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  • Day90

    Chillin'

    Today in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 77 °F

    After rolling 20,000 miles yesterday, I stopped for lunch at Wendy's and had fries dipped in chocolate Frosty. Yummy😋!!

    I rolled down to Eats Gate HD where I ran into Slinger, a guy I had seen at a couple of the rallies. We chatted for a bit and he took my picture, then I went to the Milford Quaker Steak for the weekly Bike Night. Several of the Powder Keg HOG Chapter crew came out, and it was awesome to catch up.

    I spent the night at my very good friends' and daughter's home, and today I'm using their clothes machines and working on my routes.

    So long [for now], and thanks for all the fish! ✌️

    Day 89 mileage: 91.1 (total 20046.7)
    HD Dealership Challenge: 1 (total 152)
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  • Day89

    20,000 Miles Down, 4 Months To Go

    Yesterday in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 72 °F

    After a nice lunch in Columbus with an amazing friend, I hit a couple more dealerships before getting back to Dayton. I had dinner with another friend I was stationed with in Germany and in Ohio.

    I rolled out late this morning because I'm only going to Cincinnati. I stopped for a hair cut, then swing by my old HOG Chapter dealership, Powder Keg, in Mason, Ohio.

    Now, I'm stopped on the side of the road to take a photo of my trip odometer. 20,000 miles 😱! I can't believe I've racked up that many already. It's been great so far, and I'm really looking forward to the next 20,000!!

    So long [for now], and thanks for all the fish! ✌️

    Day 88 mileage: 237.2 (total 19955.6)
    HD Dealership Challenge: 4 (total 151)
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  • Day88

    HDs, OH's 50 Rides & 2 Tires

    June 15 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 75 °F

    Yesterday I got to take my rain gear off before I popped into Pennsylvania and the northern tip of West Virginia for more HDs.

    I started today by having both tires replaced. Near that dealership in Zanesville, Ohio, is a sign for the Triple Nickel--Ohio Highway 555, another twisty turny roller coaster of a road--and the sign is the photo stop for Ohio's 50 Rides, 1 Nation.

    Now I'm on my way into downtown Columbus to have lunch with a dear friend.

    So long [for now], and thanks for all the fish! ✌️

    Day 87 mileage: 454.2 (total 19718.4)
    HD Dealership Challenge: 9 (total 147)
    50 Rides, 1 Nation: 1 (total 14)
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  • Day87

    Cleveland & Rain

    June 14 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 73 °F

    Yesterday afternoon I hit more HDs and spent the night in Mansfield, Ohio.

    I left this morning at 08:30 and have hit several more dealerships in the Akron/Cleveland area. Around 11:00 I ran into a fast-moving storm, and it dumped on me before I could get out the rain gear for both me and my luggage. I got the luggage covered and then got the bike under cover at a gas station before I put on my rain gear, so my butt is really wet 🤣☹️.

    After one more HD, I'm now stopped at a restaurant to let the storm get well ahead of me. I hope the hotel has a clothes dryer 🤞.

    So long [for now], and thanks for all the fish! ✌️

    Day 86 mileage: 444.1 (total 19264.2)
    HD Dealership Challenge: 10 (total 138) [South East HD in Bedford Heights near Cleveland not pictured]
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  • Day86

    In Ohio Again

    June 13 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 84 °F

    After a couple of days of awesome riding and lots of fun seeing people I met at other rallies as well as meeting new people, last night was the end of the rally ☹️.

    Today, I've headed north into Ohio to hit a bunch of dealerships and to see friends. The I-75 bridge over the Ohio River is closed for construction, so I took the Anderson Ferry across the river instead. A much better way to cross!!

    So long [for now], and thanks for all the fish! ✌️

    Day 85 mileage: 169.0 (total 18820.1)
    HD Dealership Challenge: 3 (total 128)
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  • Day85

    Daniel Boone National Forest

    June 12 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 77 °F

    Yesterday evening cleared up somewhat, so I walked down to the HD for the evening festivities. Performing was Gary Michaels, "The Worlds [sic] ONLY Biker Comedy Hypnotist," so says his web site (https://garymichaels.net/). I guy I know in passing was one of the participants, and it looked like he was faking it all. I left to go listen to the band.

    Unfortunately, the storms rolled back in, which caused the band to cancel, so I went to dinner and called it an early night.

    Today, however, is beautiful and clear, so we've gone on one of the group rides twisting through Daniel Boone National Forest to our lunch stop in McKee, where we are now. We got here before everyone else though, because I was behind a Trike and a Spyder. The Spyder was across the double yellow on most turns and the trike wouldn't take a turn over 40, so when the group pulled off about 43 miles into the ride, the two of us kept going 😁. I guess I don't play well with others anymore 🤣.

    So long [for now], and thanks for all the fish! ✌️

    Day 84 mileage: 0 (total still 18651.1)
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  • Day84

    Laundry Day

    June 11 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 75 °F

    After a great ride on some very narrow, backwoods roads, including a 200-yard gravel stretch, we made it back to the dealership. We did hit two big downpours, but didn't stop to put on rain gear. My waterproof boots were soaked from the water running down my legs 🤣. I stuffed them full of newspaper in hopes they would dry overnight.

    Today is nothing but rain, so I'm staying in the hotel to catch up on laundry and work on my route. I haven't even checked to see if my boots are dry 🤣.

    So long [for now], and thanks for all the fish! ✌️

    Day 83 mileage: 129.3 (total 18651.1)

    [No pics today.]
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  • Day83

    Red River Gorge Scenic Byway

    June 10 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 77 °F

    After service yesterday, a friend met me in Louisville and we rode to Lexington. In the rain. I'm really tired of rain.

    We checked into the Bikes, Bourbon & Bluegrass HOG Rally at Man O' War HD, and I ran into some people I met at the Texas and Arkansas rallies. Really nice.

    This morning we've risked the rain to make a run down the Red River Gorge, and I got my 13th 50 Rides, 1 Nation photo 😁. No rain so far today. Fingers crossed it stays that way.

    So long [for now], and thanks for all the fish! ✌️

    Day 82 mileage: 212.8 (total 18521.8)
    HD Dealership Challenge: 1 (total 125)
    50 Rides, 1 Nation: 1 (total 13)
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  • Day82

    35,000-Mile Service

    June 9 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 70 °F

    After leaving Moonshine HD yesterday, I continued around Nashville hitting the dealerships. I dropped down to hit another one further south and didn't realize it was in Lynchburg, home of Jack Daniels. I took some photos of buildings, but didn't get off the bike. I'll have to come back. Cool little town.

    The weather rolled in again last night and it's still raining this morning. The radar didn't look like much, but between the rain and the road spray, it was slow going up to Louisville this morning. I had a service appointment at Bluegrass HD at 1000, but forgot about the time change between Bowling Green (Central) and Louisville (Eastern). So, I left the hotel at 0630 this morning. In the rain. Again 😭.

    I'm here now getting Willie's 35,000-mile check up. I was also able to get a new set of rain gear. Maybe I won't get soaked now 🤞.

    So long [for now], and thanks for all the fish! ✌️

    Day 81 mileage: 483.7 (total 18309.0)
    HD Dealership Challenge: 8 (total 124)
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  • Day81

    Still Eastbound

    June 8 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 79 °F

    I beat the storm last night! No rain and no rain gear needed yesterday. But no sooner had I checked into my hotel room in West Memphis, AR, than the skies opened up. This morning, the rain continues, so yucky rain gear today ☹️.

    The I-40 bridge crossing the Mississippi River is closed and will be closed for a very long time. Inspectors found cracks in the load bearing steel beams, so all eastbound traffic is being diverted to the I-55 bridge a few miles south. That's the way I needed to go anyway, but it took 20 minutes to go 2.5 miles this morning. In the rain 😩.

    I hit the Memphis HDs and even dropped down into Mississippi to hit Southern Thunder before heading northeast towards Tennessee.

    Now, I've stopped at Moonshine HD on the south side of Nashville. About 50 miles ago, I outran the weather, so I'm taking off my rain gear now. Yippee😁! I'm also buying a gas tank cap because I dropped mine at my last gas stop and the whole thing fell apart ☹️.

    So long [for now], and thanks for all the fish! ✌️

    Day 80 mileage: 432.7 (total 17825.3)
    HD Dealership Challenge: 4 (total 116)
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