I suppose I didn’t really give a full trip summary so here are some details:

  • 10,442 Miles
  • 28 States
  • 95 Gas Station Stops
  • 5 Motels
  • 8 Places at Friends or Family
  • 6 Repair Shops (3 for each bike)
  • Motorcycle Updates, Replaced, Broken, or Fixed:
    • Speedometer cable
    • Air horn
    • 4 spark plugs
    • 1 battery
    • 1 rear shifter
    • 2 fuses
    • one steel rack
    • 2 Oil Changes each
  • National Parks Visited:
    • Yellowstone National Park
    • Badlands National Park
    • Acadia National Park
    • Yosemite National Park
    • Great Smokey Mountains National Park
    • and many national forests!
  • Crossed the Continental Divide twice.  Once, through Yellowstone Park and then over the Rockies.
  • Ran out of Gas 3 times (but had a spare gallon… sometimes barely making it with that!)
  • 1 Popped Tire in the middle of a desert
  • 1 ruined tent (which turned into a garage when fixing a bike in the rain)
  • About 30 everything bagels eaten (each)
  • Too many to count energy drinks consumed
  • Visited at least a dozen Starbucks for their free Wi-Fi (and caffeine)
  • Stopped at at least 2 dozen stranded cars.  Tires changed: zero.
  • Weather Conditions we DIDN’T experience:  snow (we saw it, but it wasn’t on our heads)
  • Animals hit: zero.  Animals we almost hit: 2.
  • Helped at a museum, church, and a house.
  • And aided or fed numerous homeless people that didn’t look like alcoholics.
  • Saw 1 big alien, hundreds of scary clowns, and wasn’t abducted once.  I think.

This is a quick summary, but I thought I needed to have something like this instead to finally summarize the trip in a few words.  I’ll add more if I think of them 😉