Years ago I lived for a summer close to the Mississippi. Riding along the great river is something that I have looked forward to. I spent quite a bit of time touring plantations and seeing other sites. Destrehan Plantation is a good starting point as their tour provided a good historical overview. I toured several other plantations before arriving at the grand Houmas House Plantation and Gardens. Destrehan Plantation Tour The grounds surrounding Destrehan had live oak and resurrection ferns. … Read More
Riding for long distances will have good days and challenging days. Last night I had a hard time sleeping. Some campgrounds are designed for RVs and generally should be avoided for motorcycle camping. The bright lights in the campground proximity to two highways, and a splitting headache made for a long night. I initially thought that I was having a dehydration headache, but later found a spider/insect bite that was the primary cause. Stopping by a grocery store for some … Read More
You meet interesting people when camping. It was a rather long and uninteresting drive from Northern Alabama to the gulf. I ended up camping at Meaher State Park. This is not the best place for motorcycle camping as it is primarily an RV park. There are a small number of tent sites. While the sites have a nice view of the gulf, they happen to be quite some distance from the restrooms. The place was infested with ants. One of … Read More
With my starting odometer at 2,538 miles, I left Atlanta on my first cross country motorcycle adventure. I felt melancholy on departure. Chad is in Zimbabwe and Javier is in Chicago. I dropped off the dogs at Jennifer’s house. Even Jennifer was out of town and I left my babies in the hands of Laquisha. Heading on to the cabin, I was able to say goodbye with some friends. Marvin was in the truck heading our on errands. Bruce was … Read More
Kickstands up – June 25, 2017. I have been looking forward to this trip for quite some time. The date is getting closer. I am now counting down the weeks (almost days) to starting out on the road. I have taken all the tools out of my tool kit, insuring I have all of the tools I will need for the trip … and removing tools that are not needed for my bike. My bike is scheduled at the dealership … Read More
Tomorrow is a longer riding day. Some advice from others includes: Don’t plan too much as many folks will always have recommendations along the way. They may direct you to areas you haven’t even heard of yet. A heated jacket is good to have for mountain passes. Nights in the desert can be very cold.
There is something about motorcycling that feels like freedom. I won’t be able to predict the weather, the little discoveries along the way, or the mechanical dependability of my gear. So planning feels more like being prepared for options. Living in the world of possibilities… not expectations. Guiding principles: – Keep it simple – Think like a backpacker – Leave contingency for weather, side-trip whims, and mechanical Planning Stats (~7,000 miles): – 7 weeks (including 2 weeks with dad) – … Read More
We dreamed. One of my childhood dreams was to ride Honda Goldwing 1000’s across the United States. Now much older and hopefully wiser, I have caught the passion for riding, the good fortune to have a summer without the demands of work, and the desire to spend more time with my dad in Utah.