We got on the road about 9 am with the temperature around 50 degrees and a bit of wind. No problem. We spent most of the morning on 4 lane highways which was fine. Better than the interstate and for the most part very little traffic and lots of good scenery. The bikes were running great and we were out riding as the sun broke through the clouds and the temperatures began to climb to a comfortable level. All was good!
We stopped in Valdosta, GA for lunch at a Cracker Barrel. Not really local fare like yesterday but just fine, quick and delish. It was here that we shed our layers and opened up the vents on our riding gear to get some nice airflow.
After Valdosta we managed to get on some nice two lane highways. Sometimes we rode for 10-15 miles without another vehicle on the road. Sweet!
And then, we were in Florida! Just like that!
The last hundred miles or so we had to jump on the Interstate for an easy approach to our host hotel. I-75 was not fun. The speed limit was 70 but everyone was going 80-85, even the semis! And there was a lot of traffic and nobody seemed to pay any attention to using turn signals. Yuck. It was a bit intense. I was actually relieved to get onto I-10 where traffic thinned out and the ride became pleasant again.
We rode directly to the Ramada (IBA Host Hotel), got our room, parked and unloaded the bikes, cleaned up and headed to registration and social time :-)
Dave McQueeny was there in the lobby to register the participants and give us our name tags. Dave is everywhere! He rides and rides and rides and rides. I want to be like Dave!
Lynda Lahman and her sidekick Terry were already there. It was great to seem them. They had ridden in from Southern California.
There were a few peeps hanging out at the front of the hotel.
A few bikes in the parking lot. More will be arriving over the next few days. The big party is on Friday night when riders come in from doing an Iron Butt certified ride.
Hey, that's my buddy Jesse Lucas! Looking good there Mr. Jesse ;-)
Fast forward after dinner and cocktails and lots of chatting we took a stroll around the parking lot. More bikes had arrived, the temperature was pleasant and all was good with the world.
On our stroll we encountered another buddy Gregg Lenentine who graciously offered us a sip or two or thirty of a delish single malt. Oh thank you Gregg, I love it when my speech slurs, hahahahaha.
So, that ended a great day of riding, meeting up with friends, meeting new peeps and just in general having a terrific time! Our ride started about 50 degrees and went up to 80 degrees. No rain, just a little wind, dry roads and light traffic for the most part. Yup, it was a good day :-)
Tomorrow is just a hang out day for us. We didn't plan on doing any IBA certified rides and intend to be social and see who shows up!
Stay tuned for the next installment. Cheers!