I find myself wanting to write my blog… but trouble in actually getting it to happen.
a number of reasons, not the least of these is the fact that the adventure I’ve recently embarked on is via motorcycle. Thus the primary model in my photographs will not, this time, be my ever faithful, furry companion you’ve gotten to know in the past, but the gentleman who’s found a place of his own in my life. Not sure he really knows what he’s getting himself into.
Undoubtedly, after this trip, we’ll both know.
What’s this trip? You ask, Well… We are riding together on an overloaded motorcycle to Panama ( the canal, not the cheesy spring break destination om the Florida panhandle.)
But! Let’s start off with a little re-cap.
Our goal is South America, via motorcycle. A 2001 Honda Shadow 750 Spirit to be exact.
We Have about 5 months to reach our goal or to get wherever we decide to stay then come back…or..see how far we can get then sell the bike and fly home.
Brandon and I coerced my mother, with no little difficulty to sell her motorcycle to us.
After much debate and the comment from her, “If you’ll just take that money and buy plane tickets to Ecuador, I’ll just give you the damn bike!”
My response being, “Well then we’d have to lie to you about our trip.”
She finally caved, then Mom and Dad proceeded to sweeten the deal for us by providing us both with learthers, helmets, rain gear, etc.
My parents are pretty awesome. They’re also dogs sitting for us. Shelby has her own furry companion now, Pablo. They started dating early in the spring…and Brandon came with Pablo, so I win.
Following the end of river season, I designed a much larger cargo rack, and with my dad’s help, brought it into fruition at his machine shop. To do this, he taught me to use the old manually operated mill, a machine that I, personally, have only ever used as an over-sized drill press.
We found our way down through the Smokey Mountains and took the bypass through the national park to avoid Gattlinburg. The ride up and over the mountain range with the colors at a full peak was gorgous! Photos, of course do no justice, however, this one is untouched and gives you a decent idea. Many bike-back drive by shootings to come!
|Incredibly difficult to take a photo of myself via an opposite side mirror and get Brandon in it too…
Best shot out of.. i dunno… 30?
fun to try .
|Find the turtles! There are two.
I was watching the fish swim by under a bridge
on a creek in Cave Springs, Al
|Can’t really see the turtles in this one,
but it came out so pretty I had to share.
On a side note, the Creekside cafe in cave springs,
while not much to look at,
that place makes some delicious
fried green tomatoes!
Brandon thinks that if you yell at the cotton while you’re driving by it will look at you.
I told him, that only works with “HEY COW!”
|Our first free campsite, followed by our first time laying down the motorcycle.
Don’t worry, it was about 30 yards from this spot, in very soft sand.
It looked solid enough… it wasn’t.
The largest natural bridge east of the Rockies! Pretty neat…
Incidentally, I noticed the bonus to this photo just before uploading it. If you don’t notice it, it’s probably for the best.
|More natural Arch!
It’s in North Georgia, $3.50 to go hike around all you like and keep the gift shop’s lights on.
|Looking out for the fuzz.
Brandon’s walking in Johnny Cash’s footsteps, picking me some flowers in Starkville, MS
|Word to the wise…
buy leather. It doesn’t melt.
|Oh… SOUL FOOD…
Reminds me of CPM tour and church potlucks
So good! Just south of Jackson, MS
|Natchez State Park entrance|
|In Concordia Parish, La they don’t need grass, they have pretty pink flowers.|
|Fatboy & Skinny’s
Great burger, amazing fresh cut fries, and
milkshakes so thick you had to let them melt a bit to get through the straw.
Good way to start the 2 day break we greatly needed.
Well… that’s all I’ve got for now, We left the KOA in Bastrop, Tx this morning, in San Antonio tonight.
Brandon’s taking me out to the River Walk for an evening on the town. Last big city in the USA!
I’ll post again soon from the real deep south!