My Trek North

Trip Start May 01, 2010
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Trip End Aug 01, 2010


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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Dear, Nae
 After my stay at Yogaville, I decided I was ready to make the big trip "TURN AROUND"! My visit to the South has been much more than I ever dreamed.  All encounters opened as a beautiful flower. There were even miracles that followed, but, alas, it was time to head my iron steed in the homeward direction. 
  My immediate plan is to visit Mimi Alexander in Minnesota and afterward head south through the mountains of Colorado.  My sweet departure was crowned by passing over the Blue Ridge Parkway for the final time.  I had been playing tag with the parkway for weeks.  The Shenandoah Valley begged that I stay, but my new direction was now set into action.  Hwy64 covered some great back roads of Virginia right into West Virginia.  It was a smooth, beautiful country road ridding adventure.  I made sure I appreciated those last moments for oncoming Interstate driving was bearing down upon Goldie Honda and my skills to keep her upright.  Those approaching moments of high speed and big trucks would certainly demand my full attention.  The New River Gorge in West Virginia was my last breathtaking moment of the first day!  One gets a much grander perspective of depths and heights from the backside of a motorcycle.  Heights do not normally affect me; however, looking down from the bridge as I raced across that great gulch was a thrill that caused a "HOLLY COW" commentary!  I road at least ten hours every day for three grueling days.  Who knows why I do such silly things.  I surely don't!  I just wished to get on with my next phase of adventures.  The first day became mixtures of sweetness and sadness.  Sweet because of the people I had met.  Sad because I was leaving all those wonderful personalities I had been privileged to enjoy.  My first night
I had stayed at the prettiest KOA in my entire trip.  It was just inside Kentucky.  The cabins had bathrooms and dinning tables!  Wow!  An elegant gift from the camping gods!
 The Second day took me through Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.  They were a combination of busy and remote.  Indianapolis, Indiana was a very clean city surrounded by slow moving people.  It didn't have the "big city" feeling-even passing through on the Interstate.
  The third day evolved tacking all the toll roads crossing Illinois.  Wow!  A most interesting challenge.  I believe that the weather in Chicago was about as hot as I have ever been!  That is including Phoenix weather!  I was literally melting on the back of Goldie when I decided to stop for lunch.  While there, three policemen warned me of a very mean detour ahead taking hours to navigate.  I took their bypass advice and the new way lead me right through Chicago!(Some because of my own error).  It was a moment in my trip that I am trying to remember; however, my brain stopped functioning from the heat, wild traffic, and constant toll roads!  So, away I road through rough streets and people trying to help me get somewhere quick.  I finally made it through Chicago soaked with rain, but unscathed.  (My thanks to the asphalt gods!)  I just kept driving.  Didn't wish to be on the road another day. 
  I called Mimi to let her know I was approaching her home.  She was excited about my visit and told me to keep on ridding!  I felt I was getting close to her home.  It is just outside Minneapolis from my directions.  After following what I thought I understood, Hwy12 just kept going.  I called Mimi again and found that I was still 120 miles away!  Now, normally that wouldn't be such a big deal; however, there was a city every five miles.  When I entered into her area, I was to take this road, to that country road, past the little lake, and make sure I stop turn right here or left there.  Finally, I figured it out.  She was actually a part of the Witness Protection Plan and was hidding from some hardened criminal.  Who knows, but I finally found her farm.  It's a beautiful little eight acre place sitting, ah, I believe, ah, somewhere in Minnesota.  :-)   She was packing to go to an Art Show in Brookings, South Dakota.  Mimi makes beautiful silver jewelry.  Very quality stuff. 
Vernae, hope you enjoy this trip with me!      
Fred


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