Back during the winter months of 2010, I went on line and registered to attend a BMW Bike Rally planned for May 13, 14 and 15 at Natural Bridge, VA. So this morning, on this beautiful Mother's Day, I hopped on the Goose (1993 BMW R100GSPD) and headed out on another adventure. But wait! Who is that rapidly coming up beside me on a Kawasaki 900 LT Classic? Yes, it is Ricardo Collado, my friend from San Jose, Costa Rica. Ricardo flew into Texas last week and will be attending the Rally with me.
But why just go to Virginia? Ricardo has other things in mind--a stock car race, seeing the Chesapeake Bay, a crab roast, maybe a Philly Cheese Steak. How about visiting the Barber Motorcycle Museum? And maybe a major league baseball game. "Chuck, have you ever been to Graceland? And wouldn't it be great to go to a stock car race? I would love to go to a street rod show! And maybe a drag race!"
So we are on the way to Natural Bridge, VA to a BMW Bike Rally, but on the way we are visiting Birmingham, AL to see Justin and Brandon, my handsome grandsons. After the Rally, we are off to Richmond, VA; Chincoteague, VA; Annapolis, MD; Washington, DC; Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburgh, PA. Then on to St. Bede Academy in Peru, Il (that is where Ricardo attended high School from 1970 thru 1972). Then down to Scott AFB, Ill (near St. Louis) where I will see Maddie, my beautiful granddaughter. Then off to Memphis, TN to visit Graceland and Beale Street. And, of course, we must stop to visit good friends in Olive Branch, MS and let Ricardo visit with the great street rod builders that inhabit this northeast corner of Mississippi.
Where next--it is up to Ricardo but I really think we will both enjoy this eclectic ride. But tonight finds us in a LaQuinta Inn in Sulphur, LA. No camping this ride!