I was going to head to the Catskill Mountains this morning but when I woke up I pulled out my Lonely Planet book called USA’s Best Trips. I had bookmarked the page that is titled ‘Fall Foilage Tour’ which is a road trip that goes through the New England states with the best viewing spots for the changing leaf colors, so I decided that’s what I’m going to do. Part of the road trip has views of the Catskill Mountains. Most people would probably be embarrassed to admit this but since I don’t embarass easily because I care less and less about what people think of me the older I get l admit that I actually thought New England was a state, like New York 😁 but now I know it’s an area consisting of several states – Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampsire, Vermont and Maine. I am looking forward to going to all of those states.🌿
It seemed like right after I left Ohio and entered Pennsylvania it immediately got more pretty. Last night I stayed at a travel plaza/truck stop and this morning I drove to Hickory Run State Park and went on a nice hike and then worked on my bed that doubles as my office with my back doors open with a pretty view of the park. Usually I don’t work that much but for some reason this week I’ve had a lot of work to do. I don’t enjoy my work but it pays the bills and having a pretty view of the park while working makes it a little better.
I stayed another night at the Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, South Dakota. The night before last I heard for the first time this band called Blackberry Smoke. They are now one of my favorite bands. The Buffalo Chip is so huge that I put on my hiking shoes to walk around. It’s like it’s own little city set up just for the motorcycle rally. They have a church, outdoor gym, barbershop, swimming hole, laundrymat, gas station, grocery store, restaurants, bars, bike wash, lots of strip clubs (bikers love strippers) and more. My neighbors camping next to me gave me a ride on one of their motorcycles. I loved the feeling of the wind on my face going down the highway. We rode to the Full Throttle Saloon. I use to watch the reality show for the Full Throttle when I lived in a home with no wheels and had TV so it was kind of cool to actually see the place in person. They had midget wrestling there. A midget pimp was wrestling a midget cowboy. I wasn’t sure how to feel about that but then I figured they probably have groupies so they probably like it a lot. I stayed another night at the Buffalo Chip because Ozzy Osbourne played last night. It was $85 for the night which included the concert which was so so worth it. Ozzy was absolutely amazing! The last time I saw him in concert his voice was giving out and he was a little incoherent talking on stage but last night I felt like I was back when I was a teenager and saw him in concert for the first time. The whole crowd was so into it. I just loved feeling the energy of the crowd while watching the show. Afterwards I went to a dance club on the property with someone I met and danced my butt off for about an hour and didn’t go to sleep till 2:30 in the morning, which is very late for me. There is a stereotype that bikers drink a lot and get into fights. I did see a lot of drunk people, especially at 2:30 in the morning. However, although there were thousands of people there I didn’t see one fight and everybody was really nice to to each other and cool. It was the best atmosphere. I will definitely attend the rally again one year. This year was the 77th year having it. It is the biggest motorcycle rally in the world from what I’m told. I wouldn’t want to be here on the last day of the rally at the end of this coming weekend though because I’m sure the roads are going to be packed (I heard there is about a half million people attending the rally) so I hit the road again today 🚐