NOTE ABOUT THIS BLOG ENTRY:
Our second motorcycle trip, to Sebring, Florida, was the longest trip Corey and I would take together. Unfortunately, due to his being a growing teen, it was also our last. We found on this trip that he was just getting too tall to ride comfortably on the back of my Honda VTX 1300R.
Another unfortunate thing about this trip is the lack of documentation I had. In 2014, I was still unsure as to whether I wanted to establish a blog or not, so the only thing I did was take some photos with my iPhone along the way.
Heading to Sebring, Florida to visit parents/grandparents
Places we visited on our trip…
- Mt. Airy, NC (“Mayberry” – Andy Griffith’s hometown)
- Boone, NC,
- Grandfather Mountain
- Bridal Veil Falls, Highlands. NC
- Sebring, FL
- Sanibel Is, FL (Corey’s first time to experience the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico)
- Tallulah Point Overlook, Tallulah Gorge, SC (one of Corey and my favorite roadside stops, where we had boiled peanuts for the first time)
- Gatlinburg, TN (another favorite stop)
- Blue Ridge Parkway
- Mabry Mill, Blue Ridge Parkway, NC
In spite of not maintaining a trip journal, it was a fun trip. There were challenging days – heavy rains while traveling both backroads and Interstates, a day with temperatures over 100º, and one day where we “just wanted to get there” after being on the road for more than 10 hours!
Within a couple miles of my parent’s place in Sebring, FL, we picked up a nail in our rear tire. Then, while the bike was parked on their carport, someone stole my “Old Guys Rule” motorcycle frame tag WITH the license plate during the night. Unfortunately, that meant we couldn’t ride around the area while we were there and we had to get the county sheriff to issue us paperwork so we could ride back to Pennsylvania legally.
The trip home was enjoyable, in spite of a heavy downpour in Virginia wile we were on I-81. and during the last 30 minutes of our leg home we rode into one of the worst thunderstorms I have ever seen – nearly pitch black sky and lightning not far from us. But, all in all, it was a trip we will long remember and one that I will alway cherish.