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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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Days 32 and 33 The end of the ride - Tuesday August 25, 2015 and Wednesday August 26, 2015

Since the last two days were on the interstate, I have taken the liberty of combining them.

Days without incident - 8/9
Days without rain gear - 18/19

We left St. Louis Monday to a cold and overcast morning but saw no rain. We had turned the horses to the barn, so to speak, as we headed for home.  Now traveling on Interstate 70, one's concentration must now shift to other matters.  Taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of the surrounding countryside, has been replaced by keeping an eye on that semi you're about to pass, or the one about to pass you.  The sounds are now of tires humming along the asphalt at 70+ miles per hour.  And the smells are of diesel and gasoline exhaust.

There are times though when you can let your mind wander and think of all the things you've just done, and the people with whom you have shared them.  This makes the time pass as you white knuckle your way across the remaining three States before coming back to Pennsylvania.

We finished the day about 360 miles to the east, in Dayton, Ohio.  We spent some time in the hotel pool and hot tub before going to dinner...our last day of hotel accommodations on this trip.

Tuesday morning's temperatures were no warmer than Monday's and the skies were even more threatening.  Fortunately, It's been 19 days since we last had to put on the rain gear, and as dismal as it seemed, we saw no rain.  That in itself is a great stretch of luck.  Putting on an extra layer, we started out on the final leg, which consisted of just under 300 miles.

More of the same interstate as we rode through the remainder of Ohio, then West Virginia and into Pennsylvania.  We reflected on what we had done and were a bit saddened by the "lasts" we were now experiencing.  We made our last diner stop, got our last gas, and rode the last miles before we pulled into the garage at home.

Even as uneventful the last two day may sound, they are part of the entire package.  They will become part of the stories we tell when we reminisce or recall for friends (who I'm sure we will bore to tears with the stories).

It's good to be home, but it was VERY good being on the road, especially with the people in our little H.A.R.P. Group.

When it was all said and done, we traveled through 23 states (6 of them twice), and the District of Columbia.  We clocked 7,920.2 miles from the time we left our garage until we pulled back in today.  I'd say that was a pretty fair bit of riding!

As stated in the previous post, there will be summary statements from each of the participants and a page will be dedicated to photos and video from the trip.  It may take a while to edit the visual items, so check back...or better yet...go back to our home page, and just below the introduction paragraph, enter your e-mail address and click Submit.  You will then be notified when anything new appears on the blog.

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