Friday, March 10, 2017

Day 10: Motorcycle Travel

My husband and I enjoy traveling together.

One of the very first ways we started traveling together was by motorcycle.  When we first started dating way back in 1987, my husband-then-boyfriend had a red Kawasaki KZ-750.  We rode that thing all over northeast Oklahoma!  It was summer and the open road was ours.  We kept that bike until our first son was born; kinda hard to strap a baby seat on the back.

When our youngest son was in high school, my husband got a bike again.  This time he went for a  2009 Yamaha 950 V-Star Tour.  This bike is made for road trips for two.  We took several small rides around the area to get used to the fell of riding together again.

Our first major ride together on this bike was down Oklahoma Highway 10 to Tahlequah and back by way of Silom Springs.  Both roads wind through the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in Oklahoma.  This was a good first long ride for us.  And just the first it  was!

Since that first time we've rode the Boston Mountains in Arkansas, the Valley of Fire in New Mexico, and the Rocky Mountains in Colorado just to name a few.  Any time we have temperatures at least in the 70s, we're good to go.  Some times we take afternoon trips that dip down through the southern border of Missouri.  Sometimes we'll take day-long trips where we'll cover 300-400 miles round trip.
My favorite, though, is when we plan out and take a ride that covers multiple days.

We've still got quite a list of places we want to go ride.  Number one on that list is Tail of the Dragon, officially US 129 in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.  The ride boasts 318 curves in 11 miles, and is reported to be one of the best motorcycle rides in the country.  A couple of others on our bucket list of rides are out of the country.  We'd like to ride the Pyrenees in Italy, and Highway 1 on the western side of Australia through Perth.

I you have any suggestions for us, we'd certainly like to hear them!