Saturday, July 2, 2011

Home Again!

This morning was our earliest start yet. To avoid as much of the heat as possible, we mounted up and headed out of the Hampton-Fayetteville parking lot at 5:50am! Our ride today was 316 miles to our home in Carrollton, TX. The first part of the ride was nice. With the sun rising at our backs, we were enjoying the twisties on US62 from Fayetteville to Muskogee, OK.
Actually, this was the most spirited riding of the entire trip! Starting about 40 miles from Fayetteville, the highway gets very curvy and the asphalt is fresh and smooth. There was virtually no traffic, so we had the road to ourselves. My biggest concern at this time of day is deer. Fortunately, none of the beasts were to be seen today.

At 8:16am my '07 Goldwing turned "60" (see photo). This bike has carried us all across the US and has been my primary form of transportation since November, 2006. What a great bike! This is probably the last major trip we will take on her. As soon as I return, I plan to get her cleaned up, detailed and ready to sell to some lucky future Goldwing owner. I have no doubt that she is good for at least another 100,000 trouble-free miles.

With only a couple of stops for fuel and to quench our thirst with ice water, we make excellent time. By 9:00am it is already 93 degrees, and getting hotter. Fortunately, it is less humid the closer we get to home. We are making such good time that we decide to stop in McKinney for BBQ at Hutching's BBQ. Good decision.

We pulled into our driveway at 12:30pm. It is hot and we are tired, but it was another great road trip with lots of good photos and some video to boot. We have been to Illinois twice, Iowa, Missouri, Michigan, Indiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and of course, Texas. We had the pleasure of getting to meet and visit with Mike Wolf from Antique Archeology in LeClaire, Iowa. We stayed three nights in Milwaukee at The Iron Horse hotel, a motorcycle themed boutique hotel. We visited the Harley-Davidson museum. We rode the Tunnel of Trees. We visited Mackinaw Island and crossed the Mackinac Bridge. Lots of memories.

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