Day 22, Blue Ridge Parkway

September 27, 2017

471 miles…

Got on the road before 7 this morning to beat the traffic and find cooler temperatures. The ride from Knoxville to the Parkway took me through the Smokey Mountain State Park. The ride through there was exceptional. Lots of great, twisting roads. A little bit of traffic but not that much. The motorcycle has such acceleration that passing can be done very quickly. Continue reading “Day 22, Blue Ridge Parkway”

Day 23, West Virginia Mountains and Homeward Bound

September 28, 2017

404  miles…

7717 total trip miles…

24964 Motorcycle Odometer

First off, forgot to turn on my gps tracker. Damn… first time. Old age is a bitch isn’t it? Anyway, took my time in the morning as it promised to be an easy day with fairly low mileage. I planned to go through the mountains of West Virginia and then stop short of Dayton so I could make a morning ride on Friday to my lunch appointment with my friends in Dayton. Continue reading “Day 23, West Virginia Mountains and Homeward Bound”

Day 24, My Hometown

September 29, 2017

89 miles…

Visited my friends in Dayton, Ohio for a very long lunch today. Great time. I have known many of these friends since I was born as we were from the same neighborhood. The gang is the featured image above this post.

Then bopped up to Columbus area for a pizza dinner with daughter Liz and her friends. It’s always a fun night out and her gang does it every Friday night after work. Continue reading “Day 24, My Hometown”

Home Sweet Home and Final Thoughts

September 30, 2017

357 miles…

Total Trip Miles 8,169…

19 States Visited…

Total Odometer 25,409…

Great to be back home to sleep in my own bed. The ride from Liz’s to Harbor Beach was uneventful and I arrived home about 5:00. I did stop off at the Iron Pony before departing Columbus and bought a new pair of boots. Also bought a few other do dads. The new boots will be taken to a cobbler to see if he can add a little extra height. Hopefully this will allow me to fully plant both feet on the ground and prevent the incident where I dropped the bike in Durango. If that doesn’t do it, the shocks will be changed to lower the whole bike. It’s expensive, but it’s essential that both feet can be firmly on the ground at the same time when doing slow maneuvers such as backing out of a parking spot. I could go back to the stock seat but the benefits of the new seat far outweigh the fixable seat height problem.

Anyway, now that the trip is over It’s time to list some of the things I’ve learned. Continue reading “Home Sweet Home and Final Thoughts”