So where does the name "Latitude Fifty Four" come from?
The final destination for this motorcycle adventure was the city of Ushuaia located in Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina.
The latitude of this city is 54° 47' South.

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Monday, October 10, 2005

Day 1 to Day 3

October 8th: Puslinch, Ontario to Bad Axe, Michigan
October 9th: Bad Axe, Michigan to Bryan, Ohio
October 10th: Bryan, Ohio to Effingham, Illinois

Hello Everyone, and a Very Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving To You All....Now Pass The "F'ing Ham"!
We are currently in the Holiday Inn Express in Effingham, Illinois where I am enjoying a horrible cup of brown water which is apparently supposed to resemble coffee. (Our first day of our journey already took us out of Canada so I didn't even have time to sneak in a last Tim Hortons!!)
If you're wondering about the delay in the posting, our original departure date of September 30th was put off a few days until October 8th.
Our initial plan was to use trailers behind the bikes, but after much time and effort trying to get them in order, we decided against them. As such, we had to order some luggage last minute, and rig a few make-shift bags. I ended up with a MacIntosh Classic Computer carrying case (sure, sure...give the computer geek the nerdy luggage!), and my dad opted for a scuba gear bag with a wooden plank put in the bottom for support.
Our first destination was Bad Axe, Michigan. The only word to describe the trip was COOOOOOOOLD, but thankfully Chuck and Rowina had thought ahead and kindly cranked up the heat in their home for us. It couldn't have been appreciated more and both my dad and I were grateful for the hospitality.....and the opportunity to defrost! That evening our first priority was to hook up the electric heating vests which came in handy again today as it was another chilly one!
Our second day took us southwest to our current location here in Effingham. Not much to report for today's trip. We were trying to make up for some time, so we didn't take any time to sightsee, and we pretty much stuck to the freeways.
Aside from the cold it's been pretty smooth riding so far, and aside from a hawk almost flying right into the side of Jan's head there have been few problems.
I am now off to take advantage of the indoor pool at our hotel. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and I hope you all have an extra helping of turkey for me! Please keep the emails and postings coming. I'm missing everyone very much, and it's great to hear from everyone!!

"One of these things is not like the other...."
A quick stop on our first day. It was a sea of Harleys and we got a few peculiar looks when we pulled in on our Kawis! The big event was the "Dyno Drag" truck. It lets you strap your motorcycle onto the truck and drag race someone else. We weren't brazen enough to give our bikes a test run on it!

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