Sunday, September 24, 2006

Homeward Bound

We were up at 6:00 AM. It was still dark, but the first light was breaking over the eastern horizon. There was a fast moving bright light in the sky that got darker as it went past us towards the sun. Some large, low orbiting thing. Maybe the space station?

We packed and were rolling by 7:00. Not much action at the Stables, but we had said our goodbyes the night before. The sky was clear as we headed towards Berryville and then north to Missouri. Unfortunately, as we crossed the Missouri border and the sun started to appear, it disappeared in a bank of clouds. Looks like the damn weatherman lied to us again. We got gas in Springfield for $1.999. Been a long time since I've seen that. Aiming for I-44, I missed the on ramp due to a myriad of orange construction barrels. We had to go a half mile north to get the next exit and loop back.

We were looking for gas about St. James Missouri. Got of the freeway and pulled into the Mobil station. Not far, since it was surrounded by yellow crime scene tape. The station across the road was closed too. Then we looked around. The one station had the pumps laying on their sides, signs were down or shredded, roofs were ripped up or missing. This looks like the place I saw on the news last night in the coverage of the tornado damage. Not a big one, maybe F1 from the damage, but I'm glad we weren't here when it happened.

In Indiana, we lost an hour to the time zone. I found the NASCAR race on MRN and once again listened as my team drivers got knocked out of the race. In Indianapolis, aka the Circle City, we went around on the I-465 south by-pass. There was a back-up waiting to get on I-69 towards Fort Wayne. This wasn't usual for a Sunday, but when we stopped to get gas I saw many were wearing blue and white jersey's. They said Indianapolis Colts. I guess the game just let out. Near Anderson, we were backed up again. This time, it was for a wreck. On the OTHER side of the Interstate. Damn rubberneckers!

We pushed on through Fort Wayne to Auburn Indiana with the temperature dropping as the shadows got longer. Stopped at a Super 8 with WiFi and had supper at the Steak 'n Shake next door. They let me park the bike under the overhang at the motel.

Today, we covered 726 miles in 11.5 hours. The weather forecast looks good for tomorrow, when we have another 620 or so to go.

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