cycles main office and got the tour of the warehouse. J&P is one of the largest motorcycle accessory dealers in the U.S. A very impressive place.

#21

#21

#22

#22

#23

#23

You never know what you will see.

You never know what you will see.

Iowa forest

Iowa forest