The following morning we gathered up early to leave for Dayton and the Air Force Museum. There were some good stories from the adventurous 3 and they really enjoyed their route through the mountains.
We arrived at 9:30 am at the museum and we planned on spending no more than 2 hours, after all it was just a museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Wow what a surprise at the size and scope of the planes on display in this beautiful facility with the planes arranged by time and geographic deployment. The planes of WWII were grouped together as was SE Asia, Cold War, and Korean War. There was a section just for space and rockets. I spent most of my time looking for the plane that my father was on in WWII, the B-25.
Ray had done the lion's share of the routing with input from Matt, who also knew OH/MI. We were to take country roads all the way to Jackson, MI. This was an example of how to take a 5 hour days ride and stretch it into 12 hours. We were winding around the country at one time coming to a dead end and needing to find a detour around it.
I was beat, that many hours in the heat and sun takes a toll on me. I have often felt that the amount of hours in the sun/heat was harder on my than the actual miles driven. We stopped frequently for water and snacks which helped keep the energy up. So after a very long day but not a lot of miles we arrived Jackson, MI. Talk about bad roads, I hope I never go into Jackson driving any kind of vehicle again.
The third day was the shortest, only a one state ride up through Michigan. The scenery changed continually as we went north. First busy towns, neighborhoods and shopping centers then giving way to more farm land and houses that became cottages and lodges. At every exit were local farm stands offering local triple washed cherries, they must have been very dirty. This was probably my most enjoyable part of the ride up. We arrived at the fair grounds in Petoskey by early afternoon with plenty of time to set up for the Rally.
We had great weather for the Rally and I had promised to help with registration as a volunteer which I did for 2 days. Ray, Tom and Matt helped too but took more time out to do some of the day trips around the area. I enjoyed watching the GS Giants course in the arena where the GS's ran an obstacle course. Also the many different kinds of bikes and the people you meet was well worth it.
The ride home was the fast route mostly interstates and was uneventful, stopping at the same hotels and just getting through the heat of Winston-Salem. Very good rally and I will go next year when hopefully it will be in Western PA!