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Chapter 1 - Motorcycle Camping - Liz Travels

Chapter 1 - Motorcycle Camping - Liz Travels



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Published by Sal Page
1st leg of a 10 month journey around the country
1st leg of a 10 month journey around the country

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Published by: Sal Page on Aug 07, 2010
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Will, Sal and LizUSA Road TripOctober 1966 to July 1967
Begin:Ann Arbor, MichiganEquipment:BMW R-60 with Steebs SidecarLuggage/Blanket Roll/Tent/Camping GearGolden Eagle National Park Camping StickerRand-McNally Map of USA taken fromour last National Geographic magazineGoal:To travel around the USA, plotting our
course as we traveled for as long as we couldTravelers:Will (age 25), Sal (age 23) and Liz (age 2)
CHAPTER 1: The BeginningWe started with a welded-shut coffeecan bank to save for the trip, emptyingall of our coins into the bank, andwhenever possible stuffing in a twentydollar bill. Will had graduated fromthe University of Michigan with adegree in English, and I was finishingup my degree in Music Literature. Ourdaughter Liz was not yet two years old.I was supposed to graduate in June, butI missed my finals because of amotorcycle accident. I had a brokenfibula and torn ligaments, typicalfootball jock injury. This meant takingmy finals in the summer and attendinggraduation in December.We had been planning this trip eversince we got married in 1964. Nothingwas going to deter us. The older Lizbecame, the more difficult it would be totravel around the country, especiallywhen she reached school age.My doctor tried to tell me I couldn'tleave because I would need follow upcare on my knee. We did delay ourdeparture by a couple of months, but Iwas not hanging around for thegraduation exercises.We left Ann Arbor in October 1966 andheaded east. Most of our traveling wason the blue highways. We kind of learned as we went. The toll roads weregreat if you were on a deadline, but weweren't. We were purely on anadventure.
We traveled through the countryside of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland.October 12, 1966Roadside park inOhioObserve sidecarhas a trunk with aspare tire mountedon it. Big woodenhomemade kitchenbox, suitcase; tentbetween kitchenbox and Liz andme. Behind Willon the bike was theblanket roll. Thebike also hadsaddlebags. You'relooking at prettymuch our lifebelongings for the next year. We called someone in either of our families about once a week tokeep them informed of our travels. My mother kept up with our trip because I would send rollsof undeveloped pictures which she would have processed to save for us. Of course, being Mom,she had two of each picture made so she could keep a set.We ended up in Washington, DC. Our first major incident happened on the beltway that circlesthe City; six or more lanes of traffic in each directio. The bungee straps holding the suitcase andkitchen box snapped, and we had our belongings strewn over four lanes. We managed to gatherit all up, and decided most of our travel would be in the countryside, not in the big cities. If wewere settled in a campground near a big city, and we wanted to make a run into the city, wewould do that after we were unpacked and had set up camp. It was obvious we would be makingmuch of it up as we went along and became more familiar with the routine.Up to this point, we had been staying in little Mom and Pop motels, because Liz had an earinfection and couldn't camp out until she had finished taking her medicine.

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She still loves motorcycles over 40 years later.
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Liz is 48 now. I was half her age and she was two when we took this 10 month trip.
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