On Friday, June 13, 2014 I left my home near Chicago on my 2008 Triumph Bonneville to embark on what turned into a 2,600+ mile motorcycle road trip adventure, the longest to date in my 7 years of riding experience. Thankfully, I arrived home on Monday, June 23, 2014 without any major incidents, and a whole lot of great stories and experiences to remember and share.
Day One – Chicago, IL to Nashville, IN
Friday, June 13, 2014
Upon leaving home, I met up with 5 buddies at the Hinsdale Oasis on the Tri-State Tollway near Chicago:
- Chris – a technical writer currently contracting at Nokia – Triumph Thunderbird Storm – read Chris’ blog here: http://www.roadtosomewhere.com/tail-dragon-day-1/
- Dave – A human resources manager looking for new employment, who does high school sports refereeing on the side – Harley
- Pete – a retired parks and recreation manager who also does high school sports refereeing – Harley
- Dan – a manager with Siemens, the global technology company – Harley
- Rob – a product manager at a software firm – Harley
Our main goal for the first day was to get out of Chicago and down toward the southern part of Indiana, preferably in the Brown County area. We were able to accomplish that goal while visiting some of the covered bridges of Brown County in the process.
We stopped for food (good Brisket and BBQ!) and beverages at the Thirty Six Saloon in Rockville, Indiana.
Chris found us some cabins at The Last Resort RV Park & Campground near Nashville, Indiana. We arrived at dusk in time to unpack our gear, start a fire and enjoy some cigars (I brought my pipe along) and beers around a campfire.
Read Chris’ journal on this trip at his Road to Somewhere Blog
Day 2 – Nashville, IN to Bardstown, KY
June 14, 2014
I was the first to rise (I awake automaticly at around 5 AM every morning) and caught the first rays of sun coming through the trees. I sat down with my sketchbook and sketched one of the covered bridges we had crossed the day before.
We headed into town for some breakfast at a local diner.
Then we hit the road through Brown County State Park, into Kentucky, skirting Louisville, on down to Bardstown.
On the we stopped and visited the Jim Beam Distillery, a little southeast of Shepherdsville, KY. We were too late to get in on the distillery tour, but we were able to browse the gift shops and pick up some ice cream and quench our thirst.
Read Chris’ version of Day 2 at the Road to Somewhere blog
Day 3 – Bardstown, KY to Lake City, TN.
June 15, 2014
Read Chris’ version of Day 3 at the Road to Somewhere blog
Day 4 – Lake City, TN to Robbinsville, NC
June 16, 2014
Read my buddy Chris’ blog post here: http://www.roadtosomewhere.com/tail-dragon-day-4/
Day 5 – The Tail of the Dragon
June 17, 2014
I can’t top this written record of day 5… go read my riding buddy Chris’s “Road the Somewhere” blog post: http://www.roadtosomewhere.com/tail-dragon-day-5/
Day 6 – Other Smokey Mountain Roads
June 18, 2014
I can’t describe it any better than my friend Chris Vezeau – Road to Somewhere, Dragon Trip Day 6
Day 7 – Robbinsville, NC to Lynchburg, TN by way of the Cherohala Skyway
June 19, 2014
Here are some photos from Day 7 as we travelled west on the Cherahola Skyway on our way to Lynchburg, TN.
Day 8 – Lynchburg TN – Jack Daniel Distillery Tour – to Birmingham, AL
June 20, 2014
Little did I know this would be the day I became a Tennessee Squire!
Day 9 – Barber Motorsports Park – Triumph Superbike Classic
June 21, 2014
I said my goodbye’s to my riding companions and headed south toward Alabama to Barber Motorsports Park.
More to come…
Day 10 – Birmingham, AL to Franklin, TN to Indianapolis, IN
June 22, 2014
More to come…
Day 11 – Indianapolis, IN to Chicago, IL
June 23, 2014
More to come…