48 state, day 64. Melbourne, FL

Today was the final day. I was going to stop in Jacksonville but when I got there the weather was good and being only three hours from home I decided to go on. The day was a long one, 430 miles with the last 100 in the rain.
In the summer in Florida you always have to make a choice about rain, get wet or put on the rain suite and get wet from sweat. I chose the rain today.
The trip was an amazing experience, I saw so many things that I never thought I would and met a lot of good people. Doing the trip on a motorcycle made it a lot better, being in the open made the experience more intense and memorable.
I’ll do some math and write a follow up with mileage and other information.
Thanks everybody for following along as I lived a dream.

If you have ever driven I-95 you know there isn't much to see.

If you have ever driven I-95 you know there isn’t much to see.

#48, I love these big signs.

#48, I love these big signs.

And back to #1. It's good to be home!

And back to #1. It’s good to be home!

Home again, home again...

Home again, home again…

48 state, day 62. Johnson City, TN

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Today was a good riding day. I went through the back roads of West Virginia on the most twisted roads I have ever seen. Over 100 miles of them which took almost four hours.
As I have said before the best things are unplanned. Today was all about the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s, after them it was about Daniel Boone. If I was to go 100 miles west of here I’m sure it would be about Dolly Parton. I’m going to pass on that one.
Tennessee, ends my last westward swing, tomorrow I set the NAV to Melbourne and head for home.

#42 I found it.

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I found it.

Yep, those Hatfield's.

Yep, those Hatfield’s.

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48 state, day 61. Ghent, WV

Oh No! I forgot to get a picture of a Virginia sign! No problem due to the odd way the borders line up I’ll be in Virginia again tomorrow.

I know I have said this before but the best things are just what shows up on the side of the road that you had no idea was in the area. Today I saw several Civil War battlefields, James Madison’s home “Montpelier”, and the New River Gorge. I didn’t even know there was a New River.

So a short history lesson, Madison was the 4th president (1809-1817) during the war of 1812, but is probably more famous for his wife Dolly. Ms. Madison was the first to be known as The First Lady, and to be a “public” family member.

Second history lesson. West Virginia was part of Virginia before the Civil War. When Virginia left the union the counties of West Virginia left Virginia and remained with the union. After the war they chose to remain a separate state.

I’ve spent lots of time in West Virginia with my work and I have yet to see an ugly place here.

Lots of Civil War battlefields today.

Lots of Civil War battlefields today.

Montpellier

Montpellier

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New River Gorge bridge

New River Gorge bridge

48 state, day 59. Washington, D.C.

The trip from Dover to Washington was pretty easy. The border was on a country road, so no problems getting a picture.
Washington was its normal nightmare of traffic but I did get a picture of the Capitol Building which is undergoing renovations.
It was miserably humid in downtown Washington so I left in a hurry.
Spent the night with my sister Susan and her family. I don’t see them often enough!

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Capitol building

Capitol building

Washington monument

Washington monument

My family

My family

48 state, day 58. Dover, DE

Today was a good riding day, small rain showers but nothing bad.
One of the greatest things about this trip is the unexpected things you just come across. Today it was Valley Forge. I had no idea I was even close, turned a corner and there was the sign. I love being surprised like that.
After that I rode to the retail store for Revzilla the largest internet motorcycle accessories retailer. Had to stop in.
Made it to Delaware for the night.
I’ll be going to the DC area for the next few days visiting family, so don’t expect updates.

Visitor center

Visitor center

A great surprise.

A great surprise.

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48 state, day 57. Allentown, PA

The word for today is humid! Just wet and sticky all day.
Started the day going into New York and of corse the state sign was on a bridge. But just after that was the Hudson valley, one of the most beautiful places on earth. Lush green forests and great views.
As I entered NY there was this great complex of red stone buildings which I later learned is a prison. In this area even the prisons have class.
I stopped by the local Harley dealer and learned I was only a few blocks from Orange County Choppers, you may know them from the A&E show American Choppers. The complex is huge and includes an indoor bowling ally and a cafe. I took the shop tour and saw some of the things they were working on for the new season of the show and met a couple of the stars. Well worth the time to see it.
My next stop was The United States Military Academy at West Point. This is one of the few military posts the public is allowed to visit. If you ever get the opportunity it is something special to see. As you would expect the grounds are immaculate and the view of the Hudson River is second to none. This is a truly special place.
A bit further down the road I searched for an hour trying to find a New Jersey sign that I could get to without luck, so I headed on down the road.
Do you know why NJ is called The Garden State? Because “The Petrochemical and Toxic Waste State” will not fit on the license plate.
As I crossed in to Pennsylvania I did look back and saw a sign I could get to. The picture is below. Also check out what I sometimes have to do to get these pictures.

This is a prison.

This is a prison.

The OCC building, it's huge.

The OCC building, it’s huge.

One of the TV stars from Orange County Choppers.

One of the TV stars from Orange County Choppers.

The parade field at West Point.

The parade field at West Point.

The beautiful grounds at West Point

The beautiful grounds at West Point

The Hudson River from West Point.

The Hudson River from West Point.

Noon inspection before lunch. The finest young people in our nation.

Noon inspection before lunch. The finest young people in our nation.

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See what I go through to get a picture

See what I go through to get a picture

48 state, day 56. Danbury, CN

And the new Worst Roads winner is… Connecticut! The highways were bad enough but where they are really bad is the back roads and in the towns. You can’t get motion sickness on a regular motorcycle but you can on a trike. And these roads made me stop to recover.

Other than that not much to say today. It felt like I never did get out of a city, which I know will be the case until I’m south of Washington.

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48 state, day 54. Lexington, MA

Today was a short riding day as far as miles (100 miles, 160 km ) so I decided to take the country roads and enjoy the day. I also wanted to find a land crossing into Massachusetts.
The weather was over caste and cool but a nice riding day. The back roads were slow and congested but the views were great.
I had to make three border crossings to find a Massachusetts welcome sign, I noticed what state I was in by the cars in the driveways. When they had Mass. license plates I knew I had to turn around and go west to the next road. After three tries I found one.
The rain stayed away long enough for me to get to the hotel but when I went to eat the rains came.
I’ll be staying here until Monday, I need a rest, but mostly I need to do laundry. Where are friends when you need them. ;-(

New Hampshire back country

New Hampshire back country

#34 it was hard to find a sign this time.

#34 it was hard to find a sign this time.

Minute-Man there was one in costume but it was raining.

Minute-Man there was one in costume but it was raining.

48 state, day 53. Portland, ME

Today was the kind of day that reminds me why I started this trip! The weather was perfect. The scenery was great and the roads were good. Just a perfect riding day.
I started in Vermont and the first gas stop was in Montpelier, the state Capitol. Montpelier is the smallest state Capitol with a population of less than eight thousand. It’s fun to see downtown, the entire government area is about four blocks.
Next came New Hampshire, the Granite state. The state symbol is “The old man in the mountain” which is a natural outcropping with the profile of an old man. Unfortunately about ten years ago the rocks fell from the mountain. Crap happens!
Maine is mountainous and green. I traveled on both I-95 and US-1 today and thought if I turned south I could be home in just a few days. With only 14 states to go I put those thought of my head quickly

The Vermont capital building.

The Vermont capital building.

I looked everywhere and could not find left or right sex.

I looked everywhere and could not find left or right sex.

Parked in the middle of nowhere

Parked in the middle of nowhere

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Everyone get out of their cars when the drawbridge is up.

Everyone get out of their cars when the drawbridge is up.