2013 brought with it good news!
a second chance
Planning started early in the year during the cold winter months. I was feeling stronger after the months of Chemo. I knew this was my rebirth, my second chance. Not only for me but for Carla too, she would have to put up with me for a while longer.
This would be the beginning of a new chapter in our lives. I had sold a Sportster to Kirk, Carla’s brother, in the early spring. Within a month or so Kirk upgraded to a 2013 Street Glide. As I was researching and planning our trip Kirk started to get excited about going with Carla and I. The plan was to leave from Indianapolis, Indiana after work on August 2nd. Since we would be getting a late start, about 1:00 in the afternoon, I wanted to make it just west of St. Louis, MO. We stopped in Fenton, MO for the night. 280 miles down with a little light rain thrown in for good measure.
Started off a little damp. We stopped at a Historic Route 66 visitors center. The visitors center is full of memorabilia, souvenirs and information.
Carla’s feet got soaking wet because the soles of her old comfy boots had seen better days. When we saw the sign for Ozark Harley Davidson, Carla knew they might have a nice pair of boots in her size. Nice and dry and just the right size. Score! She put the old wet boots in the box that the new boots came in and the nice people at Ozark Harley Davidson mailed them home for us.
We stayed on the interstate most of the time but there are parts of Route 66 that you have to take in. Cuba, Missouri is one of those places.
There are several murals in town along Rote 66. This one depicts the time Bette Davis visited Cuba, MO.
We took plenty of pictures and were even asked to pose for some pictures with a group of European visitors that were on thier way to Los Angeles from Chicago, riding with Eaglerider guides and rental bikes. They enjoyed seeing how we traveled and admired our bikes. If you ever think of traveling the USA on a Harley this is one way you can do it.
Route 66 provides a glimpse into the past
Still a light drizzle, kind of like riding through a cloud all morning. But the day would brighten and the wheels would keep rolling.
After 400 miles for the day we would end our day in Tulsa, Oklahoma. But not before a good steak and baked potato at Cattleman’s Steak House.
Started in Tulsa and we accidentally Discovered the Golden Driller, a giant oil field worker at the state fairgrounds.
As you can see the day started of a bit cloudy and cool.
Next stop, East Meets West Symbolic Midway Point of Route 66. Surprisingly this stop was a great place for pictures. The sculptures are larger than I imagined when I was looking at pictures online.
As we neared Oklahoma City the weather improved and actually started to get pretty darn hot. Oklahoma City National Memorial is a memorial at the actual site of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.
168 chairs represent the lives lost at the site
some of the chairs are smaller than the rest to represent the children
The construction fencing became a memorial immediately. People would bring things and leave them as a tribute. After the memorial was finished no one could remove the fence because of the touching tributes. Visiting a memorial like this makes you realize that your daily problems are not so bad.
Lets go we have some ground to cover. Next stop Big Texan Steak Ranch for some sight-seeing and cool liquids.
Then on down the road to the Cadillac Ranch of Amarillo, Texas.
Bring your own spray paint or you can find some cans with some paint left in them that’s what we did and we left our marks.
After some exploring its time to go. Destination Tucumcari, New Mexico for the night.
502 miles for the day. Spent the night in Tucumcari, New Mexico around the corner from this old historic route 66 hot spot.
Day 4 starts in Tucumcari, New Mexico going to Flagstaff, Arizona
Lots of ground to cover across New Mexico into Arizona.
Along the road to Arizona
Finally made it to Arizona
but there is plenty more to see before we stop in Flagstaff
Quick stop in Winslow, Arizona made famous by the song.
Take it Easy By Jackson Browne
528 miles for day 4 spent the night in Flagstaff, Arizona
Day 5 on the way to Sedona, Arizona
I will sum the first 5 days up in a video
BHA 2013 Part 2 Coming Soon