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Hello, I'm Bearnard (a.k.a. Bernie) B. Behr. I travel around the United States with my human Gary, who is a professional tour guide for California Sunriders motorcycle tours. We both come from Conifer, Colorado, a nice little town in the Rocky Mountains. We travel all over the country finding beautiful places and meeting all sorts of people from around the world. I keep Gary from getting in trouble and help him keep the guests on his tours happy, not an easy job! We have a lot of fun together and see a lot of really great places, and since Gary is a professional photographer too, we have some great pictures too (usually starring yours truly). Gary also likes to write a lot, (he's a little long-winded but tells a good story) so there's usually a lot to read. It's a good thing too, I can't type very well with these paws, so I'll have Gary do most of the writing. Keep coming back and enjoy the blog. Feel free to post a comment or make suggestions (like how to keep these crazy humans in line!) and we look forward to reading them. Sincerely, Bearnard B. Behr And Gary Fleshman

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Day Three…the midwest beckons!

Into the Heartland

Our third day on the road, another day of riding through the heartland of the United States. This is the day we get a real good look at the small farming communities found across the country. We begin with a brief breakfast at the hotel, load up and hit the road.

Our first stop is in Carlinville, Illinois for an up-close look at a typical small town plaza. With it’s cobblestone street and gazebo in the center of town, it’s a perfect example. Also a great place to get a mid-morning coffee to combat the jet-lag many of the riders are experiencing. This stop also allows everyone to meet the locals, friendly, good-natured people who tipify the typical midwesterner.

Afterward we continue our zig-zag course through the heartland passing family farms and miles of farmland.
We continue through the rolling hills until lunchtime and stop for something to eat and another chance to share our observations with other. Then it’s back on the bike in the mid-day heat for more riding.

Just when it starts to become uncomfortable we stop again at one of the attractions along the route, Meramac caverns. This was the hide-out of the infamous train, stagecoach and bank robber, Jessee James. It’s cool, sixty-degree constant temperature is a welcome relief from the hot afternoon sun beating down and slowly roasting brains in helmets. Along with the cave tour, there’s a very popular Ice-cream counter in the gift shop and cafeteria, the perfect way to cool off. After the caverns it’s time to get back on the bikes and go to our hotel, take a long shower, have a few beers, eat dinner and get a good night’s rest.

1 comment:

Gerald the harley bear - July 06 said...

This is the highlight of the trip!!!