Archive for April, 2014

Day 9 & 10: New Spyder!

Posted: April 27th, 2014 by webmaster |

Missed yesterday – Combining day 9 with 10.

Our first day in Springfield. SpyderFest is still a few days away but the Spyders are rolling in to meet and greet each other and try to get some work done on their bikes before the mad rush and chaos of the Rally. My biggest news is that I became the proud owner of a 2014 Spyder. My 2011 was pretty well… Continue reading

Day 8: We Made It!

Posted: April 25th, 2014 by webmaster | 2 Comments

2,600 Miles

Day eight, about 2,600 miles and we finally pulled into Springfield, Mo. around 3:00 pm. We have run from the bad weather for two days and arrived to a beautiful Spring day and almost 80 degrees. The weather, by and large, has been amazing for the entire trip from Oregon to Springfield, Mo. We’ve been chilly some mornings but I don’t think we saw a single rain drop… Continue reading

Day 7: Into Oklahoma

Posted: April 25th, 2014 by webmaster |

Long 9 hr day today!

We are racing against the weather which contains tornadoes, rain, hail, and high winds. Bundled up against the elements, we left Albuquerque at 8:00 am and jumped back onto Interstate 40. The original name for the road was Route 66. If you sing that famous song backwards, you will be able to follow our journey from San Bernadino CA thru Joplin, MO. Most of the… Continue reading

Day 6: Out of Arizona and Onward

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 by webmaster |

When you look at the photo gallery below you will see what we saw for 330 miles today. Our crazy trio (or band of gypsies) pulled out of Flagstaff under blue, but cool skies, still heading East towards Albuquerque. Not a big ride today, but a good destination and time zone to consider. We saw some dark clouds but no rain. What we did find was 330 miles of wind… Continue reading

Day 5: Staying Put in Arizona

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 by webmaster |

Today was strictly a “John and Via” day.

Wino wasn’t feeling up to par so he hung here at the Motel. Via and I headed for Sedona, AZ, about 25 miles from Flagstaff. The ride is absolutely beautiful as we dropped from 7,000 ft. to about 4,500 feet thru very winding, twisting canyons of sheer cliffs of amazing red rock formations. Sedona has changed greatly since my first visit there… Continue reading

Day 4: Arizona Bound

Posted: April 22nd, 2014 by webmaster |

Today was just one of those easy days on a very long trip.

After reviewing our progress, we discovered we ware a couple of days ahead of schedule………so, time for a day off!

We left Kingman a little after 9:00 am and headed for Flagstaff, Az. It was only a couple hour ride and we rolled into our Day’s Inn about noon. Got registered but no room till 3:00… Continue reading

Day 3: John’s Great Adventure

Posted: April 21st, 2014 by webmaster |

Wow, day 3 already.

Hey gang, another pretty long ride today. Almost 400 miles but it was worth it. We pulled out of Fresno this morning at 8:00 heading South for Bakersfield. Let me say, for the record, there ain’t much to see but flat! At Bakersfield we turned East onto Hwy. 58 heading for Barstow and the Mojave Desert. Starting to get pretty warm and we began pealing layers… Continue reading

Day 2: John’s Great Adventure

Posted: April 19th, 2014 by webmaster | 2 Comments

Today was a pretty easy day.

We left Redding, CA at 8:30 am and headed South on I-5 towards Sacramento. Clear, blue skies and much warmer than yesterday when we left Newberg. By the end of today’s ride I was down to a T-shirt and my vest. Mid 80’s.

At Sacramento we cut over to hwy. 99 and headed for Fresno, our destination for today. Only about 330 miles… Continue reading

John’s Great Adventure… THE SAGA CONTINUES

Posted: April 19th, 2014 by webmaster | 1 Comment

Hi all,

It’s been a couple of years since I wrote the first installment of my Great Adventure but as of today, I’m back on the road on my trusty Spyder RT SE5, “The Silver Seal” heading to SpyderFest in Springfield, Mo.

A few things have changed since that first trip three years ago.

Last time I covered 8,200 miles in 36 days and