|From Behind My Eyes - The Adventures of Tim Stubbe||
To steal a qoute from Neil Armstong "THE EAGLE HAS LANDED". That exactly the feeling I had when I rolled into Manassas, Virginia and the Quality Inn there. This last 3000 miles have been one of the most frustrating, agravating, intense, emotional, and phyically challenging things inside or outside of motorcycle riding, I've ever done.
Heat (105 in Needles), riding challenges (riding with 550+ bikes in a group), Rain, Hail, Lightening & Thunder instantainiously, Tornado's, 30 degree riding in light rain. Oh yeah FOOD POISONING!!! To be honest there were times I was ready to toss in the towel and head home. It was that refuse to fail mechinism in my genes that kept my head down and press on.
So hear I sit unpacked, and relaxing with the thought that I had done what I set out to do. Thinking about the last 10 days and making some notes for a later time when I"m more contained.
Your comments and FB posts of encourgement and sympathy really helped me get through this and probably make me a better person for it. A special thanks to Dan McGill in Wentzville Mo for helping me get my bike out of the mud and give me a place to dry and sleep that night. To Mark and Suzie Fenton who opened their home to me in St Charles while my bike was being fixed.
So tomorrow I have a few places to go. Lincoln Memorial for a group pictrue and a Southern Cruisers meet who's 1st Officer runs a Royal Star Forum and invited me to come over. Sunday will be the big day "Rolling Thunder" estimated to have 500,000 motorcycles to demostrate for POW/MIA accountability 1200 will be from our Rancho Cucamonga to DC RFTW ride.
Think I'll walk over to the City Grill (again) and have a light dinner and relax the rest of the evening.
I"m actually considering adding a day here in Manassas to explore a bit. Then head out Tuesday. Another down day wouldn't hurt me either.