What started as a plan to ride western Wisconsin at breakfast became a multi-day event taking us through IN, OH, WV and PA. The route we ended up taking was a bit different than the one shown here as we ended up just South of Pittsburgh, but this is how it started.
While eating my pancakes and discussing the possibility of rain with my dad (first ride together this year) we decided to suffer the long stretches of slab in order to ensure fair riding weather. I'd never seen WV or South Eastern OH so it seemed like a good plan.
We departed Saturday afternoon later than I had hoped. From now on I’ll give my Dad a departure time of at least 3 hours before I actually want to leave.
Within the 1st 160 miles he had destroyed the PTT switch for his radio so the bike to bike communications were down early. We suffered an 8 hour 80mph slab run from Wisconsin to Parkersburg, WV. There we found some food and a hotel and called it a day around 1a.m.
The wakeup call came at 0530 at which time we hurried to get on the road. The weather was perfect with low humidity and 75 degree highs. The roads immediately began paying us back for the painful ride the day before. There was little to no traffic and the sweepers just kept coming. I was a bit concerned that my dad on his Goldwing might have a hard time with the technical stuff but he seemed to motor through and enjoy the challenge. He admitted that these were the most technical roads he had ridden.
Unfortunately the constant effort required to hustle through terrain like this began to get the better of him by noon. After just a few more hours he had decided he couldn't/shouldn't push through the rest of the planned twisty tour and especially couldn't endure the planned ride home. We decided to add a day to our trip and found the nearest cushy looking hotel. Naps ensued. Of course by 10pm we were awake again and pondering the idea of checking out and getting back on the road. We decided rather than leaving right then to get up in the morning around 0230 and make a run for it...timing the Chicago traffic and hoping for the best.
I didn't have a point-n-shoot camera to take with but I did get some video of the route from my 919. If I can work up the courage i will post some of that.