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Pittsburgh,PA to Dayton,OH

May 25, 2010

Today we were joined by my brother-in-law Willis who joined us on his motorocycle as we passed our first 1000 mile mark. Weather was sunny and temperatures very comfortable. We are trying to stick to back roads as much as possible, and that takes us much closer to the sweet smells of new mown hay, and cows. The smaller country roads are much more fun to ride, too.

We got off our route at one point and we knew it within a few miles so we stopped to consult maps and GPS to decide whether we should backtrack or go forward. A very nice lady stopped to ask if we needed help and we explained we were just a little off track. She gave us very detailed directions back to our road. We thanked her and off she went. About five minutes later, while we were still debating what we’d rather do she backtracked to us with great concern that she had given us bad information. “I assumed you were headed East, but if you’re going west then you can continue…” Wasn’t that nice?

Since the start of the trip, both our bikes have been presenting minor, but annoying issues which are easy to fix, but take time. My bike has developed a minor oil leak which, if it does not progress, will be only a nuisance. But it could lead to a more serious problem which might require on the road service. We’ve put a watch on it.

Ohio being the birthplace of aviation, (yes, not North Carolina), we had been planning to visit the Air Force museum at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, but on the way we looked up one of the fellows from the CB1100F website. Bill regaled us for hours with stories of his racing days combined with a tour of his many garages and workshops stuffed to the rafters with motorcycles, cars, parts and projects. He documented many of his experiences with one or another broken engine part which he pulled off a shelf much as someone else would pull out a photo album. Bill has LOTS of shelves and stories. After a late lunch, Bill escorted us out of Lancaster, and put us on the road to Dayton.

We arrived at Dayton as the museum closed, so we’ll just hold off until tomorrow before resuming travel.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Fster (Rick) permalink
    May 26, 2010 4:13 am

    Riding along in your words, be careful.

  2. Rat permalink
    May 26, 2010 6:45 am

    Been to Lancaster Ohio.

    Heard the ‘Sonic Boom’.

    Wish I could remember 1/2 of it.


  3. Betsy Thompson permalink
    May 26, 2010 10:28 am

    This certainly sounds like the start of a marketable book to me! Love the updates!
    Travel safely and ENJOY!!!

  4. victoria permalink
    May 26, 2010 4:45 pm

    I’m midwestern enough to love the smell of the sweet smells of both the hay and the cows! Stay safe. Victoria

  5. Pete McCarthy permalink
    May 27, 2010 7:51 pm

    I love it! Great writing Peter I agree it w/ Betsy but then again I dont need much character delvelopment on what I’ve read so far (LOL)! I know most of the players. Watch that oil leak, too bad sonic couldnt fix you up.

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