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10 June 2010, 12:40 PM, Melbourne, FL

At a McDonalds. Having a chocolate shake. Bet you never would have guessed that!

About 100 miles from home. Will be there before too long.

10 June 2010, 5:45 PM, North Palm Beach, FL

Hanna and Maggie were waiting for me when I got home. I was hot and tired.

This ride was harder on me than the Route 66 Ride. This ride was 1/3 the miles and 1/2 the days, but it was harder. Maybe it is because I am two years older. More likely it is the medication I am on. Getting old sucks.

Let me sum up this ride. I was on the road 17 days. I had 7 chocolate shakes, much less than one a day average. I'm slipping. I had 3140 total miles and used about 57 gallons of fuel, an average of 42 miles per gallon. I had zero bike problems. I was in seven states plus the District of Columbia (FL GA SC NC TN VA MD DC). My ride north was almost never on Interstates. My ride south was always on Interstates, except for the Skyline Drive. Going south I was tired and wanted the ride to be easier and faster.

This ride was intended to be spent in the mountains on twisty roads. It sure was that. It is a beautiful time of the year, everything was so green. There were flowers, but not as many as I expected, I was a little too late and missed most of the spring flowers. I was in lots of rain showers, especially the first week.

I saw Dick and Pat, long-time friends from my RCA days; and Jim from my ATSC days; and family, my son Darryl and his lovely wife Susannah and my wonderful grandchildren Sophie, Nick and Sam. I wanted to meet up with a friend from my Route 66 Ride, Bob McDonald, but we were unable to find a good time, we did talk on the phone several times. Maybe next time, Bob.

I may be tired, but I really enjoyed the ride.

However, I never saw the Raven. WHERE WAS THE RAVEN?

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