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40 to Phoenix Day 4, I Know What I Want For Christmas

Friday Mar 31, 2017
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Mar 31, 2017 Fri 6:38 PM CDT Alt: 304
Miles:426
Start Point:Leeds, AL
End Point:Conway, AR
Weather:Beautiful day, 57° this morning to high 70's
Elevation:Up to 700-800 feet in northern Alabama to about 300 feet in Conway


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Today was a long day with beautiful weather. This morning was just cool enough to plug in the electric jacket. My wife got it for me as a Christmas gift because she really wanted me to take this trip. But it has made a wimp out of me. Anything below 65° is now electric jacket weather.

We encountered a traffic accident that added close to an hour to our ride. Add 426 miles of riding to that and we were pretty tired when we pulled into the Days Inn in Conway, AR right at dinner time. The local GWRRA chapter had a cook out waiting for us. I don't know what they could have done differently to make us feel any more welcome. Plus no driving to dinner. It was a real treat.

Preparing to leave this morning.

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Quick rest break.

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One of my co riders lives in Texas and rode to Conyers, GA to meet us there, just to ride back through Texas to Phoenix. He is a fine fellow. When I saw what he had on his lower legs, I decided I need a pair. So my lovely wife, when you read this, look at the photo below and add that to my Christmas list.

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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 5, The Teacher, The Bus Driver, The Cook.

The previous article is 40 to Phoenix Day 3, I Learned A Few Things.

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