A Little About Us

A Little About Us
INTRODUCTION: First, allow me to introduce the members of this group...I'm Mike riding my 2003 Heritage Softail Springer...my wife Juju is on her 2015 Freewheeler...and Ed and Nancy are on their 2009 Heritage Softail. For the purposes of this trip we are referring to ourselves as H.A.R.P. HARP is a made-up name and it simply stands for Hogs And Retired People...and all that means is that we are members of HOG (Harley Owners Group) and we are...you guessed it...retired! The name came about when seven of us made a trip out west, but just the four of us this time. I've done blogs before, and this one will be for the same reason...to refresh our memories in our "Golden Years" (they say the memory is the second thing to go...and I can't remember what the first thing was). What is different this time is the blog is being shared by THUNDER ROADS PENNSYLVANIA MAGAZINE...Truly, an honor. This journey will be a round trip from, and to our home town of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The plan is to travel to the Atlantic coast at Ocean City, Maryland for the "Official" start on U.S. Route 50. We will follow U.S. 50 west for over 3,000 miles to its terminus in Sacramento, California. From Sacramento, we will head a bit further west to the Pacific Ocean before we begin to travel south. California Highway 1 and U.S. Route 101, better known as the Pacific Coast Highway, will be the route for about 500 miles to Santa Monica. At the world famous Santa Monica Pier, we hop on Route 66...The "Mother Road". Travelling about 2,500 miles to the north east, we'll arrive at the end of 66 in Chicago, Illinois. The "Official" end of our journey. From Chicago, it's just another 450 miles and we're back in Pittsburgh. We've made very few lodging reservations, thus eliminating the pressure of trying to get somewhere by some deadline. The whole purpose of this ride to see this country and whatever piques our interest along the way...and we will be looking for that giant ball of yarn! So we invite you to ride along with us. We hope you will find it both entertaining and informative. Please feel free to leave your comments and share this with anyone you feel would have an interest.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Day 24 August 17, 2015

Days without incident - 1
Days without rain gear - 10

We spent the day today lounging and allowing the medications to take effect on Nancy.  She had a rough night, but after Ed got to the pharmacy this morning, all was right in her world...at least for four hours at a time.

Juju and I spent a good bit of the day in the pool and doing a whole lot of nothing.

So, the plans have changed a bit.

Ed is a bit banged up...mostly road rash and a sore foot.
Nancy is in a lot more pain.  Nothing was broken, but some deep tissue bruising and serious back pain.  The medications seem to be working, but riding the bike for her is out of the question.

Ed is going to rent a truck tomorrow morning and we'll load the bike in it with the help of the Kingman Harley-Davidson shop's loading ramp.  They will then head for home.

Juju and I will continue our ride along 66 for now.  At the very least, we're going to go as far as St. Louis, Missouri.  From there, we'll decide if we continue to Chicago or straight on to Pittsburgh.

It is very sad indeed that we will not be able to continue this ride together.  However, we are all very happy to be able to say that it could have been a lot worse.  In a week or two, everything should be healed up enough for the fun part of the stories to be told.

I only hope that I can take some photos, which was Nancy's forte on the back of the bike.

The ride will continue...as will the blog...stay tuned!

1 comment:

  1. Don is upset that you didn't call, we would have come to get Eddie and Nancy. Seriously.