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North America » United States » Florida » Fort Lauderdale February 8th 2015

Tomorrow we start our first "adventure" trip with Dan and Marilyn Flaherty since our trip to the Bahamas last winter. Not too many people would call a trip to the Bahamas an adventure trip, but every trip we make with Dan and Marilyn is an adventure, trust me. This trip should be more interesting, at least for me and hopefully for all four of us. I've been on a sail boat only once on Lake Michigan on a friend's boat many years ago. Ever since I learned to fly at Southern Illinois University, I've wanted to learn how to sail. I think I'll get a pretty good lesson on this trip. We're chartering a 38' Catamaran along with the captain and his wife. They are based on Marathon Key and will be meeting us at Key ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Orland Park October 15th 2014

All I seem to be doing is complaining about the lousy weather, but 5 straight days so far is getting really depressing. We checked all the weather forecasts and radar for the ride home and there was no rain showing up. Of course when we saddled up at the motel, it started drizzling again. My wife, Jan, her sister Kim, my brother Jim and I all went to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale back in the '70s. I've been back several times over the years because my daughter, Heather went to SIU also. I've also been down here on a couple motorcycle trips a bunch of years ago. So, I have a lot of fond memories of the university and the town. Since the weather prohibited us from going through town to see what a couple ... read more

North America » United States » Illinois » Carbondale October 14th 2014

Amazingly, we awoke Tuesday morning and it wasn't raining. Today we leave dear old Trout Haven, Jim and Don heading northwest to Fayetteville and Ray and I heading northeast to Carbondale, IL. Our ride will be another roughly 330 mile day. After checking the weather forecast, it looked like we may have dry riding today. I went outside to take some pictures of Don's bike. It's a Harley Sportster, but you'd never know it. He bought it as a wreck for $600 and rebuilt everything on it. He added saddle bags and a trunk. He also added a whole lot of other things, using copper for all the accents. He did all this work himself. Really interesting. After saying our goodbyes, we rode off in our separate directions. Ray and I stopped at an old gas ... read more
Don and His Ultra Customized Harley Sportster
Under The Fender Kilt
Posing For Holy Pictures

North America » United States » Arkansas » Heber Springs October 13th 2014

Once again, the forecast for Monday was for even worse weather, thunderstorms and showers all day. We awoke and found that the forecast was sure accurate this time. We all kind of figured we would be spending the whole day inside. When the thunderstorms starting rumbling through the valley, it looked like the lightning was even with our level. The original plan to come here was to have this great base camp cabin to stay in and spend 3 days riding around this gorgeous country, checking out all the local sites. But that was not to be thanks to our bad luck continuing with the weather. We settled in for a full day of BS'ing. There was a playoff baseball game on this evening and we watched that while eating our frozen pizzas. Ray took charge ... read more
The Brothers
Don relaxing On A Lazy Day at Trout Haven
Don, Ray and Jim

North America » United States » Arkansas » Heber Springs October 12th 2014

Jim and Don got on the road this morning and the weather in Fayetteville has improved for them. The forecast here in Heber Springs was for morning drizzle and then clearing. Ray and I awoke to some of the densest fog you've ever seen. Looking out from the deck, you couldn't see 100 feet. It was supposed to clear up and it did around 1:00 in the afternoon, so we spent the morning in the cabin waiting for the weather to improve. As I've mentioned, this cabin is fantastic. It's called Trout Haven. My friend Jim is one of the owners and they do rent the cabin out. If you ever want to go to the Ozarks, this place would make for a memorable stay. The area is beautiful. There is fantastic trout fishing in the ... read more
The Great Room
View of the Great Room
Log Construction

North America » United States » Arkansas » Heber Springs October 11th 2014

Well, it looks like we are going to have bad weather for this whole trip. We left Wildwood, MO in pretty good weather, but just like yesterday, the second half of the trip turned into a rainy ride. We stopped in a very scenic little town called Calico Rock for lunch, but there aren't going to be many pictures since it was pouring when we were there. We ate lunch at a place called the White River Café. Since the special was a Cajun Catfish Dinner, Ray and I ordered it. Well, I guess we now knew we were in the south and these Chicagoans would have to learn to relax and cool our heels because nothing was going to happen fast. It took over 45 minutes for the food to come out. We got to ... read more
Is It Lunch Time Yet?

North America » United States » Missouri » Wildwood October 10th 2014

Ray and I left about 8:45 this morning on the first leg of our trip. It was a pretty chilly start to the day, but the weather warmed up nicely and it turned into a pretty day for about 2/3 rds of the ride. We booked west on I-80 for about 75 miles even though I hate riding on the interstates. (Interstates are for cars and trucks. Motorcycles are for the two lane roads.) But we have ridden all the nice scenery between home and Starved Rock many times, so we needed to make some time to get on our way south along the Illinois River. Just west of LaSalle, we headed south toward Peoria riding highways that parallel the Illinois River. Illinois is not known for spectacular natural scenery, but the further south you go ... read more
Ray
The Spyders
Castaway

North America » United States » Illinois » Orland Park October 9th 2014

My next door neighbor and buddy, Ray and I are leaving Friday for a six day ride on our Can Am Spyder three wheel machines. We're going to ride the Illinois River to the St. Louis area, spend a night there and then ride through Missouri through the Ozark Mountains to Heber Springs, Arkansas near Greer's Ferry Lake. My friend and financial advisor, Jim has graciously offered the use of his cabin there for 3 nights. My brother Jim is planning on riding his motorcycle there from his home in Fayetteville, AR. After our stay there, Ray and I will ride to Carbondale, IL and stay there for a night before riding the last 300 or so miles home. Hopefully we'll see a bit of fall color in the Ozarks and enjoy a lot of fun ... read more


(I've been too busy or (truthfully) lazy to get this blog entry done, so it's long after the trip was over. I decided to finish it for Jan, Dan and Marilyn) Our last full day in Paradise we rented a boat and captain for 4 hours. Our captain was Too Tall Derrick, a real nice guy. He took us on a tour of Paradise Island and a couple of the other islands. Once again, it was a perfect day, sunny and 81 degrees. After seeing the two islands where they filmed the classic TV series "Gilligan's Island," Too Tall asked if we wanted to do a little fishing. After about 10 minutes, Dan and I passed the poles to the wives and that's when fish were caught. Marilyn pulled in a fish every couple minutes. They ... read more
Boater Babes
Restful Fishing
Waiting For a Big One

Central America Caribbean » Bahamas » Nassau » Bahamas February 24th 2014

After lounging around a good part of the day swimming and getting some sun, we decided that we would visit the Rum Bahamas Festival in Nassau. It was a weekend long event with many rum distillers showing their wares. It was at a very interesting location, Fort Charlotte. The fort dates back to British Colonial times, built in the late 1700's. It's built on a hill that's the highest point around Nassau. It's kind of a ruin now and a cool location for the festival. The whole festival wound around the fort. There were many booths offering rum samples and all kinds of tropical rum drinks. There were a few bands playing Bahamian music and some other performers roving around. After sampling a few of the rums, Dan and I went for a drink made from ... read more
King of Jerk???
Part of The Festival
They Clean Up Pretty Well




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