Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Part 2 - Motorcycling the USA - We're EAST of CHICAGO!!

We've Come A Long Way From Oregon!!
Today ends our visit with Bo's sister, Amy, and our time in Pennsylvania.  We have been here five days, resting from our 3-1/2 day journey from Tamarack, Minnesota.  Already, we miss our people in Minnesota.  Our time in Tamarack, Minnesota with our adopted family was sweet and too short, but we're thankful they were a convenient stop heading south after leaving Bemidji.   

Tamarack, MN - Population 93!  What a "small town" visit!  Old farm houses, collector cars, country homes, and small town folks!   

Great Grandma Ruth served us delicious homemade cookies!  The Finnish sign on her door means "Welcome."
Our grandbabe "Isaiah" and "Eddie" the dog enjoy a perfect blue-sky day at Great Grandma Ruth's farm.
"Kountry Kids" Grandbabe Isaiah, their cousin JB, and Grandbabe Lilly show off their garden carrots. 
All dressed up for Grandpa Bo and Grandma Linda!!!  I wish Jen was in this picture - then it would be complete!
Mid-West Farmland and Wild Flowers
Running and....
jumping!  That's what country kids do!!!! 
(Top & Bottom Photos)

We didn't want to leave, but it was time to say "Adios" and head for Pennsylvania.  We miss you already, Jeff and Ginny.
As we journeyed on to Washington, PA, we saw early signs of a new season - Fall.  Perennials and annuals were on sale, and Fall Mums and colorful pumpkins, squashes, and dried corn were abundant.
Motorcycling through Ohio - we shared the road with automobiles and horse and buggy.
An Amish family shopping
No room in my motorcycle bag to bring back to Cuenca one of these colorful baskets.

Ahhhh, Pennsylvania, at last!  I can't believe we're here and we've come this far from Oregon.  Bo's sister lives outside of Pittsburg, a charming medium-sized city.  It's no longer a smoggy steel factory or glass making town, but a center of medical and technical excellence.  It has some of the oldest steel bridges in existence.
Brother and Sister Reunion.  Lots of laughing, crying, sharing, and making up for several years of not seeing each other.
Amy's classy consignment boutique was fun to browse - unfortunately, I can't fit another thing in our bags (darn it!  I'm a used clothes junkie!!)
If I could, I would have bought Bo this outfit.  Doesn't it suit him? 
Another special visit has come to an end.  It's time to leave Amy and this east coast city and journey onward.
Today is September 10th, We woke up early, prayed together and then parted ways.  It's been extremely hot and humid this day's ride.  We're now in our luxury hotel room in Harrisonburg, Virginia - resting and planning our route for tomorrow.

Will we ride through the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway  or head for the 9/11 "Two Million Bikers To DC" motorcycle rally in Washington DC?  We'll know in the morning.  Our next visit and resting stop will be in Charleston, South Carolina to see my dear friend (and ex-boss), Caroline and her family.  We're almost there Caroline!

From Charleston, we'll be inching our way down to Tampa, Florida.  That's where I'll finally be able to shout, "WE DID IT!!!!"


  1. Great post, great pictures, from great people. Glad you're safe and having fun.

    1. Hi Mara,
      It's always special to hear from you. We're having a fabulous journey, and before we know it, we'll be back in Cuenca with wonderful memories of our USA visit. Stay in touch.

  2. Way to go!!! We've been watching the progress of the 2 Million Bikers, hope you get a chance to join in! Stay safe...we're on our Rt 66 trip, in Pontiac IL for the night, heading towards St Louis tomorrow.

    1. Hi Donna and Stu,
      At last, your trip has begun. Have a fabulous and safe journey, and when we're together again in Cuenca, we'll have many "motorcycle" stories to share. December will be here before we know it! Take lots of pictures!
      Thinking of you both,

  3. Ahhh, Linda, how rich your blogs are!!! And the pictures are beautiful!!! What a fun adventure that we have enjoyed reading about.

  4. Yea! You've come along way baby! We are in Fl hoping to see you here if not see you in Cuenca. Safe travels!Jvonna & Guy


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