Day 21 – Back Home

In the morning, Sandy made a wonderful breakfast for me before I left to go to the bike dealer.

I arrived at the dealer at 9:00 am and they finished the 18K checkup by 3 pm.   I went out for a snack and lunch and answered a few emails whenever I had access to WiFi.

We inspected the tires and the mechanic suggested that we postpone the tire replacement because they looked like they would still be good for a few thousand miles.

After paying for the bill, I left Cleveland and headed home.   I only took a few short breaks and I was home by 7:15 pm.   I unpacked, cleaned up the bags and the bike, sorted things out, checked my mail, had supper from the food that my sister left me ( thanks Sis ) and then took a much needed shower.  All I have to do tomorrow is trim my hair (both of them) and shave and I will almost be presentable again.

After 8536 km (5335 miles), 414 liters (110 US gal) of gas costing $445 Dollars (US) at a gas mileage of 4.82 l/100km (48.8 mpg) my trip has finally come to and end.

I want to take the time to thank everyone again for helping me make this a very enjoyable and memorable trip.   I saw a lot of interesting sights, did a lot of different things and met a lot of wonderful people along the way but what made the trip special for me, was the fact that I was able to visit with some great friends along the way and I had the support of an awesome family and wonderful friends back home.    Thank you to all.

I read a saying in the ” Panera Bread ” diner in Columbus that more or less describes my adventure and it goes like this :

” Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail ” which is a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Where one adventure ends, another one begins.

To be continued.

Day 20 – Louisville to Cleveland

Sunday, June 23, 2013

I didn’t have very far to ride in order to get to Cleveland, so I took my time in the morning and finally left La Grange, Kentucky ( ~ 30 miles east of Louisville ) and continued my northeasterly trek.

I rode through Cincinnati, before stopping for lunch on my way through Columbus, Ohio at one of my favourite places to eat, Panera Bread.

I resumed my journey to Cleveland, while observing the landscapes, dead critters and ‘ of course ‘ tire debris along the way and considered what I would do when I reached Cleveland. My thoughts were to find a place to stay about 60 minutes from the BMW dealer and then leave at about 8 am the following morning to get there for my 9 am appointment. I realized that I would arrive there by 4 pm and it would give me time to visit some more unsuspecting friends, impose myself on them, trash there house and then leave before they kicked me out. Pete and Kathy were warned well in advance that I would be in the area and they had some flimsy excuse that they would be in Haiti, helping to rebuild houses from hurricane damage, so that I couldn’t visit with them. All of the other unsuspecting people I visited weren’t given enough time to vacate! With this in mind, I decided to make some calls when I reached the rest stop on I71 just before it connects to the I271. When I called Rob Swim’s cell number, there was no answer, so I tried the home number, before Rob had a chance to tell Sandy not to answer, but being the wonderful, caring ( and unsuspecting ) person that she is, she answered in her normal cheery voice and invited me to stop by. An hour later I reached there house and I had a wonderful time visiting with them and getting to know Lauren, Eric and Connor, as well as their ‘ sucky ‘ dog ( Sandy’s description, not mine! ), Bailey. They had planned to go see a movie, which is something I haven’t done in a long time, so after we had supper, I went with them. Lauren saw the new ‘ Monsters Inc ‘ movie and the rest of us went to see ‘ World War Z ‘ starring Brad Pit. After the movie we, visited a little longer before going to bed.

Ron & Sandy with Bailey.