Itinerary around the USย 

(Taylor Typing) May 30, 2017

We’ve nailed down (read: rough drafted) our itinerary for our motorcycle trip around the US! We hope to finish the trip in 6 weeks, and when we worked through the plan it landed at 42 days exactly – hopefully we’re not too far off! We’ve worked blank days in on purpose to allow for anticipated delays and long travel sections. We also know there will be places we decide we want to spend more time at, and we don’t want to be rushed by a timeline – this is about adventure, not scheduling!

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(Jess Typing) June 1, 2017

About 3 days until we leave on our trip of a lifetime! I guess I should start packing๐Ÿค”

But for real, I’ve never packed for a 6 week trip, much less one traveled by motorcycle. I keep saying this packing job will be more strategic than anything else. I will have to put aside my semi-girly packing habits of, “well I’ll bring this many outfits, so I can decide based on my mood that day.” ๐Ÿ˜œ Nope, we will be rotating a select few items of clothing, and pretty much doing a load of laundry at each house we stop at, or perhaps laundry mat when need be. Oh, and like 2 pairs of shoes apart from my motorcycle boots. #roughingit

I know many people are excited for us, and many might think we’re crazy. Some might even think Taylor is dragging me into this! But I am genuinely excited about the adventure ahead. While we have our maps and route mostly planned out, there is so much that is unknown, and that part puts a sense of nervous-giddiness in me.

My main goal for this trip is to be ALL there, wherever we are. While we will certainly take pics, and update the blog, I want to view the sights out from behind my phone camera, and soak in every bit of God’s creation and time spent with my awesome husband. โ˜บ๏ธ

Let’s do this thing!ย 

What good is a GPS?

(Taylor Typing) June 5, 2017

We’re currently sitting in a gulf-side diner grabbing a quick lunch before riding the Ferry over Mobile Bay. So far so good!

We started out on the highway headed towards Walton Beach FL, and that lasted about an hour before we bailed for back roads through rural Alabama. We had some doubts about the rain gear we’d bought, and God was gracious enough to help us test it the first day! (and second day…) The gear kept us totally dry, and the bike is doing great! We’ve been taking a break every hour or so, and enjoying the sights and smells along the way. We made it to Walton Beach and spent the evening with some of our best friends, who treated us to dinner and breakfast, and gave some expert map review. They were so awesome to host us in their brand new house, and we left right as the movers showed up with their household goods!
We’ve also committed to using the GPS as little as possible. How many times have you asked someone which way they came – I dunno, I just followed the GPS. So to enhance the experience we’re following maps, and figuring it out as we go. Only one hang-up so far, because apparently they skipped the sign that should have read “highway ends in 10 miles and there are no more outlets”.

When we left this morning we hit immediate pouring rain, but opted for coastal roads anyway, and were rewarded with beautiful views, slow roads through wildlife areas, and lots of crosswinds

Foods here, enjoy some pics and more to follow later!

We’re having a “honking” good time ๐Ÿ˜„

(Jess typing) June 5, 2017

Short story: Almost every time Taylor has to turn the bike in a tight space, the horn on the handle hits the tank bag and hilariously, and loudly announces to everyone that “we’re turning!” And I diiiiie laughing for the next 2 minutes …that’s all ๐Ÿ˜‚.

Back to our travel update…we had a fun time crossing on the ferry and met a nice couple that asked us all about our bike, and our plans. We failed to get their names, but they wished us safe travels and we were on our way. We’ve now crossed into a southern sliver of Mississippi, continuing on back country roads, through small towns and simple living.

We ended up stopping about 90 miles short of New Orleans, which was our goal, but apparently rain is the theme of these first few days, so we decided it was best for these weary and wet travelers to take a rest.

Praying for minimal rain tomorrow (though it is in the forecast) and โ€‹to cross into Texas to see my grandparents!

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Short ride day

First day of good weather, and we only had two hours to ride!

(Taylor Typing) June 7, 2017

We’re at apx 900 miles, and finally got some great weather! We spent the night at Jess’s Grandparents house after a hot rainy day, and had a great time visiting and hearing some hilarious stories. Who all has been run down by a buck they just shot? JM has! Also he recently thought the lady giving him a pedicure had painted his toenails pink when he dozed off, but I can’t do the story justice, you’ll have to ask him sometime. We had a hearty Texas breakfast and drove the two hours to her Dads place, with a quick stop by a river to cool off.

Also I added a bandana (with cold water) to my riding equipment list, and it is hands down my favorite item. Jess is sick of hearing about it, but I’ll convert her eventually.

Visiting more family tomorrow, then heading north, then west!

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Bye Texas!

Day 6 of 42 on the road, and we finally tried out the camping gear!

(Taylor Typing) June 10, 2017

We’re breaking camp on day 6, and about to be out of Texas, which is crazy to me. It’s starting to feel like we may actually be doing this thing. We’ll spend this evening with more family, then for several days we’ll just be on the road and camping as we move west towards parts of the country neither of us have ever been to. I have this feeling that this is about to turn from a fun trip into a real adventure!

Last night was our first night camping, and it went well! We stayed at a KOA campground, surrounded by RVs. Turns out even among outdoor/adventure travelers we’re a little crazy. The site has a pool which was great after a long ride day, plus nice showers etc. After dinner we watched a movie on the laptop and crashed!

Now we’ve got to pack the bike up and head north on scenic highway 71 to Rogers AR!

Thankful for family

Family and adventure go hand in hand!

(Jess Typing) June 12, 2017

The first leg of our trip has pretty much been centered around seeing my family, and I’m loving it! It has been so good for my heart so see everyone. Even though each stop is never long enough, we feel that each individual stop has been quality time well spent.

A few things we did with the fam:

We grabbed some amazing Texas BBQ (my absolute favorite meal), saw Wonder Woman (highly recommend) and had some Bluebell ice cream :). In Arkansas/Missouri, we visited with my best friend Becca, my brothers and their wives, and played with the cutest nephews ever! Daniel loves the ” ‘cycle ” and wearing our helmets! Alistair is so smart and animated, and loved meeting his Uncle Taylor for the first time ๐Ÿ™‚ They are both growing so fast!

We have been so blessed with great families and they all were so gracious to give us a place to sleep and some food to eat each night. We are so thankful!

In these pictures you’ll see that my sister Des got to go for a spin on the bike, pics of some amazing breakfasts, got me a Texas scarf, our stop at a peach stand for a snack in Arkansas, marked our home city on the map at the Skyline Cafe in Mena, AR and just had a blast!ย 

Dad and fam.

Mom, sister Destiny and her bf Hunter!

My scarf goes on my neck ๐Ÿ˜‰ย 

BFF ๐Ÿ™‚โ€‹