S: Iron Horse Chronicles - Volume No. 4
BC: This volume of "The Iron Horse Chronicles" documents 10 new states, details the 3077 mile Las Vegas Run of 2012 and adds another Dragon Run!
FC: Volume No. 1 | Iron Horse Chronicles | Volume No. 4 | Includes 2012 Las Vegas run!
1: The objective of these photo volumes is to permanently document motorcycle travel in all 48 contiguous United States of America and the 10 Canadian Provinces. In addition they will capture various "iconic" points of interest visited or memorable motorcycle events that occurred along the way. Volume No. 4 covers late 2011 and includes the May 2012 trip out west to pick up 9 new states plus a fall 2012 Dragon Run.
2: Volume No. 4 opens in the fall of 2011. We ride regularly into Maryland (with helmets and without weapons) but it's "capture" in a photo for the record has never happened. This picture documents travel in Maryland and commemorates America's worst day of lives lost in battle. 23,000 Americans killed one another in the one day Civil War battle known in the south as SHARPSBURG and in the north as ANTIETAM. ...The sides would fair no better when General Robert E Lee would next again cross the Potomac and meet the Union at Gettysburg less than a year later.
3: Maryland Oct. '11
4: During the 2011 off season we filed for updates to our TOTAL H.O.G. Miles. These are miles we have documented with Harley since getting back into bikes in 2007. | Bev received her 25,000 mile rocker: '07 Low Rider 2243 '08 ElectraGlide 18127 '09 StreetGlide 11574. Total Miles 31,944
5: Barry received his 60,000 mile rocker: '06 Ultra 23660 '07 Deuce 6018 '08 SE Road King 12919 '08 SE Ultra 33129 Total Miles 75,726
6: Nevada (again) May '12. We visited with the family while the two bikes were commercially trucked to Vegas | The May 2012 Las Vegas Run! ....planned & executed to claim the major southwestern states. We rode across 14 states 9 of which were "new"!
8: The bikes were loaded at the house in Lebanon by Federal Transport. They have built a custom motorcycle pallet in conjunction with Harley. Once your bike is strapped to the pallet there is no further handling until it reaches the destination. The pallet will be moved as necessary but the bike is not touched.
10: The bikes arrived on schedule damage free. They went to Lancaster, PA., Chicago, Ill., LosAngeles, Ca. and then Vegas. | We inspected them carefully!
11: The contents that were shipped with the bikes also arrived safely!
12: Day 1 ... May 12, 2012 ... Las Vegas to Flagstaff AZ. | Arizona May '12
13: We picked up Route 66 south of Vegas at Kingman, AZ. We continually ran on it and across it through Texas and Oklahoma..
14: Although much of Route 66 is gone or hard to find the Arizona section is well identified for tourism purposes..
15: This "famous" directional sign at Truxton, Az. once stuck out of the engine well of an old Ford truck. It has been moved and is under repair by this blue shirt dude at the Gas 'n Grub?
16: Flagstaff is a historic railroad/mining town now used as a summer retreat from the desert. Day 1 was 273 miles
18: Day 2 ... May 13, 2012 ... Flagstaff AZ. to Albuquerque, NM. | New Mexico May '12
19: The Continental Divide is about 70 miles east of the New Mexico border. Day 2 was 344 miles.
20: Day 3 ... May 14, 2012 ... Albuquerque, NM. to Shamrock, TX. | Texas May '12
21: Just across the Texas border at Adrian TX is a well kept ROUTE 66 tourist trap. The Mid Point Cafe. | Well worth the stop! We did get a little moisture during the Texas crossing!
22: Day 3 was 382 miles. | The Cadillac Ranch. ROUTE 66 Texas
23: 40 | Day 4 ... May 15, 2012 ... Shamrock, TX. to Stamps, AK. | The road from Flagstaff AZ. through to Oklahoma was all on or close to Interstate 40. | Oklahoma May '12
24: At Henryetta Oklahoma we left I40 picking up the Indian Nation Turnpike. We ran it south back into Texas. We drove through Paris Texas and crossed into Arkansas at Texarcana. | Who would have guessed there are no hotels in the deep south? | We finally "lucked" out in Stamps. The Lafayette Motel. Stamps AK is immediately south of Hope AK. Clinton country is not pleasant.
25: Arkansas May '12 | Day 4 was 524 miles...a bit too long!!
26: Day 5 ... May 16, 2012 ... Stamps, AK. to Tuscaloosa, AL. | From Stamps AK. we ran across AK. to ElDorado and then dropped south to enter Louisiana at Junction City. | There is no "WELCOME" sign at either end of Louisiana. One should take the hint! | Louisiana May '12
27: Mississippi May '12 | We crossed Louisiana to Vicksburg, MI. Here one can look back across the Mississippi river into Louisiana. Louisiana and most of the south we saw from the highway is rural, agricultural country.
28: Just east of Vicksburg at Clinton, MI. we picked up The Natchez Trace. This was one of the original trails used to traverse America by native Indians and to begin the westward expansion by early American settlers.
29: The Natchez Trace. We left the trace earlier than planned after 125 miles as it was a bit slow. It is limited access, speed controlled, two way traffic much like The Blue Ridge but flatter. | Alabama May '12 | Day 5 was 477 miles.
30: Day 6 ... May 17, 2012 ... Tuscaloosa, AL. to Mount Sterling, KT. | From Tuscaloosa we ran north through Birmingham and on into Nashville. We picked up The Blue Grass Parkway at the border and ran to Sterling through Lexington. | Tennessee(again) May '12.
31: Kentucky May '12 | Day 6 was 516 miles.
32: Day 7 ... May 18, 2012 ... Mount Sterling, KT. to Morgantown, WV. | Day 7 was 306 miles. | From Mount Sterling to Huntington, WV. On to Charleston, Clarksburg and into Morgantown. NOTE: The 125 mile run along Route79 from Charleston to Clarksburg is probably the "funest" road ever! 70 mph, multi lane, one way traffic through the mountains! Outstanding!!. | West Virginia (again) May '12.
33: Maryland (documented again) May '12. | Day 8 ... May 19, 2012 ... Morgantown, WV. to Lebanon, PA. | Day 8 was 257 miles. | FromMorgantown to Hagerstown. Picked up Interstate 81 to the PA Turnpike at Carlisle and home!
34: Next Trip 13 Lebanon HOG's do parts of the Appalachian Mountains Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina September 19-23, 2012 1584 miles
36: Packed and ready to go! Need good weather!.
37: Day 1 ... Sept. 19 ... Lebanon, PA. to Roanoke, VA. 338 miles (5 retirees leave a day early)
38: We did "Back of the Dragon" on day 2 on the way to Sevierville. | Day 2 ... Sept. 20 ... Lebanon, PA. to Sevierville, TN 309 miles
39: Route 16 in Virginia is attempting to market itself as a motorcycle road. Bike tourism seems to be booming. This road crosses three mountain ranges. As one ascends each to it's peak the road gets steeper and tighter...sometimes VERY tight. At the end of the trip it really is NOT a great motorcycle road and pull offs are very few.. There are 32 miles of great Virginia scenery including a huge Fighting Rooster Farm.
40: The Remaining Riders Day 2 ... Sept. 20 ... Lebanon, PA. to Sevierville, TN 500+ miles They joined those of us who took the more leisurely trip by leaving a day early.
41: The usual group greeting of beer, shots and talk...
42: Day 3 ... Sept. 21 ... Sevierviile, TN. to Cherokee, TN 252 miles | On Friday we crossed The Great Smoky Mountain Park. Here it is dead ahead
43: Almost at the top of the Smoky Mountain Parkway...
44: Next we ran the Cherohala Skyway. It is 40+ miles of Federal spec highway crossing the North Carolina and Tennessee border.
46: Five Days ... September 19 - 23, 2012 | Return to THE DRAGON | ...and finally, after many warm up curves, we did The Dragon!
50: Day 4 ... Sept. 22 ... Cherokee, TN. to Merion, VA. 249 miles | Day 4 started with the very southern tip of The Blue Ridge Parkway. It included Maggie Valley's Wheels Though Time, the Diamondback run up to Little Switzerland, a surprise run across ROAN MOUNTAIN and a final overnight stay in Merion VA. | The very southern tip of The Blue Ridge Parkway.
51: The world's premier collection of rare American motorcycles.
52: Five Days ... September 19 - 23, 2012 | ...rare cars, including Steve McQueen's Cadillac, vintage Harleys and Choppers.
53: Agreed by experts to be America's rarest motorcycle. Found in 1967 concealed by a brick wall in a Chicago residence. 80cc, 3speeds, two neutrals, runs perfectly. Can do 80mph. One of only one produced.Maker unknown. | 1916 TRAUB
55: ...truely a stunning collection of American motorcycle history!
56: From Maggie Valley we ran north and successfully ascended the Diamondback Route 226A approach to Little Switzerland up on The Blue Ridge Parkway. | Frankly this is a VICIOUS road!
57: From Little Switzerland we ran up 226/261/143 crossing back into Tennessee at ROAN MOUNTAIN. The approach to the summit was the nicest, least poverty stricken valley we traveled.
58: THE SUMMIT at ROAN MOUNTAIN STATE PARK
59: Day 5 ... Sept. 23 ... Merion, VA. to Lebanon, PA. 436 miles A solo run home straight up I-81 North in 7 hrs flat - 62mph average! | Many thanks to photographer Linda and Greg her driver!!