Rob Keller


Rob Keller

Do you have your "bucket list"? Life is too short to not have one and it is never to late to start. Welcome to my "bucket list" of "adventure" motorcycle rides from Alaska to Bear Tooth Pass to the North Shore of Lake Superior and now to Nova Scotia. I'm Rob Keller from Bismarck, ND and I retired in 2008 from the North Dakota National Guard after 26 years. Motorcycling has been my favorite hobby and through my travel blog I want you to come along and enjoy the ride. Believe in your dreams and make them happen...

North America » United States » North Dakota » Bismarck June 20th 2010

Evangel "Adventure" Ride To Duluth and the North Shore Eighteen motorcycle riders representing 12 bikes ranging from HD, BMW's, Honda GoldWings and Shadows to Kawasakis participated in the 2nd Annual EAG Motorcycle Adventure. Our route took us from Bismarck to Duluth's North Shore, International Falls, Warroad and finally home to Bismarck. Four days and over 1,200 miles. It’s always amazing to see how easy friendships form when riders gather. What a great group we had this year and I am excited to ride with these great men and women in the future. The annual trip is fast becoming an event that EAG motorcyclists are anticipating. Taking part in the EAG Adventure this year were: Cal and Carla Bender, Trent and Kari Christianson, Pastor Roger and Eide Will, Bruce and Sharon Walth, Jon Patch and his daughter ... read more
Trent and Kari Christianson
Bruce and Sharon Walth
Darrel Rau

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Peggy's Cove May 31st 2010

May 29-31, 2010 Peggy’s Cove Light House and Digby, NS After leaving the Cabot Trail I headed down to Halifax via Coastal Highway 316. The route took me through quaint Atlantic Ocean seaside fishing villages that probably don’t get many tourists. The skills of fishing have been handed down from generation to generation. It’s kind of like our family farms in the Midwest…trying to carve out a living but seeing large corporate farms buying up all the small family farms. Along the fishing villages, the fishermen were complaining about the price of their catch while large fishing “ships” are taking away their livelihood. Many will sell their boats when they retire as no family member wants to carry on the tradition. One cannot travel fast in Nova Scotia especially when traveling along the coast. The roads ... read more
The "Daniel P" Fishing Boat
Lobster Traps
West Dover, NS

Nova Scotia’s Cabot Trail May 27-29, 2010 I finally arrived at the destination that I had been planning for months. The picturesque Cabot Trail where the saying is, “Come for the drive…savour the journey.” I found the Cabot Trail to be one of the most beautiful scenic drives I have every been on considering the rainy weather, fog conditions and an occasional segment of “pure sunshine” that never hampered my delight in arriving here. But before I get to the Cabot Trail let me bring you up to speed since my last travel blog. Riding the St. Lawrence Seaway was great and I had several beautiful days of riding weather with lots of sunshine. I decided not to tour Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula due to weather conditions and lots of predicted rain. The weather forecasters turned out ... read more
Shediac, NB Home of World
Shediac: Lobster Capitol of the World
Confederation Bridge Structure

North America » Canada » Quebec » Québec City May 26th 2010

St. Lawrence Seaway May 25-26, 2010 Today’s blog will be about the St. Lawrence Seaway but first wanted to say the travel to Montreal was very scenic. I wanted to stop in Montreal but no one told me about the 2-hour traffic jam and just getting into the city would take 3-4 hours. Oh well. Montreal and Quebec are a vacation destination in an of themselves. Are you ready for some history? When I travel I do a little research into the area that I am going to visit. It is very worthwhile as it gives you a new perspective on what the people are like, their livelihood, and so much more. When we take a look at the history of the St. Lawrence Seaway, it is filled with lots of interesting “stuff”. It has a ... read more
Unique greenery design near Quebec
St. Joseph Catholic Church in Maskinonge, QB
Statue of Jesus

North America » Canada » Quebec » Montréal » Saint Laurent May 25th 2010

NOVA SCOTIA DAY 3 & 4 (May 24 & 25, 2010) I am going to combine the next two days of travel because I was just putting miles on to get to my destination. Don’t get me wrong, the ride is awesome and the scenery is spectacular, however, the last two days the weather was great, the bike was operating at top speed and I just decided to push on past my evening check points. I have been averaging around 450 to 500 miles per day. On the way from Thunder Bay to Nipigon I had to put on my rain suit to stay dry. Not a heavy rain but one that is irritating and just enough to get you soaking wet. As you probably know, I am not a “fair weather” rider and actually welcome ... read more
Lake Nipigon
Moose grazing in the morning
Cochrane Polar Bear Mascot

North America » Canada » Ontario » Thunder Bay May 23rd 2010

NOVA SCOTIA DAY 2 (May 23, 2010) I had a refreshing time at the Traveler’s Campground. Rained pretty much all night so breaking camp in the morning was very wet. You have to pack it all on the bike wet and all. I was up at six and on the road at 7:00 am. One of my traveling traditions is to break camp early, ride for several hours and have a hearty breakfast to get me through the day. I usually don’t stop for lunch but I have a relaxing evening meal close to my daily destination. Today was a little different and I usually don’t do this, but I ate at a “fast food” A&W and had my ‘egg and ham “ sandwich. Remind myself not to do that again…I enjoy the “mom and pop” ... read more
International Friends
Thunder Bay International  Hostel
Thunder Bay International Youth Hostel

North America » Canada » Manitoba » Winnipeg May 22nd 2010

Bismarck to Rugby to International Peace Gardens to Winnipeg I know my travel blog is getting a late start but you have to have WIFI to publish so here goes… A big thanks to JoLynn for planning my Nova Scotia “Send-Off”. We had many friends there and it was a great event. Honey, thanks for all your planning and special touches to make it special. I love you and here’s a great big “thank-you” across the miles. A little rain did not ruin the excitement. I had been planning the Nova Scotia ride for almost one year. Why Nova Scotia? Well, it’s hard to top the Alaskan Highway and 6,000 miles of beautiful mountain scenery. So, the Eastern part of Canada beckoned after researching the far East Provinces and Nova Scotia had a lot of things ... read more
Suited Up
Rugby's Geographical Center Of North America
Peace Tower

Good morning fellow motorcycle riders and those who love to travel via my Travel Blog... For the past year I have been planning a motorcycle "adventure" ride to Nova Scotia. Many of you followed my 6,000 mile ride in 2008 riding from North Dakota to Alaska via the Alaskan Highway and returning via a ferry from Alaska to Washington. I completed that trip on my 2005 Honda Goldwing but due to some back problems, I had to switch to a lighter bike. The 2005 BMW R1200RT is my motorcycle of choice and allows me flexibility to travel in some "off road" conditions. This adventure will be just as exciting and I wanted to give you advance notice so that when you start to see email traffic arrive on your computer that you don't delete because you ... read more

North America » United States » Nevada » Las Vegas May 8th 2010

Las Vegas Facts: 1. Amount in miles of lighted neon tubing on the Strip and Downtown 15,000 2. Number of hotel rooms 124,270 3. Average number of Vegas weddings per day 315 March 30 Day 1 We arrived in Vegas in the early afternoon and were greeted with sunny skies, waving palm trees and temps in the 80's--perfect tourist weather. We checked into the our hotel the "Luxor" which is shaped like a pyramid with a great view from the 21st floor. We enjoyed exploring other hotels and shops in the next few blocks. We soon discovered there were people everywhere of many different nationalities. Also it was Spring Break in the state so there were college students all over. We would have many choices of restaurants, shows and things to keep us busy the rest ... read more
Luxor-Home away from home
Met this movie star!
Belagio from the Eifel Tower

North America » United States » South Dakota » Sturgis August 24th 2009

"Keep close to Nature's heart, yourself; and break clear once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean." John Muir After traveling a mile through meadows and forest, we began to see Elkorn Mountain, with dramatic peaks and rock outcrops. Climbing steeply, the trail emerges onto a ridge where users can see the back of Mt. Rushmore. Two thirds fo the way to the top is a popular outlook and hitching rail for thsoe who take their horse to the summit. This is the most popular route to Harney Peak...Trail #9. It leads to a fire tower built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), now on the Register of Historic Places. The trail is steep, but the rewards include stunning views of four states. Harney Peak was ... read more
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