07/25-27/19 – Back in the USA…

We made it back to the homeland.

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Spent Thursday (7/25) heading for Penticton, BC, about 340 miles from Williams Lake. Penticton is a lakeside tourist town. Right next to the lake and the lake goes on for 30 miles. The terrain is beautiful, but not photo worthy. After seeing the scenery we have for the past two weeks, this is just real pretty, with a lot of people. We had lunch at the Hwy 97 Diner. Kind of a 50’s 60’s theme diner with some old cars and trucks parks around the property. More classics than Janie has at the HillTop, and the wait staff was much more efficient – older, but better. Sorry HIllTop.

Friday, 7/26, we crossed the boarder into the US. Not much on our side, but the folks going into Canada were backed up forever. We saw a group of Harley riders (8 or 10) and figured their wait time would be closet to an hour. About 20 mile down the road we passed about 20 bikes heading for Canada – good luck guys, this might be how you spend your weekend.

As we crossed into the US the first 40 miles was vineyards and fruit orchards. This area is considered a high-desert and with the lakes being right there, it makes a perfect environment for growing crops. Reminds me of the Rio Grande Valley.

Made it to Haugen, Montana for the evening. Stayed at the 50,000 Silver Dollar Casino and Motel. Cheap, but nice rooms.

We took I-90 out of Spokane and for the first 30 miles it is nothing but stop and go traffic. As we got to the Idaho state line it became a great twisty-turn high-speed motorcycle road. It goes on till we needed to stop for the evening, and found a room in Haugan, Montana; the casino motel.

Saturday morning (7/27) we got an early start and took off for Billings Montana, 440 miles east on I-90. We’re back at the Vegas Hotel in Billings.

The bikes are running perfect. Cursing on the interstate at 80 MPH and getting 40 miles to the gallon. Gas in the US is about a $1/gal. less here, but this trip is already way over budget.

Tomorrow we head for Scottsbluff, Nebraska. I’ll let you know how that leg goes.

Later, Bud…

Author: Bud Campbell

I consider myself an Adventure Motorcycle Traveler with over 50 years riding experience. Been to all four corners of North America, and always thinking about my next ride / adventure. I have a stable full of motorcycles and check the adds and forums regularly for another one; however, limited space keeps me in check, so I only have five right now. Just started a new adventure by buying a Sidecar rig. Man, (and ladies) this is totally different. So different I thought it needed a blog all to itself. Might have to change my handle from Lowrider Bud to Sidecar Bud. I'll let ya'll know how it goes. Later, Bud...

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