Signs you are at a gas staion the mountains..

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Snack food of the gods!

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Day 1: Atlanta, GA to Dayton, Ohio

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Day 1: I couldn’t ask for better weather, and traffic on 75N is surprisingly light.  I’ve been doing this drive from Atlanta to Dayton, which is straight up I-75N, for 20 years now and know it like the back of my hand.  However, most of the time I’m in a hurry to get home/to my dad’s house and try to stop once for gas/food/bathroom, although with a wife and kids that plan has changed slightly.

One place I always talk about stopping in at the top of the mountain in TN  where the access road beside the highway looks like it goes straight up to the clouds, and I always talk about stopping one day and driving up that road to see where it goes.  Well, since I’m not in a hurry, today is that day.

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You can see the start of the road in the upper right corner of this picture, which is at TN Exit #156 on 75N, and it looks pretty fun!  I even looked at it on Google Earth and it looked like a nice little side trip.
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But first, I need to text a picture to my wife of “Blue Doggy” and “Miffy” that are joining me on this ride.  I thought taking picture of them in different places with me would be fun for my kids.

Unfortunately, when I got close to the road it was in pretty bad disrepair, and covered in dirt and sand.  In doing a search for pictures I found this article, which I guess would explain the condition of the road.. Oh, well.  I still have Skyline Drive and the entire Blue Ridge Trail to ride on the way home.

"Mountain Song"  by Jane’s Addiction’s

I had this in my head the whole time I was riding down the mountains in TN

Ready to hit the road

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Well, after several weeks of planing, the day is here.  I’m all packed up and ready to get started on my ride from Atlanta to Boston and back.. then I realized, I didn’t have anyone to take a picture of me.  Good thing we have the coolest mail lady in the biz who stopped by and asked if I needed her to take a picture.

First stop is 5 hours away to have lunch with my mom, then another 3 hours to my dad’s house in Ohio (550 miles total).  Forecast is for low 80s and sun.  Perfect!

Test ride


I just got my bike back from the shop after having it re-jetted and needed to take a test ride to make sure everything was good and that my my luggage setup would work on my 10-day ride.

Bike did great, and the bags needed some slight tweaking, but after 200 miles on my Corbin seat I’m really wishing I had dropped the cash on a Sarget (like on Ducati) because this thing is HARD as a rock!

The Force is strong in this one

Big thanks to one of our dear friends for intrusting her childhood Star Wars poster to us (tack holes in the corner and all) and an equally big thanks to the team at The Moog Gallery & Custom Framing for framing it as a house warming present to my son (Darth Vader helmet frame profile and all).
It has a place of honor above his bed.

"Little Bunny" on the move

My daughter’s bunny (AKA: “Little Bunny”) was very excited to find a tent in her size at REI yesterday. 

The trip of trips

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I’ve got a solo 10-day motorcycle trip coming up so I have been upping the “safety factor” on all my gear.  As if my Aria XD-4 helmet wasn’t bright enough, I decided to add some reflective tape.
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And I did my side cases while I was at it.  I think everything came out pretty good, and it’s going to look great with my new (to me) Aerostich high-viz suit.
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Dudley sent us a really nice poster

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My son has really been enjoying reading “Watch out for Wolfgang" by a friend of mine from RISD (Paul Carrick) and we emailed him this picture last week to let him know how much we love it.

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Then yesterday this tube showed up addressed to my son from “Dudley’s Robot Repair, Inc”.

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"It’s a Dudley poster!"
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Signed to my son “Follow your inner Dudley  -Paul”
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It’s a great book, your should check it out.