So, tomorrow my vacation is over, and I have to head back to work. I can't believe 6 weeks has passed already. My road trip did not go exactly as planned, as you all know. In the end, I am glad I decided to get another bike and keep going. Perhaps I didn't take the route I originally planned. And maybe I didn't get to see a few of the places I wanted to, or spend as much time as I'd have liked at the places I did get to. But, in the end, I'm happy for having done it. And I'm very glad I got to see everyone I had planned on seeing. Places and things will always be there, I can visit them later. Seeing my mom and my friends, that was important to me. You never know what's going to happen in the future. I think I made the most of the time I had. And just under 9000 miles in 4 1/2 weeks is pretty respectable.
Stuff I missed and want to still go see: Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park, more stretches of old Route 66.
Stuff I want to go back to and spend more time enjoying: Niagara Falls, The Grand Canyon, Badlands National Park.
Places I never want to ride or drive through again: Arizona, New Jersey.
Those are just some quick thoughts after being back at my house for a couple of days. I am sure that as I get back into the work routine, I'll be thinking about the trip more and have some more thoughts to share. Also, some people are probably interested in my thoughts on the Concours 14, so I'll write something up on that as well.