I rode to the 15th annual IBA year-end ride-in on the 30th. 883 miles round trip – for lunch. I set the alarm for 3:30 and was pulling out of the driveway at 4:00am for the 430 mile ride from Jacksonville. It was a straight shot, I-10 the whole way. The first few hours were cold, dropping down to around 40 in the early hours of the morning. I stopped for breakfast in Tallahassee, took a brief 15 minute snooze, and continued on my way. I got there around 11am and the place was packed.
The temperature warmed up to 80 and felt great after the cold start to the day. The line for lunch was out the door. It was estimated that about 600 riders showed up. The staff at the cafe did a great job keeping the buffet full of food and our glasses full of tea. Some riders came from nearby Pensacola, but I enjoyed some time with two fellows from North Carolina, and the prize for the farthest distance traveled was awarded to a guy from Los Angeles.
The following photos highlight some of the great farkles on display. This ‘Wing had beautifully machined flip out footrests. I overheard someone say that the person who used to make them stopped because there wasn’t enough demand.
This Goldwing was a masterpiece. It had an infrared camera mounted in front and a screen in the dash to view the image. Way cool! The backups had backups – 3 GPSs, 3 radar detectors, additional fuel cell and more. I like the Screaming Meanie in the Otter Box mounted right in the cockpit – great for when you are sleeping on the bike.
I rode home on state roads through Alabama and Georgia until I got to Rt 19, the Florida-Georgia Parkway. I took that south to Monticello, FL, then picked up I-10 for the last dash home. Rolled into the garage about 11:30 pm. It was a great day of riding with beautiful weather, fun conversation, great food. A fine way to finish the year.