Riding the K75 to RI

During the last three weeks in October, 2016  I rode the K75 from WA to RI so that I could leave the bike on the east coast permanently.

It was a cold and wet ride most of the way. Heavy rains from Washington to Montana, and the temperature never really got above 50F degrees all the way across the country. The days usually began in the 30’s and then peaked in the 40’s. I stuck mostly to the interstate highways to save time since daylight is limited this time of year, but I tried to venture off-road at least once a day for an hour or so. I packed camping gear but never used it. There was never a problem finding cheap motels.  Route Map here.

Map of the ride from WA to RI.
Map of the ride from WA to RI.

I made it to Missoula on my first day and stayed in a tiny motel downtown across from an Indian restaurant. After an early start and some good espresso on day 2 the clouds opened up and the sun started to come out on the eastern side of the Rockies.

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Montana

In eastern Montana I diverted off road through a canyon for about ten miles.

Some Canyon, MT
Some Canyon, MT

 

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Questionable weather ahead in ND.

 

Double rainbow, Montana.
Double rainbow, Montana.

 

Scary weather on the way to Bismarck, ND.
Scary weather on the way to Bismarck, ND.

I spent a full day visiting the Dakota pipeline protest camp in Cannon Ball, North Dakota. I was hoping to make some photos of indigenous peoples preparing for the upcoming winter. In order to receive permission to photograph in the camp I agreed to a whole list of restrictions imposed upon the press including the promise not to photograph children, animals, food prep, or any adult without express permission. It was very limiting.

Protest camp, ND
Protest camp, ND

 

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Protesters vs Police

 

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ND Police Block Access to Indigenous Peoples

 

Constructing a Tepee

 

Dirt Diversion, Minnesota

 

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Lake Huron

 

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Lake Michigan

 

Near Lake Erie in Buffalo, NY
Near Lake Erie in Buffalo, NY

 

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Seneca Lake, NY

 

Near Ithaca, NY
Near Ithaca, NY

 

I stopped to visit with friends in Ithaca and Kingston, NY, and then finished the ride east and parked the bike at my dad’s place in RI.

1 Comment

  1. interested in your record and effect of:
    the fork oil viscosity changes, the valve wear pattern and that the timing chain was still ok
    (like your bike packing ..much better than mine)
    thanks Vince
    1986 K75 T and a few airheads

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