Once I had filled up, I rode to Cycle World of Brooklyn, Maryland for my first oil change - at 121 miles. They fit me in no problem, gave me no trouble whatsoever, and had a pretty nice selection of bikes and gear:
And spotted a nice ZX-11 outside the shop:
After I was done there, I rode on through to Virginia, where I stopped for the night at a Comfort Inn just off of exit 126. I got done there, and took off southbound. I had made my way past Richmond, got on I-85 southbound, and decided to hit a back road for some nice scenery and a small change of pace. I wound up on Flat Rock road, just off of Exit 34 on 85 South:
Once I got back on the road, I made my way into North Carolina. I stopped in at a cycle dealership in Durham, called Kawasaki and Suzuki of Durham, NC. The service staff there was very friendly, and quickly fit me in for my 500-mile service. After servicing my bike, I was off again, on my way south, where I stopped in at the North Carolina transportation museum:
Unfortunately, they were 15 minutes from closing, so I was only able to get that picture. I got back on the road, and burned I-85 south all the way to the state line:
Unfortunately, it was the only state line sign I had thought to get a picture of.
On my way to the GA state line, you'll find the world's biggest peach...butt?
Every time I pass it I chuckle.
I was riding about 40 miles away from the GA state line when I encountered these two individuals on the highway, who invited me to ride with them:
That's Joe on the left with his VTX 1800 and Mike on the right with his 1-month-old HD Road King. Both of them are retired USMC, Joe was a CH-47
pilot and Mike was an MH-53
pilot. They also got a shot of me, wired up on MD Amp and ready to ride:
And now, two days after the trip began, she's home:
So, that was my ride. Two days. 928 miles. And it was a blast! I just wish I'd had more time.