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.