2015 Long Island or Bust Tour – Days 23 & 24
It’s that time to get to Long Island….😊 I am in Pennsylvania right now and will be heading out soon to finish this incredible X Country trip in my very fun Fiat 500L.
Love this car, it did well on this trip and it really reminds me of my F800GS on 4 wheels.
Canada back to the USA.
I haven’t figured out all the states I have driven through yet or my mileage. What I do know is that I visited many National and State Parks, managed to stay away from interstates almost the entire trip. If I were on my bike I would imagine this trip taking about 2 months which is something not out of the question. Most of my track I would recommend for all bikes except some parts and this would make for a memorable ride.
I left my home for the past 18 years on April 22, 2015, my gardens, my friends and something still hard to talk about my 2 elderly dogs who stayed with their other mom.
The journey across the USA was a great reminder how beautiful this country is. I am worried about a few things. What would a post of mine be without a worry eh? The entire healthcare set up down here. I hear some good stories about the changes and I hear some really bad stories. I think the USA is caught between trying to assure Americans they will receive healthcare but for some reason it’s costing so many more? Anyway, not to make this a very politically driven post….all I know is I have a lot to learn coming from Canada back to the USA and figure out this healthcare nonsense.
Driving or riding in the Spring there will be a Mother Nature surprise here and there. On this trip I hit snow of course, torrential down pours, outstanding beautiful days in areas that can reach over 100F and I drove through in perfect temps. The bugs this years were bad versus last year. I had a lot of time to myself and met some memorable folks along the way. I locked my keys in my car only once 👍which brought together a bunch of strangers for one cause….free Leslie.
Lake Tahoe was amazing when I drove through. Little traffic, it was a gorgeous day and peaceful
Saw some amazing scenery, wild life and sunrises and sunsets.
Got to jump out of a plane, hike and explore
Closed a chapter by spreading my Beagle’s ashes at the very same spot I held a memorial for him last year, June 10th 2014. Cruizer died unexpectedly and I knew if I got the chance I would bring him back one day to this very spot. I left his best friends collar for him, Sierra my lab/shep X.
Found out what an real life Antelope looks like…at the time had no idea what I was seeing…interesting looking creatures for sure.
Clinton, my new 82 year-old Cheyenne Tribe member friend who loves bald eagles…he was also memorable as well as a young Army soldier, and the Baptist Pastor I met too.
The Badlands and Blackhills are places to go visit if you want to find a very peaceful and beautiful area. Go in the early morning before others ruin it for you. 👍
Chattanooga, TN – Lookout Mountain where you can see 7 states…the aquarium was great too.
The Tail of the Dragon…the entire area of North Carolina and TN was so much fun to drive around…tons of great roads throughout the USA. I love this man Roland I met…after we drove the Dragon.
Recently, almost got squished by this big ass OAK. I am glad I had a chance to stop before it toppled on me.
One thing is for certain, while I eventually saw thousands of bikes out there…I think I handled my self rather well. Not too frustrated, was “happy” for those out riding and maintained my enthusiasm for driving my car. 😉
Need coffee…and I am appreciative of being able to have taken these last few weeks to sort of decompress and transition back. I have had so many new adjustments to make over the last 17 months and I continue to hope that I make a smooth transition in to a work life in and around the NYC area. Back to where it all began, full circle…weird foe me but familiar. I have my family here, some old friends and a new “someone”. Let’s see what comes next shall we?
Oh..I get to see this…haven’t been on her since Feb. 11th 2015…way too long