Well, I really wanted to be heading out on Tuesday, but the weather; rather the road conditions, wouldn’t allow for it. Probably for the better as I needed the extra time to get ready. Even with 2 extra days it was still a mad rush to get things ready. This morning I was soldering connections for my heated gear.
Rebecca and I didn’t get out of the house until noon. She followed me down our local country roads, and down McNeilly hill, which is treacherous even in good weather. The bike slid around a few times in the drifting snow, but we arrived at Memphis Fire BBQ without incident. To say we made a stir at the restaurant would be an understatement!
My original plan was to have breakfast at Memphis Fire, and then dinner IN Memphis, Tennessee. But, I didn’t get to the Buffalo border until 2:30, and by 6pm it was getting too dark to see ice patches on the road.
I pulled off just outside of Cleveland for fuel and the attendant hooked me up with a great rate at a hotel run by a friend 15 miles further down the interstate…. he failed to mention that their parking lot hadn’t be salted or plowed all winter.
I gingerly made my way across their parking lot, realized I was at the wrong end to get to the lobby, and then promptly dumped the bike trying to turn around on the ice/snow. A trucker who was staying there helped me get the bike back up, and I decided to walk the bike to the lobby under power, rather than trying to ride it.
Safe and sound, Day One. I can’t believe I’m finally doing this! It’s been 10 years in the making, and 6 months in the planning!