02
May
10

So It Begins…

After a little over a year of anticipation and planning, Stacey’s Great Out West Adventure has begun!!  The past week has been a whirlwind of manic, last minute (read procrastination) trip preparation.  Andy had my bike completely checked over from front to back and it runs perfectly.  Saturday after work I finished packing up and loading the bike and took a quick test ride, ready to go.

Unfortunately, I didn’t end up sleeping too much Saturday night between nerves and making sure I packed everything (I think I got about 3 hrs).  Thanks to my great coworkers, I got out of work early and home by 3pm.  After a bit of hysterical crying and lots of hugs and goodbyes, I was on the road heading to my first night’s destination, Effingham, IL.

Not too much exciting to report from there.  Aside from surviving the crazy drivers through the outskirts of Chicago, the rest of the evening was pretty uneventful.  Checked into a fancy Super 8, made a couple of calls, washed some laundry in the sink and fell asleep while checking my email (woke up at 4am with all the lights on :-))

ROUTE LINK

Stay tuned…hopefully this will get a bit more interesting as I travel further west!!

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2 Responses to “So It Begins…”


  1. 1 Debi
    May 6, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Hi Stacey… hope all is well!
    Look forward to more updates

    Debi

  2. 2 kathy brummel
    May 6, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Hi Stacy – hope all is going well, we were talking about you Tuesday nite at book club, wondering how you were doing. (also Harriet was wondering if a Motorbike leads to as sore a butt as riding a bicycle – you have her sympathy if it does!!)
    Back to work – hardly – as I am at sw.
    take care – Kathy


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