Monday, May 09, 2005

Lake City Tennessee to Mentor Ohio

OK, so Erie was a little optimistic. You can see by the previous post that we made it to Bushtec in Jacksboro for our 9:00 AM appointment for the hitch install. By the time the bike was back to us and the bill was paid, it was nearly noon.

If you ever have time to visit the Bushtec facility, do it. We toured the plant and saw the entire manufacturing process from raw steel to frame and from virgin fiberglass to finished, painted trailer body. High tech and high quality. The waiting room has couches, big screen TV, coffee, tables and even a cyber café.

Anyway, it was noon when we hit I-75 north. After watching the storm front, which seemed to be stalled over Chicago, we chose to exercise some discretion and cut northeast on I-71 from Cincinnati. From Lexington to there we rode second to a GL1800 towing a camper trailer. He was rocking along at 80 MPH and I could visualize myself doing that very shortly. He also had a very nice back seat coverJ)

The weather was hot all the way, pushing 90 degrees for most of the afternoon. I pulled the panels off the jacket and was very happy to be in mesh.

Since we left so late, Erie was not going to be in the cards. We rolled into Mentor on I-90 about 7:30 and called it a night. We had covered 495 miles in 7 hours and 34 minutes, so I was happy with the progress. We have about the same to do tomorrow, so we should be home by mid-afternoon.

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