On my previous blog I was bragging about the glorious sunshine of Daytona Beach!!! Well that will teach me… Day 2 of our journey was not too bad either, but day 3 we got caught in a rain storm after an hours riding through South Carolina, so we signed into a hotel for the night, to wait out the storm. Day 4 we woke bright and early as we had 250 miles to reach Brent Greek, by 8 am we were on the road once again. It was exceedingly cold and I for one wanted to turn back or at least rent a car… but that was not an option as we had no where to store the bikes. So we pressed forward stopping every 50 miles to warm our frozen hands… (Oh I wish we stayed in Daytona) well soon we had to stop every 20 miles as we climbed the smokey mountains, all the while I was thinking I’m Nuts, this is totally crazy!
The worst was yet to come, 50 miles to go we hit a snow storm in some fashion…not funny when your riding Harley’s into a blizzard of snow on the interstate, with the roads getting worse every minute. Well fare weather riders we are not!!! bring on the extreme….DOH! Well neither of us were at our happiest but we plodded on, after 20 miles of blizzard the skies started to clear and we left the maddening interstate behind us and took a well earned hot coffee break in a delightful cafe. The Lovely lady in the Pink hat soon had us smiling again with her welcoming comforting smile.
Thankfully no more interstate just windy country lanes, despite the ass biting cold and a feeling of, I want to go home our next part of the journey was totally 100% stunning. Like a snow scene out of the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe… the windy roads were covered in snow and icicles on the trees and plants. and the stream running along the road not quite frozen was magical, the countryside here is a sight to behold. 20 minutes we got to our destination, where we are to stay for the next two weeks. All I can say folks that’s a journey I never want to repeat again, but boy am I glad I did it because I can honestly say this is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. When I woke in the morning all I wanted to do is play snow angels 🙂 and I had the biggest smile on my face.
You know our journey the day before is just like life, sometimes we just have to go through so much emotional turmoil, but if we keep fighting and striving to reach our goals when we eventually get their it makes it all worth while, and sometimes the joy inside takes you to a special place of pure happiness, truly happy to be alive 😉
After our very long day of flying from Manila to Orlando we finally arrived safely and on time in Orlando Airport. In total we’ve been travelling none stop for 32 hours, crossing the international dateline and going back in time… that’s a weird experience I can tell you, but no doubt my honey will sum up the whole the experience in pristine detail for you 😉 Here are some figures for you, I was up 9 hours before we flew… and we landed at 12 midday after 32 hours of transport and then was up for a further 8 hours so that’s 49 hours with a few hours shut eye on the plane and I was ready for some ZZZZZZZZZ’s 😉 Well no rest for the wicked, after departing Orlando airport in the hire car we went to sort the Harley’s out and get them ready for our next journey to Tennessee. To our suprise Gary fired up the Fatboy and it started straight away, and so did my Streetbob, what a welcome relief from having to charge the batteries up, so we signed into to the hotel and repacked for our journey the next day.
By 11 am the next morning we hit the road and headed off to Daytona for a spot of lunch. Here’s a couple of photos of Gary enjoying a well earned Guinness me with a bottle of bud. For those that don’t know it’s Daytona Bike Week starting Friday and already the bikes have started to arrive, sadly Gary and I won’t be part of it as we’ll be in Tennessee, but it was sure great to get a feel for the up and coming bike fun. We’re both so happy to be back here in the States and on the Harley’s, sun oh happy sunshine…
After setting off early to avoid the heat of the day we headed south form orlando to fort Lauderdale, just north of Miami. After a spot of lunch we checked into our hotel and a quick fresh up before we headed to The South Florida Tattoo Convention on foot. The convention was packed…This was an ideal chance for me to see some of the pros at work, after recently purchasing my own tattoo kit. After having a good look around I stumbled onto the Tattoojohnny stall where I met David Bolt a renowned Artist of beautiful fantasy work. If you like fantasy gothic artwork with beautifull women check out his website… Awesome!! What a really nice guy, it was great to talk to him as recently myself I contacted them to see if they are interested in showing my work.. so watch this space… 😉
Another great artist I met that day was David Nestler, I spent over half an hour talking to him about his work. This eye for detail is amazing and I was so shocked to hear that it was not airbrushed, but hand painted which is even more amazing, and very time consuming. Not only was he a really good artist,but he didn’t mind me talking to him with all kinds of questions on the process he uses.
While looking around the Tattooists I spotted the work of Scott from visualvortex, and this is the guy I have chosen to do my next tattoo. I want Scott to do my Goddess tattoo on the base of my back. I saw the photo of this tattoo below which made me decide on Scott to do my tattoo. So next year when we return to Orlando for my birthday present to myself will be getting my Goddess tattoo done.
After a amazing day we headed back to our hotel for a well earned sleep. 🙂
Destination Miami, well we have only 3 weeks to go in the UK before we head back into the sunshine. Well I have to thank our lovely custom and excise for this amazing opportunity ;-), as a few weeks ago we tried to bring our bikes into the uk after a trip of a life time riding across america on the route 66, and they wanted to charge us $15,000 VAT, and IMPORT DUTY! How to avoid $15,000 import duty) Everyone knows that this country is going out of control with the extortionate living costs, so after careful consideration we decided to send the bikes back to Miami to spend the summer over there, at a snip of the price! when an opportunity comes along like this, you have to take it. So bring on the sunshine…