Day 4 – Emporia, KS to Scott City, KS

Day 4 – Emporia, KS to Scott City, KS     08/24/10     Mileage: 266  

What a shock…it was raining this morning and a quick check of the radar showed it was not going to stop anytime soon. Wholly unmotivated to start out in a soaking rain, I decided to spend the time catching up on my email, blog and other chores. The weather finally broke around noon so I quickly packed up pointed the KLR due west. Having ridden virtually all interstate highway so far, I was looking forward to some back roads through the sparsely populated western Kansas. What I hadn’t counted on is a gusting 30 mph wind from the north hitting me on my right side. At times it was difficult to keep the bike in the lane….which becomes a real problem when there is a semi truck coming at you from the other direction! As any rider will tell you, riding in a strong cross wind can be tiring…especially on a relatively tall and lite bike like the KLR. I made a few more rest stops than normal, which gave me some time to dick around with the camera…  

Road to the horizon...


Not a curve in sight!


Heading west...


 In rural Western Kansas…you can drive sometimes for an hour and literally not see another vehicle on the road.  

No such thing as traffic here!


Despite the fact that there was no traffic in sight and the weather ended up being great save for the gusty wind, the late start did me in and darkness fell before I could reach my buddy Paul’s house in Colorado.


Day 3 – Marshall, IL to Emporia, KS

Day 3 – Marshall, IL to Emporia, KS     08/23/10     Mileage: 509 

The morning was dank and damp so I was all to happy to pack up and hit the road. My spirits lifted with the fog as it was now sunny, dry and warm…perfect weather for riding. There are not many pictures from today as the scenery was average and I was still trying to make time. Yesterday I had stopped for some road groceries so as not to get trapped into eating fast food out of convenience. I picked up whole wheat flatbread, organic peanut butter and honey….cheap, fast, portable and good. 

Gourmet dinning on my side-case lid next to a gas pump.


The goal for today was to make it to Emporia, KS to visit my friend Cara who I only get to see once every year or two. I ended up getting there just before dinner, so after a quick shower it was off to an authentic Mexican joint she knew of. The portions were huge and delicious and came complete with a big ass margarita. Perfect! 

Cara at the "Casa"


Next we hit the local dive bar for a few beers and met up with her friend Anthony. 

Cara and I


Cara and Anthony


 After a few beers, it was off to get some much needed rest….it will be a long day in the saddle if I’m going to make it to my next stop in Golden Colorado.

Day 2 – New Stanton, PA to Marshall, IL

Day 2 – New Stanton, PA to Marshall, IL     08/22/10     Mileage: 478   

I woke up to find it still raining from the night before, and as I was already behind…there was no waiting it out. I packed up the bike in the rain and set out on I-70, but luckily it ended an hour later and the roads began to dry out. As came up to Pickerington, OH, out of the corner of my eye on the opposite side of the road I caught a glimpse of the sign for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame…cool! That’s a no brainer of a stop and I’m glad I did. While not huge, there was some great motorcycle on display.    

In front of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum.


Might be more comfortable than the's a toss up!


1949 Norton


Harley Davidson Race Bike


1971 Husqvarna 400 Cross


Later on that day I pulled off in a rest area and spotted a fellow Adventure Rider on a Buell Ulysses. He was on his way home from a 2700+ mile loop from IL to Maine and back in 5 days.   

Fellow ADV Rider


As it was getting dark, I was looking for a place to stay and found a campsite just south of Marshall, IL. The ranger office was closed, so poached a campsite and made an early exit the next morning. Though it was not a comfortable nights sleep, at least the price was right….$0.

Day 1 – Frenchtown, NJ to New Stanton, PA

Day 1 – Frenchtown, NJ to New Stanton, PA     08/21/2010  

No alpine start for me today as I spent the morning helping to clean up after the party, having a leisurely breakfast at the Frenchtown Cafe with John and Tracy and doing last minute preparation.  

Breakfast at the Frenchtown Cafe



So at the crack of 2pm, I set of with my buddy John leading the way on his orange KTM 625.  

Johnny O and I


I'm Off!


We slid over the Delaware River into PA then north toward I-78 along the Delaware River.  

Crossing the Delaware


Johnny O in PA


 John rode with me out onto the highway and then with a nice 3rd gear wheelie and a wave goodbye, he peeled off the highway and I was on my own heading west.   

Crossing into PA


The day was uneventful but short at only 291 miles. Home for the night would be a motel in New Stanton, PA…my location when the rain and nightfall caught up with me.

The send off soiree….

My friends John and Sabine hosted a little send off party Friday night. It was great to see everyone one last time before the trip!  

John had a new drink going that was a big hit: Squeeze half a lime and lemon over ice in a pint glass, poor in ice cold vodka, splash of cran and then ever so delicately lay the seltzer on top. My nickname for it now is the “velvet hammer”. The effect is a light fizzy start that runs you over like a bus at the end!     

Here are some pics…     

Tracy with John's "velvet hammer" drink special...


Jagger anyone?


Tracy, Sabine and I



Jill, Paul and the twins.


Wherever there is sin, that's where I must go.


…more to come!

Jimmy Choo friends…

A  few people were missing from the group shot of my Jimmy Choo colleagues, so I tracked them down…    

Savvas is VP of wholesale at Jimmy Choo and an all around great guy. He also has good taste in art….only at Jimmy Choo can you adorn your walls with a naked portrait of Jenna Jameson! She is wearing Jimmy Choo’s however, so it’s all good…  😉    

Savvas, Lenny.... and Jenna.


 Elaine heads up store development and builds all the Jimmy Choo stores in the US and elsewhere. So yes guys, not only is she easy on the eye but she can also talk shop with architects, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, general contrators…and can pound nails in 4″ heels.    

Elaine and I


Adi, Mark, Ryan and Alan are the IT team from our London office. I only managed to corral Adi and Mark for the picture via video conference! Thanks for all the help and support over the years…it was great working with you guys!!  

Adi and Mark


Adi and Mark

End of one road, but on to another…

Well, after almost 5 years at Jimmy Choo, my time here has come to an end. Today is my last day and I am sad to leave such wonderful colleagues, but excited to be close to departing for Alaska! 

Jimmy Choo NY