The Final Leg of our New England Trailblazer Tour

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As the New Year, approaches I am reminded how thankful I am for our family and friends and how much I enjoy our Travels with Harley. Before I write my final installment of our New England Trailblazer Tour this past September Demea and I would like to wish everyone a safe and prosperous New Year, now let me digress and get back to one of the best rides that we have had in some time.

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One of the things that I loved about New England was how clean the air smelled. It was brisk and fresh and made me want to go another New England Trailblazer Tour and a Travels with Harley ride sooner rather than later.

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As I said last week, I’m not that keen on big cities, but dealt with it as best I could. It was cold and we were hungry, but we were so tired that we really didn’t feel like stopping at a fancy restaurant so Demea yelped and found this Mexican grocery store with a grill out front. The two guys who were looking after the place didn’t speak English, but were able to understand our order which was four taco’s and a Pepsi served in a glass bottle.

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The meat was hot and grisly, so we just grinned and bared it. The day wasn’t that great as Demea and I both love our food and we didn’t have much that day.

We weren’t really in a hurry the next day, and that was probably a good thing, as it got really cold around midday. Both of us were tired and hungry and were seriously considering renting a truck and hauling the bike back, even after hunting for warmer clothes at a local store in Gander. Even though Demea bought a shirt, it wasn’t enough for the ride home.

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After having a bite to eat we decided that the $800.00 it would cost to haul the bike back wasn’t worth it. We warmed up, got back on the bike, and rode into Indy on our New England Trailblazer Tour before spending the night.

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We weren’t really in that much of a hurry the next day on our New England Trailblazer Tour and that was a good thing as it was pretty darn cold, not as cold as the day before thank God, but according to the forecast, rain was expected.

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We got within 20 miles of St. Louis on our New England Trailblazer Tour and it started to come down hard. We went into the Casey store to get some coffee and a pizza while Demea worked on her laptop. We were able to visit with Susie and Neal who own a couple of Sears Hometown Stores and three outlet stores. Everything happens for a reason and it was good to catch up and get advice and ideas for our business.

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After checking the weather and getting warm, we gassed up the Road King and headed out for the final leg of our New England Trailblazer Tour. Considering all the weather that we had to put up with, it was a pretty easy ride.

As we pulled into the garage, I checked out my trip meter and discovered that we had traveled 3740.9 miles on our New England Trailblazer Tour. That meant we had been through 13 states in 12 days.

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So, that is my take on our New England Trailblazer Tour…and although I may have been longwinded at times, it was sure good to reminisce. Thanks for joining us on our New England Trailblazer Tour journey and we’ll see you next year!

12 Days on the New England Trailblazer Tour

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The last day of the New England Trailblazer Tour was 254 miles and would take us from Bangor ME to Concord NH. It was in the low 60s and overcast when we took off, but the sun finally came out, it didn’t warm us, but did boost our spirits. I think we were all pretty tired from the New England Trailblazer Tour as all we did was ride and stop for gas. We even had something to eat at the gas station, which is so not like us.

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We stopped at the American Police Motorcycle Museum, which was pretty cool before we got to the hotel about 17:00. We dumped our bags in the room and caught one of the buses to the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center. It would have been nice to be able to have spent a bit more time instead of the bar. It seems like we did quite a bit of that on our New England Trailblazer Tour.

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After we got back to the hotel we walked down to this place called the Common Man, which had a nice bar. I got talking to Harley and Matt before Eddie and Anna came in with some of the guys from Saddle Tramp. We actually ended up closing the bar before walking back to the hotel.

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We got the up next morning on our New England Trailblazer Tour and rode down to the Heritage Harley dealership for another pancake breakfast. We met up with Larry and Lisa from Georgia and this other guy from Texas. We actually met Larry and Lisa on the Wild West Ride. After breakfast, we all hugged each other, even the guy from Texas who I had never met before. The brotherhood of bikers is amazing.

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Matt and Jodie were looking at a used bike, a Glide, for Jodie as the Sportster was feeling a little small for her. We are not sure if they bought it, as we were the last bike out of the hotel on the New England Trailblazer Tour. The previous night there were about 80 bikes.

We rode hard coming home, but only made it to Pittsburg PA. I really didn’t like Pittsburg, it just didn’t have a good feel for me, but then again I’m not a big city guy.New England Trailblazer Tour

Join us next week for the final New England Trailblazer Tour blog, at least for this year anyway.

Merry Christmas everyone and here’s to a safe and prosperous New Year!

New England Trailblazer Tour September 11

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It’s times like this that the New England Trailblazer Tour this past September comes to mind. Demea and I are so busy with the stores, and of course, the weather isn’t doing us any favors, that we haven’t had a chance to take a ride, let alone reminisce about our New England Trailblazer Tour.

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If I can remember correctly, I last left you on September 10 The day before our national day of remembrance, September 11, 2001.

After getting up at 5:30 for our New England Trailblazer Tour, we had a breakfast buffet for only $10.99 at the Holiday inn. Jodie didn’t want to go so she rode her Sportster to Bangor by herself while the rest of us rode out to west Quoddy head lighthouse.

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This is the eastern most point in the United States. That meant a coast-to-coast ride for Demea and me as we have ridden to Los Angeles on the Wild West ride.

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It was cold and overcast and even though we wore long johns and leathers it was still pretty darn chilly. The weather was calling for rain, but as usual, we were prepared.

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The countryside was pretty and not much different then Missouri so we all decided to take the short cut back. It still took us most of the day, and we still were rained on the last 40 miles. We had time before supper so Demea and I took the Holiday inn shuttle to the Bangor Maine Harley dealership. I love my wife, always wanting a souvenir, and the New England Trailblazer Tour was certainly no exception. She actually wanted a Bangor Maine T-shirt with the logo on the front.

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Will, the guy that was driving the van was from Detroit. He had been in Maine for about 6 years. While we were in the van, Will got a call to pick up two flight attendants from the airport. They were funny and we enjoyed their company. One of the gals had pictures on her phone from a flight she had worked where the dog from the Target commercials, the one with red bull’s eye around its eye, was on the plane. Apparently, they had bought her a first class seat so she could look after the bulldog.

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After dropping them off, we went over to the Cole Land Transportation museum, which was very nice with all of the items being donated. While we were there, the Harley Davidson Bangor gave the greeters a check for a $1000.00 dollars before passing the hat for another 1000. One of the most moving things that Demea experienced was during the Star Spangled Banner. As it was being sung, Demea and I were facing the front entrance. Demea commented about how her heart melted when she watched some riders walking up, and after hearing the song, immediately stopped, hats off and hands over their hearts.

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Oh and both Demea and I thought that the lobster rolls at the catered dinner were incredible!

We got on buses went back to the hotel, and started drinking in the bar. Steve, Matt,
and I went out on the patio to smoke cigars and drink. It was cold but it felt good to stay out late even though we were still in the same restaurant as the girls.

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After we had a smoke we went back to the bar inside where Demea and Jodi were talking to the guys from the Saddle Tramp Adventure Travel Co. they are from England and after talking to Eddie for a while, I discovered that he was a real interesting guy who was fascinated with Indian Motorcycles.

It was a great day, but incredibly long, almost as long as this post. Next week I’ll continue with our New England Trailblazer Tour. Thinking about it really does take the edge off the cold.