I was just sitting there minding my own business, daydreaming about the ride to OBX Bike Week on April 21, and out of the blue Denise sent around a last-minute email to see who wanted to get together for a little ride, destination unknown.
Hey, I'm always up for a "destination unknown" event, so I signed up along with a few other willing participants. After a flurry of messages, and a little route suggestion work by Chip, we agreed to meet at Battley's Harley Davidson, in Gaithersburg, Maryland for a starting point, with the general idea of heading into West Virginia and from there, south into Virginia.
Charlie and Linda were down in Roanoke, Virginia, at the Blue Ridge Bike Fest and tried to entice me into dragging everyone down there at some point, but that would have meant an overnighter. I decided to let Charlie judge the BRBF bikini contest all by himself. He's up to the task, Linda assures me, never missing a key detail.
And off we went...
From Gaithersburg we hit 270, Northbound, but ran into yet another DC traffic jam, so we detoured onto much more scenic Rt 355 into Frederick before turning west.
And back home. We split up, with Sol and I running back into DC and the rest of the crew heading back across the Potomac via White's Ferry, to the Maryland 'burbs. But we didn't get away without agreeing to meet for a rematch the next day....We just had to do it again.
We decided on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge area for the Sunday ride...The weather was unseasonably warm....mid-80s in April.....so the waterfront seemed like the perfect backdrop for a day on a Harley. We met at Annapolis Harley Davidson, and started the ride from there. I rode my Softail Custom Sunday, giving Big Blue a rest.
Right about here, it's appropriate to mention that two other crews I ride with were also going into the same general area, maybe hitting some of the same spots we'd stop at. Timing was uncertain, but it seemed like a great idea to get three different crews together for some laughs. Then I had a moment of clarity, remembering that the aforementioned three crews were BIKERS! Getting three groups in one place at one time would prove to be near impossible, so I forgot about it, deciding to have a good, stress-free day instead.
So off we went, sans Loretta, but with a couple other riders, Arron and Tim. Now these two guys ain't nearly as cute, but she couldn't be persuaded so...... And we still had Denise!
The rest of this post is just a collection of pix...they speak for themselves. All I can add is that is was a great day, and if you look at the route map at the very end, you can see the territory we covered. 372 miles of fun for me on Saturday and Sunday, and a great warmup for OBX. Did I mention it's even more fun on a Harley? And with some really great people? No? I should have...I have some awesome friends. If you don't have friends like mine, I think you oughta go out right now and find yourself some...