Secondly, the rear tyre on the bike had worn faster than I had planned, so a quick call to BMW Motorcycles of Milwaukee confirmed they had stock and could fit immediately. That meant no opportunity to have a look at Milwaukee but the next opportunity to change was uncertain and safety comes first. Done!
Onto the ferry, tied the bike down and we're off! In the queue Joe from Grand Rapids MI came up and we had a long and interesting chat. He has a Road King. He suggested avoiding the interstate and Lansing and so we spent the night in Owosso MI. A charming rural community which seems quite prosperous. The Cornstock Inn delivered a high quality accommodation experience.
Although far more attractive than the interstate, the country side, pretty as it was, is standard to us now, and with the roads straight and flat, we are simply laying down miles between destinations. But it is tips from folk like Joe that make the trip more pleasant and interesting.
On a technical note, these long distances in top gear mean quite good fuel economy. I am averaging over 600 kms per tank.