Gentlemen, Start Your Engines…

Sunday morning we actually woke up early. No, really we did.  Kirk was excited because he got some scrapple for breakfast (I think that’s why he got up and moving so early).  After breakfast we all got on the bikes and headed off to Skippack, PA for the 2016 Rock and Roll Charity Ride (It benefits children with Autism and children with Spina Bifida). We had to check in by 8:30, and believe it or not, we made it.  After some coffee and donuts, a raffle or two and some instructions, we were off.

 

The ride began in Skippack, went 92 miles and ended at Pocono Raceway.  It was a beautiful but long ride.

 

Once we arrived at the raceway, we were fed a big lunch in the infield.

 

After lunch we were led onto the raceway in smaller groups and allowed to ride 3 laps around the racetrack (as fast as we wanted).  It was really a thrilling experience (and a little scary).

 

When it was all over we headed home, exhausted.

Monday came, we slept in, relaxed and packed up to leave.  We had such a fun time with Tom and Gisele, and are grateful that they opened up their home to us….17635-1.jpg

 

…so here is a shameless0905161409-1.jpg family business plug…. If you are ever in the Pennsylvania area and are looking to buy a home be sure and look up Tom McCabe.

 

We loaded up and headed to Philadelphia.

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We dropped the bike off at Barb’s Harley Davidson to store it while we went back to Ohio for Kirk to work for the next few weeks. We had to be there to drop it off by 4pm and our flight wasn’t until 9:30 so we had some time to kill.  We took an Uber to Moshulu to have some dinner and drinks.  It was very relaxing and the food was good.

We made it to the airport on time, only to have to run around trying to find a ticket agent.  We followed the signs to American Airlines, went into the terminal and there was no one working.  We found someone, and asked where we check in for our flight.  They told us to take the employee shuttle to Terminal F and then there would be someone there.  So we loaded onto the shuttle bus with all of the employees and finally made it to check in. On the bright side….we did see Hillary and Donald at the airport…haha.wp-1473808413482.jpg

Turns out the flight was delayed about an hour so we didn’t make it back to Ohio and to our hotel until around midnight.  Needless to say, we were exhausted, but we could check another great adventure off our list (and state…we had to cross into New Jersey to drop the bike off at Barb’s)

Peace Out! 

 

 

Back On The Bike!!!

Finally!  After getting the car delivered and getting my daughter settled, I flew back to Ohio to rest for a few days.

We got the bike from the shop on Thursday night and it was ready to go.  We left Sandusky, Ohio on Friday and headed to my cousin’s house in Pennsylvania for the holiday weekend.  We wanted to make it an easy slow ride, so we spent Friday night in Carlisle, PA just outside of Harrisburg. We got up Saturday morning and hit the road.  We were only about 100 miles from East Greenville, where my cousin, Gisele, and her husband, Tom, live.  The ride was beautiful and relaxing.

 

 

We made it to their house and then we all headed out for a late afternoon ride.

We followed their lead (since this is their town) and ended up at the Riverwalck Saloon in Parryville, Pa.(no, its not misspelled, they added a c for some reason) What a neat place.  It was right along a river.  The patio area was large and inviting.  The inside was uniquely decorated with a mix of chandeliers, motorcycles and dollar bills.  I added my own to mix, of course.

After a relaxing dinner, we rode back to the house to rest up for Sunday’s charity ride. Can’t wait!

Here Comes the Rain

The next morning we got up and actually got on the road early (for us).  We rode over the Sagamore Bridge and into Cape Cod.  Took a few pictures of the beach and headed towards Pennsylvania.

We were riding along the coast as much as we could and then going inland making our way to Lock Haven, Pennsylvania.  My cousin lives there and we were going to meet up for dinner and then spend the night at her house.  We left Massachusetts, went through the bottom of Rhode Island and into Connecticut.  The rain clouds were ever present and looming around us.  I was keeping a close eye on them hoping that we would be able to stay out of their reach.

 

We headed into New York  watching the sky very closely.  The roads were very bumpy and full of pot holes, and somehow jarred the mirror loose on the bike. We stopped to fix it and I checked in with my cousin.  All was on track …..and then the storm came!  We saw it in the distance and it looked really ugly.  We stopped at a rest area and put on our rain gear and headed out.  It was way worse than we thought.  We had to go very slow and stop several times.  My “rain” pants ended up not being waterproof.  My boots filled with water, and it was raining so hard that the rain was pouring down my face and running down my neck under the collar of my rain jacket and soaked the front of my shirt.  It was not fun.

We entered Pennsylvania and we finally were able to out run the storm and found blue skies.  We decided to stop at a truck stop and change clothes and socks and shoes and finish the trip.  We only had about 100 miles to go and it was getting late so we were anxious to get to my cousins house.  We were a little nervous because we had some twisty mountain roads to ride in order to get to where she lives and the sun was starting to go down.  Not to mention that with all the rain it became very apparent that we needed a new front tire and soon.

Shortly after getting back on the road, we saw the lightning, the clouds and then the rain started again.  Well, we gave up.  We found the closest hotel and stopped for the night.  It never felt so good to take a hot shower and climb into a warm bed.

The next morning, refreshed, we threw our boots and wet clothes into the dryer at the hotel hoping to get them dry before we left.  The clothes got dry but the boots were still a bit wet.  I tried using the hair dryer for a little bit, but then we just gave up, put on our damp boots and hit the road.  We went through Williamsport, PA and passed the Little League World Series location.

 

It was a beautiful ride through the mountains to Lock Haven, PA with lots of twisty roads.  Nothing better on a bike than seeing that S curve sign, in my opinion.

 

We had a nice rest, lunch and visit with my cousin then it was back on the road and off to Akron, OH where we will be for a little while. (We did see some strange things on the road, like the crazy boat in the picture)