The day started out cool (mid 50s) when I departed Clearfield at 7am. My first destination was the McDonalds in Clarion, PA, some 60 miles away. There I met up with a local Hodaka rider, Mike Perrett, who arrived on his 175cc Hodie.
|Two Hodakas in the same place at the same time! McDonalds in Clarion, PA.|
|Mike Perrett and I following our ride together.|
By shortly afternoon I had entered Ohio near Youngstown. I had successfully crossed the Appalachians and ridden in two states, with only about nine more to go! Geez. Anyway, the main themes of the day were smaller hills and straighter roads. I'm afraid straight roads are my fate for at least the next couple of days as the route across Indiana and Illinois is , for the most part, dead straight. It'll be at least late Wednesday before I possibly get a little reprieve with some twisties in Wisconsin.
I rode till about 5:30 today in order to get those 300+ miles behind me but, frankly, I can probably do better yet. Those boring flat, straight roads also are faster. Plus tomorrow I won't have any delays associated with meeting up with other folks so I plan for another 300 miler which should put me in the vicinity of Chicago or beyond. That's of course only if I'm not just plain overcome by the excitement of life on the road!
I'm over 500 miles into the trip so far but really haven't visited anyplace new yet. Hopefully I can turn that around in the next few days. Stay tuned!