One good detour deserves another.

Going to Ashland, Kentucky, meant the next city en route was Indianapolis, and the usual next would be Chicago…

…except when miles of I-65 are closed and they detour you on I-74.

I’m getting dinner in Normal, Illinois, at a delightful restaurant that I remember from when I was here business three years ago,  and then will be heading up I-39 to Madison, Wisconsin.


Day one

Not a lot to say about the first day on the road. My plan was to get to Dayton, Ohio, but I had to divert westward to get behind a squall line that included some potentially severe thunderstorms. Stop poured for the night in Ashland, Kentucky.


Don’t touch that dial!

A note about the future of this blog.

The post for the last day of the trip is in the queue, and some photo posts are coming up.

The blog isn’t done, though, as we’ll still have more bike adventures; there will probably be a trip out to Denton, NC, next month, and various other small ones.

We’re talking about additional trips, such as to the PNW, in coming years, plus some much more tentative plans further out.

The End, Act I


We started the day with an early lunch at a classic drive-in in Huntington, West Virgina, then got on the road.

The ride was uneventful, but I did have a surprise for Angela – stopping at a yarn shop in Meadows of Dan, Virginia.


During the ride Blue Bird rolled over 64,000 miles. That’s 55,200 miles since we bought it nearly a decade ago, and quite a lot for a 750cc Kawasaki UJM.

We pulled into our driveway at 8:30 last night and went to dinner at a local favorite, Geer St. Garden, with a toast to an adventure completed and another chapter in a life well lived.


In the coming days I’ll post some more photos from our DSLRs.