My niece is getting married in North Carolina, and my son is in Florida. Sooo...I decide to jet over to the east coast to visit both. Bev will fly and meet me in Florida.
I pass through the Hay Capital of the World!
I also stop in Kansas to see "Big Brutus"
Big Brutus operated for 11 years strip mining coal. The bucket could hold about 150 tons of dirt....
...or about 220 lbs of hunky motorcyclist..
Big Brutus stands about 16 stories tall, which is a goodly height, but a few years ago a guy tried to BASE jump off Brutus and it wasn't quite high enough...he died.
Then its on the Harrison, Arkansas and the hotel Seville to pick up the Cache. Another strom rider, SPlank rode from Wisconsin and left the Cache at the hotel desk, I stop a couple days later and pick it up. I'll take the Cache to the V-Strom Cache rally to be held in Torrey, Utah the second weekend in June.
This nice lady stands in for SPlank to do the hand off.
A memorial for ravens..
...I come upon kayak henge??
Then I reach Chapel Hill, North Carolina and attend Becky's very nice wedding.
Best of luck to Becky and Greg!
After the ceremony I use the Cache to trick these two lovelies into hanging on my arms for a brief second... :)
Aaaand on the road again to check an item off the bucket list. The 'bouy' pic in Key West.
I stop and get a room at Key Largo.
This fella was just outside my door..
The next morning I make the trek to Key West, where I find the 'bouy' crowded!
Rather than wait for the 100 or so folks who are queued up and waiting to get a picture, I just do this;
Bucket item checked off I stop a mile or so later and take a breather....while relaxing these two ladies walk by and accept my invitation to pose with the little yellow fellow.
A few days later I arrive in Panama City for a 4 day visit with Fenton and Laurie. Bev flew in a few hours after I arrived.
This is the view from the front of their house. We spent a lot of time on the water.
And enjoyed some very nice walks on the shore.
More in part II