After breakfast on Friday morning I left Sturgis to continue my trip. 15 minutes later, I crossed the border into Indiana and I headed west to Chicago on I90. There are a lot of tolls in Indiana and Illinois so I was glad that I had the EZ-Pass transponder on my motorcycle so that I didn’t have to pay cash. I pulled over into the cash lanes to make sure that it would work but every time I got near the gate it would open and the attendant waved me through.
It was overcast and warm most of the day but the sun did escape through the clouds a few times. I headed north-west after I got past Chicago and I stopped at the Wisconsin information center to find out where I might stay for the night. When the agent suggested that I visit La Crosse I knew that it was going to be my destination for the night, since I used to play lacrosse and it is on the Mississippi river. With the time change near Chicago, I arrived in La Crosse at 6:30 pm central time so I stopped for the night at a hotel on the Mississippi river and I had a chance to walk along the river after supper.
On Thursday I met some of the local residents during breakfast. After breakfast, there was time to see some of the sights in the area and go canoeing for a few hours. I was invited for a wonderful meal prepared by friends of Cheryl’s , Jim & Faith. I had a wonderful time visiting with them.
When I reached the border on Wednesday morning, I used the Nexus lane to cross over to the US. As I pulled up to talk to the border guard, he informed me that I had been randomly selected by the computer to have my vehicle and its contents inspected. OK, ‘ who called him ?’ Fortunately, the whole incident only took 10 minutes.
The rest of the day was uneventful. I arrived in Sturgis, Michigan at 6 pm at the Amigo Centre, http://www.amigocentre.org/, which is a retreat/recreation center. I met Cheryl Mast, who is the outdoor education co-ordinator. We had a nice chicken BBQ, followed by a tour of the facilities before she took me to the Amigo camp park to check into a cabin. I considered tenting, but opted for cabin so that I could charge my helmet and phone.