OH-STOC 2017

Ohio Stoc Meet 2017 took place at Lake Hope State Park in Ohio this year, and I just had to go. Stoc meets are mainly for Honda ST1100 and 1300 owners. I used to ride an ST1300, and know a lot of these guys from back in the days. Even though I currently ride a BMW R1200 GSA, I am still welcome to attent these great meets.

The ride was about 460 miles each way. Loaded the bike up on Wednesday June 7, took off the morning of June 8, and arrived around 1:30 PM. Unloaded the bike, and took a look at the cabin I was staying in with 3 others. Nice! AC, kitchen, , living room, 2 bedrooms and screened-in porch.

Filing in on Thursday afternoon

Chili simmering and almost ready to eat

You know, there's always room for more

Headed out to Old Man's Cave in Hocking Hills State Park, and started early in the morning to beat the heat.

Interesting, peaceful place..

 

Rode back home Sunday. Started at daybreak, again to beat the heat. By the time I came down the mountains down to North Carolina, it was already 85 degrees.

Never been riding in Ohio before. Very nice roads. Lots of rolling hills and farmland. Deer were out in force during the morning hours. Staying on your toes always pays off.

Natchez Trace 2012

We had planned to ride the Trace a while back, but didn't get to it until now.

 

Day 1 – 9/22/12

 

Home to Oxford, AL. Around 400 miles for the day. No pictures. Just riding interstate. Plan on getting to Natchez,MS tomorrow, Sunday. Bikes running good as always. Topped off the clutch reservoir in Oxford. Somehow I overlooked this when I prepped the bikes before leaving. Ended up at 84 degrees and clear skies. Looks like the forecast is good for the days to come, with a cold front dipping into the south, cooling the air down to camping-level.

 

Day 2 – 9/23/12

 

Oxford, AL to Natchez, MS. 411 miles for the day. Interstate riding 2.nd day. Nice weather, but the temperature is too high. Ended up at Natchez State Park, where we camped. Sleeping in a tent in 85 degrees is not my cup of tea. Anyway, we ate supper at the camp site, and crashed after that.

 

Day 3 – 9/24/12

 

Broke camp, and rode across Mississippi river to Louisiana. Ate breakfast and returned to Natchez, where we stopped at St. Mary Basilica. This is a gorgeous place. Was able to take some shots inside, including a few HDR shots.

 

What a beautiful and peaceful place.

 

St. Mary Basilica, Natchez, MS

 

 

St. Mary Basilica, Natchez, MS

 

 

St. Mary Basilica, Natchez, MS

 

We then proceeded to Natchez Historical Park. Nothing much to see there, so we decided to start up The Trace. Went across to Vicksburg to visit the Military Park. However, it just got too hot, and we opted for a hotel room for the night. Going to the Military park tomorrow.

 

Day 4 – 9/25/12

 

Up bright eyed and bushy-tailed, packed up, and headed to the military park. The park is MUCH bigger than expected, and took us around 3 hours to go though, including stops.

 

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USS Cairo

 

USS Cairo

 

Steam chambers (I guess) driving the huge wheel that propels the boat forward.

 

USS Cairo

 

Part of the bow

 

USS Cairo

 

 

Vicksburg National Military Park

 

17000 + civil war soldiers buried here, many unnamed.

 

Vicksburg, MS National Military Park

 

 

Vicksburg, MS National Military Park

 

Early morning light

 

Vicksburg, MS National Military Park

 

 

 

After getting done there, we headed up I20 into Jackson in order to save some time. The goal was to get to Tupelo, MS. Followed The Trace for the rest the way to Tupelo. The Trace matches the BRP (Blue Ridge Parkway) in pure beauty, but lacks the twisties of the BRP.

Overall a very good day, although it was on the hot side in the afternoon.

 

Day 5 – 9/26/12

 

Up early to visit Elvis Presley's birth place in Tupelo, MS after eating bfast at Waffle House. Spent a good deal of time at the birth place. Actually a very nice place, and I'm not an Elvis fan (Lois is).

 

The King's Plymouth

 

Elvis's car

 

 

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He was born and grew up in this little shotgun house

 

 

Elvis at 13 years old with a Ladybug in his hair

 

Elvis at 13 years old

 

Fountain outside the Elvis museum (10 sec exposure)

 

 

 

Continued up The Trace. Weather was beautiful, but still hot in the afternoon. Made stops here and there.

 

Natchez Trace bridge just south of Nashville, TN

 

Natchez Trace

 

We finally ended up in Nashville, where we had supper at Loveless cafe.

 

Loveless Cafe, Nashville

 

 

Loveless cafe, Nashville

 

This cafe is a very famous place to eat, according to all the pictures. Nice people, and the food was very good too.

 

Loveless Cafe, Nashville

 

Super 8 was next stop for the night.

 

Day 6 – 9/27/12

 

After a good breakfast, we headed along I40, and headed through Pigeon Forge / Gatlinburg, then Blueridge Parkway. Had time to drop by Clingmans Dome (highest point in the Smokies).

 

Clingmans Dome

 

 

Clingmans Dome

 

 

Fall is here

 

 

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Stop at Blue Ridge Parkway

 

Blue Ridge Parkway

 

Supper was had at Clyde's in Waynesville, and pitched the tent at Moonshine Campground for the night.

 

Moonshine

 

 

Day 7 – 9/28/2012

 

Departed the campground, and couldn't resist going back to Clyde's for breakfast. Fuel up the bikes, and headed towards home via he Blue Ridge Parkway, through Rosman, and down US 128 to SC scenic hwy 11, and Hwy 9 home.

 

About 2000 miles for the trip. A little warmer than we would like for riding temperature. The weather was very nice otherwise.