Kentucky travel day 2

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Our second day in Kentucky we road East from Lexington and intended to ride around Daniel Boone National Forest, but Mother Nature had different plans for us.

It’s not often we get caught in the rain but it’s also not that big a deal when we have the Spyder and some common sense. It was still an amazing ride.

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Kentucky travel day 1

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Join us as we head south for a much need scenic vacation and it just happens to be our 29th wedding anniversary week.

We are taking our time and enjoying the scenery. Stopping along the way to visit the last of our southern Ohio courthouses and diner at the Ohio river.

BTW, this is an exciting milestone as this was shot entirely on a mobile phone and edited on an iPad with LumaFusion. Thanks Henny. (https://youtube.com/channel/UCjOdcJbnQcVjH_o4j2AbLog)

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Just A Bit Of Fall Color – Our Scenic Life

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Enjoy this scenic trip through and above the trees showcasing some of the best that fall has to offer. Fall is almost over. It was a quick season of leaves changing, …

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? Covered Bridges on a Spyder Day 5 – Our Scenic Life

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Day 5 we finish our covered bridge tour in Ashtabula County Ohio. We also visit Pymatuning Reservoir and feed the carp. That’s always a fun day trip. We pretty …

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? Covered Bridges on a Spyder Day 4 – Our Scenic Life

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Day 4 is our second full day of touring covered bridges in Ashtabula County Ohio. We venture all the way to Lake Erie for a late afternoon drive along the lake …

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What’s it like to ride the back of a Spyder?

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What’s it like to be a passenger on our 2014 CanAM Spyder RT you ask?  It is a very comfortable ride, even more so with the changes Mark has added for me.    Mark added armrests for me along with a cupholder and I wouldn’t ride without either.  The footrest also has to be in a comfortable position and I am good to go for miles.  Our neighbor rigged a mesh pouch for me and it is attached to the underside of my armrest for my phone or whatever small thing I want close.

The passenger seat is quite comfortable and I can move around without disturbing Mark and can even stand if I need to.  Mark USUALLY warns me when a big bump is coming up so I can brace a  – if I am too relaxed a big bump can jam my back quite a bit.   I feel quite secure sitting on the back of the bike and if I was a car sleeper I’m sure I could doze off quite often – unfortunately I am not a car sleeper.

I ride with my camera strap wrapped around my right wrist so I can take pictures anytime I want.  When he is driving on a curvy road this becomes a pain because I feel I should hold on.  Route 555 (formerly Route 666) in Ohio was the one and only time I think I can say I was quite grumpy when he stopped for a break half way through the road.  It was curve after curve and he was having way too much fun!  Trying to hold on with one hand and a camera on the other was not fun and I think I told him about it!

We have close to 11,000 miles on the Spyder and I have been on the back for at least 8,000 of those miles.  When it comes to going somewhere I would rather be on the Spyder and have a disappointment when we have to take the car.


 

Fun times with family

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img_6107Over the next 2 days we slept little and enjoyed the family a lot!  Those of us that are “old” stayed at a local hotel and the “youngins” stayed in tents at Freeman’s.

There was plenty of food and beverages for all to enjoy.  Games were played and just sitting around laughing a lot.  With my family there is never a dull moment and someone is always goofing offimg_6120 or playing a prank on someone else.  We truly enjoy spending time together which some just don’t understand.

Sadly all fun times must come to an end and we all met up at Freeman’s one last time the morning of July 4th.  We helped clean up the yard and Freeman’s house as much as we could.  We all hit the road heading to our own homes by noon.

Mark and I had no courthouses to visit on the way home so we just cruised along with the final destination being our home address.  We dodged some rain and made it home in a decent amount of time.

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Anxious to arrive but enjoying the ride

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We were on the road by 10am and headed towards Carrollton.  We found a beautiful church that has been preserved built in 1833.  Even the outhouse was preserved.

When we arrived in Carrollton (Carroll County) the sky was darkening so after getting photos of the courthouse we covered the bike JUST IN TIME!  The skies opened up and we had to run for cover.  We found a little diner for breakfast/lunch and by the time we were done it quit raining.

We visited Lisbon (Columbiana County) and Youngstown (Mahoning County) courthouses and was finally on the last leg to see the family!  We arrived at my brother Freeman’s around 3pm – not the first to arrive and not the last.

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Heading out early…

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My brother in PA is hosting all of us, my sisters’, Mom, all the kids’, friends’ and basically anyone who wants to join the fun to his house for the Holiday weekend.  When we all get together there is close to 30 with just family!  Ohio, Kentucky, Florida, and Pennsylvania are represented.  Due to this large gathering I of course am anxious to see everyone and arrive in Hermitage PA.

The trip is 238 miles one way (this is mapped through counties where I need courthouse photos and all back roads) .  In a car on the interstate it takes us no more than 3.5 hours to get from Columbus to Hermtiage… on the bike we are looking at 9 – 12 hours!  🙁

I had everything completely packed and ready to go early of course.  I got the brilliant idea – LEAVE A DAY EARLY!  I started looking for decent priced hotels about half way through the ride and discovered Cadiz, Ohio had a new Microtel & Suites.  I sent a text to Mark with my brilliant idea of leaving as soon as he got home from work.  My coersion worked!

We hit the road by 4pm Thursday June 30th.  We traveled through Coshocton and New Philadelphia and ended in Cadiz.  We had a great 130 mile trip and discovered a new lake we wanted to visit at some point.

Lake Tappan in Harrison County is absolutely beautiful.  The lake is surrounded by Ohio size mountains and fully wooded.   Mark that on our list of must go back to!

 

 

 

 

Summer 2016 Vacation

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The summer of 2015 after our many motorcycle adventures we decided we wanted to visit the New England states the summer of 2016 all the way to Maine and back.  We figured we would take 2 weeks and leave immediately from the 4th of July gathering at my brother’s in PA.  In April/May I started looking at the trip more closely and WOW!  A two week vacation with hotel, food and gas was going to cost at a minimum of $3,500!!!  CHANGE OF PLANS!

With our many adventures last summer we have found there is so much  in our own state of Ohio we have not seen and in some cases, didn’t know existed!  We talked and decided let’s just do an extended Ohio trip – usually we do 2, 3 or 4 days.  Now the planning begins.  When do we go?  Where do we go?  East?  North? South?  West and Southwest are done.

We decided July was the time we would go.  Where?  It seems East and South/Southeast we are lacking a lot of counties as well as North – we’re going east and South/Southeast.

In looking at our July schedule we see we have my brother’s family gathering in PA from July 1st to July 4th.  I map out a route to get from Columbus to Hermitage PA to knock out some counties to the East.  We had made camping plans with our besties Doug and Erica and their family July 6th – 8th.   Next on our calendar is mid-July we have Mark’s family reunion in Warren.  OK.  Let’s start in Columbus, head northeast towards Warren, stay the weekend then head south Monday morning!

Where we going to stay?  We have always loved camping.  I begin looking at State Parks.  It will be mid-July and way too hot to stay in a tent not to mention the hassle of setting up each day and taking down.  Doesn’t sound like a vacation to me!  I narrowed the search to State Parks with camper cabins and A/C!

I map out the entire trip and what park we will stay in each night.  Done you think?  No!  I look at everything more closely over the next few days.  I see that some days we drive 100+ miles and a couple of days we drive 60 miles from park to park.  Let’s see if I can find a centrally located park!  The benefit would be we get there, unpack and hopefully stay a few days and just make that park our starting point each day and if we decide we don’t want to do anything – we don’t do anything!

All the route planning and overnight stays are planned!  Now the list making starts!  What clothes we are packing, what will be our meal plan each day, what grocery trips we make for the days we are cooking, etc etc etc.

Each day is documented for both trips so you will have to read on!