First off, we're ok! But, we broke a shock on Utah's I-15...what a rough road through Salt Lake City. Please use caution going through...huge pot holes, uneven pavement...and of course, still few rest areas. We were stopped for fuel in Beaver, UT at the Flying J and two of the guys working out of the tire shop there noticed our front tire was unevenly worn. Then they looked closer and saw the broken shock seal. God put these guys in our path, and since Pirate was wearing a shirt from Snake Harley in Twin Falls, Idaho, they struck up a conversation. Seems we know the same guy, Chopper, who used to work there. Snake Harley really treated us like royalty when we broke down there in 2000...even loaned us a bike to ride while they fixed our starter.
We are all safe and cozy at the Zion River RV Resort in Virgin, UT. What a nice spot! The folks are super friendly and they have 70 ft pull thrus. It's expensive, but a real treat after the day we had today. Willie cried for 100 miles straight! We think because of the rough road, and he was tired, we had boondocked at Walmart the night before and he's not used to travel. He just had a bad day, right?! One thing we discussed tonight is once we're in Buckeye for the season, we're going to have to continue to take Willie for rides every now and again to keep him used to the truck. Poor kitty sacked out in his perch after a nice dish of gushy food with warm water to make gravy. Yup, I spoil my kids!!
Tomorrow Pirate and I are going to ride up to Bryce Canyon. We have friends coming up on their bikes from AZ to meet up with us, and they should get here tomorrow afternoon. Then we'll ride Zion's with them, and the cliffs...I can't wait to take pictures for you all!
We learned a thing or two today about travel. Pirate went into the garage to tighten the tethers on the Road Glide (Rosie) and some of the things on the shelves had fallen..including our BOSE! We're going to look for netting for those shelves! Also, I need more cupboard bars, and silly me forgot that my fridge would be off during flight, so I have a cleaning job ahead of me...but that can wait...
Because it's been way too long since I've really been in the saddle and my soul aches for the bike and Mother Nature. I don't regret a minute of the last two and a half years that I stayed home with Boone and tended to his diabetes and blindness. Guess what didn't fall...the oil painting of him hanging on my bedroom wall! =)
We don't have over half a bar on our cell phones, but the resort does have free wifi that works at the moment, so I'm off to publish this...thank you for following us on our dream. Today is the first 'real' day of the real dream...this first ride. Freeeeeedom!!!