Thursday, June 30, 2016

Jun30Art

My motorcycle came home from the shop today, had it's 10,000 mile check up and is ready to roll this weekend.  We're going to Savannah on Saturday.  Tomorrow I'm headed to Columbia, for some face time at the office.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Jun29Art

The rain the last few days has really perked up my hibiscus, I have two blooms at once now.  Bright yellow with deep red centers, didn't quite get the center dark enough, but it was fun painting it today.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Jun28Art

I've not had much luck voting for my state senator, the candidate I voted for (before I left on my trip), did not make it to the runoff.  The candidate I voted for in the run-off didn't win either... sigh.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Jun27Art

I've been home almost a week, but today was the first day I felt like I was getting back into my normal routine. Still doing loads of laundry to catch up but the backlog is getting smaller and things are getting put away again.  My flute has been getting serviced while I was away, it should be back on Wednesday, I'm looking forward to playing it again.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Jun26Art

All caught up on posting and scanning from this journal.  I'm still working on the travel journal I kept during the trip. It may take a while to finish that one up.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Jun25Art

Back on the bike today for a Childhood Cancer Sucks ride,  very hot and humid today.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Jun24Art

Trip to Columbia in the car was interesting, first time I'd driven a car in almost 3 weeks.  Luckily I still remember how :-)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Jun23Art

Thought I'd share our daily prayer, Melissa read this prayer every morning to the group.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Jun22Art

Believe it or not I went back to work today... tired but glad to be home.  Doing mountains of laundry is ahead this week.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Jun20-21Art

Ron met me in Knoxville and joined the group riding home on the 21st.  It was so good to see my husband, I do believe this is the longest we've been apart in the 20 years I've know him.  We lost over 11 riders in Murfreesboro Tn, and a few more dropped out in Knoxville and along the way to Charleston, folks from Florida splitting off at either 85 or 95 to head south.  In the end only 7 riders made the complete round trip,  I was proud to be one of them.

My sisters... I love them all more than I thought was possible.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Jun19Art

Tennessee welcomed us with open arms, nothing like Southern hospitality to warm a Southern girl's heart.  The ladies from Bumpus Harley Davidson in Murfreesboro Tn treated us to a delightful ride thru the rolling hills of western Tennessee.  Every mile now bringing us closer to home.  Ron will be meeting me in Knoxville tomorrow to ride the final leg to Charleston with me.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Jun18Art

 Hills finally, and trees too... a few pictures other people took of me, since my phone was dead.


Friday, June 17, 2016

Jun17Art

Out of the mountains of Colorado and into the FLAT, STRAIGHT, HOT roads of Kansas.  We stopped in Hays, Kansas... the hottest place on the entire trip.

This if Marianne Coy, my guardian angel.  She was the tail gunner who kept me safe for 5,000 plus miles.  I could not have made this trip without her help and support.  She is an amazing person, that I'll never forget.



Colorado River view and the rock mountains and clear cloudless sky.


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Jun15-16Art

These are the last photos I took, as my phone took a swim and lay dead in a bag of rice for 3 days.  It finally did come back to life and is still working for now anyway.

Snow on the Rockies, we are headed for Denver now.


A scenic look at the Colorado River and some of the rocky hills in Western Colorado.

A stop for gas in New Castle Co, some green on the hills finally.




Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Jun14Art



Somehow, I got behind on my journal, so the picture is from memory what the snow on the Rockie mountains looked liked.  The picture below is me in Las Vegas 6:30am KSU (kickstands up) headed to Green River Utah.  What a breathtaking ride thru the most amazing rock mountains it was.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Jun13Art


Las Vegas is for gamblers and drinkers, I don't much like losing money, and not much of a drinker either, so I spent a day of rest in Las Vegas.


Sunday, June 12, 2016

Jun12Art

 Albuquerque NM to Las Vegas Nv with a stop in Chloride NM (population 300). Ten of us snagged tickets to the Criss Angel show at the Luxor in Las Vegas 


Saturday, June 11, 2016

Jun11Art


The next day was a glorious morning, and a breathtaking beautiful ride to Scottsdale.  No GPS made it an little difficult to find the motel, but stopping and asking directions worked for me. 


Friday, June 10, 2016

Jun10Art



Moving blessing of us and our bikes by the Navaho Shaman at the Navaho Veterans Memorial Park.  


We had the worst weather of the entire trip that night with gusting wind, hail, torrential rain, and lighting.  We made it to Payson, Az and that's where I called my husband to find me a motel room, about 7 or 8 others also quit but the rest continued on in the storm for the final 80 miles to Scottsdale... our leader Karen had a wreck in Scottsdale dodging a coyote that ran across the road, she hit a concrete curb and destroyed her bike.  Thanks to her helmet she survived and suffered no broken bones, but her riding for the rest of the trip was relegated to the support truck.  The other riders got to the motel around 5am. 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Jun09Art


Jack Rabbits hanging out at the Cracker Barrel... so cute.



Loli (trike driver), our guides thru Navaho lands on either side of Karen... 


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Jun08Art



Flat land and trees few and far between,  from Amarillo Tx to Albuquerque NM.... lots of wind wiping across that flat land almost blew the bikes off the road, my FLRT was even getting blown around.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Monday, June 6, 2016

Jun06Art


Day 3 South Haven Ms to Tulsa Ok 
Left to right Melissa (a ride captain), Penni (our traveling nurse) and Karen the organizer and leader of the Women's Freedom Ride.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Jun04Art


Did anyone miss me for the last 3 weeks?  I've finally gotten everything scanned and will post a few picture of my ride of a lifetime with the Women's Freedom Ride along with some journal pages.


Friday, June 3, 2016

Jun03Art

Met some of the ladies I'll be riding with for the next 18 days and enjoyed a spaghetti dinner prepared by some of the men in our Hog club (my sweet husband among the chefs).  The adventure begins tomorrow morning KSU (kick stands up) at 7:00 am.