Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Travel Plans for 2020

In the dead of winter, it is always nice to look forward to summer travel plans.

In May, we will return to Maggie Valley, North Carolina for the annual Vulcan Riders and Owners Club Southeast VROC Rally (SEVROC). This gathering has been going on since 1999 and has been in MV since 2006. Head organizer Jax got married and moved to Texas last year, so it will be a no frills rally for 2020. Just a date and a place. Others may add a few frills by the time it happens. We will trailer the bike down and spend the better part of a week enjoying the camaraderie, amazing roads and superb dining.

June may see the VROC Wolfman's Wandering Rally in Mountain View, Arkansas. This moves from place to place each year. If it is there, we will be there also.

There is another no frills rally planned for Deadwood, South Dakota in early July. It has been a few years since we went to play in the Black Hills. We will trailer out to this one.

After Deadwood, we will take the bike on its first real motorcycle trip in ten years. We will accompany Zeke from Deadwood to the Going-To-The-Sun  road through Logan Pass in Montana. From there, we will ride down and take Beartooth Pass in the south part of the state. These have both been on my bucket list for a while. Then we will proceed to Cody, Wyoming via the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway, a road Sandy and I took two years ago in the Equinox when Beartooth was closed due to a June blizzard. Lastly, we will return to Deadwood via Tensleep Canyon and Powder River Pass in the Bighorn Mountains. This was the first mountain pass Sandy and I did on our initial trip west in 1978 and we did it as well two years ago in the car, but Zeke has never been over it. In Deadwood, we will load back up in the trailer and head for home.

August 7 to 9, we will be returning to Twinsburg, Ohio for the Twins Days Festival. We used to take Kim and Heather when they were young and the two of them have been attending ever since. Not having been there for many years, we thought it would be nice to visit again. It is quite the experience.

Later in August, a week in Bracebridge (Monday to Friday) would allow us to explore some of the best motorcycle roads in Ontario.

The VROC Eureka Springs Reunion in Arkansas is scheduled in September. This has been going on there since 2001 and we seldom miss. Leaving Saturday morning, we have two days to get to Corolla, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Denise has rented another house for the week, just like two years ago. From there, we will head home and wind down the season.

It looks like a good year and we hope to see a lot of old friends and family along the way.

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