Thursday, August 22, 2013


     Its easy to lose track of things that you think are basic once you are on the road and out of a daily routine. I woke up and didn't even realize it was Sunday. Wes and his wife laid the hospitality on thick serving biscuits, eggs and bacon. It almost a shame we had to leave...almost.
     The morning was much colder than I expected. I put my rainproof windbreaker on under my vest and until the wind blew it back up to my elbows, it did its job. It was chilly but I managed to stay close enough to comfortable.
     Wes had first hand knowledge of the area and whipped around the farm roads and deftly negotiated us through the small rural towns. He would point at things, like a cemetery, and at a stop would explain that the cemetery was where John Dillinger was buried. In addition to being fun to ride, these roads were some of the most scenic I have ever ridden.
     We came around a curve and were treated to one of the best views I've ever seen. There was a clearing in the trees and you could see the field below. The sun was still low in the sky and had barely started burning off the dew and fog. Words don't do it justice. I was drop jawed and despite my attempts there was no place to pull off and get a picture. That said, there are always moments you can recall in your mind's eye. This was easily one.
     To get to Route 66, we needed to eat a lot of miles and in a hurry so that meant interstate. After the splendor of Indiana farm roads, it was sad to have to leave them. I was spoiled. That said, setting yourself up for failure and ending up successful can make the up-turn that much sweeter.
     The interstate was scenic, for interstate that is. The things along the interstate made it interesting. We passed a GIANT roadside cross in Illinois. Easily the biggest example I have ever seen, I would love to know the story behind it. Everyone's cameras came out so hopefully there will be one with me in it.
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     Crossing into St. Louis, we encountered some traffic, which was strange for a Sunday. Thankfully, our route passed right by the St. Louis Gateway Arch. I learned the hard way at Niagara Falls, sometimes attractions are best appreciate from afar.
     The gas stops were good. The group seems really comfortable and we've become good friends fast. Good natured ribbing among guys is a good sign of that. There were laughs, some at my expense, but I know the score. It is a good sign that we are getting along.
      The last half hour was rainy and we got just wet enough to call ourselves wet. We arrived at the KOA in Joplin, 550 miles plus under our belts. The rain did not appear to be letting up so we upgraded our primitive site to a cabin. As I type this and talk to Ken, our companions are dining at an Ion Skillet restaurant walking distance from where I sit. There is cold beer and soon we'll have a fire. The fun has yet to stop. Tomorrow we hit the mother road. Its hard to imagine that we can still go up from here.


  1. Shit man, you should do this more often, utterly enjoyable and a fair dinkum approach, thanks.

  2. This Ride sounds like a Blast... Good Friends & Good Times to be remembered always as you said "In your Minds Eye"
    Ride Safe and Enjoy!

  3. I've seen that cross in Illinois a bunch of times. Enjoyed the blog!

  4. Thanks for reading and commenting.
    I really enjoyed being able to keep a journal as I went day to day as opposed to having to try and recall everything on the back end. As there was so much that we saw and did, there would be way too much lost to time. I've learned from my past trips, you can't remember everything and so much of my memories of the great stuff is gone. I can't see myself not doing this again for every ride.


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