I know I said I was going to focus on motorcycle trips, and this is going to have Cliff the RV carrying all of us to an HU Event – but Horizons is very much about motorcycles and so is the Iron Horse Resort, not far from Deals Gap. So, it’s definitely motorcycle land.
We all went to the North Carolina event last year, since it was the week after Overland Expo East. This year (well, in 2016) both events were the same weekend, so we had to choose. We’d ended up at HU mostly because we could take Cliff there. OX East had moved to a new venue, but technically vehicles like Cliff we never allowed there. The hurricane last year hadn’t really helped. The girls weren’t up for that long of a motorcycle ride, and we (still) haven’t motorcycle camped. HU NC was a simpler event for us to attend, so that’s where we ended up. It was going to be the first time we talked about our summer trip, so it was important to Sue that we were all there.
All of us going meant school would be missed, something which worried Sue, but there wasn’t much we could do about it. We decided to leave on Tuesday. It functionally cost us three travel days (with the weekend), but meant the girls would only miss five days of school.
Every little bit counts.
We packed up and left in the morning, avoiding the worst of Chicago Traffic. Everything was gaining smoothly until we noticed Cliff was starting to overheat. We’d had overheating problems before, and thought it was all sorted out. Cutting our first day short, we found a campground near a small town (where we could get parts), and set up camp. As it turned out, we were in Whiskey Country, Kentucky.
Of course, the county we camped in was dry, nothing for sale anywhere. It would have been a short walk to the distillery, so the people living there had to work for Jim Bean, at least some of them. Weird.
We found a pinhole in a radiator hose and replaced it, getting back on the road. we kept overheating, though, and in Louisville had to stop for real repairs.
Stan, with his mobile repair truck/garage sorted us out in a couple of hours, but we’d wanted to be at Iron Horse at the end of the second day – and there was no way we would make it now.