I held my breath a bit in the early morning light as I turned on the ignition and watched the voltmeter arm swing confidently to just under 14V. Whew! I had packed up camp, hitched the camper to the bike, and was ready to leave Buffalo Gap Campground by 8:00 a.m. (I’m writing in civilian time, but in my head, it’s still 0800 🙂 ) I called the nearest Harley-Davidson dealership, Black Magic H-D in Willison, ND, about a 2-hour ride north, and described my issue.
Think y’all would be able to see me same day?
Yep, we do our best to accommodate travelers, come on in, we’ll see you when you get here.
I nervously watched the voltage meter for the two-hour journey, but it held steady through the whole ride and I made it to Willison without issue. Of course, Mike was right, and the stator was going out. After several phone calls late in the afternoon, the part was ordered and set to be overnighted. By the time the part arrived and the work done, I was two days behind on my road trip agenda. No worries, I’ll adjust fire and can still arrive on-time for my campground reservations in West Glacier, MT.
When I posted my rough trip map outline on the Bunk-a-Biker Facebook page several months ago, one of the hosts along Hwy 2 in Montana reached out to me to let me know she’d be happy to host me. We had been in communication a few times since then, so I texted her to let her know that I was still coming on the expected date, but that I would be pulling one of my longest towing days yet to get to her, so I wasn’t sure of my arrival time. No worries she texted, just be safe and we’ll see you when you get here!
And once again, I hit the Bunk-a-Biker jackpot! Maloni, an avid biker with three bikes of her own, made space for my bike and camper in her garage. Only a fellow biker can understand just how tiring towing for 400 miles with a motorcycle can be in 98 degree heat, with winds gusting up to 60 mph (yep, no $hit, it was that bad!). She got me all settled in and chatted with me for a bit while I cooled down. After laundry and a shower, I was treated to a perfectly grilled steak, baked sweet potato, and salad – a real home-cooked delight! We hit it off so well, I was bummed that we wouldn’t be able to ride together a bit. With Glacier National Park only about a hundred miles from her home, she had great intel on routes, sites, and timing, which she shared with me, even though she wouldn’t be able to accompany me.
The next morning, I was greeted with coffee and a scrumptious breakfast. As we lingered over coffee, I commented that it was too bad that she had to work and couldn’t ride west with me for a bit.
She grinned like the cat that ate the canary and said, “I made some phone calls- I’m riding to Glacier with you today!”
And just like that, girl’s day out on 2-wheels was on!
Before we knew it, the day had flown by and it was time for Maloni to head back east. Unencumbered with a 55 mph camper speed restriction, I’m sure she had a quicker return trip! It was a GREAT day of riding and I made a new friend that I hope to host in NC someday 🙂
Now, time for Glacier National Park!