We Missed the Big One for the Hometown Celebration

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After our breakfast at Keke’s, I was pretty stuffed, but because we didn’t have to be anywhere still wanted to head over to the Orlando Harley Davidson dealership.

I needed to pick up a pair of jeans for Jim but they didn’t have his size. The sales associate there was really great, called their other two smaller stores in town, found a pair at one of the other Harley Davidson stores, and had them hold it for us.

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Believe it or not, I didn’t really feel like going into Talbot’s, yes I know, but I was stuffed from breakfast, it was in the mail, and I just didn’t feel like shopping! It didn’t take me too long to realize that I didn’t really didn’t care if I was missing a jacket button for the Hometown Celebration.

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Time always seems to go so fast and the next thing you knew we needed to head back to the hotel. We picked up Jim’s jeans and stopped to run through the car wash, then back to the hotel to get ready for the evening.

If I may digress before I get into the Hometown Celebration, I would like to say that when we left on Saturday afternoon Washington, Missouri was about to experience one of the coldest winter storm in years the next day.

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We invited our Sears store manager to the Hometown Celebration, but when he called on Monday morning we were all relieved that he decided not to attend as he was the only one at the store. Quite frankly, I can’t imagine anyone going out in 12” of snow, much less with a temperature of minus eight and a wind chill of 30 below.

About an hour later Mike, our manager sent me a text telling us that he had slid through a red light into an intersection because of the ice. Jim forced me to send him a picture of the temperature gauge in the car, which read 81 ° prompting Mike to respond with being lucky that he didn’t have any pyromaniac episodes in the past two or three years.

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Jim kept telling me that he regrets not being home for this particularly cold storm, and I do believe him. He still talks about the winter storm of 1977 in Illinois. Now, when anyone talks about the storm of 2014, he is going to have to say he was in Florida.

We had a blast at the Hometown Celebration, but that will have to wait until next week!

On our Way to the Hometown Celebration Almost Anyway

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I left you last week on our way to the Hometown Celebration wondering what Jim and I decided on for breakfast at Biscuitheads on our way to Florida, so here you go. As per usual, I had the special. I’m always big on trying the specials, if it’s a, “Special,” it has to be good right? Cuban roasted pork loin with mojo mashers, poached egg, Havana sauce and chevre, and a side order of biscuits and gravy. Need I say more? Jim was very impressed that I chose the Ethiopian Goat Head coffee; sometimes he tends to forget how daring I can actually be! Jim had a bacon, egg and cheddar cheese sandwich on a biscuit. It sounds like quite a bit of food, and it really was. The only regret I have when we eat out on these trips, is that I can’t take my leftovers with me. I need to work on that one as leftovers are usually about my second favorite thing.

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Asheville is really a pretty cool area. From what I could see, recycle, reuse and awareness, are extremely important to many of the businesses. We are definitely coming back and visit here again on the bike for a, Travels with Harley,” Hopefully this summer.

After checking out Asheville, we decided to get back on the road. We had debated whether we should stop over in Savannah or Charleston on our way to the Hometown Celebration, but we opted for another crazed drive to Orlando. This wasn’t our first dog and pony show and we know from experience how tiring these conventions can be.

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The Hometown Celebration convention was at the Gaylord Palms Hotel & Convention Center in Kissimmee, FL. Last year we were at the Gaylord in Nashville, TN and we had been at this property once before. The staff was helpful and check in was very smooth. After doing this for the past 10 or so years, I finally remembered to ask for a room near the convention center. We were so tired that we got lost trying to find our room but it was wonderful to see the bellmen had delivered everything once we found it. I immediately climbed into a hot tub to soak off some of the road aches. The convention didn’t start until Monday night with a welcome reception, so we had the day to enjoy.

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While I was checking out my wardrobe I discovered that the jacket I had brought along was missing a button, but Talbots would have to wait, as we wanted to check out the local Harley Dealer, of course, and once again, I was starving, so we had to find somewhere to eat, of course.

 

If you follow my blog, you will know that I like to check reviews before Jim and I decide on a restaurant. We found Keke’s Breakfast Café that was close to both Talbots and the Harley Dealer. It is in a strip mall, so we really weren’t sure what to expect, but it was top notch.

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Jim had an omelet and I had eggs Benedict and a Belgian waffle with strawberries and whipped cream on the side. Yes, I know it seems like I order a lot, but I really like variety, and, I thought Jim might want some of the waffle. Paola was our server and she was great. Only complaint I may have had was that my waffle was a little heavy and maybe could have been cooked a bit more. However, I was so hooked on eating the strawberries with whipped cream & my eggs Benedict, that I didn’t need the waffle anyway! Fresh strawberries and whipped cream is my mom’s favorite treat and I was really wishing she had been there to enjoy them with me. I’m going to have to make sure I take her some next time I visit.

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Well, hopefully I’ve made you hungry enough to go and grab a bite…next week I’ll tell you about our visit to the Orlando Harley Davidson dealership where Jim and I could have come home with a brand new bike, and maybe we did, but you will have to wait until next week to find out.

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores Celebration Orlando FL Road Trip Part 1

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Like most of our, “Travels with Harley,” road trips Jim and I were back and forth about going to our Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores Celebration in Orlando, FL this year.

Although we had earned $900 in credit from various awards and contests, sometimes it’s hard to schedule additional time away from the store. However, just like our, “Travels with Harley,” 110th anniversary ride to Milwaukee, WI, I had tentatively booked our stay.

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After many nights of discussion after work, we decided to make the trip, and instead of flying to Florida, we decided to drive. That way we could take advantage of the scenery and choose where we would take our, “Travels with Harley,” road trips once the weather is in our favor.

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We left just after noon and, although it may sound crazy, decided to try to make it to North Carolina. We ended up in Asheville, NC at about 11pm. Just past Nashville, Jim and I got hungry, so I decided, like I usually do, to go online and do a restaurant search. If you follow my blog, you know that I tend to trust online reviews.

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I see a Hot Dog place in Mount Juliet, TN that has 58 reviews and 4 1/2 stars which seems pretty impressive. One reviewer said they travel 27 miles just to enjoy the food, which was enough to convince Jim and I and the prices are downright cheap. Needless to say, the food was incredible. The menu was amazing, and it was really hard to choose, but I finally decide on the special of the day – mac and cheese & bacon on top of a dog, good old-fashioned comfort food, and Jim had a chilidog after sampling the chili. I also had my first fried Twinkie, an experience no one should miss. If you ever try Corie’s and you have a big appetite, you will have to attempt the, “Wall of Weiners.”

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Before we left we had made plans to meet up with a couple of friends in Nashville and that morning they introduced us to Biscuitheads. You go to the counter to order your breakfast and the sign you are given to signify your order number has a cat picture on it. Again, if you follow our blog, I always refer to it as mine, but its Jims as well; you will know that we refer to our cats as, “Kids.”

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Jim has called certain biscuits, “Catheads,” for as long as I can remember and this is how Biscuitheads described some of their tasty treats. We enjoyed our morning cup of Joe out of an eclectic assortment of pretty cool second hand store coffee cups and awaited the arrival of our breakfast, which was pretty much every bit as good as you’d expect.

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I wish I could share more, but because of our trip to Florida, I’m working extra hours at the store. I’ll have to get back to you next week to let you know what we had at Biscuitheads and what we did for the rest of our trip to our Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores Celebration in Orlando, FL .

2014 is Going to be a Great Year

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It’s been a busy holiday season and it’s still going strong for us both. The store is busier than ever with after Christmas sales and that means we are pretty tired by the time we close up for the night. Needless to say that hasn’t given us much chance to enjoy a, “Travels with Harley,” but I can still live vicariously through the new Harley Davidson’s that I have been reading about lately, and looking forward to the warmer months when we can enjoy some group rides.

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2014 is going to be a big year for Harley and a big year for the Loyds. Once the weather plays fair, we are going to take more road trips this year than we did in 2013. Our chapter has quite a few activities coming up that we plan to take part in.

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This year is going to be awesome. I can’t wait to hit the road with the rest of the members of our chapter, and participate in some of the upcoming events. They’ve got a, “Pet Day,” coming up, but I don’t know if our kids, cats, could be bothered. They would rather stay at home, lounge in the sun, and just be kids, um, cats.

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Jim and I are going to try to participate in some of the, “End of the Month Rides.” On January 26th, the destination is yet to be determined, but I like that. It’s kind of like a mystery adventure.

The store is always busy on a Saturday, and it’s tough to get away, but I’m hoping that one of us can get to the In-Store seminar on the 26th of this month. I think Jim should be the one to go as he can learn more about how to enhance the performance of our Road King and check out some specials from the service department.

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Another event that I don’t want to miss is the, “Hot Hogs and Chili Dogs,” event on April 12. The all chapter-supported event is right up my alley. If you have followed my blog, you will know that I love to eat. This is another Saturday event, but I’ve already scheduled myself off for the day, hopefully Jim can make it as well.

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Be sure and check out the Bourbeuse Valley Chapter website as Jim and I are featured in Photo Albums from our ride in the parade at the 110th Harley Davidson Anniversary event.

This year is going to be awesome and I can’t wait to hit the road with Jim in more, “Travels with Harley,” I’ll keep you posted!