Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Eight State Ride 2014

2600 miles + Eight states + 1992 Honda CB 750 = One Great Ride

My dream to take the bike on the Blue Ridge Parkway came true, along with loads of scenery and the ride of a lifetime! Andi and I packed up the bike and had awesome weather the whole way. Take a look at the pics and you will see Kentucky, North Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee (South Carolina and Georgia served more as a conduit than a destination, at least on this trip!)
The Blue Ridge Mountains, from the Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina

one of the vistas not far after we got onto the Blue Ridge Parkway from Blowing Rock, NC
The Linn Cove Viaduct on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Treasure Coast Harley Davidson, Stuart, Florida, these people are awesome!

Had fun visiting brother-in law Bruce and his wife Alyssa in Stuart, Florida. 

The lighthouse at Key Biscayne, Florida, off coast near Miami

Thank you, Treasure coast HD for letting my park my Honda in your parking lot!

The lighthouse in Jupiter, FL

Look close, my Honda is smiling!

Side trip to Lake Okeechobee 

Port Mayaca Lock on Lake Okeechobee

The Lake has a trail around it

the pier at Jupiter Beach, FL

wind surfing at Jupiter Beach

Lake Nickajack, TN

on the edge of the Nickajack Dam, Tennessee River Gorge

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Review: The Overlook & Walter's Pub


Along the Ohio River the views are spectacular as you head 15 miles west of Corydon on scenic highway 62, but the real treat is The Overlook Restaurant. It sits atop a bluff, giving views of the Ohio River, Kentucky, and miles of hills. The view alone would be worth the drive or ride, and many people do make the drive, or ride, as the Overlook is family restaurant, biker destination, and pub, all rolled into one; but the food will keep you longing to return. Among the dinners, sandwiches, and salads, are some specialties. The fried chicken is incredible, as are the chicken livers, two of their specialties. But newer on the menu, the hand-cut, hand-breaded to order pork tenderloin is moist, tender, and has a very tasty seasoned breading. The desserts greet you at the door on your way in, and are delicious. The 'Death by Chocolate' cake is enough to kill, or should I say, serve, two; and is as decadent as it sounds. If you just want some flatbread pizza, a drink, or an outstanding BBQ pulled pork sandwich (comes with homemade chips,) sit out on the deck, Walter's Pub. The Overlook has something for everyone, and is one family restaurant that will never make bikers in their leathers feel out of place either in the restaurant or out side at Walter's Pub. The help makes everyone feel at home, so do make the journey to this gem of a destination!

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Hoosier Burn Camp 2013 Ride

It was a perfect day to ride 90 miles up to Brookston, IN from Anderson, IN for the Hoosier Burn Camp Visitor's Day at Camp Tecumseh. We headed West out Historic 8th Street before joining up with other bikers, and ABATE photographer Maelene Grenat, to ride into camp together with other bikers. The kids were lined up and waved to all of us as we rode through the camp. After we parked, then they rode on fire trucks to meet us. After the kids sang and did motions to camp songs, there were tours of the camp. There were many fireman there with equipment for the kids to see, and even some firehouse dogs! We saw where the kids stay, ride horses, swim, garden, and have all kind of fun in this week provided for them. The kids are burn victims ages 8-18. There were firetruck lifts to give kids a ride high in the air. I've wanted to see the camp, since it is where the funds have gone  from the ABATE charity gearcheck which I've been privileged to volunteer for these last couple of years. The combination of kids, bikers, firemen and food was a great time for a great cause! Thanks to all who made this possible!

Monday, May 20, 2013

West Baden,French Lick Ride



I've wanted to visit the French Lick/West Baden area for years, so we decided that it would be a great ride destination. Getting there from east central Indiana took us south and west on Indiana Highways 9 through Greenfield, 44 through Franklin, 37 past Bloomington, and 56 into the Hoosier Forrest. The hills, curves and forest make for excellent riding scenery. You will pass through the Limestone Capital of the world, Bedford Indiana, and you will know it by the signs and rock formation displays. The limestone mined around Bedford is of the quality that has made it good enough to be used in the Pentagon, the Empire State Building, the Builtmore Estate and the Washington National Cathedral.
Many have been draw toward this area of southwest Indiana over it's more than 100 years of rich history. The mineral springs were believed to be curative to bath in and drink. Several smaller hotels sprang up, but the two large hotels now standing, West Baden Springs Hotel, and French Lick Resort, are fully renovated and worth some time to stop and take a look to stretch your legs from the ride. Here's a bit of history. The 1855 Mile Lick Hotel burned in 1901, and was rebuilt at great cost in 1902 with the famous 'world's largest dome.' After the stock market crash in 1929, business declined and the hotel closed in 1932. In 1934 Jesuits bought the hotel for $1 and used it as a seminary until 1964. After years of neglect and attempts at preservation, it reopened in 2006-2007 as resort and casino.
You will definitely want to park in the designated motorcycle parking behind West Baden Springs Hotel and walk through the gardens and paths. Also, a short ride down the street is the French Lick Resort. Across the street is a square with restaurants, French Lick Harley Davidson store (no Harleys, except one on display) with T-shirts, other clothing and merchandise. We parked just beyond the square on Maple Street at a Bar and Grill called 22 Brink street, and enjoyed a pork chop  dinner surrounded by sports memorabilia, including much from Larry Byrd. If you haven't had enough riding in by the time you've seen all this, take and extra loop through even more the Hoosier National Forrest by going around Patoka land and the hills and twists by taking 145 South, 164 West, 545 North and back on 56 East. This is the perfect ride and destination for lots of relaxing and getting away from it all, so you may want to take a few days here!



Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Review: Firehouse BBQ & Blues

The Firehouse BBQ & Blues is quite the combination of food, atmosphere, and fun. It is housed in a two story 1860 Firehouse in the middle of old downtown Richmond, Indiana. Richmond firefighters Tom Broyles and Rick Bolen began the painstaking renovation of the building in 2009. The firehouse still has all kinds of nostalgic touches, including the fire pole (sorry, you can’t slide down it!) There’s a dining room with stage, where live music was playing the evening we were there.  The bar is in the next section, and there is a 2nd floor banquet hall just up an open antique oak stairway. The old building and atmosphere alone draw a crowd, but sit down and get ready for outstanding BBQ smoked on site in a traditional ‘low and slow’ method. The brisket was tender, juicy, with a great smoky flavor. The ribs were just as tender (fall off the bone tender) juicy and flavorful. I haven’t found better anywhere. You will want to go here several times, and get in on the other items: pulled pork, wings, wraps, BBQ chicken breasts, Jalapeno sausage, firehouse chili, loaded baked potatoes, salads, and homemade sides like cheesy potatoes, baked beans, scalloped cabbage, and potato salad. The Firehouse is also biker friendly. It has biker nights on some Tuesdays, with food and drink specials and a blues band. There were about 2-3 dozen bikes the night we were there, and the outside seating was the perfect place to meet and greet, while those not arriving on bikes tended to eat inside. All this is served up by a great friendly staff intent on making your time here so enjoyable, you’ll find yourself wanting to stay long and return soon. You can find the Firehouse at 400 North 8th Street, Richmond Indiana, 47374.  Open 11-9 Monday –Thursday;  11-12 Friday and Saturday, closed Sunday. Carry Out Available 765.488.0312


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