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We're retired - 1st trip report
« on: June 17, 2021, 04:31:50 PM »
We both retired in early May, and then headed south.

Day one was a late start, and a brief stop in Sweet Home Alabama, at an excellent restaurant with two-for-one margaritas.




We made beach-fall early the next day.   Temps around 80 degrees and (mostly) blue skies





We had to take the long way around, as the main bridge is currently missing a section - due to a hurricane and cargo ship incident.

A bit of beach time and lunch with fried oyster hoagies and three-dollar margaritas. 





And, what would a Gulf Coast vacation be without a trip to the infamous Flora-Bama ?  I remember when this place was a tin shack on the beach.... back in the 70's when I was training in Pensacola.


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Re: We're retired - 1st trip report
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2021, 04:52:56 PM »


Congrats.

Looks as if you all are even better than I am.   :laugh:

Enjoy it; you've earned it.

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Re: We're retired - 1st trip report
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2021, 05:04:57 PM »
Now where was I ?

OK, so we left Pensacola and headed north and east to the Smokey Mountains.





We rode around, visiting some of the local dams.






Interesting to note that we found a lot of these green lizards at all of the dam sites.  The Wife kept calling them DAM lizards - but I think that was because a couple of them were sorta chasing her.   I need to learn how to work the video button on my android phone.





Of course, we rode the Dragon and Cherahola Skyway, Moonshine 28, etc.












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Re: We're retired - 1st trip report
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2021, 05:14:01 PM »
Thanks. I needed to look at some nice pics and dream. Enjoy! :thumb:
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Re: We're retired - 1st trip report
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2021, 05:14:23 PM »
Yea, come to NC and couldn’t be bothered to come and stay with us for a couple days🤔😂

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Re: We're retired - 1st trip report
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2021, 05:31:55 PM »
Your other half has you beat from about all angels.  Great to hear/see.  Enjoy.
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« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2021, 05:39:10 PM »
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Re: We're retired - 1st trip report
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2021, 05:44:14 PM »
congrats! 
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Re: We're retired - 1st trip report
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2021, 05:51:34 PM »
Woot ENJOY!!!
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Re: We're retired - 1st trip report
« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2021, 06:32:18 PM »
Thanks for the great shots! Is that the correct bike?
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« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2021, 06:39:28 PM »
Thanks for the great shots! Is that the correct bike?

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It's the one we rode.  That's a 2014 Yamaha VStar 1300. 
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« Reply #11 on: June 17, 2021, 07:16:59 PM »
(continued)

We came home for a few days and went out for a ride, and the bike wouldn't start.  The battery was only seven years old !
We got going and then the low fuel light came on.  Got home and discovered that the rear tire was at the wear bars, and it was due for an oil change.  CRAP ! 

We got out another bike, gave it the once-over, and then we were off to South Dakota, Wyoming, etc. 

A stop at the Corn Place in Mitchell, SD






Here's a boy, walking his pet dinosaur - just east of Wall, SD.






A trip thru the Badlands







A side trip to Wall Drug





Custer State Park, Mount Rushmore, Sturgis, Crazy Horse








And then.... off for another ride









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Re: We're retired - 1st trip report
« Reply #12 on: June 17, 2021, 07:47:20 PM »
Thank you for posting this, great story and pics

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Re: We're retired - 1st trip report
« Reply #13 on: June 17, 2021, 07:54:58 PM »
Looks like a lot of fun. Congrats on the retirement.

A little concerned... you guys seem to be behind on margaritas?
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Re: We're retired - 1st trip report
« Reply #14 on: June 17, 2021, 08:02:57 PM »
kballowe, it looks like a fine bike for the ride, I was confused and thought you had a different bike not realizing you may have more than one.  :laugh:
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Re: We're retired - 1st trip report
« Reply #15 on: June 17, 2021, 08:13:01 PM »
kballowe, it looks like a fine bike for the ride, I was confused and thought you had a different bike not realizing you may have more than one.  :laugh:

Ah.   I can see where that might be confusing.   

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Re: We're retired - 1st trip report
« Reply #16 on: June 17, 2021, 08:17:09 PM »
Thanks. I needed to look at some nice pics and dream. Enjoy! :thumb:
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“Yes dear, I’ll take you after school on Friday and pick you up after supper on Sunday...”. ( Unless you want Monday off school... :wink:)

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« Reply #17 on: June 17, 2021, 08:33:20 PM »
Wonderful.  Enjoy!
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« Reply #18 on: June 17, 2021, 08:55:48 PM »
Great story and pictures. Those margaritas look good!

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« Reply #19 on: June 17, 2021, 09:15:17 PM »
Living the life, nice.

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« Reply #20 on: June 17, 2021, 09:41:38 PM »
Lookin good! Retirement isn't a bad gig. Enjoy.
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« Reply #21 on: June 18, 2021, 03:57:54 AM »
Retirement seems to be agreeing with you. :thumb: :grin:

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Re: We're retired - 1st trip report
« Reply #22 on: June 18, 2021, 06:34:40 AM »
Is there anything better than a good trip report?
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« Reply #23 on: June 18, 2021, 10:38:27 AM »
Congratulations! Looks like you're having a fine time.
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« Reply #24 on: June 18, 2021, 10:43:14 AM »
Congratulations Kevin! Thanks for the report and pics.
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« Reply #25 on: June 18, 2021, 11:23:27 AM »
 I especially like the shot of the saddle-broke jackaloupe. Floorboards are a must to have on them.
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« Reply #26 on: June 18, 2021, 01:40:41 PM »
It’s coming towards you faster than you probably think GG.
Be ready to go when your youngest says...
“Mom, can I sleep over at “Mary Joe’s...” (or whatever, no innuendo implied..)
“Yes dear, I’ll take you after school on Friday and pick you up after supper on Sunday...”. ( Unless you want Monday off school... :wink:)
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We go for day trips instead of multi-day ones.  :thumb:
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Re: We're retired - 1st trip report
« Reply #27 on: June 18, 2021, 02:34:14 PM »
Great pixs & story :thumb:
Have you folks ever been to Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggies Vally N.C.??

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« Reply #28 on: June 25, 2021, 09:36:44 AM »
Great pixs & story :thumb:
Have you folks ever been to Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggies Vally N.C.??

Yes, we have - and it's pretty cool !
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« Reply #29 on: June 25, 2021, 11:23:24 AM »
What a wonderful and encouraging thread, thank you for sharing!

 


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