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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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Day 25 Tuesday August 18, 2015

Days without incident - 1
Days without rain gear - 11

By 7:45 this morning, Ed and I were at Kingman Harley-Davidson using their adjustable ramp to load his bike into the rental truck.  By 9 O'clock, we were saying goodbye to our traveling companions as they headed home on 4 wheels.

Juju and I got back on Route 66 and headed toward Flagstaff.  As we moved eastward, and gradually upward in elevation, the tan earth gave way to green grass.  The sagebrush was eventually replaced by pine trees and their scent filled the air.

On the way, we made a stop at an old Route 66 General Store in Seligman, Arizona.  Later, we made the obligatory pause to be "Standing on the Corner in Winslow, Arizona".

By mid-afternoon, we had arrived in Holbrook, Arizona, home of the Wigwam motel.  An interesting place, but reviews had it too close to the railroad tracks to get a good night's sleep.  Our primary motive for stopping here is to visit two parks we have yet to see...Petrified Forest National Park and Painted Desert National Park.

After dinner, it was pool and hot tub time, but before retiring, we had this view from our hotel.

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