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September 23, 2011

We had a long way to go and a short time to get there……

We crossed the Jersey state line last night at 7:30. Arrived at Dorothy’s and found the puppies looking awesome and so excited to see Mommy.

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When we got up yesterday…we watched the weather channel and according to them, we should’ve just held up at the hotel. But we steeled ourselves for what was to come and got on our merry way decked out in all our gear. 30 miles later, we got to Morgantown,WV and prepared to start heading east. I gave Dorothy the “fingers crossed” sign and off we went.

Every dry mile was a blessing and when we got to Cumberland, MD it was still dry……and sunny.
We rode and rode and rode, through Hagerstown to Gettysburg. Which by the way we decided to skip because of the weather. We’ll make that another time. About 20 miles past a dry sunny Gettysburg, I pull over and start ripping my rain gear off. Dorothy’s like…”don’t do that, you’ll jinx us”. At that point, I didn’t care, it was 83 * and I felt like a wrestler trying to cut weight in a sauna. She reluctantly did the same.

After the large modular home turned off the road, we had a lovely, dry ride through the Amish country of Lancaster and Morgantown, PA. We past several horse drawn buggies and the farmland looked as lush and green as if Spring was upon us. We rode the back roads through French Creek state park to my parents house….so green, so lush, with the smell of cut grass everywhere.

We got home and Mom had one of my favorite dinners simmering on the stove. After some conversation and much consternation, we decided it would be best to ride the last 130 miles home before the rain today.

We did take time to stop by the Lincoln house I was talking about in the last post.

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Last I knew, the house was occupied but when we went there yesterday, it looked like the woods have begun to creep in a little bit.

As I said, we crossed the state line around 7:30 last night, tired but bone dry and happy as a couple of larks! When we started unpacking the bikes, we marveled at how dirty they looked. But even with the evidence before us, as we stood in the familiarity of Dorothy’s garage with the puppies right on our heels, we both agreed that the whole thing seemed like a dream. Not even a distant memory but a dream. As if it had never happened.

We want to thank everyone who came on our adventure with us…….

Here are a few things we learned on the way:

Put your rain gear on before you get wet.

When riding the hills of San Francisco, keep your highway pegs tucked in.

I learned to have faith that good, friendly people do still exist.

I learned that you can watch the weather channel for hours and still have no idea what your weather will be for the day.

Dorothy said that because you can see so far into the distance…things look different. Like when that dog in the road turns out to be and 18 wheeler.

You should avoid trying to look at the scenery when in the hairpin turns of a mountain pass.

Sometimes obstacles are put in front of you to make you stop and smell the daisies.

There are plenty of others I’m sure we’ll add as we sit down and look back at our trip, but the biggest thing I learned was

When faced with a very large task, it can be very overwhelming unless you take it one mile at a time!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. kenny permalink
    September 23, 2011 9:52 am

    THE END
    Adious, finite, thats it, over,see ya,goodby, done, last stop.
    california————————————————————————————————jersey

    Glade you guys made it safely back home. It was fun following you two on your adventure. now I have nothing to do again while drinking my morning coffee.
    WOW what a trip.

  2. maryjane permalink
    September 23, 2011 12:11 pm

    Wow yah. ..Yous did it..welcome home…thanks for sharing your adventure. Love everything…see you soon.

  3. Joey permalink
    September 25, 2011 2:03 pm

    I’m glad you guys had a good trip! When I’m 25 (she won’t let me get a bike till then) maybe I can come with.

  4. Laurie permalink
    September 26, 2011 7:16 am

    WELCOME HOME Road Warriors!!
    Glad you arrived home safely.
    Sounds like an awesome adventure!

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