IN TRANSIT: DAY ONE
2 October 2012
Well the day finally arrived and we were both up early after a reasonable nights sleep. The
forecast weather was “Iffy”. A huge front was draping down all the way from about Atlanta
to the western edge of Florida. It was scheduled to move across Florida and eventually clear
Atlanta by about noon. It wasn’t raining in Clermont, a BDO (Pilot term for Back Door
Observation) showed blue sky for the moment and some really scary looking black clouds to the
west. We figured if we got going quickly enough and hauled “Boo Tey” we could stay ahead of
the bad JuJu that was obviously coming our way.
The good news was we were underway quickly and left the driveway at 0745 and on the
turnpike heading north fairly quickly. Ninety miles later we were in Gainesville and the weather
ahead was ominous to say the least. We pulled off and broke out the rain jackets, decided not
to go for the pants as well and it was a fortituious stop because the bad weather was moving so
quickly that by the time we were back on the road, all we had to deal with was a wet interstate.
We continued to “Haul Boo Tey” up I-75 in fairly light traffic and made good time and made
a stop at a Krystal Burger in Valdosta. We are trying to do the “Weight Watcher Point” thing so
we had an 11 point brunch which consisted of one Krystal Burger, 4 points and a bowl of chili
for 7. Safe enough for Brunch.
Other than the odd sprinkle we ran in clear weather most of the day and at a Macon fuel stop
made the big decision of the day to keep going and get on the north side of Atlanta. Our best
guess was that if we kept the “Hammer Down” we would hit Atlanta about 3:15 in the afternoon
and the traffic would be minimal compared to the 5 O’Clock rush hour or the early morning rush
tomorrow. Marguerite said the by-pass was for sissy’s so we went right through the middle.
Motorcycles are eligible for the HOV lane. We got in the HOV, stayed there and tried to keep
up with traffic. The posted speed limit was 55 or 65 depending what part of the city we were
passing through, I was running 70 to 75 in the HOV and “They” were “Blowing my doors off”, if
I had any. We popped out safely on the north side and for two seventy
year olds that haven’t been on a long Wing ride in two years, we managed to make almost 500
miles, 492 to be exact.
Using the motelcoupons.com book, we found a suitable inn for the night, a Days Inn to
be exact and called it quits. We are next door to a Shoney’s and I can’t wait to see what they
have to offer in the way of low weight watcher point meals. One the way to the motel I made
one crucial stop for some adult beverages and came up with the bargain of the day, a six pack
ofCoors 16oz beers for a mere $5.00. There are 3 weight watchers points apiece. So, after
racking up 9 points while doing my homework for the day, we are looking forward to dinner and
another great day tomorrow on the Wing. Hopefully a stop to see a high school friend and her
husband, maybe even and horse and buggy ride, and an evening in Bowling Green with some of Kentucky’s finest at the end of the day.