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    Celebrating Number 51 On the Motorcycle

    It's not as big of a deal as if I had turned 50 but I decided I needed to make up for the missed ride I was supposed to make for my 49th birthday two years ago when this COVID crap started. So, after a short discussion with the family and offer to a friend of mine to join me, he and I took off Friday, 1 Apr, for Bowling Green KY and the National Corvette Museum. That Friday started off really lousy when snow showers came into town early in the morning. Fortunately they didn't last very long, only delayed us leaving by an hour, so I threw on the new heated jacket, brushed off the evil white powder, and away we went.

    Snow on Bandit by Scott Baker, on Flickr

    After a brief snafu with my GPS near Richwood KY, we stopped off to visit the Buffalo Trace distillery and have lunch than made way to Abraham Lincoln's birthplace but arrived an hour late (thanks snow ) to get in. So, I'll be making a return trip later this year. Then it was off to Bowling Green where the wife and kids joined us.

    Abraham Lincoln Birthplace by Scott Baker, on Flickr

    I enjoyed the nice birthday breakfast with every one but we needed to leave to see the whole reason why we went. If you haven't been there, find time to go see the museum. Although I am more of a Mustang person, seeing the cars they have there is a sight to behold, and not just of the Corvette. Even seeing the cars pulled out of the sinkhole still made me cringe at the memories of and dollars lost to those who owned them

    At National Corvette Museum by Scott Baker, on Flickr

    Yellow 1955 Corvette by Scott Baker, on Flickr

    Sinkhole Corvette by Scott Baker, on Flickr

    After a few hours both my friend and the family both left for home and I continued on to western Kentucky where I found this little gem of a back road. Sorry, road signs were very rare on this road but if you ever want to go looking for it, search KY-1038 near Russellville.

    KY Highway 1038 by Scott Baker, on Flickr

    I left Clarksville TN the next morning and met up with Scott Marvin (Marvinsc) at Fort Donelson TN. This Civil War fort is not what you would imagine but it's easy to imagine the soldiers behind those guns just itching to give the Union a good fight.

    Fort Donelson TN by Scott Baker, on Flickr

    After leading me on a fantastic 50 mile round trip twisty road south of there on TN-232, we then rode up through the Land Between the Lakes where I continued my way back to Bedford IN, Jay, and the Rosemount Motel (my longest day of the weekend at 400 miles).

    Scott Marvin Kentucky Lake by Scott Baker, on Flickr

    A phone call from the youngest daughter the next morning concerning car problems caused me to cut short any fun ride home but I still finished the weekend with 1002 miles under my belt.
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    #2
    Nice Scott....I stop at Buffalo Trace every time I head north....
    The fort looks cool....Love that stuff...

    Sounds like a fun birthday....
    Bob T.

    '83 GS1100E ~ '01 TRIUMPH TT600 ~ '99 TRIUMPH TROPHY 900 ~ '67 HONDA CUB

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      #3
      National Corvette Museum - Mecca!
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        #4
        Happy Birthday!

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          #5
          Happy Bday Cowboy, looks like a very nice trip, though it would have been a little too cool for me..
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            #6
            Originally posted by rphillips View Post
            Happy Bday Cowboy, looks like a very nice trip, though it would have been a little too cool for me..
            Thank you and I agree on the cool part. I needed my heated jacket twice throughout the entire trip
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            Cowboy Up or Quit. - Run Free Lou and Rest in Peace

            1981 GS550T - My First
            1981 GS550L - My Eldest Daughter's
            2007 GSF1250SA Bandit - My touring bike

            Sit tall in the saddle Hold your head up high
            Keep your eyes fixed where the trail meets the sky and live like you ain't afraid to die
            and don't be scared, just enjoy your ride - Chris Ledoux, "The Ride"

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              #7
              nice ride and nice report posting

              KY1038
              that is a highway? Doesn’t look like more than one lane. And it just follows the lay of the land.
              ( I should be used to that after being to southern indiania multiple times.)
              nice picture/view with the road curving and reappearing in the distance.

              heated jacket, eh.
              that make a big difference, did it??

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                #8
                Yes it did Dave; I only put the thermostat on the medium setting but it was enough to make it comfortable.

                I have found that the four digit KY roads are more like connector roads between the more developed highways but they are deceivingly fun. Of course, I really haven’t found many roads in KY that aren’t fun (twisty sense).
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                Cowboy Up or Quit. - Run Free Lou and Rest in Peace

                1981 GS550T - My First
                1981 GS550L - My Eldest Daughter's
                2007 GSF1250SA Bandit - My touring bike

                Sit tall in the saddle Hold your head up high
                Keep your eyes fixed where the trail meets the sky and live like you ain't afraid to die
                and don't be scared, just enjoy your ride - Chris Ledoux, "The Ride"

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                  #9
                  Scott, thank you for sharing - looks like a very nice trip! And it's always great to meet up with another GS'er
                  You certainly picked some cool spots to stop & see. When and where will your next trip take you? Got to have goals in life!
                  Oh - and I like your bike, it looks awesome with the saddlebags.
                  Last edited by gs scott; 04-07-2022, 07:10 AM.
                  Scott
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                    #10
                    Originally posted by gs scott View Post
                    Scott, thank you for sharing - looks like a very nice trip! And it's always great to meet up with another GS'er
                    You certainly picked some cool spots to stop & see. When and where will your next trip take you? Got to have goals in life!
                    Oh - and I like your bike, it looks awesome with the saddlebags.
                    Thank you Scott. Right now there are very tentative plans for a ride to Gettysburg. I have a niece I haven’t seen in 20+ years whose husband will graduate from the Army War College and receive his promotion to Lieutenant Colonel (he’s prior enlisted at that) Memorial Day weekend. Other than that right now just the annual Brown County gathering.

                    One of these days I’ll finally do the cross country ride I have wanted to do. Just need the wife to slow down on her spending long enough to save up for it
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                    Cowboy Up or Quit. - Run Free Lou and Rest in Peace

                    1981 GS550T - My First
                    1981 GS550L - My Eldest Daughter's
                    2007 GSF1250SA Bandit - My touring bike

                    Sit tall in the saddle Hold your head up high
                    Keep your eyes fixed where the trail meets the sky and live like you ain't afraid to die
                    and don't be scared, just enjoy your ride - Chris Ledoux, "The Ride"

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by cowboyup3371 View Post

                      One of these days I’ll finally do the cross country ride I have wanted to do. Just need the wife to slow down on her spending long enough to save up for it
                      LOL!!!!
                      My brother wants to do the Rt 66 thing one of these days...I'd go with him but his idea of a day's ride is 150 miles...

                      Scott
                      1982 GS1000S #1 bought in 84, #2 gone, #3 in hibernation
                      1983 GS1100ES #1 (bought in 03, July 09 BOM, 65k traded in 17), #2 New daily rider, #3 in hibernation
                      1982 GS1100E Red #1 - Original owner, sold in 93, #2 (Red) sold in 20 to Andy B
                      2018 Gold Wing Tour - new out of the crate 1st non-Suzuki in 38 years
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                        #12
                        Nice Scott, glad you had a good time.
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