A group of members of Lake Shore HOG Chapter decided that we wanted to attend the National HOG Rally in Griffin Georgia. After the rally we’d ride the “Tail of the Dragon” then to continue on to ride the Blue Ridge parkway from Ashville, North Carolina to Winchester, Virginia. I called and made all the reservations for the group.
Day One, Wednesday, July 17, 2002.
I was up at 4:30 AM to get to the Lake Forest oasis on US 94 by 5:30. When I arrived at the oasis I met the people that I would be traveling with, Howard Rice, Dennis Reese and his son, Steve Reese, Don Strazer, Tom and Nancy Sislow and Rich Windish.
Leaving Chicago we caught a bit of rain. We expected our trip to Lexington would take 10 hours. We arrived at the Super 8 motel in Lexington, Kentucky at 5:30 PM having traveled 396 miles in about 10 hours. Steve Reese needed an oil change at the Harley-Davidson in Lexington, Kentucky. As we pulled up, we found that the dealership did not schedule any work but did take work for travelers. With four people working it took about half an hour to finish the job. I called Linda, and had a nice chat. The group went to dinner at the Olive Garden. I rode, for the first time, without wearing a helmet and did not like it. For dinner I had swordfish, while everyone else had fish fry. When we discussed the next day’s trip, my GPS said 298 miles to our destination while their GPS said the distance was 388 miles. We decided to take US 75 straight into Atlanta, then the 53 bypass over to US 12 to reach the Super 8 Motel in Griffin Georgia.
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