Posted by: mckenzie68 | September 6, 2010

Hobo Museum to Fairmont, Minnesota…September 5 or Day 140

We awakened to clear skies, and were excited to get on the road to the Hobo Museum in Britt, Minnesota.  We have pretty much adopted a hobo lifestyle for the past 5 months, and thought it would be appropriate to find out about the real deal.

You see, we learned that a hobo is kind of like a migrant worker, they may take long breaks but will return to work sooner or later.  A tramp (who hobos don’t like) is someone who travels but won’t work.  Then there is a bum at the bottom, he’s the one that neither travels nor works…really he doesn’t move unless propelled by the police.  So you can see that we really are hobos as we are nearing the end of our journey and will soon return to the working world.  (boo…sad face)

As we were checking out we chit chatted with Niki, one of the clerks at the hotel we were staying at.  She was absolutely fabulous!  She was genuinely interested in us and we really enjoyed her spirit.  Plus, she treated us like rock stars.  Such kindness just made my day!!!  =D

We started out with not bad weather, but the wind was simply over the top.  At least, coming from the south, it was a warm wind!  We reached the Hobo Museum about an hour after starting our days ride and we were disappointed that it was closed!  It turns out that the museum adjusts its hours over the weekends and various times during the different seasons.  We just had picked a day that it was closed.  It was such a bummer!  We peered in the windows but all we could see was counter with some gift merchandise and a big wooden hobo guy that people from all over had signed – a pseudo guest book.  Unfortunately, all of the museum items were completely out of sight.  We took some pictures of the exterior, and headed westbound along highway 18, with our bikes leaning into the wind…HARD!

It was so nice to take a northbound route just so we could have the wind to our backs, giving us a much needed rest from being jolted, jostled and bombarded from a sideways wind!

Eventually we made it to Interstate 90 and headed west, and this time the wind was even worse at highway speeds.  It was not long before shoulder pain, and not being able to feel the fingers of my left hand, had me looking for a place to stop, which turned out to be Fairmont, Minnesota.

We were super hungry so we had a bite to eat before looking for a place to spend the night.  Really, Rae and I were happy just to get a break from the wind.  We chatted about our trip to the restaurant staff, and used the GPS to locate accommodations, and just like that we were off to secure a room.

The hotel had lots of room and we were unloading the motorcycles when the hotel maintenance man (Dave) brought over two pieces of wood to put under our side stands.  We chatted about motorcycles, trips, Sturgis, and life in general.  I was so pleased to have another person go out of his way to be kind and generous to us, you could not buy therapy like this for such a cynical person like me!

We walked around the area and located a very old railroad trestle in the middle of a farmer’s field.  I wanted to get closer to get some better pictures when I noticed that the signs saying that there were Texas Longhorn cattle for sale.  I did not want to find out if he had any left, so I stayed on the safe side of the fence and settled for a long distance view of the trestle.

We returned to the room, had a late afternoon hot tub, and then it was an early night, which was unusual for us.   I took some powerful medication to make sure that I was able to get a little shut-eye, even if it was only for a couple of hours.

Tomorrow will be all interstate, and all pretty much straight…yawn!  LOL



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