48 state, day 42. Minneapolis, MN

Today was a perfect riding day, sunny and warm all day. I got to Minniapolis early and decided that no visit to the Twin Cities would be complete without a visit to the Mall of America. When it was built it was the worlds largest shopping mall. It’s four floors tall and has an amusement park inside it. I know a couple of shoppers that would have a great time here.

I thought this was a good looking church.

I thought this was a good looking church.

The river here is the state border. I never saw a sign.

The river here is the state border. I never saw a sign.

Every shopping mall should have an amusement park inside.

Every shopping mall should have an amusement park inside.

48 state, day 41. Watertown, SD

Had to stop for a day to get the 10,000 mile service done to the trike. Back on the road today.

The eastern Dakotas are flat and green this time of year, but today they were foggy and cold. I’m ready for some summertime.

This was what I saw all day. No hills on the east side of the Dakotas.

This was what I saw all day. No hills on the east side of the Dakotas.

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48 state, day 39. Bismarck, ND

Out of Montana and into the Dakota badlands. This is the ares of the last great Indian wars. The Little Big Horn is in Montana and the current Sioux reservation is in the Dakotas. This is also oil country.

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You never know what will be on the side of the road.

You never know what will be on the side of the road.

Inside the park.

Inside the park.

There are a series of sculptures on the roadside.

There are a series of sculptures on the roadside.

48 state, day 38. Miles City, MT

Montana changed from mountains to planes today so the day was about covering miles again, almost 400. The mountains were left behind this morning and 1000 miles of flat land are ahead.

A long highway today.

A long highway today.

Leaving the Rocky Mountains behind.

Leaving the Rocky Mountains behind.

A Tesla charging in the middle of nowhere Montana. Go figure!

A Tesla charging station in the middle of nowhere Montana. Go figure!

48 state, day 37. Butte, MT

Today is one of those days devoted to driving, Montana is a big state that will take two days to get across. That being said the scenery is beautiful, the rivers are great and the mountains still have snow.
I didn’t make any notable stops today so this will be short.

Lake Coeur d'Alene

Lake Coeur d’Alene

Somewhere in Montana

Somewhere in Montana

48 state, day 36. Coeur d’Alene, ID

Day 36
Today started out with a mission. I was determined to get pictures of Oregon and Washington border signs, so south I went. I crossed into Oregon at Umatilla but it was another bridge with nowhere to stop. I knew if I went east along the Columbia River I would come to a land crossing. So east I went.
The scenery along the river is great. I would never have thought there was so much to see. The valley is lush farmland that was a beautiful green and gold. The grain fields were ready for harvest and the lavender fields smelled great.
I rode these valleys the whole day until I reached Spokane.

If you want to make friends, put a Schalke 04 sticker on your car. Today I was in Walla Walla, WA.  when   I was approached by a lady that knew the team. She was originally from Hamburg, Germany but recognized the sticker. I have had people everywhere talk to me because of the sticker or a shirt.

This is a dam on the Columbia River.

This is a dam on the Columbia River.

The lake created by the dam.

The lake created by the dam.

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Farmland in SE Washington

Farmland in SE Washington

A valley with the Snake River

A valley with the Snake River

Snake River again.

Snake River again.

Never saw one of these before.

Never saw one of these before.

48 state, day 35. Kennewick, WA

Today I started with a drive into Seattle to see the Space Needle. Seattle reminds me a lot of San Francisco, a beautiful city built on hills. The people I talked to said the cost of living was also expensive like San Francisco. I doubt I’ll be moving there soon.
The Space Needle itself was wonderful, fantastic views of the city and bay area. This was the farthest I’ll be away from home.
Traveling east through the Cascade Mountains you see one green hill after another the area is so pretty. I also learned that if a mountain in Washington is snow-capped in June, it’s a volcano. There are ten in Washington.
The green ends abruptly going east of the mountains. Like eastern Oregon and California, eastern Washington is a rain-shadow desert, meaning the rain is blocked by the mountains. The east is rolling hills and farmland with lots of rivers which are used for irrigation.

 

Seattle skyline from the Space Needle.

Seattle skyline from the Space Needle.

Mt. Reiner from the Space Needle

Mt. Reiner from the Space Needle

Look at the tourist in the coat, everyone else was a local in shorts.

Look at the tourist in the coat, everyone else was a local in shorts.

This is as far west as I go.

This is as far west as I go.

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Five minutes before I took this I was in a Forrest.

Five minutes before I took this I was in a Forrest.

Eastern Washington.

Eastern Washington.

48 state, day 34. Lakewood, WA

Today was normal highway riding except for a deture to Mt. St. Helens.
Oregon and Washington highways a lot like Florida, you don’t see much except the trees on both sides. The hills and curves are nice.
Mt. St. Helens was just amazing. As a tall mountain it sits among some smaller hills. It is tall enough to have snow all year around. It is currently 8,300 feet, before 1980 it was 9,600 feet. The eruption blew out the north face of the mountain leaving a large crater.
The area around the mountain is great. You can still see places where the old trees are still laying on their side but most of the area is covered with new trees.
From I-5 to the mountain is a great ride and this being Saturday there were hundreds of bikers on the road.

This was a big tree in 1980.

This was a big tree in 1980.

The valley in front of Mt. St. Helens.

The valley in front of Mt. St. Helens.

This is the side of the mountain that blew out.

This is the side of the mountain that blew out.

Mt. St. Helens

Mt. St. Helens

If you enlarge the picture you can see the trees on their sides.

If you enlarge the picture you can see the trees on their sides.

I saw Bigfoot! ;-)

I saw Bigfoot! 😉

48 state, day 33. Eugene, OR

State 16, one third of the way!

Today was pretty much just a riding day. It was hot when I left Redding but cooled down as I went north. The Oregon sign was high on a hillside with no way to reach it from the highway. Usually states put a welcome center right after you cross into the state. Not here. I’ll try to get one as I leave the state tomorrow.

Mt. Shasta

Mt. Shasta

Oregon is beautiful. Hills full of trees.

Oregon is beautiful. Hills full of trees.

I looked everywhere, this is the only sign I found that said anything about welcome to Oregon.

I looked everywhere, this is the only sign I found that said anything about welcome to Oregon.