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40 to Phoenix Day 1

Tuesday Mar 28, 2017
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Bobby
Miles:131
Start Point:Home
End Point:Super 8, Wilmington, NC
Weather:Cloudy, 75 to 82 °, just missed rain several times
Elevation:400 feet at home, about 20 feet at hotel


The day started at 314 feet and ended at 29 feet. The highest altitude was 314 feet and the lowest altitude was 0 feet.


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Today at about 12:00PM I checked off the last thing on my list. There was nothing left to pack or do. I was ready. I had been working on that list and planning for this day since around Christmas. At 2:00PM a fellow GWRRA member showed up and we left for Wilmington.

Laurie followed in the car. She will spend the night with me in Wilmington, see me off in the morning and return home. The weather forecast today was for possible hail, high winds and rain. We travelled on wet roads but luckily avoided the rain.

There won't be much to blog about for the first 3-4 days. But just be patient. This trip will get much more interesting over around Oklahoma City when I start riding on Route 66.

Mar 28, 2017 Tue 1:33 PM EDT Alt: 389

Bobby, Laurie
Hotel in Wilmington, NC which is the kick off spot for the trip. We met folks from Nova Scotia, Michigan, Maine, New York and Florida.

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Mar 28, 2017 Tue 5:11 PM EDT Alt: 48
This man has coordinated and led this ride for the past 7 years. Medical issues means he can't make the trip this year but he drove from Pennsylvania to give us final instructions and see us off.

Mar 28, 2017 Tue 5:28 PM EDT Alt: 48
Carolina BBQ for dinner and some casual talk to get to know our co riders.

Mar 28, 2017 Tue 7:18 PM EDT Alt: 72
I am in Group 1 with 4 other men. We pick up additional riders in Georgia and Oklahoma. These are three of my co riders. I warned them that I take a lot of photos and they are good with that. I like my co riders. They are laid back and really want everyone to "ride their own ride."

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40 to Phoenix is a motorcycle ride organized each year by a fellow GWRRA (Gold Wing Road Riders Association) member. The group starts at Wilmington, NC and travels roughly I-40 to California with a side trip to Mexico.

Phoenix Arizona is the national headquarters of the GWRRA and many riders turn around at that point and return home. Hence the name "40 to Phoenix".

My goal is to write a blog about each day. I also have a phone app that updates my location on a map on this website every 10 minutes or so. Click here to see the map.


You may be interested in the next article, 40 to Phoenix Day 2, NC to GA.

The previous article is 40 to Phoenix, Pre Trip Preparations.

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