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Sunday, August 5, 2012

POST 682; 08/05/12: ON THE ROAD TO OBX - I-90

MPV with her severely overloaded trailer. Trailer hitch is nearly scraping the ground. Front tires are contacting roadway surface just enough to enable positive steering.

If this were not plenty to challenge our drive, must admit that both rear brakes have now depleted the brake pads...which had 2mm remaining when we departed Bellingham.

Using plenty of motor braking to slow this duo safely.

Took two days driving to find the proper running speed and how to brake such a heavy unwieldy tandem. Today, we ran between 65 and 70 a very comfortable stability factor.

Stopped at Mitchell, South Dakota for gas and 1/2 hour nap.

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has resulted in I-90 literally filled with motorcycles...thousands of motorcycles converging on the small town in South Dakota. I heard one report that 1.2 million
(1,200,000) motorcycles have been expected.

The Mitchell Gas Station was crowded with bikes en route to Sturgis.

MPV performed well again today. She seems to like cruising at the higher speed...which gives her a boost when climbing the hills - hills must less demanding that those of the Rocky Mountains.

Have stopped for the night at a truck stop motel ($39.50) near the city of Madison, Wisconsin.

We should arrive in DeKalb before noon tomorrow, where I hope to spend two days with sister Carol.

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