Monday, August 29, 2016

Almost Home

This is the last of our trip pictures. I was SOOOOOO HAPPY to finally be back in Arizona. It was really HOT, HOT, HOT again so we cut our day short and spent one last night in a hotel but this hotel was WOW!!! EXCELLENT and I want to go back again but it was EXPENSIVE!!!!

We stayed at the Twin Arrows Casino just east of Flagstaff. The rooms were wonderfully CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN!!! I didn't feel the need to wear a hazmat suit to take a shower or sleep. LOL The food was wonderful and the lemon drop martinis were SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD!!









 

Going HOME!!!

The seemingly never ending trip was finally coming to an end, we were on our way HOME!! I was more excited to be going home than I was to leave home. On the way home we took as many back roads as we could which made the riding wonderful, less traffic and a more relaxed feel to the ride.


 
As we entered Michigan's Irish Hills area the skies opened up on us and we got DRENCHED!!! Our poor little guys never complain about the weather. We pulled into the only place we could see, it was a bar, not open but they felt sorry for us and let us in.

 
Getting our rain gear on to minimize the effects of the water left on the road.

 
Small park in Indiana we stopped at for a little break.

 
Nice little pond at the park.

 
The Mississippi River from a park in Hannibal, MO.






 
Small roadside park in Missouri.



Great curvy roads when you travel the back way.
 

 
 Cadillac Ranch outside of Amarillo, TX.
 


We both left some graffiti.



 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

MORE trip pics

Here are a few shots of the time we spent with my sister and granddaughter while we were in Michigan.


 
The beautiful Michigan skyline.


Lake Huron.
 


 
Me wading in Lake Huron. It was a chilly overcast day.
 
 
Lighthouse in Tawas City, MI.

 
Lighthouse gift shop.


Plaque for our Dad.
 

 
Dredging in the bay.

 
Afternoon Tea yummies.


 
Rachael and me.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

More Trip Pics...........

I have to admit that I was not very good at taking pictures as we traveled along. Most days it was just too HOT to wear that camera strap around my neck, not to mention how much I HURT from head to toe and the total exhaustion I felt as we rode along.



Missouri Rest Area


There is a mini Route 66 at this rest area.
 

 
A yellow Goldwing parked next to us.
 

Michigan barn, I have a thing for barns.
 

 
The weather we were riding into. We did get WET twice.


HOORAY!!! We FINALLY made it to Michigan on our 9th day on the road.



 
The BEST place in the entire world for cheese steak hoagies. Sadly we didn't have the opportunity to eat here. We had a list of 8 places we wanted to eat at while in Michigan but only got to 3 of them. I tell you the next time someone asks me where I want to eat at and they tell me they, "know someplace better" I just might SOCK them out. I don't want your, "someplace better", I want what I remember.
 


They put a skateboard park where our childhood pool used to be?
 

 
One of the places we had on our list to eat at. It is rather hard to see my Big Boy, "do".
 
We left Kingman, AZ on 7-16, on 7-20 we had only reached Joplin, Missouri and were totally, "burned out" so to speak and decided to spend 2 nights in Joplin. The laundry machines were right around the corner from our room and FREE so I did laundry while we were there.
 
We took advantage of the hotel's hot tub and indoor pool which helped my sore bones to feel better for a few days.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

I think that we are back home........

After being on the road for a straight month from Arizona to Michigan and back and 4,000+ miles added to the Goldwing's odometer we returned home on 8-12 sometime in the early afternoon. Ever since then I have been a complete and total slug, being out on the bike in the hot, hot sun for days on end took a whole lot more out of me than I thought that it would.

I think that I am finally starting to get back into the swing of things so to speak.

Here are a few pics of our travels:

 
Getting ready to hit the road.


My bank robber look except that my face isn't covered.
 


Riding into the sun, that's what happens when you are riding to the east.
 

 
Route 66 outside of Kingman, AZ.

 
I've been working on the railroad all the live long day...Track repairs going on in Seligman, AZ.
 

 
Up in the mountains outside of Flagstaff, AZ.

 
Just riding along, singing a song....I sold that from Lucy and Desi's movie, "The Long, Long Trailer".
 

Sign at New Mexico rest area.
 
 
It was a nice rest area with covered picnic areas but don't go out in the desert or on the rocks.

 
 
We found our first night out that our goal of reaching Albuquerque, New Mexico on the first day (about 480 miles from home) was a bit too ambitious, we were so darned tired that after ordering in some pizza we fell asleep.
 
Then the second day out we found that since we had gotten such a late start (sleeping in and having to take showers) that we only went about 180 miles before it was just too darned HOT to go on for the day so we got another room.