August 18, 2011 at 10:38 pm #58961Roy JacksonSpectator
9 Days and the RA Rally. Or Roy’s forced march.
This is what it cost to travel to the RA Rally in Chippewa Falls, WI., taking the scenic route.
Let’s get going. Myself, Tom Kostka, Bill and Tom Gill, Don Lapierre, and Ken Richmond met at the Gulf station on Plainfield Pike, Johnston, RI O7:00 to start this adventure.
25 Jun 2011
Gas Stop Plainfield Pike, Johnston, RI $ 25.02 On the road at 07:30
Gas Stop Patterson, New York Throughway $ 17.25 @ 10:48
Gas Stop Warner’s, New York $ 13:03 @ 13:03
Gas Stop Niagara Falls, Canada $ 20:23 @ 17:51
Dinner Steak House near Motel $ 48.67 Yikes @ 22:00
Motel Super 8 ??? $ 94.91 I roomed with Ken Richmond, we took turns paying.
26 Jun 2011
Gas Stop Upsala, Ontario Hwy.17 $ 10.50 @ 08:57
Gas Stop Dryden, Ontario Hwy.17 $ 19.23 @ 11:10
Gas Stop Barrie Ontario $ 15.75 @ 13:10
Gas Stop Sudbury, Ontario $ 23:34 @ 14:15
Gas Stop Bruce Mines. Ontario $ 20.72 @17:58
Dinner was paid in cash 25.00 +/-
27 Jun 2011
Gas Stop Wawa, Ontario $ 23:25 @ 10:11
Gas Stop Terrace Bay, Ontario $ 20.56 @ 13:52
Motel Super 8, Thunder Bay, Ontario $ 94.13 @ 17:39
Dinner Thunder Bay, Ontario $ 32.21 @ 18:56
Here we split up with Tom & Bill deceiding on going in a different direction, meeting us at the Rally.
28 Jun 2011
Gas Stop Thunder Bay, Ontario $ 18.92 @ 07:14
Gas Stop Dryden, Ontario $ 11.10 @ 11:10
Police Stop near the Ontario / Manitoba Line $ Ask Don Lapierre
Gas Stop McMumm, Manitoba $ 13.79 @ 14:02
Room, Ken Richmond, Dinner Cash $30.00+/- @ 18:30
29 Jun 2011
Gas Stop Unknown Location $16.50 @08:16
Gas Stop Duluth, Michigan $17.44 @13:17
Stop at Aerostitch, Duluth, Michigan $15.00 t-shirt
Late Lunch at the Duluth Diner featured on Dines – Dives + Drive-ins $35.00 for lunch and trinkets. The banana cream pie was out of this world.
Arrive at RA Rally Wednesday, one day early. Found a good site, which happens to be featured on the RA web site, [url]http://www.bmwra.org[/url] at this time.
Item’s purchased were Ice, Beer, food, trinkets, beer, raffle tickets , beer and water. ( it was hot when it wasn’t raining) All cash $200.00+/-
2 Jul 2011 left Rally to head home right after closing ceremonies. @ 18:30
Gas Stop Chippewa Falls, WI. $ 17.50 @ 10:02
Gas Stop Waupada, WI $ 22.31 @ 22.31
Room near Milwaukee, WI Ken’s turn Cash dinner $ 25.00 @ Late
3 Jul 2011
Fast Ferry from Milwaukee, WI to Muskegon, MN $ 150.00 @ 06:00
Gas Stop Unknown location $16.50
Gas Stop ” ” $17.44
Room ” ” $ 80.00
Dinner at this little log cabin along a river with a water fall, very rural and one of the best meals of the trip. & 35.00 +/- West of Buffalo, New York
4 Jul 2011
Gas Stop NYT just before the Mass Pike, One last water stop / good bye stop at the rest area right before Rte.146 and then home.
Statistical Data for the trip. Taken from my GPS
Total Miles 3,713.8 Miles
Overall Average 42.0 MPH
Moving Average 59.4 MPH
Max Speed 94.6 MPH (following Don in Canada)
Total Time Traveling 68 Hrs 03 Minutes
Moving Time 48 Hrs 07 Minutes
Stop time 19 Hrs 55 Minutes
This does not count the time the GPS is off for the night.
All in all I had a blast and I believe all who traveled with me had a good time as well. Can’t wait to see where the RA is next year, but I’m sure I will be planning a ride to it. Enough rambling for this month. See you all on the road. Roy
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