Time to put some miles on the not-so-new bike. Tomorrow morning, my Honda NT700 and I will keep each company on a ride to Miami to see an old friend. In fact, Jim and I haven't seen each other in 48 years - the month of May, 1965, when we both left Florida Southern College.
My route will take me to Houston for the first night (where I'll have dinner with Trang), then Monday, take the ferry to the Bolivar Peninsula and continue on across into Louisiana and on to New Orleans, where I'll have breakfast with Ken, a man who served at the same hospital as Cindy way back when during the war in Vietnam. Keeping off the super slab, Tuesday will take me to Crawfordville, FL, then Wednesday on to Keith and Misty's in Orlando, but going through Lakeland for a stroll across the campus of Florida Southern. By Friday morning, they should be tired of me, and I'll boogie on to Miami and spend the night before seeing Jim Saturday morning.
Saturday afternoon, a quick ride back to Orlando for the night, then Sunday on up to Statesboro, GA, but time enough for a quick ride through the old neighborhood in Brunswick, GA. Monday takes me to Gainesville, GA, the home of another old friend, but I'll take a small hunk of South Carolina (to add to my "states ridden" map." I'll get two old friends for the prcie of one - Jeff and Corky are two folks I worked with a long time ago. Tuesday, back on the road, through the far southwest corner of North Carolina, then on to Nashville to visit my nephew Paul and his family. That ends the visits as the next day is Pine Bluff, AR, then Houston ( and dinner again with Trang, then on home by Friday.
I'm geared up for some cold weather, the bike has fresh oil and a check-over from the shop, and I am more than ready for my first long trip on this bike.
I'll post some photos as I ride - should be a fun trip.