July 03, 2008 GMT
22. Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone is a big volcano, it has erupted three times in the past.
2 million years ago, 1.3 million years ago and 640,000 years ago and
it might erupt again tomorrow.

This being the 4th of July long weekend everything around Yellowstone
was booked and I had to stay in Bozeman about 130k's away.

Great Falls to Bozeman, rained most of the way but was not cold, easy ride
through the backroads.
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In 3D, note the Rocky Mountains on the left and the Plains on the right
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The roads around the Park
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In 3D, note the flatter area in the green bit which is the volcano crater and the
surrounding mountains.
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Lots of wildlife, forrests, rivers, sub-alpine meadows and the Hot stuff.
Oh! and about a million other tourists all driving around and around.

This is an Elk looking slightly worried.
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This is a bear looking even more worried because he can't run as fast as
the Elk he is chasing and he chased it right across the road between all the
gawking tourists scrambling for cover into their cars. That was funny.
And why did I not drop my bike and try and squeeze into one of the cars
because a Grizzly ran away from me once before when I blipped the throttle.
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Steaming Rocks
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Dead Trees everywhere
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A little pond steaming away by itself
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Boiling Water, would not take long to make a cup of tea in this place
But it would stink
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Buffalo and Elk
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Buffalo cooling off
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More Boiling Water
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Lots of Waterfalls
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And Rivers and Canyons
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And people fishing
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Alien Landscape, scroll sideways to see it all.
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Pretty Colours
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The Continental Divide runs through the Park.
All Rivers East of the Divide run East and all Rivers West of the Divide run West
into the Pacific
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Watch your step
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Yellowstone Lake
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Buffalo on the Roadside
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Closeup
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Buffalo Traffic Jam, the Mothers waited on the road for the Babies to catch up
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There were hundreds of them
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Posted by Chris Desmond at 05:24 PM GMT
23. Old Faithful

Old Faithful - the main reason for my visit to Yellowstone

The Old Faithful area is a village in itself with its own Post Office,
huge car parks and millions of people.

Old Faithful erupts every 40 to 126 minutes
(give or take 8 hours, Park Ranger Joke)

This is what I saw when I arrived, scroll sideways
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It must have been my lucky day because as soon as I finished
taking the above picture, I heard the ooohhs and aaahhs
so I just kept clicking.

The eruption went on for over 3 minutes
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The End
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This Guy was keeping an eye on me
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Posted by Chris Desmond at 06:11 PM GMT
July 05, 2008 GMT
24. Little Big Horn, Crazy Horse, Mt. Rushmore and The Massacre at Wounded Knee


War of the Worlds except this time the Aliens and the Viruses killed the Natives.


Lots of early American History in this region, some good, some not so good.

Bozeman to Moorcroft
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In 3D
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Bozeman Church
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Custer's Last Stand at Little Big Horn, the Indians Won for a change.
This site is a National Park
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The short story
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US Cavalry, the hunter
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A melting pot
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Native Cavalry, the hunted
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Cavalry markers where they fell
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Crazy Horse says
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Native Memorial
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US Cavalry Memorial
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An Explanation
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Moorcroft to Valentine
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In 3D, heading away from the Mountains
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Crazy Horse Memorial, carved out of a mountain in the Black Hills
of South Dakota. Only the face has been completed and that has taken 60 years,
it was started in 1948 and at the rate they are going will probably take another
100 years. The original sculptor is dead, his wife and 10 children carry on the work.
The carving is done with dynamite, it is absolutely Huge, Massive, BIG.
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The face at the un-veiling
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When its finished
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Look for the Yellow Bus
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Straight after Crazy Horse I went to Mt. Rushmore which is nearby and it was an
anti-climax because all four heads are only as big as Crazy Horseís head, still
very impressive and many more visitors
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After that I rode to the Wounded Knee Massacre site where Native men, women
and children were killed by the army, it was sad because there is only a Rusty
Sign and a Mass grave compared to Custerís Last Stand which is a National Park.

The story
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The Mass grave
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The Cannon were up here and the Natives at the bottom of the hill
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Posted by Chris Desmond at 02:34 AM GMT
July 09, 2008 GMT
25. Chicago

Chicago - Big Steel City


Definitely a BIG city, steel canyons with every tall building trying to look different,
clean, organized and impersonal.

Valentine to Cedar Falls
Flat and boring, many small towns flying the flag
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In 3D
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Cedar Falls to Chicago
Illinois Toll roads start around Chicago about 80 cents every 5km
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In 3D
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Chicago Street, where the sun don't shine
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Sears Tower, 3rd tallest building in the World ?
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Train Tracks
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Planetarium, Aquarium, Field Museum Complex
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Lake Michigan, it should be called a Sea
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Trains flying over head
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Steel Art
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Lunch Break
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The Fire Department also runs the Ambulance Service and the fastest way to
get around is on a bike
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Michigan Street, The Magnificent Mile
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Ambulance Sirens Non-stop, giving everyone a heart attack
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Navy Pier, food, drink and some rides
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Posted by Chris Desmond at 01:09 PM GMT
July 15, 2008 GMT
26. Toronto, Niagara Falls and Ann Arbor


Toronto or Trono as the locals say, Niagara Falls lots of water and Ann Arbor
University Town. Time to catch up with Family and Friends.

Rode from Chicago to Toronto via Port Huron, uneventful border crossing, got
stuck in a traffic jam on the freeway for 2 hours just out of Toronto, very warm.

Chicago to Toronto
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I stayed with my Uncle and Aunt here, they made me very welcome, thank you
for your hospitality.

Canada Geese, millions everywhere
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CN tower through the Trono smog
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City Hall Clock Tower
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City Hall
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Another City Hall
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City Hall Art
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Casa Loma, Rich Man's Dream Home
Lots of Tourists
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CN Tower from Casa Loma
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Inside Casa Loma
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CN Tower very tall concrete structure.
Stood in queues all day to get to the top and then queued up again to get back
down.
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That Trono smog again
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Looking Down
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Glass Building
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Gold Building
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Trono Botanical Gardens
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Trono City Square
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Covered Street's for Winter
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The Blue Lines represent Trono's Underground City
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Art
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Toronto to Niagara Falls and back
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In 3D
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Niagara Falls, Lake Erie pouring into Lake Ontario
Absolutely astounding
This is looking at them from the Canadian Side
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Maid's of the Mist, that's what the boats are called
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Bridge to the USA
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Still alive
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They have one here as well and yes, I did go up, I just love heights
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Viewing Platform on the USA side
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The Hotels
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I rode to Ann Arbor from Toronto with a friend riding a BMW, following the
backroads along Lake Erie part of the way
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In 3D
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We stopped at Port Dover, Lake Erie for lunch, that beach could be anywhere,
it is real.
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Look at the Beach Toys
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Border crossing had a queue took an hour to get through
and coming the other way were the millions that cross the border to work
every day. After that road works through Detroit delayed things further.

I stayed with an old Friend and his Family in Ann Arbor, they made me very
welcome, thank you for your hospitality.
While there I serviced my bike and fitted a new tyre, the old one still had tread
but had developed a split or cut, nasty.

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I also organised my ticket back to Perth and shipping for my bike as well,
a story in itself.

Ann Arbor Lake
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I think that's a Duck
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and those two are Superman and Superwoman on Patrol
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Posted by Chris Desmond at 11:15 PM GMT
 
 

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