Day Two: Roanoke; Disaster Strikes

Bad news today when we head out this morning. We had another pretty big day, including the Tail of the Dragon in Tennessee. We left the hotel at about 8 or 8:30 and as we were pulling out onto the interstate, all of a sudden Brent and Pam pulled off onto the shoulder. He said that as he went into 5th gear the engine started cutting out. After looking the bike over Brent tried to run it again and we noticed some smoke coming out of a drainage pipe in the front. So Brent took off the air filter and we saw smoke coming off the carbs and oil dripping out. We thought that if he was burning oil, it would be bad to try and ride it anymore in case the oil ran out and the engine seized. So I went off to find a repair shop that could
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Day One: New York City to Roanoke, VA

What a great way to start off the trip. In all we went through 6 states, starting off in New York City then New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and then Virginia. It was a total of about 550 miles over about 12 hours. Certainly the hardest part but also the highlight was Skyline Drive through the Shanandoah Mountains in Virginia. After 300 miles of interstate on I-78 and I-81 it was nice to get to the winding mountain roads. It was about 110 miles, which took us over three hours, but the driving was fun, the views were incredible, and we could not have asked for better weather. When we finally rolled into our hotel in Roanoke it was all we could do to drag ourselves and our packs to our room… only to find out that we were accidentally assigned the same room as the guests that signed
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