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We're Home!!!

We're Home!!!Entering North Carolina- almost home…
We're Home!!!It’s starting to look like home now! We are both so excited to get home and see our kitties.
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Entering South Carolina– WooHoo…

We're Home!!!A picture speaks a thousand words… Or in this case, 3 words….

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We’re home- after driving 6,739 miles we have officially rode our trike out to the west coast and back! What an awesome trip. I’m sure we will go on other trips like this, but none will compare to the first trip on the trike. We’ve been gone nearly 5 weeks- which means it will take me the next 2 weeks to get all the cat hair vacuumed from the furniture… hahaha

finalmapWe’re in home just in time for Wing Ding 30. It’s the national GoldWing Rally and it’s being held here in Greenville, SC on July 3-6. Thousands of GoldWing riders will be in town for this event- ought to make for some good pictures…

Crossing the Mississippi

Crossing the Mississippi River entering Cairo, IL- the bridge was built in 1929. It was quite an awesome view of the Mississippi- you could see where the Mississippi and the Ohio rivers converge. Luckily the flooding hasn’t reached that far downstream- There was a bit of water in fields off to the side of the Ohio- but it wasn’t the widespread flooding like they are experiencing up north. I hope you don’t get motion sick watching it!!!
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Day 33 Road Trip- June 21, 2008

Day 33 Road Trip- June 21, 2008
Ohio River where it converges with the Mississippi River at Cairo, IL
Day 33 Road Trip- June 21, 2008
Entering Kentucky
Day 33 Road Trip- June 21, 2008
We stopped off at a little (I mean- LITTLE) BBQ place called Prince Pit BBQ, in Barlow, KY.
Day 33 Road Trip- June 21, 2008
The food was pleasantly tasty… Apparently they had been featured on the Food Networks “Good Eats”.
Day 33 Road Trip- June 21, 2008
Well- here we are in Tennessee for the 2nd time on this trip. We are nearly home. I am so excited to see our kitties. I’m sure they will be happy to see us as well, once they are through pouting… We had another wonderful day of riding. Considering how long we have been on the road- we have been very fortunate.

When things get hot…

When things get hot...When things get hot- Jan and I each have a bandanna that we soak in ice cold water out of our ice chest and tie it around our neck- It sure helps cool things down when the sun is beating down on you! We decided the only humane thing would be to get bandanna’s for our riding buddies as well…

When things get hot...

T.W.
When things get hot...
Asher
When things get hot...
Whipper

Day 32 Road Trip- June 20, 2008

Day 32 Road Trip- June 20, 2008

What an absolutely beautiful day we had today- We couldn’t have asked for better riding weather. We did have kind of a sobering moment today- we have been lucky- and hadn’t seen any accidents so far on the trip. But today, while driving on US Highway 60 through Missouri, there was a small SUV that had struck a deer. It happened just moments before we came upon it. The deer of course didn’t make it- the SUV’s front window was smashed out right in front of the driver, and along the drivers side of the vehicle was smashed up a bit as well. The passengers all appeared to be ok- shaken up a bit, but ok (I think the driver hurt his hand). We have been very vigilant as we drive down the roads, watching for animals. We’ve seen several deer and antelope standing along the roadside- but have been very fortunate in our travels. May all the little “road gremlins” stay clear!

Day 32 Road Trip- June 20, 2008

Can you believe you actually have to pay to drive through parts of Kansas? Seems to me, they should pay us to come see the state!!!

Day 32 Road Trip- June 20, 2008

I got kind of a special treat today- I love Taco Johns. This is the first time we have eaten at a fast food restaurant since we left, but when I saw that there was a Taco Johns in Lawrence, KS I just knew we would have to eat some “junk food”! We don’t have TJ in South Carolina, and I didn’t have one in SLC either- the only time I ever had the opportunity to eat it is when I would be visiting back home in Nebraska… yea for me… I got to eat Taco Johns.

Day 32 Road Trip- June 20, 2008

Entering Missouri… bye bye Kansas!

By the end of our day (476 miles closer to home) we did get rained on a little. Not enough to stop and put on our rain suits- but enough to help make us feel thankful for the mostly dry weather we have experienced on this trip. It looks like we have rainy weather over the weekend during the last 573 miles of the trip!

Day 32 Road Trip- June 20, 2008

Weather, Weather, Weather…


Today’s scenery was pretty much exclusively nasty looking clouds. When we started out this morning in Colby, KS, the skies were really dark in the south. The skies then kind of calmed down, but the sun never did really surface. Then as we proceeded east, the skies started looking a little creepy again… and even creepier….. And even creepier yet… I was able to log onto my computer using Sapp Bros internet while we were getting gas- I checked the radar and we decided it was time to call it a day, even though we only rode about 250 miles. We’re in Junction City, KS. As you can see by the radar, if we would have continued on, we would be right in the middle of severe thunderstorms with “damaging winds and hail”. We both felt like we could have continued on another 2-3 hours- but I’m glad we stopped. Better safe than sorry!

I forgot to mention….

We ate lunch in Salina, KS today- and right after we got back on the road we saw 9 vehicles that were storm chasers zoom past us heading east towards the storms ahead of us! That alone made us consider stopping early for the night!

Route Update June, 19 2008

JC KS mapWe have traveled 5,675 miles so far on this trip. We have just slightly over 1,000 left to go!

Day 30 Road Trip- June 18, 2008

Day 30 Road Trip- June 18, 2008We had some major excitement today- apparently T.W. decided she wanted to see the sights up close and personal so she threw herself off the motorcycle while we were cruising at “an excessively high rate of speed”! We had to pull over and I trekked on down the mountain pass to pick her up! Crazy girl! We think she was suffering from altitude sickness and wasn’t in her right mind!!

Day 30 Road Trip- June 18, 2008

Day 30 Road Trip- June 18, 2008
We had a gorgeous ride today through the mountains between Steamboat Springs and Denver.

Day 30 Road Trip- June 18, 2008

Downtown Denver, Co

Day 30 Road Trip- June 18, 2008

“Woohoo…. We’re in Kansas!” (I scream sarcastically) We are now in Colby (and no it’s not the cheese). We had an awesome steak dinner and we’re gonna spend the night. According to the hotel clerk- there was a tornado about an hour east of here. (Which would explain the high winds the last 40 miles of the ride) I’m glad we didn’t decide to try and go further.

Day 30 Road Trip- June 18, 2008

Kansas Landscape- Wow- if it weren’t for the curvature of the earth, I would swear I could see the St. Louis Arch from here…

Day 29 Road Trip- June 17, 2008

Just in case I haven’t said howdy recently…

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The Long and Winding Road…

Day 29 Road Trip- June 17, 2008

Ok- so it’s not really “winding”- actually it’s fairly straight and you can see for miles…. and miles…. and miles…. If you look hard enough, you can see Colorado! Wow- our day sure started out hot in SLC. But as we went up Parley’s things cooled down a bit, and stayed quite nice until we were nearly in Vernal, UT. Then it got hot again… We had a great ride, nearly the complete day was spent on US Highway 40. It’s quite a scenic ride!
Day 29 Road Trip- June 17, 2008
Welcome to Colorful Colorado…. that has to be the best sign yet on this trip!
Day 29 Road Trip- June 17, 2008

The skies over Colorado started looking pretty obnoxious. We managed to only get a little sprinkling of rain. We are now in Steamboat Springs, Co, and in the morning will head on to Kansas. (ugh… Kansas!)

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Dude… I am so dizzy!!