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Off the Interstate On the Road
By Natalie
September 9, 2009

When I started my blog in late May, I wrote about my annual "pilgrimage" from Arizona to Minnesota.  This is a ride my husband Terry and I do in the spring so we can enjoy riding during the summer months in Minnesota.   Now, I end my blog with my ride back to Arizona where we will enjoy the nice riding weather in the Southwest.

During our ride back to Arizona we rode on a couple historical coast-to-coast highways in the US, Route 20 and Route 60.  While most people take the Interstates to quickly get from point A to B, we tend to ride the "back roads" of America spending time on many of these old US Highways and the small cities and towns along the way.

Once in Nebraska, we spent time riding on US Route 20.  Route 20 is the longest road in the US spanning from Boston, MA to Newport, OR going through our stop for the night, Chadron, Nebraska. We continued the historical theme by staying at an inn built in 1890, the Olde Main Street Inn.  This is one of those places you'd never find traveling the Interstate.  The proprietor even made homemade soups and cinnamon rolls for her guests! YUM!

The next day we traveled down Colorado State Highway 71 from the Nebraska border to our friend's house near Colorado Springs.  Our hosts Brian and Deb will be our tour guides when we travel (and ride Harleys) in South Africa.  This will be an experience of a lifetime!  Check out their website if this is something which interests you:

We ended our ride on Route 60 from Socorro, NM to Gold Canyon, AZ.  Route 60 is another east-west US highway from Virginia to Arizona.   At one point it did extend all the way to Los Angeles but was sadly abandoned when the Interstate was put in. One of the best features on this route were our friends Helen and Mike who road three and a half hours to meet up with us and escort us back to our Arizona home.

We started the ride in temperatures of 60 degrees and ended in the 100+ degree heat of Arizona.  By the way, my bike turned over 30,000 miles on the trip right after leaving the Salt River Canyon area in Arizona.  This bike, three years and 30,000 miles of memories.  I look forward to many more memories being made on my bike while Off the Interstate and On the Road!

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Comments on "Hit the Road with Harley-Davidson"

michael kors bags October 07, 2013 | 1:30 PM

You write very well!

Marlene August 22, 2009 | 2:29 PM

Hi, I hope you are planning a stop at the Coates residence on your trip to Vancouver!! We'd love to see you.

Paulette August 21, 2009 | 1:58 PM

Natalie, I don't know how you do all you do. I'm so glad you are a friend of mine. Tell Connie hi and congrats on the Ride! Love you!

Kim August 18, 2009 | 4:31 PM

I can't believe Stratton is awake in that picture. I pick him up, and he just nods off! Such a little angel : )

Deana B August 11, 2009 | 9:54 AM

I'm totally inspired. Very cool!!

Ella July 19, 2009 | 2:37 PM

Those Segways look so cool, Natalie!

harlowB410 July 07, 2009 | 2:49 PM

A new SheKnows baby! Congrats, Dianne!

Ariel July 07, 2009 | 2:30 PM

Congratulations, Dianne! So exciting to have a new baby in the family... and boy does he have a full set of hair, or what?!?

Mary June 19, 2009 | 7:06 AM

You're my hero, Natalie. Living life to the fullest - although it looked freezing on the last bike ride. Hope to see Darnel when she's in town. Let me know.

Kim June 15, 2009 | 6:53 AM

Di, I am soooo proud of you and glad you decided to do this project! I LOVE the blogs and can't wait to read more. I miss you (and the heat, and Johnny T., and Chloe, and the back yard). xo Love, Ms. Kim

Barb June 04, 2009 | 9:11 AM

count me in! love to see and hear about our adventures;

auntie gogo June 03, 2009 | 8:47 PM

Hi Darnell, Julie forwarded her e mail to me. Have you forgotten your cousin Sharyn" she has been riding for 21 years. A Harley for 19 years. and she also did a commercial for Cycle craft also years ago. I recently made 2 framed copies of Grandpa's picture. one each for Jimmy and robyn. Do you have the original.? I am surpised you did not acknowledge Sha. Say hello to Diane, liked her so much. Sha still has the turqoise Sporter. Love , auntie gogos I will try to follow your blog.

Julie June 02, 2009 | 11:30 AM

Way to go Darnell. Love the picture of Pa on that old bike. Next time you come home... get my mom back on a bike. Enjoy! We are all waiting for the next blog.... keep riding! Love the picture.

Sandy May 29, 2009 | 8:03 AM

I LOVE IT!!!!! Now I can track you down and your bosses (not necessarily the work kind) can find out where you've been and where you're going!! Keep us posted! Great Photo Darnell. Hope to see you all over the summer.

Sue Sirois May 29, 2009 | 5:22 AM

Awesome! You both rock! Natalie, hope you come to MB next year! We missed you!

Marlo May 28, 2009 | 11:13 AM

Same here! This is really inspirational - what a cool idea!! Keep it coming, ladies! We're enjoying this :)

Nanci May 28, 2009 | 10:14 AM

This is a VERY cool site and very well written. It shows there's much more to women riders than meets the eye! I also cannot wait to continue to visit and read more.

Ella May 26, 2009 | 12:17 PM

This looks like it's gonna be cool! These women sound really interesting and I can't wait to read the next posts.

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