The Motorcycle Ride Home

Don's return trip from Alabama to Anacortes.


My 1993 BMW K1100LT

It all started with a Navy reunion in Pensacola, Florida,  a gathering of the pilots who flew the A-3 Skywarrior.   I rode my motorcycle from Anacortes, WA to Pensacola in May, 2007.  The story of that ride precedes this story at: 

I left my motorcycle for the summer at Doug Nelson's house in Jacksonville, Alabama.  On September 14, 2007, I flew to Atlanta, GA, to resume the ride home.  That is where this story starts.

Note to readers:  This is a long story, consisting of seven webpages.  I have gone into some detail for the benefit of those who want to follow along and read the stories.  I suggest adding this link to your favorites and read it in several sittings.  

Most will probably just enjoy the pictures.  The stories that accompany the pictures are usually found just beside or just above the pictures if you want a bit more depth for a given picture.  

Thanks to my hosts:  A very important purpose of the trip was to visit friends and family along the way.  Thank you so much for making the trip so special for me.  I will certainly never forget the social part of this journey.  Just a month before this return ride, we lost our son, Brian, under tragic circumstances.  Many of you shared your insights and concern with me, and I greatly appreciate that.  It has also become clear to me that most people my age have gone through their share of deep waters and the stories you told me have given me material which I am still pondering.


And now the stories:

The Return Trip

Dispatch 1     Jacksonville, Alabama to Wheaton, Illinois.

Dispatch 2     Wheaton, Illinois to Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Dispatch 3     Minneapolis, Minnesota to Anacortes, Washington.


The Motorcycle

I've had my BMW K1100LT for ten years.  It has just over 60,000 miles and had 18,000 when I bought it.  This model is an exceptionally rugged and comfortable touring machine.  Even though they have not made this exact model for about six years, it is still the predominant motorcycle used by police forces in Europe.  If you watch the Tour 'd France bicycle race, the K1100LT is still seen clearing traffic and carrying the photographers.  The Iron Butt Rally is a 10,000 mile motorcycle rally run every two years and most of the entrants do not finish.  The K1100LT has won that race more than any other motorcycle.  

The machine has a 4 cylinder 1100cc engine laying on its side.  It is shaft drive.  It features an electric windshield which may be adjusted while in cruise to fine tune the wind out of or into the face depending on conditions.  It has heated electric handgrips and jacks for a heated vest for each rider.   

Other Links:  

Pensacola Ride:  The ride from Anacortes, WA, to Pensacola, FL, which is the first part of this story.

Ride Itinerary

Don's Home Page:

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