Rain, getting lost, huge bugs, drag racing and more rain

I moved to Vegas in ’98, since we left Phoenix a few weeks back I’ve seen more rain than I have my whole time living there, so sadly the ride has not been as planned…WTF is going on with the crazy weather everywhere this year???!!!

Out of Louisiana the most direct route back to the TAT for us was to Natchez and up the Natchez Parkway

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As you can see from the above photo we are both carrying spare front tires, about 400 miles north of our friends place in La the tires were starting to cup, so I swapped direction on then while I was there to add a little life…lets see how that works out, tires were mounted in Phoenix for reference.

Over the next few days, we hit the TAT where we could if it wasn’t waterlogged

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we even got lost, like everyone does on the TAT from time to time, shitty Mississippi mud

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locked gates

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dropped bikes

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tracks so minimally ridden you know that no one has been here for years

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or more years

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but we kind of made our own version after a while and even found a few cool places to camp

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a rare bit of sunshine

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but even when it wasn’t raining we still got wet!!!

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I guess wet weather in the south makes the bugs grow real big as well

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Even got a chance to go to a little drag racing in South Carolina where pick-up trucks beat muscle cars and guys sit on the roof of their car to watch

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stopped in to see my buddy Dale at Wheels Through Time, but sadly he was outta town

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but I still have to walk around and take some shots

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We’d recently watched Harley and the Davidsons on Amazon prime so El was fascinated to see the board track bikes in the flesh and the various Harley models thru the years

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why isn’t this happening now???

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carrying on thru the south we saw some of what you might expect to see

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and some of what you don’t

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a few days back we got to Pennsylvania, yes, we didn’t show many photos of the rain but believe us it was there almost every day and torrential and was miserable

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but a surprise text from @ricochetrider and he became our savior and let us dry out for a few days, wow we cannot that you and Cynthia enough for your hospitality

Finally, the rain appeared to be stopping but water was still around, looking down from his house to the river and some of the seven bridges over the Susquehanna River

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even got treated to a display from fire trucks dating back to 1878

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did you know there is a Statue of Liberty in Pa

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or the longest bridge in the world…I didn’t

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before you jump, read…

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so sadly not the crazy TAT update we expected to share, all we can hope is as we go further north the bad weather doesn’t follow us.

…and BTW the Metzeler MC360 is still going at 5000+ miles…

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  1. My last years of traveling about the US via 1250S Bandit, I took notice that the storms I had to ride through were stronger each year. Not sure if it was an age thing but I did like riding in the rain, but, not that lightning and hard winds. I do believe the Earth is in a large cycle but how many years this cycle is can’t be known.
    Beautiful work on the photos by the way.

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