This is a report on my ride to STN's national rally in Gunneson Co.The chili pepper is our masdcot to answer that question and its an honor to carry him .Now to the report.
Early in March my thoughts were, should I go? I had been dealing with layoffs,eye problems and a general beat down feeling from all the crap that happened in a 4 month frame of time. My wife looked at me and simply stated,you are nuts if you don't.So I did.
My trip started on the Friday before the national,cloudy and with a good chance of getting wet.I kissed the wife and headed west.
I meandered southwest toward Ohio and hooked up with US22 west of Cadiz,its a fairly fun stretch of tarmac all the way to Cambridge Oh. At Zanesville I switched to Ohio 93 then on to Athens ,and onto US 50,the primary route for my westward travel.Its not a bad section of road and with its pleasant sweepers I made excellent time to the Indiana border.Taking a motel in Bedford,I settled in to watch my Penguins win the Stanley cup
in the morning I awoke to FOG,thick stuff it would make the first few hours intresting.
By the time I had hit Shoals Indiana , it had started to lift .I Enjoyed traveling Thu farm country,and before I had realized it I was in Illinois.
I Came to Carlyle Illinois and stopped at this old bridge for a water break and learned about the Goshin trail west.
As soon as I cooled off I headed toward Missouri and Jefferson City,there I picked up a hitchhiker. Little dude but cool as heck I offered him a ride west.
We stayed at a Motel in Nob Noster,A real peach of a Econolodge (stay away!!).