#HOGWild18: Day 6 – Asheville To Charlotte, North Carolina

Harry In Concert

Leah had one objective today. Well, two objectives. One was lunch before nightfall and the second was seeing Harry Connick, Jr’s concert in Charlotte, North Carolina. We barely accomplished the lunch goal, but we thoroughly enjoyed the concert.

They say it’s the little things in life. Leah always pays attention to the little details that makes everyone else comfortable. I guess it’s the cop in me, but I have to sit at the end of a row. If I’m stuck in the middle, I’ll passed on an event. Not only were we super close to the stage, but I was comfortably in the end seat. That’s what I call a victory!!!

Leah, a music major and classically trained musician, who has toured Europe and played in Carnegie Hall (yeah, fancy, I know) absolutely loved the brilliance of Harry’s talent as well as the ensemble of musicians in his band. I was happy he’s from New Orleans, and that Leah was so happy to be there.

I will share that it was announced several times that there was to be no photography. Of course, when I warned Leah to put her camera down, she said for me to zip it and that it was worth her going rogue. I tried to notify the usher, but she punched me in the neck. So, look how great her pics came out.

Show Road

Now, the road up to this concert was filled with some of the most gorgeous scenery either of us have ever experienced. Leah’s goal was to see Lake Lure because it’s where one of her favorite movies was filmed. Dirty Dancing touches her heart, and I must admit, I like the show too.

This is how I see us when we dance. I’m not saying we can do this, but it’s my imagination.

Bat Cave

We checked out of Asheville, North Carolina enroute to Charlotte. We headed back into the Blue Ridge Parkway, and along the way, we cruised along a crazy curvy two-lane road. The road led us into a town called Bat Cave. No kidding, Bat Cave.

Chimney Rock

When I looked at my phone’s GPS, the blue line representing the roadway was so squiggly (yes my word) that I turned it off, dropped the bike into second gear and let the bike swerve left and right until we arrived in the next village called Chimney Rock.

The greenery along this route looked prehistoric. Ivy covered slabs of stone stretched into the sky on one side, while on the other, we were paralleled a babbling brook. It was so incredible that even video couldn’t capture the brilliance. Leah gave it a shot.

Whatever these yellow flowers are, they were very pretty along the long stretches of highway. There were no shortages of surprises and sites along the way. The Carolinas are some of the most amazing regions in this country. If you haven’t visited either North or South, as well as Tennessee, stop what you’re doing, and come now. We’ll meet you at the state line.

The only hiccup in between Lake Lure and Charlotte was getting nudged behind this logging truck. It was a very, very long twenty miles until we parted ways. Now I always defer to work vehicles, and as challenging as these roads are, this guy did an amazing job navigating them. It’s hard to imagine what living out here is actually like, but for those who do; you do it with style.

Charlotte the Queen City

North Carolina’s Queen City is also one of our favorites. A little known fact, that only Leah and I know, is that years ago, I was flown to Charlotte as one of four national finalists for the Chief of Police position. While I wasn’t selected, it was a great reminder of how honored I was to be considered for this major city. Of course had that happened, I may not have ever met, Mrs. Silverii. Whew, I dodged that bullet.

Since our goal for coming here was the Harry Connick, Jr. concert, we remained low-key before and after the show. Honestly, we’re exhausted. The June heat has taken a toll on both of us, especially since we had both been really sick last week.

Looking at this picture moments before the concert began, I’m really surprised Harry didn’t ask me and my biker beard to join him on stage. I’m okay with it though because the last time I hugged on Leah, she gave me the confirmation I needed when she said that magic word, “Yuk.”

Cloudy Skies Ahead

Day 7 starts with us heading toward the Atlanta area to meet with friends. After that, we plan to head into Montgomery, Alabama for the night. We drove through there a few years ago and fell in love with the area. We’re familiar with the Mobile area, but it wasn’t until we’d come through Montgomery and Mountain Brook that we discovered north Alabama.

Unlike the sunny skies we’ve had since leaving Dallas, the 7 day forecast shows serious rain all along the Gulf Coast. No problem I thought. We’ll avoid going south and loop back into Dallas. That tricky weather looks to be pushing up through that area too. Unless we’re planning to head up to Chicago, then to Colorado and back home, we’re going to get wet. A lot.

Well, it’s a great thing Leah packed both of her rain suits. I’m sure while she’s back there playing phone games and Facebooking, she’ll be nice and cozy dry. Because while my Duluth Trading Company’s rooster booster boxers saturate with rain water, Leah might just get a high score on her phone.

Keep us in your prayers. It’ll be a sketchy few days navigating safe travel.

Do Good,

Scott & Leah

#HOGWild18: Day 3 – Memphis to Knoxville, Tennessee

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The alarm went off this morning at 8:30. I pretended I didn’t hear it. I was exhausted after our day-long ride the previous day, plus all of the anniversary-ing. Scott really knows how to party.

I was dreading today’s ride because I knew it was going to be a long one. And the temperature was just shy of Satan’s armpit. Needless to say, we spent a little extra time in prayer this morning before heading out. You can see from the picture below that it helped immensely.

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That’s Scott’s, “How do I get out of this?” face. Don’t worry. He figured it out, and we loaded up the bike and prepared to make the long trip to Knoxville. We made this video. I still wasn’t quite awake.

 

As I’m prone to do, I like to have a plan for the day. Before we were struck down with contractors and sickness, I had the most beautiful schedule ever created. I had routes mapped and hotels booked. I was still able to use some of my hard work, but I’ve had to make a plan on the fly the last few days.

The first leg of the journey took us to Shiloh Battlefield National Park. Once we got off the highway and into the park area, there was a nice breeze and ample cloud cover. I said a lot of, “Thank you, Jesus,” when those clouds came over. Because it was hot.

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We made our way toward the visitor’s center so I could reprogram the GPS to take us to our next destination. When we got off the bike, I noticed the cemetery just across the way from us. I decided it was worth a picture since we’re sharing our adventures with you. Scott told me he wasn’t waiting.

So of course I walked across the parking lot and down a little slope to take this picture.

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It took less than two minutes, but when I returned to the parking lot, the sound of the motorcycle was already in the distance. One of us thought that was hilarious. I was not the one.

Because I’m not a dummy, I went into the air conditioned Visitor’s Center and waited for Scott’s return. You’ll be glad to know he did return, but what he didn’t realize was that he’d re-started the GPS I’d programmed for our next destination.

An hour-and-a-half later, I realized that something wasn’t quite right with our location, but by then it was too late to turn around and make it to our next stop. I’ll confess I was aggravated, hot, and hangry (because it was after 2:00 and we’d not had anything but water all day).

Fortunately, Scott read the signals very clearly and found a McDonald’s stat.

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This is a picture of Scott AFTER we ate. We were both in much better moods.

We made an executive decision to just get to Knoxville as quickly as we could, and abandon any and all backroads and scenery the rest of the way. So we set out on the remaining four-and-a-half hour trip.

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(After I had my Big-Mac the clouds came again and the temperatures cooled, so the smile came a little easier).

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It was a gorgeous ride, but there was nothing better than finally seeing the Knoxville skyline. We’ve both been to Knoxville before, but I somehow missed the fact that they have a mini Reunion Tower. (For those of you who aren’t from Dallas, it’s the big ball in the Dallas Skyline)

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We checked into the hotel, showered, and went down to the restaurant to grab a bite to eat (and have dessert). Scott took a picture of both of us together in the elevator, but I didn’t look good in it, so I vetoed posting it for this blog.

The next couple of days we’ve got some more laid back mountain rides ahead of us as we head into Asheville, North Carolina. The important thing is we get to sleep late in the morning, so don’t text us early, okay?

Until Tomorrow,

Leah and Scott

 

#HOGWild18 – Motorcycle Cross Country Adventure Starts Soon

Hi All,

We’ve put some fantastic miles on the bike since our cross-country adventure last year. It was such an amazing experience that we’re doing it again. Except time we’ll be heading east from Dallas.

When I think back to just a year ago, Leah & I were so excited and nervous about doing this. We asked for and were blessed with so many suggestions about what to pack that I think we incorporated them all. It was a big list and we probably looked like the Beverly Hillbillies.

We feel so much more ready this time around. The big lesson was that it wasn’t about the technology or the gadgets. It was about the road. As each day passed last year, we became unconnected to the world, and closer to God and each other.

Come along this year and we’ll try our best to post after each day’s adventure. We had a ball taking turns sharing each other’s perspective on alternating days. Sign up or click to follow the blog, and check us out at Marriage Matters while you’re in the Like clicking mood.

We’re praying for a similar experience this year. We’re also packing fewer miles into most days so we can spend more time enjoying the locations and meet up with friends along the way. There might even be a Harry Connick, Jr. concert along the way. If you’re along the route, let’s connect if possible.

We’ll be heading toward different terrain than last year, so if you have good advice or experience, we’d love to hear about it. We’re connecting with friends from our church’s small group. It’s a married group of motorcycle enthusiasts from Gateway Church. They’re introducing us to cool places like the Tail of the Dragon at Deal’s Gap, TN and Blue Ridge Parkway, so please pitch in suggestions about these and more.

Here’s a tentative schedule. Let us know if you’re on the route. We head out for June

God bless you,

Scott & Leah

Check It Out:

Dallas to Hot Springs, AK

Hot Springs to Memphis, TN

Memphis to Nashville,TN

Nashville to Fort Knox, KY

Fort Knox to Lexington

Lexington to Charleston WV

Charleston, WV Seneca Rocks, WV

Seneca Rocks, WV to Skyline Drive VA (Shenandaoh Nat Park and Blue Ridge Pkwy)

Blue Ridge Pkwy to Washington Nat Forest to Beech Mountain to Cary, NC

Cary, NC to Asheville

Asheville to Charlotte

Charlotte to Bryson City to Chimney Rock to Blackberry Farm

Tellico Plains to Memphis, TN

Memphis to Monroe, LA

Monroe to Dallas

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Gateway Motorcycle Group: Toledo Bend, Louisiana – Day 3

Welcome Home

It wasn’t until we motored past the Welcome to Louisiana state line sign that it hit me. This is my home state. Unfortunately, Toledo Bend is nowhere near my Cajun Country home, but it was good to spend the afternoon back in the Bayou State.

It was another early morning. We don’t do well in the early morning. My bike’s front tire was parked on a wire coat hanger from the night before. One of the guys, Johnny Mercer, said, “I see your bike is hung up.”

I grumbled, “I don’t get it.” It was maybe sometimes after lunch before I thought about it. It was funny.

Pretty In Purple

Today was a little shorter ride. I think it was a bit over 250 miles, and the weather was beautiful. Sunny skies and moderate temps welcomed each mile. The backroads were dotted with lines of these vibrant purple flowers. Leah did a great job snapping a pic as we blew by. I’m not even sure what they are, but they are pretty awesome.

What else would we do in Louisiana but eat. This group has been such a joy to spend all of this time with. Everyone has an incredible and honest story. The way God brings people together is a miracle. It’s lagniappe that we all love motorcycles and eating out.

 

Off The Beaten Path

These were the roads that led us out and back. Endless ribbons of rolling hills and wide, sweeping curves almost rocked Leah to sleep. Well, let’s be honest. It almost put me to sleep too.

This has been so different from any other multi-day ride we’ve done. The first difference is that we’ve never ridden with a group. But it’s been a blast. The other is setting up a “base camp” location in one city. It’s been great not having to repack and unpack every day.

The history and architecture in this area is also incredible. Leah downloaded an app to look up each Historic Marker. We’ve always seen them on our trips but never knew anything about them. Most are local facts about people and places relevant to that area. Texas is full of them. It’s like a living history lesson.

Location, Location, Location

This contraption isn’t historic, but was way too crazy looking to not photograph. It’s a custom deck builder. Do you see the black panther? Yeah, let us know if you figure this out.

Our 6,000 mile road trip over the summer was an altogether epic adventure, but this has been so fun that we’ll do it again before the end of the year. East Texas has fantastic roads with many options to vary your out and back routes.

Nacogdoches is also a fantastic place to set up your base camp. There are plenty of great places to eat and a very cool bike shop, Lumberjack Harley Davidson.

Fellowship

Now to wrap up our last night together, we did what else, but enjoy a meal together. Once again, the food, atmosphere and staff were amazing. This really is a pretty cool town.

One of my friends since childhood, Donna Landry Campo, lives in Nacogdoches and showed me what’s called the “AxEm Jax.” It’s a college hand signal, but I thought she was trying to trick me into tossing gang signs.

So just to be safe, I talked Leah into doing it. See below. So, she’s either showing support for the Stephen F. Austin State University Lumberjacks, or has begun a gangland turf war between Nacogdoches  and Dallas.

Well, these days have been lived full tilt and while the biking was fun, the deepening of friendships were the greatest reward.

If your church hosts small groups, find one with a hobby that interests you and join it. If they don’t, find a new church. No, just kidding, but do start one if they don’t. It’s a tremendous way to have fun while fellowshipping.

We will wrap this adventure up with a long haul back home on Tuesday. Thanks again for coming along and God bless you.

Scott

#HOGWild17 Recap


For some crazy reason we couldn’t sleep after getting back home, so we tried to capture our thoughts about the adventure. I’m hoping Leah had more success with the facial scrub.


This was a short video Facebook put together with a few great pics and videos from the trip.
Below is a picture gallery of some of the shots we took during our trip.
Thank for again for coming along
Scott & Leah


#HOGWild17: Day 18 – Albuquerque, New Mexico

Day 18!

This is the third time I’ve tried to write this post, and it’s after midnight, so if the computer deletes the post again Scott might be picking up pieces of Mac from the parking lot.

There are two kinds of people in the world. Morning people and night people. I’m sure you can figure out which ones we are without too much trouble.

For the last eighteen days, from the hours of midnight to 4am, we write the blog and watch Forensic Files. I don’t think we’ve ever watched so much TV in our lives. We might be full-blown couch potatoes by the time we get back home.

Staying up late also means sleeping late, and it’s going to be as hard for us to get back into the school year routine as it is for the kids. But for now…it’s still summer. And we’re grownups, so we can do what we want. Stop judging.

I’ve enjoyed the routine we’ve established over the last eighteen days. We wake up, we do our prayer time together, we shower, dress, and then load up and head out. It looks a lot like this.

Scott likes to keep the cart in the room. He’s a rebel.

We got an even later start than usual this morn…err…afternoon, and it was almost two by the time we got on the bike.

Instead of punching in the address for our hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which was almost a six hour drive, we punched in the address for the Pikes Peak Harley Davidson store, which was just down the road.

I found a new red shirt and Scott found a man bracelet he’s been looking for a long time. I think we’ve reached the point where we need to buy stock in HD.

Scott asked what we’re going to do with all the clothes once we get home. I diverted attention from the question by asking a question of my own. Why don’t they clean and wash the bikes while we’re shopping in the store?

Scott was sufficiently distracted by my question.

I know what you’re thinking. As soon as we got back on the bike, we punched in the address for the hotel in Albuquerque. But you’d be wrong.

We instead typed in the address for the nearest Cracker Barrel. The last time we ate at one was in Billings, Montana, and Scott gets twitchy if he goes too many days without chicken and biscuits.

We finally hit the highway for the next 350 miles. I snuck a selfie since Scott was focused on the road. As he should be.

It was another incredible drive. The weather was cool and the scenery breathtaking.

And this scenery was pretty breathtaking too 😉

I have to say, I can’t think of anyone else I would want to do a trip for twenty-one days straight, and spend this much time and personal space with.

He’s my favorite person. And we’ve grown even closer each day, with prayer and focus on Christ our anchor. It’s been incredible.

The oil light came on at about the halfway point of the trip, so we made a detour to O’Reilly Autoparts in Las Vegas, New Mexico. This man can do everything.

Thanks, O’Reilly Autoparts.

I had lots of time to take pictures from the back of the bike.

Lots and lots of time…

We even stopped at a creepy rest stop to do a facebook live: We weren’t sure we were going to survive using the potty there, but as of the writing of this post, I’d guess we did.

If y’all will recall from Day 11, we purchased a condo in Whitefish, Montana (video of our condo), so I spent the time on the back of the bike emailing realtors and bankers and title companies all the information they needed. So I was productive.

And then it got cold. 

And we still had almost two hours to go.

I did what any wife would do on the back of a bike in the dark for the next two hours. I put my hood on, hunkered down, and played games on my phone.

I guess Scott did okay driving. We made it the rest of the way in record time. Not that he was speeding or anything. He is an officer of the law and everything.

Though he used interrogation techniques to question me about why I didn’t get snacks when I checked us in.

I’ll say it on the record, the Hilton in Albuquerque did not stock their snack shop with anything Scott would’ve eaten. Scott wouldn’t go down to confirm, but he did enjoy the interrogating. 

Tomorrow we’re going to try and get together with some friends, and then we’re headed to Lubbock, Texas.

I’ve done the drive through Lubbock, so I know what to expect as far as the drive. It’ll be Scott’s first time. I’m thinking I’ll just let him be surprised instead of trying to describe the flat, dusty, desolate…

Oh, have I said too much?

See y’all tomorrow!

Leah and Scott

 

 

#HOGWild17: Day 10 – Glacier National Park

Day 10!

And boy was it incredible!

Since it’s my day to do the blog, I’d like to go back and correct Scott’s post from yesterday where he said I’d wait for real food right outside of Great Falls. What actually happened was that Zippy McImpatient hopped on the bike and hauled out of town because he was ready to get on the road, and then he was ready to eat shortly after. But alas, Zippy had missed his chance for a hot meal, and we had to drive 40 miles until we found a Subway. Just to set the record straight.

Now, onto Day 10…

We’re staying in the incredible resort town of Whitefish, Montana. We’re already looking at real estate, because this place is amazing. There’s a view everywhere you look.

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For some reason, we went to bed around four o’clock this morning. And for some other unexplainable reason, Scott was awake at eight. I told him to go back to sleep or he had to go outside with the bears. He went back to sleep.

The plan for the day was to go out with our friends, John and Kristen, so they could show us around Whitefish and take us to Glacier National Park. I can’t even put into words how beautiful this area is.

The pictures don’t do it justice, and there was just a point where I stopped taking pictures so I could soak it all in.

Cold Shower

But first, we had to get ready for John and Kristen to pick us up. Which was a lot harder than it should have been. The cabin we’re staying in has technology out the wazoo.

From the lights to the fireplace to the bathtub, shower, and sound system, it’s all programmed on an ipad. The only problem was Scott and I didn’t get the memo about how to work the shower.

It has about sixteen jets, eight choices for light colors, five choices for what kind of massaging the shower heads can perform, and if you stand in just the right position, it does things that are illegal in most southern states.

We got the water and lights turned on, but setting the temperature was a mystery.

I lucked out and managed to take a hot shower yesterday, but by the time Scott got in it was on Max Cold and there was no warming it up.

This morning (more like afternoon because we slept late), we both had the same problem and the water was freezing. We called maintenance, but he seemed just as confused by the technology as we did.

The maintenance man stayed for a while and puttered around a bit, and then I think he left to go have a snack before coming back. While he was gone, I got lucky and turned on the water and it was a hundred and seven degrees.

I yelled at Scott to strip off his clothes and get in the shower. There was no telling how much time we had with the hot water.

He moves pretty fast when he wants to, so we jumped in and started soaping up. I told him to stop crying about how hot it was. Hot is always better than cold. By the time I was shampooed up, the temperature had dropped to a hundred degrees.

I kept yelling at Scott to scrub faster, but the temp was down to ninety. It was every man for himself at this point. I finished up and left him in the shower as the water got even colder. All I remember after that point was a bunch of screaming from inside the shower.

Hot Time

Kristen and John picked us up and listened politely to our shower drama, even though we were running about half an hour behind schedule. And then we headed to Glacier National Park.

I’ve never seen anything like it. I have a few “favorite” places we’ve been to in this country, and this place has moved near the top. It might even take the top spot.

I decided to stake my claim while we were there.

Scott decided to still take pictures with me even though I left him in the frigid shower. He’s a good egg.

Sun Road

We took Going to the Sun Road all the way to the top of Glacier National Park. As awesome as it would have been to take the motorcycle on the road, it also would’ve been a little scary.

Scott is convinced that bears are going to jump out and swipe a paw at him. He says he’s prepared to duck so the bear gets me instead. Anyway, we were grateful for John and Kristen’s car.

The views never got old. 

This is the actual background, you guys. Not a green screen. It’s hard to believe it’s real.

Good Burger / Bad Potty

Once we came back down the mountain, we were pretty hungry, so we headed into town and went to a place called Bulldogs.

The food was delicious. Our advice is to order the stuffed pretzels and stay out of the bathrooms. There’s stuff on the walls in there you don’t want your kids seeing. There are better ways to get an anatomy lesson. But the bacon burger was amazing.

Scott stopped by a table of bikers on our way out and discovered they’d driven all that way from Fort Worth and were heading back the way we’d come.

We Love It

I think the greatness of Whitefish is no longer a secret. Or maybe it never was a secret and we’re just late to the party. But we love it, and I don’t think we’re ready to get back on the road tomorrow.

John and Kristen took us to see their beautiful home, and they get to see those gorgeous mountain views from just about every window in their house.

I got a lot of new ideas for things I want to do to our house when we get back home. I’m sure that excites Scott to no end. But he’s a trooper, and as long as I get it all done and present a finished product to him he’s usually cool with it.

Hopefully, Scott won’t read this and he’ll just be surprised. He loves surprises. Almost as much as he loves hugs.

We enjoyed more conversation, and then we realized it was after nine o’clock. Time is deceptive here since it doesn’t get dark until almost eleven. Scott decided he needed ice cream at this point, so we all went to Dairy Queen and got Blizzards before heading back to our cabin.

Cabin Fever

Now, we’re snuggled in on the sofa, watching Forensic Files, and replaying the day. The sights we saw today just have to be seen in person. There’s nothing like it. You guys should come visit. We might know of a place you can stay if we end up buying property here.

Tomorrow, we’re supposed to head south and prepare to ride Beartooth Scenic Highway. Oh! And we have a couple’s massage scheduled in the morning, so that will be awesome, even though Scott always falls asleep during a deep tissue massage. I don’t know how he does it.

We’ll see y’all tomorrow for Day 11!

Leah and Scott

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#HOGWild17: Day 8 – Great Falls, Montana

Huh?

It’s day 8! I think.

I don’t know what time it was when we got up this morning, but the sun was pretty high up in the sky. it’s all blurry in my memory, but I know I slept like a baby and Scott’s lip was swollen when I woke up. Sometimes these things happen. Also, this is my blog post so I can retell the day how I want to.

Once we’d prayed, showered, dressed, and taken full advantage of late checkout, we headed to Beartooth Harley-Davidson. I have to say, this might be my favorite HD yet. Before Scott tells you I “shopped” again, I’ll confess that I bought a couple of shirts. But so did he, so I’m not taking the heat all by myself!

 

Bears Everywhere

Beartooth HD was filled with bears. Scott was scared of the big one and wouldn’t stand too close.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shopping at HD was pretty taxing, and since it was past lunchtime at this point, we mosied down the street to the Cracker Barrel. Yes, the same Cracker Barrel we ate at last night. There’s only two in the whole state of Montana, so we wanted to take advantage.

Stay Golden

I saw this sexy man on my way into the Cracker Barrel and he bought me a meatloaf lunch, so I’d say I started the day off “winning.” Also, I’m digging the cut-off shirt. It reminds me of The Outsiders. What do you think?

The meatloaf really was delicious.

Montana is really big. And really hot. Like…super hot. We left Texas thinking we’d come north and spend a cool month of July cruising the highways. Well…we’re cruising. But today it was 106 degrees, so we haven’t experienced cool yet. Montana is gorgeous. And the roads are long. There are stretches of hundreds of miles with nothing but highway and hay bales.

But there’s a reason they call it Big Sky. Pictures don’t do it justice.

Road Life

Also, the wind was brutal. At one of our gas station stops to refuel and guzzle some water, Scott had to hold down my hair so we could take a selfie. It didn’t work.

I think motorcycle living has changed us. We’re not sure what day it is or where we are most of the time. Scott and his jeans are one with the road, and my headbands are covering growing gray roots. Our bodies are patchwork quilts of various and unusual tan lines. But the journey has been incredible as we approach the middle half of our trip.

We got to Great Falls, Montana late in the afternoon and were greeted with this beautiful sight.

By the time we got to the hotel, we were hot and thirsty. I think Scott is planning something nefarious in this picture. We talked about putting on our swimsuits and getting into the pool to cool off, but we ended up facetiming the kids. Then Scott decided to work out because he’s an overachiever, and I decided to lay on the bed in my underwear and eat Bugles because I’m on vacation.

NightLife

We eventually drummed up enough energy to head to dinner. The lady at the front desk recommended a place called Jakers Bar & Grill. It was delicious. And I could’ve eaten a dozen of their rolls by myself.

This is what greeted us on the way back to the hotel.

The entire day can be summed up in one word…gorgeous. This country is so beautiful, and we’re so blessed to see God’s creation and meet some incredible people who are on journeys of their own.

Tomorrow we’re heading to Whitefish to stay for a couple of days and rest up, and also meet with our friends John and Kristen. We’re looking forward to beautiful scenery and great company.

See you tomorrow!

Leah and Scott

#HOGWild17: Day 7 – Billings, Montana

Looks like I get the honors on day 7. It’s not like I just motored all day. But I’m not complaining, because I get to tell my version of today’s events. The truth may bend, but it’ll never be broken.

Mail Call

Before we did anything, I insisted we mail dirty and newly bought clothes back home. I’m not exaggerating when I tell you the bike was to the brink of busting open, thanks to her shopping sprees.

The lady at the Post Office was nice, but surprised we’d amassed so many clothes in just 6 days. I just shrugged and pointed at her.

Joy

We’re both feeling the groove of the road. We’ve gotten into a good routine for loading and unloading the bike, navigating, and doing the little things that might not be an important part of the trip, but sure add to the joy. During this morning’s prayers, the word joy was placed on my heart.

If biking from Deadwood, South Dakota through Wyoming and along a thin black ribbon across Montana counts as joy, then oh boy, did we have joy!!

Deadwood has stolen our hearts and imaginations. I’m pretty sure this town is going to end up in one of our next novels. We spent the morning there, and left after a visit to the Deadwood Harley Davidson. We met a very nice lady who told us a bit about the town’s history.

We also had a great lunch at Maverick Steakhouse. I had one grilled chicken breast and my beautiful wife had….well, a lot. I made a comment and she said she wasn’t going to apologize. Not pictured are the “side” salad, mac-n-cheese and possibly dessert.It takes a good sense of humor, flexibility and a sense of situational awareness while travelling. This can also apply while driving across town, but especially on the road.

Strange

The things you see once leaving your comfort area can be funny. We live in Dallas and are used to city life. Nowhere, USA isn’t Dallas, or actually, any other place we’ve seen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All I can say is at least the flies weren’t in our food, and this realtor must be crazy…crazy like a fox.

Do-Do-Do-Do-Do

Speaking of crazy, we went to see Devil’s Tower. It’s pretty odd, but also a testament to the wonder of this world. I mean really, besides being featured in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, it’s a marvel. Though there was no Richard Dreyfuss or aliens. Here’s a nostalgic clip.

Someone suggested we walk the base of the tower. Have you seen how big that sucker is? No way were we walking it. We drove by and took a selfie. It’s that big hill in the background. 

After this excitement, we began the drive to Wyoming and then Montana. This area is called Big Sky. The scenery is unbelievable. We went hundreds of miles with only farmland and livestock.

Dude Chat

We did find a lonely gas station where I met a guy from Florida. He seemed less than happy to have taxied his 14 year old daughter and wife all the way to see Old Faithful.

I asked, “Was it worth it?”

He said, “You’re not heading there are ya?”

I lied, “No, of course not.”

He huffed, “It was less than impressive.”

I felt bad, “Actually, my wife wants to go.”

He handed me the gas nozzle, “Good luck with that.”

I felt like we’d shared a Bro Moment. I didn’t tell Leah I’d thrown her under the bus. Again.

So after I cat-walked the bike across the gravel parking lot like a primadonna, we hit the endless black ribbon across Montana’s Big Sky until we came to Billings. This was my view for most of the ride. I guess that fly strip didn’t catch all of the bugs after all.

The actual view was incredibly beautiful as I sit above the height of the windshield, but I leave the photography to my-copilot.

Working It

I’ll happily admit that a wife is genius at motivating husbands when properly enticed. After my mojo had been blown with the news we had another 260 miles to get to Billings, Montana, Leah tapped my shoulder and whispered those oh so sweet words.

“They have a Cracker Barrel.”

With that news, I would’ve put her on my back and run the distance. We both enjoyed a fantastic late night breakfast menu. It was worth the long day ride.

Well, it’s another night of resting sore booties and trying to remember everything that happened today. We can’t even recall what it was like when we first left home. It seems like so long ago. A friend said after a few days, you’d become one with the road.

I was suspicious of that, but beyond the esoteric contemplation, it’s the truth. You stop having to work at it as it becomes very natural. The ebb and flow of being out on the open road has a rhythm of it’s own. I even found that Leah was feeling frisky while on the bike, or just tried to bug me by doing what drives me nuts. It’s all fun.

Zen

People are different, and those also travelling respond to you very differently than those who are not. I can’t say I blame the others. After a week baking in the sun and wind, I look kinda…crazy (notice the goggle white rings.)

Well, I’ll wrap this up before my love decides to start reading over my shoulder. Day 8 is a shorter run to Great Falls to see what, I have no idea. I’m guessing waterfalls.

See you all tomorrow,

Scott & Leah

 

 

#HOGWild17: Day 4 – Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Happy Independence Day!

Whew! We got a super late start to the day due to the fact that Day 3 wore us out. I tried to wake Scott up in time to see the sunrise, but he grumbled something impolite and rolled back over. In a show of solidarity, I went back to sleep too.

My favorite times with Scott are just after we go to bed, and when we wake up in the mornings. This is when we talk about anything and everything. It might take twenty minutes or it might take hours.

There has been many a night when we’ve fallen asleep mid-sentence just before the sun is about to rise. All I know is that by the time we got out of bed this morning, it was noon. And by the time we showered and managed to drag our tired selves down to the bike, it was after one. Thank goodness for late checkout.

Since it’s July 4th, we dressed appropriately in our America shirts. I also accessorized with a red bedazzled headband and my favorite red lipstick.

Hangry

Now, those of you who have followed us for a few years know that I need to be fed at regular intervals. I get what’s universally known as “hangry.” Did I mention we were in Iowa and there’s not a whole lot going on for long stretches of time?

Fortunately, Scott had to stop for gas, and I think the Lord must have told him where to exit off the highway because there was an Arby’s right next door. When Scott prayed for us to have a safe day of travels during our morning prayer time, God understood it wasn’t just the motorcycle ride we needed safety for.

With full bellies, we begrudgingly left the air-conditioned restaurant and back out into the heat. Now, we’re from Texas, so this isn’t really “heat,” but the heat still works on you after you’re on the bike for a while. After pushing an all day ride yesterday, we made a smart choice in making the one today quite a bit shorter.

The Border

Before we knew it, we’d crossed the border from Iowa into South Dakota and were met with rolling hills, endless green fields, and blue skies. We listened to Johnny Cash, and I got four new book ideas sitting on the back of the bike and watching the clouds go by.

Something else we found particularly exciting about South Dakota was the speed limit. We finally found one that kept up with our normal speed.

Our final destination for the day was Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The motorcycle alerted us that there was a Harley Davidson in Sioux Falls, so we pushed the button for the navigator to lead us in that direction. We also saw a billboard for Duluth Trading Company, which has a local store. You guys know we love Duluth. Scott particularly enjoys their Rooster Booster tagline for their men’s underwear.

Closed 4 Fourth

Unfortunately, the HD store and Duluth were closed for the holiday, so we’ll make a stop at both stores tomorrow before we head out. With nowhere left to go, we headed to the Springhill Suites (Yay for Marriott points!) to get settled for the evening.

I’d already been thinking about dinner at this point (see my previous statement about being fed at regular intervals), and I saw a Johnny Carino’s billboard. Italian food sounded like just the thing to hit the spot. The only trick was whether or not Scott would want to get back on the bike to go eat.

Things didn’t seem too promising when the first thing the did when we got in the room was take off his pants and lay down on the bed. In a show of solidarity, I did the same. It was hot after all. And after a short rest and Facebooking, the subject of dinner came up.

By some miracle, our legs managed to find our pant holes and we headed out to Johnny Carino’s. It was delicious. We’re still full.

This is the look of a satisfied man.

Kick Back

We’re back at the hotel, the road grime showered from our bodies, and we’re watching a special about the eighties on the TV. Tomorrow we’re heading to the Badlands, which we’ve decided sounds dangerous and intimidating.

Do we have to fight our way out? Do I need to buy brass knuckles at the Harley Davidson store? We’ll report back tomorrow in Day 5’s report.

But for now, have a safe and happy 4th of July! Scott and I are so blessed to get to see so much of this beautiful country, and at every turn we’re witnesses to God’s magnificent creation.

God bless and we’ll see you tomorrow!

Leah and Scott

 

 

 

 

 

#HOGWild17: Day 3 – Omaha, Nebraska

 

We decided to skip the extra day in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and power through to get closer to Montana and South Dakota for spending extra time sightseeing. We really enjoyed our time riding the other side of Pig Trail, and of course had to stop at the Pig Trail Harley Davidson shop.

We met a cool couple who gave some suggestions similar to what many of you said about the area around there and Wyoming, so we headed out at noon and biked to Omaha, Nebraska. What that really meant was after a great ride from Eureka Springs to Bentonville, Ark, we rode through Missouri, and rode and rode and rode.

Oh, and we hit Iowa before landing in Nebraska.

I don’t intend to sound like it wasn’t a wonderful day, but we knew there was going to be lots of miles piled onto today so we were better positioned in the morning to make it to South Dakota. We put in over 500 miles with several hours into the night before arriving at the DoubleTree Hotel in Omaha at 11:30pm.

We did make time for a Cracker Barrel along the way. It wouldn’t be a US trip without it. Leah also learned she can snack on the back of the bike. But what she didn’t learn was to keep her cup holder right-side up. Once it turned over and all of her drink poured out. The next time, her metal cup and metal straw fell out of the holder and rattled along the interstate in Kansas City.

I guess it didn’t hit anyone. I guess. But alas, she’s rightfully without her cup. She did manage to hang onto the beef jerky. Had I known she was photographing while hand feeding me like a dog, I wouldn’t have accepted it. Wait….yes I would.

I learned a valuable lesson today when riding through very familiar looking farmland. Check your route before hopping back onto the interstate. Most gas stops brought us into small towns, so the interstate was a few miles behind us. We stopped at this modest spot, and I was finally able to upload my Spotify travelling soundtrack – Dolly Pardon and Kenny Rogers favorite hits.

When we headed back to the highway, I was so enraptured with singing “The Gambler” I might’ve turned the wrong way. We were almost 15 miles down the way before Leah recognized a barn that had caught our attention once before. You know, while we were going the right way. Good catch on that one. We’d have ended up back in Eureka Springs before I would’ve stopped singing Islands In The Stream.

We stopped at this store for gas and water. I’m not sure why I thought it was funny, but I tried to snap a pic of Leah walking out of it. Of course, that only made me look like a stalker, so I just snapped a pic. I’ve never seen these stores. Maybe it was just funny to me. Leah said the water was expensive.

I’ll share that we’ve been in total awe as we’ve been blessed with wonderful weather. God has done a great job with climate control. We even had to sport jackets this evening as we arrived through the KC area after it had rained. It was so cool, and comfortable. I don’t think we’ve sweltered once so far.

Fancy pants wasn’t pleased that her big-girl riding tights were smattered with bug inners after the sun went down. Of course she only laughed each time she heard the crash of a bug into my helmet through the intercom.

After mountains over the first 2 days, the flatlands were different. Very different, but it was beautiful. I always try imagining what qualities about a geography attracted the earliest settlers. It’s easy to see why this territory was so popular and prosperous. Besides it’s rolling serenity, it’s magnificent farm and dairy land.

We’re beat, and actually Leah is sound asleep next to me while I finish this up. She said do it in the morning, but I always remind her that cowboys tend to their horses before all else. She said it made no sense, but I know how important it is to prioritize what needs to be taken care of. It just makes me feel better to think about being a cowboy!

Last year we were in Europe for the 4th of July. It was odd. This year we’re in the midst of America’s heartland, and I cannot wait to share it with her and you. We’ve got a gorgeous country, and a God who has blessed it in so many ways. I pray that you’ll find the beauty in your celebrations.

God Bless America

Scott & Leah

#HOGWild17: Day 1 – Fort Smith, Arkansas

Today was the day. Leah and I had planned to set out early and enjoy a morning’s drive before the day’s scorching heat set in. We ended up sleeping late.

The sound of constant rain was so relaxing that I suppose we needed the rest. On a good note, there was no heat when we pulled out at noon.

We started the day with prayer, and God placed it on my heart that this time together was about Him. I’d been so wrapped up in the excitement of planning and gathering gear that I’d overlooked the blessing of time spent in His presence. Nothing like being outdoors to experience God’s wonder.

Once we got started we headed to Fort Smith, Arkansas. It was about 350 miles away. We spent the first 200 miles wrapped up in rain gear. It wasn’t so bad as it kept the heat at bay. After a rainy ride to Biloxi for #Bike2Biloxi in May, she decided to up her rainsuit game. Good going wife!

By the time we made it to Arkansas’s Ouachita National Forest the skies cleared up to gorgeous sunshine. I have to admit, I know nothing about the state. The mountains were amazing and the national forest is 1.8 million acres located in central Arkansas and southeastern Oklahoma.

Another highlight was when Leah discovered that her metal cup had a metal straw. She was also excited that it kept her drink cold and ice unmelted. Unfortunately, by the time we arrived at Fort Smith, the bike was covered in soft drink. I’m not going to mention she should be drinking water to stay hydrated, but it’s only day 1. I’ll cut her some slack.

Today was a wonderful start to #HOGWild17, except when I told Leah over supper that I just wanted to lay down in bed, she laughed and said, “You know this is only day 1.” It kinda hit me that yeah, we’ve got three weeks of this. How crazy cool is that, although I’m sure there will be a few more sore butts and aching backs.

It’s fantastic to experience America on a motorcycle. I used to do lots of bicycling around the country and as great as that was, this is a real blast. Of course the time spent with Leah makes this better than ever expected.

Check out those incredible blue skies.

So after day 1’s 350 miles from Dallas to Fort Smith, Arkansas, we spent a nice evening over a light supper and laid out everything for Day 2. We’re heading over the Ozark Mountains enroute to riding Pig’s Tail Scenic Bypass. It’s about 130 miles of twisting turns, switchbacks and beautiful scenery.

Thanks again for coming along. Hopefully we can do a live video on Facebook tomorrow.

God Bless,

Scott & Leah

 

#HOGWild17 Pages To Track Days: START HERE

This Is Happening

Hi All,

I’m trying to be organized. No promises though. Each day will be detailed after the day is done (obviously), so keep track and I’m hoping for an undamaged Mac and lots of wifi. In the Menu I set up #HOGWild17 with a drop down for each day.

CLICK HERE to follow the drop-down journey day by day.

This is our proposed route below. I say that because our goal was to be in bed early for a fresh morning start. It’s well after midnight and we haven’t finished packing yet. Things may (will) change along the way.

This is also our official image just above, so when you don’t see us, you will see them. They look happy don’t they? Leah picked it out. It’s not like I’m actually going to offer two pigs ripping across the roadway as the image for our travels, right! Plus, he’s got ink and she’s sporting leather.

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Proposed Route

Day 1 TX to Ouchita National Park via hwy 71 to Fort Smith / 6 hours 4 minutes

Day 2-3 Pig Trail Scenic Byway highway 23 through ozark national park to brashears to Eureka springs – 2 nights July 2-4)

Day 4 Fort Leavenworth Kansas 4.5 hours (July 4-5 fireworks at Ft Leavenworth)

Day 5-6 Lewis and Clark scenic byway to Omaha to Sioux Falls, SD

Day 6-7 Sioux Falls to Badlands to Rapid City area 5 hours

Day 7-8 Rapid City to Mount Rushmore to Deadwood 2 hours – 2 days need reservation)

Day 9 Medora, North Dakota 3.5 hours

Day 10 Lewistown, MT 4.5 hours

Day 11-13 whitefish, MT 5.2 hours (go north through Glacier)

Day 13 Butte, MT 4 hours

Day 14 Red Lodge, MT 3.5 hours

Day 15 Beartooth Hwy scenic road  WY 4 hours

Day 16 Grand Teton National Park to Rock Springs, WY 5.5 hours

Day 17 Rock Springs to Steamboat Springs 3.5 hours

Day 18 Trail Ridge Road, CO Scenic Hwy to Denver to Colorado Springs 5.5 hours

Day 19 Colorado Springs to Trinidad 1.5 hours

Day 20 Trinidad to Woodward OK 5 hours

Day 21 Woodward to Home

Comments

100 Tips For Extreme Mileage Motorcycle Journey (Give or Take A Few)

 

100 Tips For Extreme Mileage Motorcycle Journey (Give or Take A Few)

Leah and I have read some great articles that give advice on packing gear for cross-country trips. At the end of the day, you’ve got to plan for what promises the highest level of safety, what reduces the risks (known and unknown) and what has the potential for delivering a fantastic adventure.

We pitched the question out to our social media channels and got so many great replies that I feel like we’re already ahead of the curve. Now, all we have to do is glide across 6,000 miles in 3 weeks. Easy, right?

It was so much easier to copy paste some of the replies from Facebook, and some will repeat. That’s why I titled this the way I did -give or take a few.

Anyway, we head out July 1st and are looking for a few more nuggets of wisdom before tackling the terrain. We hope you enjoy these comments. Some are funny, others are true. A few are even both.

Also, please stay up to date by using the hashtag #HOGWild17 on Faithful FacebookMy Facebook – TwitterInstagramWebsite

God Bless,

Scott

Can we bungie this to the bike?

A Few Favorites

Paul Lefort
Paul Lefort LOL, make sure you have a comfortable seat! Don’t take too much time at your stops for fuel and lunch. Be steady and consistent if you need to pile on the miles. You’ll probably experience many different climates so bring appropriate gear for each. Even if it’s smoking hot, wear a jacket to keep moisture next to your body to reduce dehydration. Watch for deer and critters out west. Ear plugs! Just a sample here, let me know if you have any specific questions. Have fun!!!
Liliana Hart
Liliana Hart Chermaine Stein actually this is true. I pack his stuff, and then he goes back and adds 25 more tshirts that he won’t wear. And then when we get home he takes them out of the suitcase still folded and puts them back in the drawer.
Brina Cary
Brina Cary I’m honestly not sure, but I’d probably find a way to put snacks in it. 🙂
Liliana Hart
Liliana Hart Snacks are always a necessity.
Hallee Bridgeman
Hallee Bridgeman You take a mantle of confidence that your spouse loves the natural you, because there certainly isn’t room for much in the line of beauty products. Or shoes.
Liliana Hart
Liliana Hart 😂 We should have a lot of great marriage blog posts during this trip.
Kevin A Macias
Kevin A Macias Crocs..Chang of underwear and toothbrush.
Liliana Hart
Liliana Hart You realize all I can see in my head is Scott wearing his underwear with his Crocs.
Shana Gray
Shana Gray Burts Bees lips, antibacterial wipes (police grade 😉 ) cushy pillow for the tushy, wineskins/soft beverage carrier with fluids (of your choice) and built in straws, sunglasses, hat for hathead.
Colleen Passmore Boyer
Colleen Passmore Boyer Take a few days change of clothes and wash along the way when needed, a plus for both of you would be the Hydration vests that Harley Davidson makes-they are life savers in the heat, on sale at the dealerships, I searched and did not find them on line
Brandy Hawkins Coupel
Brandy Hawkins Coupel Lots of sunscreen! And maybe a trailer for the motorcycle. And baby wipes!
Brandy Hawkins Coupel
Brandy Hawkins Coupel Look for products that do double duty. I love micellar water as it cleans your face and moisturizes at the same time. (And in a pinch it cleans diamonds very welI.) I definitely recommended lots of moisturizer.
And your favorite pain reliever.
HANOI, VIETNAM – CIRCA MARCH 2012: Recycling cans and bottles loaded on cart behind motorbike. Voluminous colorful and amazing proposition.
Dianne Wagner
Dianne Wagner Tylenol or Motrin for that unexpected headache when you are in the middle of no where. Some bandaids and antibiotic ointment or a first aid kit.
Renee Talbot
Renee Talbot Tanktops, shorts, undies, caps, ponytail holder, bathroom items, shoes. Done
Patrice Michelle
Patrice Michelle All you need is fast reflexes. Ro-Sham-Bo solves everything! #truesurvivalneeds
Connie Shingleton Miconi
Connie Shingleton Miconi sunscreen! Old t shirts that you can throw away or give away rather than washing. lip balm.
Bobbie Jo Chiasson
Bobbie Jo Chiasson Toothbrush and a brush for sure
And antibacterial wipes and baby wipes
Oh and a bottle to fill with water
Hildie McQueen
Hildie McQueen chapstick, wet wipes, undies, tank tops, shorts, flip flops, 2 pr jeans, undies, socks.
ClayandFay Morgan
ClayandFay Morgan Rain gear, sun block and lots of water. Have fun and ride safe.
Robinetta M. Garcia-Hrbek
Robinetta M. Garcia-Hrbek Tylenol or some other OTC pain med, a brush, and sunscreen.
Becka Lynn
Becka Lynn Sunscreen in a must have for me, that is unless I want to turn into a lobster in five minutes. lol
Anne Welch
Anne Welch Pants and milkduds
KaLyn Cooper
KaLyn Cooper A gun. Not kidding. Maybe one each.
Linda Quick replied · 1 Reply
Diane Bohannon Peterson
Diane Bohannon Peterson A plane ticket in your purse
JT Gilstrap
JT Gilstrap Priority One: ice packs and ibuprofen. 🙂
Mona Talbot Hernandez
Mona Talbot Hernandez Your Bible…and sunscreen!
Carroll Chauvin
Carroll Chauvin A bikini and shorts 😂😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣
Scott Silverii replied · 1 Reply
Mark Herrington
Mark Herrington An open oneway ticket home.
Lynnell Wilks Tysl
Lynnell Wilks Tysl Lipsense lol
Riley McKissack
Riley McKissack Your sense of humor.
Kerry Foster
Kerry Foster A gag… Some rope…
June Shaw
June Shaw Knowing you, it’s probably just lots of shoes!
Teresa Salmons Stone
Teresa Salmons Stone Underwear, ponytail holders, kindle, socks, baseball cap, whiskey
Laura L Stapleton
Vickie Norman
Vickie Norman you will figure it out. 🙂
Vicki Perk-Fields
Vicki Perk-Fields Tinted lip balm, good moisturizer w/sunscreen & mascara
Renee Beam
Renee Beam Good luck!
Elisa Hordon
Elisa Hordon Skip the underwear go commando the whole trip, chuck in 3 t-shirts 2 pairs of jeans just rinse out clothes each night, a sunscreen with moisturizer, chap stick, a donut cushion to releave sore butt in between bike rides 😂😂😂, flip flops and ball cap oh and iPad full of books 😂😂 travel light 😉 oh a small sewing kit to make any clothing repairs and a first aid kit 😀
Heather MacEwan Doyle
Heather MacEwan Doyle Deodorant, toothbrush and paste, sunscreen, hand sanitizer (or wipes) and moisturizer. Any other cosmetics, you don’t really need. Since you’re with your spouse I’d say underwear are optional (lol). Easy to rinse and wear tees.
Debra Holland
Debra Holland sunscreen, lip balm, moisturizer, brush and ponytail holders, pjs, flip flops, traveling packets of Woolite for washing undies and socks and stuff, nail file and scissors that come in a folding knife, bathing suit and coverup, eye drops
Matt Sherley
Matt Sherley While everyone else seems worried that Liliana Hart has enough underwear, I’m apparently the only one who immediately thought “boxing gloves.” The big fluffy kind so you won’t hurt Scott Silverii too bad!!
Heather Talbot
Heather Talbot Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, sunscreen, bug spray, baby wipes, headbands, bananas, band aids, medication, chapstick, hairbrush, hair ties, flip flops, undies and bras, socks and a change of clothes.
Jai Clark
Jai Clark Ear plugs bug spray Tylenol extra toilet paper sold in the sample section in case you end up ..ya somewhere without a square atm card and mints
Donna Blanchard McNicol
Donna Blanchard McNicol A can of Lysol for inside sweaty helmets, boots, waistband of jeans and rain suits. I’ve got 7-10 week trips
Ann Z Lewis
Ann Z Lewis I would have to bring some kind of medicine that altered my fear of motorcycles
Teresa Massey Watson
Teresa Massey Watson Let’s see: my nickname is Queen Klutz, so the idea of me on a motorcycle would be a very BAD idea. LOL but, I would say two or three pairs of jeans, t-shirts, socks, underwear, lip balm, Kindle with plenty of ebooks (I know a writer who has a couple ofSee More
Trish Ryan Davy
Trish Ryan Davy My other half knows better than to even suggest using a motorcycle!
Jenny Hansen
Jenny Hansen Monkey-butt powder and an extra pair of padded biking pants. Seriously.
Chermaine Stein
Chermaine Stein Just personal hygiene items and sunscreen.Buy clothes as you go and mail them home. You’re welcome :0)
Laura Minchew
Laura Minchew I would take essential items and couple changes of clothes and ship my luggage to my destination
Rosanna Gossett
Rosanna Gossett Sample sizes of all my skincare/ body care products and minimal makeup. Of course clothes.
Catherine Bybee
Catherine Bybee A plane ticket
Laura Dobbins Sanders
Laura Dobbins Sanders Plane ticket!!!! Lol
Tina Hobbs Payne
Tina Hobbs Payne A car…I would be taking a car… 😂😁😂😁
Frank Silverii
Frank Silverii Awesome trip you guys!
Renee Beam
Renee Beam Try carrying a backpack. It might get hot though
Renee Talbot
Renee Talbot Oh and 1st Aid Kit
Doella Gilmer
Doella Gilmer Ship things to your destination points 😂🤣😂
Amy Goodwin Gregory
Amy Goodwin Gregory DEODORANT, toothpaste & toothbrush!
Theresa Mccurry
Theresa Mccurry Wet wipes. Snacks .small bottles of water.
Beverly Purdy
Beverly Purdy First aid kit and maybe some treats
Missy Ryan
Missy Ryan You two crack me up. 😂
Theresa Mccurry
Theresa Mccurry One change of clothes
Mike Feltner
Mike Feltner Underwear
Annette Cortez
Annette Cortez Xanax !!!!! pahahahaha just joking !
Kari Wilson Crowley
Kari Wilson Crowley If I can’t take luggage, I’m not going. My makeup wouldn’t fit it those bags. 😂
Liliana Hart
Liliana Hart Scott Silverii says I can’t take my makeup bag. I’ve got to fit my essentials in a plastic baggie. I’m guessing my moisturizer is going to be essential after being on the road and in the wind for 6,000 miles. My face will look like shoe leather.
Jill Stoyles
Jill Stoyles get vacuum storage bags then you can take lots more 🙂
Liliana Hart
Liliana Hart
Liliana Hart 21 days
Heidi McLaughlin
Heidi McLaughlin Sun block. Baby wipes to clean up during stops. Clothing essentials. You can stop and do laundry. Lots of hair ties. Flip flops. Swim suit. iPod. phone charger.
Brenda Crowe Hurley
Brenda Crowe Hurley On our motorcycle trips I always took a color base moisturizer with sun screen.
Rebel Phelps Rowlette
Rebel Phelps Rowlette Chapstick, sunscreen, small first aid kit (including Imodium, allergy medicine, pain relief)
Jamie McGuire
Jamie McGuire Helmet. Helmet. Helmet. Helmet. Helmet. I love you. Helmet.
Diane B Jones
Diane B Jones I’d have a car following just in case.
Patti Memoli Wood
Patti Memoli Wood One credit card with a very high limit.
Carolyn White Greene
Carolyn White Greene A hotline number for a mental therapist. 😜
Patricia Oak
Patricia Oak My ereads and charger.
Cheri Lasota
Cheri Lasota Chapstick. Nothing else matters. LOL!
Vicki Batman
Vicki Batman A Jeep Wrangler
Kathy Shannon-Walsh
Sara Gonzales
Sara Gonzales At the bottom of saddle bag or rear boot place a small tarp. Takes virtually no room. Multi-purpose if the worst happens and stuck on side of road it is good to cover from sun and heat, stuck camping makes a easy tent or just to lay out on if you need a break where there is no rest stop. Can also cover the bike in those weird out of blue storms.
Teresa Reasor
Teresa Reasor The next time I go to Scotland I’m going to take a backpack and Tampons, Toilet paper, deodorant, sunscreen, sunglasses, a change of underwear, 2 t-shirts and a pair of jeans and a wind breaker. And my I pad because you can writing on it, take pictures with it, post stuff if you need to. And that’s all. I’ll buy what I need when I get there.
Erika Kelly
Erika Kelly You guys are good! I’m learning so much just from reading this thread. I would show up at the bike with a loaded suitcase, and my husband would be scowling at me. But, just to say, I would have my 2 Kindles and my NOOK. Just to be safe. 🙂
Jennifer Rebecca
Jennifer Rebecca My husband has wanted to do this for years. I might die. But it’s going to be the trip of a lifetime. Pack underpants and sunscreen. Bare minimum makeup. Jeans and shirts. Sweatshirt. Camera.
Pamela Reveal
Pamela Reveal roll your complete outfits undies and socks included together, Rain suit, small bottles of toiletries, sunblock even for lips bandana, lots of wet wipes., reuseable drinking bag hoodie one heavy one light Hair ties around your bottles of toiletries tolietries in snack size baggies inside of shoes Usually tenna shoe will fit in a cowboy boot along with a flipflop
Barb Ferguson
Barb Ferguson If you know where you will be staying call and see if you can ship stuff to the hotel. Then ship a box of extra clothes and essentials! 😉 then ship your other stuff back to yourself at home! I had a friend who went to Europe and took all old undergarmeSee More
Pamela Sims
Pamela Sims Sunscreen, lip balm with sunscreen, bikini, panties and bras for three days, couple bandanas, three shirts, hoodie, 2 pairs of jeans, pj pants…do laundry every three days. There’s lots of little things you will need (lotion etc) buy travel sizes and restock as needed. Hair brush, toothbrush.
Lurie Twist
Lurie Twist Is it a military duffle bag? You can put allot of stuff in one of those. Will you be able to stop at Walmart? If so just take trial size of some of the stuff that you can replace like shampoo and such when you run out it will take up less room.
Alison Stone
Alison Stone Surely someone has said lots of underwear. I’m a nervous passenger in a car, never mind a motorcycle. I have never been on my husband’s motorcycle in our 24 years of marriage. Be safe. Have fun. Pack a change of undies.
Rose Cotton
Rose Cotton My hubby and I are doing the same thing in 2 weeks. Change of clothes for 3 days, most hotels have washer and dryer, any bathroom essentials trial size. Chaps and rain gear. Cell chargers and of course your Kindle. Maybe an extra pair of shoes like swim shoes.
Sasha Collins
Sasha Collins Check out YouTube …how to pack an entire outfit in your sock. Might I suggest packing Scotts clothes that way and it will give you more space. Hehe. Kidding….kinda. but at least look at for laughs.

Gigi Hernandez

Gigi Hernandez Some Quick dry henley’s, tanks, jeans, sport bras, undies, socks, a swimsuit, coconut oil (serves as a moisturizer, sun-screen spf 15, and mascara… using an eyelash brush), facial towelettes, hairbrush, headbands/hair band, and lip balm, and you’re good to go.
Brenda Pearson
Brenda Pearson Liliana, take what you need he doesn’t need all those t-shirts…Lol they always wear the same ones anyway. The Essential that all women need. Sorry, Scott, Women rule here, and because you love her, you will take less and give her the space she needs. lol.
Hilleary Peterson
Hilleary Peterson Another thing to keep in mind you will be going through cities and towns so you can always pack travel size toss away stuff and get more on the way plus it gives you an excuse to stretch your legs so you don’t get too saddle sore
Angie Richards
Angie Richards Is there anyway you could use zip strips or bungee cord to hold back pack to the backrest not sure type of bike your riding but I did that even if it looked a little ghetto it’s extra space but definitely sunscreen and asprin because your ass is going to hurt.
Kathy Elaine Farney-Keck
Kathy Elaine Farney-Keck Personal care products can be travel size because you can always get more as you travel. I would down load the kindle app on my phone. An e reader Would take up valuable space.
Melody C. Margrave
Melody C. Margrave I would take your book to read, but you don’t have to do that. 🙂 Sunscreen and aloe. Clothes that can be easily washed and hung anywhere to dry.
Hilleary Peterson
Hilleary Peterson Dry shampoo and those stretchy bandana things keep your hair and sweat out of your eyes under helmet, (can send pic if needed) those things are a life saver
Sheryl Parent
Sheryl Parent Good luck with that. I’d have to have a side cart for my stuff. Lol
Michelle Miles
Michelle Miles Been there. Done that. Make sure you have extra socks.
Virginia Henley
Virginia Henley Been there, done that. Take clean underwear and warm socks.
Jamie Fredrickson
Jamie Fredrickson Wow… Where are you going? That’s like across the US TWICE, LOL…

Lori Kolin Mofield

Lori Kolin Mofield How fun. Husband and I have been talking about doing that very thing! OTC pain reliever for the bottom unless you have a mustang seat or very comfy one. Long way on a bike. 😀
Robin Allen
Robin Allen Credit cards and return address labels, so you can buy what you need and send it home to be washed. 🙂

Tanya Moss

Tanya Moss Something to rest your butt on because if is going to be sore.
Debbie Labit Lore
Debbie Labit Lore We’ve had 2 motorcycles, my bottom would never make it more than 2 1/2 hrs before I needed a butt break. Good luck.
Dee Brown
Dee Brown Good rain gear, good sunscreen, and comfortable undergarments! Not comfortable to ride if you are being stung by rain /clothes all wet., have a sunburn, or your panties are riding too! May want to bring and extra pair of boots. When you pack roll your clothes as small as you can and then sort of stack them side by side– I find I can get more in the saddle bags that way. Ride safe.
Claydene Hamblin
Claydene Hamblin 6000 miles, lamb skin/gel pack for your seat. Then LuLaRoe clothes, I packed for 14 days in my airlines carry on, so you should be able to get a few things in the saddle bag!
Ann Voss Peterson
Ann Voss Peterson Cash and a credit card.
Trisha Rippe Roze You’ll definitely need a jacket & rain gear. Sunscreen & lip balm.
Tammy Turner
Tammy Turner More cushioning for your butt! Trust me I know!
Sandra Spencer
Sandra Spencer Stuff that you really have to gave.
Doug White
Doug White clean undies and a tooth brush…

Teresa Reasor

Teresa Reasor Maybe some power bars, too.

Judi Fennell

Judi Fennell a good book.
Maureen O. Betita
Maureen O. Betita My credit card.
Terilyn Davis Gilman
Kendra Elliot-Boucher
Kendra Elliot-Boucher Not in this lifetime.
Karen Green
Karen Green Round-trip first-class ticket to meet other person at destination and then to return home and meet them there
Carol Yenne
Carol Yenne Sunscreen

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