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Traveling on 2 wheels with us old broads…

IT’S OFFICIAL…

To all my Iowa friends… we have crossed Nebraska and most of Kansas and it’s official…  I believe we have seen more corn here than we did in Iowa.  I would have never figured that to be possible.

We trudged across the sand hills of Nebraska and the Kansas plains.  There won’t be any new pictures on facebook for obvious reasons!  The day started out overcast and ended with beautiful sunshine.

The highlight of our day was the sale at the Harley shop in North Platte, Nebraska.  Aside from that, our excitement consisted of trying to hold the bikes on the road as the cattle trucks blew by!

We have stopped in Garden City, Kansas for the night.  The closer we get to home – the more Julianne drags her feet.  Mary is ready to get back to the dogs and be off the bike for awhile.  Not sure about Phil…  but I would go for another couple weeks if it was possible!

I hope I can remember all the great things we have seen, roads that we rode and people that we met.  There was the Turquoise Trail, the Texas Plains Trail, the stretch of road between Durango and Ouray, Arches National Park, the Road to the Sun Highway, Canada Scenic 501, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Highway, the Can-Am Highway, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park,  Mt. Rushmore, Route 66, Wall Drug, Crazy Horse Memorial, Glacier National Park, Needles Highway, Palo Duro Canyon, Lizard Head Pass, Hole ‘n the Rock, Flaming Gorge, Grand Teton Pass, and the list goes on.

Since there won’t be a whole lot to blog about for the remainder of our trip, I will be offering some TIPS FROM THE ROAD.  Surely some of you will be able to put some of them to good use…

1) If you are taking new luggage, make sure you have made a practice run and are aware of how to pack it and what it will hold – as well as how to attach it to the bike.  Packing tip:  pack less than you think you will need – that way you will have someplace to pack the things you buy.

2) Planning is essential.  Although, it is not necessary to follow the plan in order to have a good time.

3) Prior to your departure, study the weather.  And then study it some more.  When you are finished studying… chunk it all out the window and pack for every imaginable weather scenario!

4) Be certain that you have chargers for all of your electronic gadgets.  And make sure that you have enough memory space for all the pictures you want to take.

5) Don’t handle prickly pears until all the pricklies have been burned off.

6) Be aware of “RUNAWAY TRUCK RAMPS”.

7) No matter how warm it feels… if it’s less than 75degrees, dress accordingly.

8) If you are lucky enough to get a couple of the last rooms in town… don’t be too critical….  it could be worse.

 

MORE TIPS TOMORROW………………………………………..

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3 Responses to “IT’S OFFICIAL…”

  1. Hey now, be careful, you DIDN’T travel all the way across Iowa, or at least not on your most recent trip! By-the-way, Illinois is worse yet when it comes to constant, continual corn and soy bean fields but then, what does one expect to see in “the bread basket” or “the cattle and hog feed basket” of the country? Try eating all of that “beauty” you guys have been traveling through recently. I know that you are just writing good prose (which we love reading) but I also realize that lots of folks have no real idea where their food comes from other than the local restaurant or grocery store and little appreciation for the farmers who ultimately feed all of us. I certainly know that I didn’t before I moved to the Midwest in the 70’s and have spent so much time over the last 25 plus years traveling through “farming country”. Love those corn fields and appreciate that fresh air (after the cattle and hog trucks move on down the road)!! Happy rolling! Loved your travel tips and know we couldn’t ride with you because it takes a mini van to pack all of our stuff!!!!

    • I”LL BE WATCHING OVER THE HORIZON FOR YOU TOBERS. YOU’VE GOT TO GIVE MARY AN A+ FOR HER STAMINA ET AL
      AS I JUST KNOW IT WAS NOT EASY ON HER KNEES. SHE IS A TROOPER. I HOPE YOU CAN GET HER BACK ON THE BIKE AGAIN SOMETIME IN THE FUTURE.
      TAKE CARE AND RIDE SAFE!!!
      LOVE YA……MOM

  2. I want you to arrive home safely but I will so miss my evening update. I am sure Camden is not near as cool to write about. Thanks for taking me along on this ride.


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