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Day 43-

Early morning...not sure what time it is, this area of Kansas has a weird thing going with their time zones...but it is just getting light as I look out the room to see if the Trike is still there. Yep, with a Vette parked next to it!








It's gonna be a warm one today, so we get packed up pretty quickly. Trunk and...









...Tour-Pak,ready to go.








Getting geared up...








...Mary's waiting on me!








And we're off...








...still getting used to...










...these early mornings.










We have a lot of miles to cover today.

It is 5:24 am and already 64 degrees, gonna be a warm one...









...but there is no significant wind so far, and the road stretches out as far as we can see. Gonna settle in and eat up some miles, enjoying the open road!





More of day 43 in next post-



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Day 43 continued-

Rolling along, cruise on 70 mph, couple of fingers on the left grip, and enjoying the ride!








Early morning shadow pic-








A look back...









...and a look ahead. Lots of food being grown, and no mountains in sight!








Mary taking a photo of herself at 70 mph, from above.




Some folks have asked about her helmet. She has an internal visor that comes about halfway down, then she's put black electrical tape across the bottom of her outside visor. Keeps the sun off her.







It's a lot of road! We chose to cross from the "west" to the "east" via the 70. The road is very smooth compared to crossing further south on the 40.








The land of hundreds (thousands?) of wind generators-








Coming down from a little plateau, lot more flat land ahead!









And a ways down the road, a look back!









It is starting to get warm. When we were stopped for gas Mary wanted some ice. I asked her why, it's only the low 90's. She said it worked so well when it was 114*, why not use it in the 90's to be cool. Ok!






More of Day 43 in next post-


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Day 43 continued-

Bit more traffic...








...as we get closer to some population centers. Trees too!









And even more vehicles, and a lot of concrete!








Crossing into Missouri, getting close to Kansas City.








Traffic gets heavy, and close to a stop as the 70 goes thru downtown.








Just a bit more and we'll be clear-








Clear! Passing Outlaw HD in Blue Springs, MO-





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Day 43 concluded-

Rolling thru a construction zone. Mary in the Mirror taking a photo of vehicles going the opposite direction separated by the concrete barriers. It seems a bit away in the photo, but with us going 60-70 and them doing the same, it feels pretty close with the 120-140 mph difference only a few feet away.








Back rolling normal now. There's a bit of traffic, but not bad...








...but there are some vehicles I want to get past. Wick it up to 90-95 mph and we're clear. At that speed I am fully focused, things can happen very quickly. Was not aware at the time, but Mary must have noticed the speed increase and decided to take a pic. You can see her in the mirror.









Mary's ice is getting low...








...and it's gone. All that's left are the plastic bags.









Cloud pic-








We're closing in on 600 miles for the day, decide to look for a Super 8...








Turns out there's one in Booneville...








Crazy thing...about 6-7 years ago we were at the end of a 50+ day trip and we stopped at a no-tell motel in Booneville. It was, to this day, the worst motel we've ever stayed in. I'll spare you the details, but will only say we slept on top of the bed, with all our clothes on!







This time we're staying in the Super 8 (which was not there last time we stopped in this city).





Tomorrow we're just shy of 500 miles to cover, and we'll be back home!


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Day 44-

Today we'll be back home! It's been a great ride, and we've taken our time, not rushing thru the scenic areas, really enjoying them.

Leaving out of the Super 8 a little after 6 am-








...rolling down the interstate, lot of these miles to cover today. It's not even 6:30 am and is 75*, gonna be another warm one!








Sun peaking over the trees as we cross the first of many rivers today...








...Mid-America HD in Columbia, MO not open yet!








Early morning shadow pic! I'm still not sure about these early mornings...always been a night owl, but Mary is digging it!









Not a place I like to be...between a guardrail, a semi and another in front....but the one in front is moving over and in a few seconds I am past both of them...








...and riding with a good buffer between me and all other vehicles.









Crossing the Missouri River-









After over 1,400 miles of riding eastward, we're turning south!








400 miles, mostly interstate, till we're back in our little nook in the world.







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Day 44 continued-

Out of the traffic now and cruising....no hands!

I could not be more pleased with how well the TG has performed this trip. Power, comfortable, stable, great ride quality and no heat issues, even when running fully loaded in 100+ temps.








Big chunks of miles with....








...very little traffic, lots of trees and water...









...make for a nice relaxing last day riding on this trip. A look ahead....









...and a look back.









Getting close to Boomland!









For quite a few miles we are entertained by crop-dusters.









Before you know it we are at Boomland!




Every year or so we travel this section of 55 and always stop. They have a huge selection of hot sauces and Mary always stocks up on them for herself, and also picks some up for friends of ours that like their sauces in the hundreds of thousands, or even million+ Scovilles. I just buy it...don't touch it myself, lol






Back on the road....








...crossing into Arkansas. (today is a 4 State day- Missouri to Arkansas to Tennessee, then Mississippi)





Will finish up Day 44 as time allows.


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Day 44 continued-

Mary wanted a photo of both of us in the mirror. Our 44 day adventure is coming to an end.








Heading south on a familiar section of the 55...







...we're getting close to.....










...the long bridge that....









...crosses over the Mississippi River...









...into Tennessee.








After 25 minutes of Tennessee interstate...








...we're back on the 55, crossing into Mississippi.








It feels good to be back in Mississippi. Just a few miles on the interstate and we get on some back roads for a 40 mile putt the rest of the way home.






​​​​​​​Day 44 concluded in next post.


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Day 44 concluded-

We're rolling now...








...on roads we've traveled...









...hundreds of times...









...but still thoroughly enjoy...









...appreciating the beauty and rural nature of Mississippi.








Last couple of turns....









...before arriving...









...Home!

Mary in her cool vest, happy to be back to all her animals and greenhouse!





Thanks for following along. We've had a blast. We took it easy and really spent time enjoying a lot of the places we've rushed thru previously.

The Tri-Glide performed flawlessly, and in our 60's we still love it out on the road!

We're already talking about some of the places we're going to visit next year!


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Kevin & Mary, thanks for the pics. It's great to see that y'all are able to take the time & ride like this & then share your trip with the rest of us. Enjoyed every post.
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Happy to have “shared” the ride, thank you, thank you. Our three week run was no where near enough.
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