Splish Splash We Were Taking A Bath

Demea has been gently persuading me to post a blog on our Travels with Harley site, but until she reminded me of some of the great stories that we have had so far, I didn’t think I could come up with the goods. Needless to say, my memory banks are full of interesting fables of our travels along the way.

Before I go on, I have to say that we are postponing our Kickstarter Project. The sale of our Sears store didn’t go through and we wouldn’t have enough time to enjoy our 60-day trip.

Now, back to the tales at hand. This past weekend Demea and I decided to hit the road on the Road King, but after about an hour had to turn back because it got really cold and started to snow. Groundhog Phil told us to expect an early spring, but it doesn’t look like his prediction came through.

After we had to turn back, we decided to stop by the grocery store to pick up a few things. The snow was getting heavier and we wanted to make sure that we had plenty of supplies. We bought a 2-liter bottle of ginger ale and headed for home. After we unpacked the groceries, the bottle of ginger ale was very inviting. After putting some ice in a glass, we unscrewed the top and were covered in ginger ale. Not to mention the floor and the kitchen table. Note to self; never open a bottle of soda that has been hitch hiking in your saddlebags.

Sunday morning we woke up to several inches of snow on the ground, but still have hopes that we will be able to ride next weekend, if not, I have plenty more riding stories to share in Travels with Harley.

What A Weekend It Was, Typical Missouri Weather!

Like most spring weekends in Missouri, this past one was wet, cold, and slushy. Unfortunately, Jim and I didn’t get to take the Road King out of the garage, but it did give Jim a chance to finish the coffee measure that he was making for an amazing couple that we met on a, “Travels with Harley,” trip through Canada back in 2011.

After coming back around the northern edge of Lake Superior, we stopped at a local Laundromat and asked a friendly looking man where the best place to eat was. After chatting for a while, Jim discovered that he was a Harley rider who was from Faribault MN. He was working in the area, and was happy to help. He insisted that Jim and I meet him and his lady friend for a meal at the local casino. Honestly, when I recant this story to friends, the first thing they ask is, “How do you know he and his girl weren’t serial killers?” Jim and I tend to have a sixth sense about folks, and we knew that this guy was the real deal.

After a wonderful dinner and great conversation, he and his partner asked us to stay at their home in Faribault. We jumped at the chance and enjoyed a wonderful ride the next evening on a pontoon boat heading across the lake for a late night supper.

Since that time Jim has wanted to make an Apple Wood Coffee Measure  as a gift of thanks, and YAY, he has finally had time to finish it…it’s been tough with 15 hour days at the store for the past couple of years.

This next week we will be attempting to clean up our store getting it ready for a potential sale, hopefully we will be ready for another ride this coming weekend. We have so much to share in, “Travels with Harley,” and I hope you will all come along for the ride!

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Best Laid Plans Don’t Always Work Out Or Do They?

The best-laid plans don’t always work out, and that is certainly what happened to Jim and I. We had really wanted to get on our Road King and take some pictures and video over the weekend, but I guess the Universe had other plans. That’s what always seems to occur when you try to plan every minute of your weekend.

When we got up in the morning, we certainly weren’t greeted with a warm and sunny day. The forecast called for clear skies, but it was raining. To make matters worse, I had to go to our Sears store to work because one of our employees called in sick. We finally hit the road later that afternoon, and by then the skies were clear and it had warmed up a bit.

We rode to Pacific, Mo., as we wanted to visit our favorite coffee bar, but found out that it had closed. However, in its place was a new establishment called the, “Brewhaus.” We have always loved the building, which features incredible old architecture; in fact, it used to house the old, “New Opera House.” The restaurant was upstairs in the conference room, and features a fantastic backdrop from the 1904 St. Louis Fair. We felt a bit hungry so decided to order some pub chips. They were served with homemade BBQ sauce on the side. We weren’t sure what to expect and were not very thrilled with the idea until we tried them. Incredible is all I can say. The pub chips were crunchy on the outside and just right on the inside and the sauce was out of this world. They were not too sweet with just a touch of heat.

We would have liked to stay a bit longer, but the sky started to cloud up again and the temperature was dropping fast so we jumped back on the Road King and headed home.

What started out as a day that we thought we would rather forget turned into a fabulous outing that we will definitely remember. It’s funny, that’s what always seems to happen in, “Travels with Harley.”

27 Days and Counting!

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! Jim and I were hoping to get on the Road King and take a ride, but the weather wasn’t in our favor. With intermitten rain and snow showers, we decided to stay home and work on, “Travels with Harley.” Once we start our 60 day adventure, we will not be able to avoid days when the weather isn’t in our favor.

We have had such a positive response and are really looking forward to hitting the road in May. For those of you who have been asking about our book, it is going to be fantastic. Liken it to a guide that will include everything you need to know if you are planning a trip across the US on your motorcycle. Our diary of sorts will have pictures, maps, notes and interesting tid bits about places that you should and stay, and of course the best routes to get you there. Our online and hardcover, “Travels with Harley,” book will also tell you the places that you are better off avoiding if you are traveling on a motorcycle.

The TV series will literally follow Jim and I as we criss cross across the country on our Road King. All of our backers will get daily updates where we will share exactly what happened, where we are, and how we are doing. Neither Jim or I mince words, so we will let you know whether or not you should eat or stay at a particular location, or run for the hills!

If you haven’t had a chance to check out our kickstarter package, we hope that you check it out now, and don’t forget to like us on facebook and twitter. We’ve got 27 days to go, and you can donate as little as a dollar, or as much as you like. This will help us with our journey, and get another item off our bucket list.