Ride the USA-Day 31: Lake Huron

Day 31: Wednesday, June 24—London, ON to Cheboygan, MI

The ride through Canada and back into the USA at Point Edward was quiet and peaceful. I passed lots of wide-open space and farmland. I travel at about the speed limit, but it seemed most drivers ignored it and drove as fast as they wanted. It’s strange to have tractor-trailers and garbage trucks speed by. Continue reading

Ride the USA-Day 30: Falling Water

Tuesday, June 23— Liverpool, NY to London, ON

The morning forecast called for rain through 10:00 am, and then cloudy skies for the rest of the day. I’d rather ride into the setting sun than in the rain, so I caught up on writing this morning and waited until the sun came out. I headed west on I90, the New York State Throughway, for about two hours. It was the longest, straightest stretch of road I’ve travelled in a while. Continue reading

Ride the USA-Day 29: Adirondack Park Forest Preserve

Monday, June 22—Newport, VT to Liverpool, NY

I stayed up a little too late last night trying to make a lousy Internet connection work. I wanted to update my trip blog, and needed to synchronize my GPS with Harley-Davidson’s Ride Planner mapping software.

Today I took a hard left to the west, beginning the third phase of my trip. It rained hard last night, so the road was wet. It only took about five minutes for my seat to fire up, so the ride started with a certain discomfort. Continue reading

Ride the USA-Day 28: White Mountain National Forest

Sunday, June 21—Laconia, NH to Newport, VT

2015-06-21 09.59.39It rained hard last night. In spite of what that meant for today’s ride, the sound of rain pounding on the cottage roof encouraged a good night’s sleep. I was ready for the first truly rainy day of the trip. Continue reading

Ride the USA-Day 27: Laconia Motorcycle Week

Saturday, June 20—Woodbridge, CT to Laconia, NH

I headed out this morning without a clear idea of my destination for the day. I knew my friend, Carlton, was riding with a group of his friends in New Hampshire at the Laconia Motorcycle Rally. We’d been exchanging messages for a couple of weeks trying to figure out how we might meet. I was waiting to hear back from him when I left Woodbridge. Regardless of my specific stop at the end of the day, I was headed out at the bottom of an S-shaped route with Yale University at the lower end of the S, Amherst College at the middle, and somewhere between Sunapee and Laconia at the top end. Regardless of the final stop, I was going to travel on the scenic routes on highway 169 and 9. Continue reading

Ride the USA-Day 26: The Adventure Continues

Friday, June 19—Washington, DC to Woodbridge, CT

2015-06-19 07.55.57Lisa and I said goodbye to each other this morning as she headed for Dulles and her return flight to San Francisco and I resumed my ride around the perimeter of the country. We thoroughly enjoyed our time together in the nation’s capitol. Continue reading

Ride the USA-Day 19: Shenandoah National Park

Friday, June 12— Richmond, VA to Washington, DC

Bruce met me for breakfast at the Best Western. I suspect he arrived much earlier than our planned meeting time of 7:30. We enjoyed conversation about his service to our country in the Pacific Theatre of WWII, how he ended up buying his first Harley in 1947, as I recall, and what it was like to go back to the islands where he fought the Japanese…now twice. He told me a few more stories of his escapades riding his 2007 Harley that now has over 50,000 miles on it. The conversation got a little deeper than the day before, and that made it all the more meaningful. Bruce is perfectly imperfect, like all of us, and he is an honest man who served his country well, a good father and grandfather, a compassionate, servant leader to the University of Richmond, and now he’s my friend. I hope we ride together some day soon. Continue reading

Ride the USA-Day 18: The Wright Brothers

Thursday, June 11—Kill Devil Hills, NC to Richmond, VA

2015-06-11 07.35.33Normally I would hit the road by 8:00 am. Today my first stop was the Wright Brothers Memorial, which just 5 minutes away but didn’t open until 9:00 am. So I started the morning with a walk on the beach. It was quiet and peaceful, and a refreshing way to begin the day. Continue reading

Ride the USA-Day 17: Ferry?

Wednesday, June 10—Myrtle Beach, SC to Kill Devil Hills, NC

I didn’t think I’d be writing this any time soon, but it was chilly this morning. The roads were cooled by last night’s rainfall, and the sky was overcast. I considered putting on a jacket, but enjoyed being cold, at least for a little while. By noon any concern about a chill became irrelevant as the humidity rose and the sun came out fiercely. Continue reading

Ride the USA-Day 16

Tuesday, June 9—St Augustine, FL to Myrtle Beach, SC

Today’s weather forecast was the most daunting of the trip so far. There seemed to be no reasonable route that would keep me from getting drenched. I stayed on I95 for the first couple of hours in an effort to get ahead of the developing storm. I would usually avoid the morning traffic surrounding a major city. But I’d never been to Jacksonville before, so I rode right through the middle of town. It’s a beautiful city, with the architecture of the Wells Fargo building most notable. Continue reading