From Watertown, NY I decided I wanted to start making some miles so I hit the super-slab (interstate) and headed south on I-81 until I reached I-90. From there I rode west to the Canadian border.
I wanted to see Niagara Falls and make it to a Provincial Campsite early along Lake Erie so I could enjoy the water. Lucky me though gets investigated by the Canadian Border Police. Okay…not necessarily investigated but they went through my bags and I got put off by one officer who said I was “nervous”. After about a 45 minute delay, the border police realized that I had no drugs and I wasn’t hiding a terrorist in my gas tank, so they let me pass. They ask me lots of the same questions and took down some information so I thought for sure I was going to get the same experience heading back into the U.S. Luckily that didn’t happen.
Anyway after I crossed the border, I made my way to Niagara Falls. I’m told the Canadian side is much prettier than the U.S. side. I parked my motorcycle for $8 in a $20 parking lot. One advantage of riding a motorcycle is that we usually don’t get charged as much for tolls, parking and ferry rides.
I took in the falls from several angles and enjoyed the views.
The crowds did get a little much for me so I decided to make my way to a Lake Erie campsite.
I arrived at Selkirk Provincial Park around 5pm. I set up camp and grab some dinner in a near by town. As I was riding back to camp I saw some VERY dark clouds in the distance and they were heading my way.
I rode faster than I probably should have to get back to camp. There I covered up my bike and made sure I had everything I needed off my vehicle for the night in case the rain was going to be around a while.
The storm was probably the worse I have been in since I started camping with my bike but my tent held up like a trooper and I didn’t get wet at all. The rain lasted most of the night and slept very well.
The next morning I continued west toward Michigan.
I came across this cute bike stand.
I decided I still liked using a motor over foot pedal so I continued on my way.
In Michigan, I have a friend in the city of Howell who I stayed with for a couple days. After which, I road for another half-day back to Yellow Springs, OH to end this trip.
Another 4000 miles and several states ridden.