2019 Great Lakes/Niagara Falls and The Smokies Tour Days 14 and 15

Good bye Niagara Falls

Day 14 – Saturday, June 8 (110mi)

Cincinnati, Ohio to Sellersburg, Indiana.

A very short fast ride to our kiddos.

Oh yeah…. the GRANDS.


They are located not far off our path as we are now headed to the Smokies.

And a good time to have a pit-stop-new back wheel.

It just almost always happens one of us needs a new tire. We knew my back tire could not complete this journey.

Al sent a glympse. Our family has the glympse app on our phones. This means we send a glympse and they can see our traveling path – watching us in progress, makes it fun for them.

They track us all the way into their neighborhood.

And there they were, all 6 of them standing in their front yard waving.

Now that is JOY. Blessings of God.

It’s a clamor of love and greetings.

We lunched and played cars, put puzzles together and later I put on my swim suit and jumped in their pool with them.

Their bloodhound dog howls demands at them and it is a mess of constant activity.

I snuck off for a nap.

3 year old Lucius finds me. Memaw, Memaw, Memaw over and over he finds me. I heard him say to his momma – I like MeMaw.

Melt my Memaw heart.



ZZZZZZ ahhh sleep

Tomorrow is Sunday.

Day 15 – Sunday, June 9th

Church with the kiddos.

Their church is the church home of many professors and theologians of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Our minister of message this morning was Tom Schreiner, he is a scholar of Paul’s Epistles and if you use an English Standard Study Bible, he is the writer of all the study notes of those Epistles. He preached a great sermon from Galatians 3.

22 But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.

23 Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed.

24 So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith.

25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian,

26 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.

Galatians 3:22-26

Happy Trails to you

2019 Great Lakes/Niagara Falls and The Smokies Tour Days 12 and 13

Day 12 – Thursday, June 6

Niagara Falls all day.

We ate our hotel continental breakfast and then took off exploring shops and walking the beat.

We had scheduled dining at the Skylon Tower buffet for around 1pm, it was the same view, only higher than the Grand Casino view. We were again fortunate to have window seats.

After that we headed on down to The Horn Blower boat rides.

Day 13 – Friday, June 7 (455mi)

Niagara Falls to Cincinnati, Ohio for the night. Long day. Many miles.

Leaving Niagara Falls crossing from Canadian border into Buffalo New York.

It’s a get-her-done-day, today.

On the road getting to where we begin tour riding and on our way home are hard and fast miles.

There are Times we do our hard core riding (just to be honest), people in their cars, might be thinking here comes two motorcycles and there goes two motorcycles. ZOOM ZOOM

Happy Trails to you

2019 Great Lakes/Niagara Falls and The Smokies Tour Days 10 and 11

Day 10 – Tuesday, June 4th (211 mi)

Onaway, MI to Lexington, Michigan; this was just a travel day, and one day closer to Niagara Falls.

This cross country has been the first time we scheduled our lodgings and paced our miles in around 200mi or so increments. We consciously paced it as to not wear myself out to much. Most of the time we are off our bikes by around 4pm, with the exception of what I call; get-her-done miles; those days of traveling hard and getting it done.

Keeping it real….for all those who have challenges, I just want you to know how to manage your adventures and not crash into fatigue, in my case it’s auto Immunes. We all have limits.

Being in my 60s and with health realities causes me to ….govern my energies well.

Rain is due in this area early morning so we went to bed early to rise and shine, before the rains came.

Day 11 – Wednesday, June 5th


Lexington, MI to Niagara Falls, Ontario

Al rolled out of bed around 5:30am.

I followed.

And we departed just a few minutes after 6am. We are Nija warriors when it comes to packing up and moving on down our Happy Trails.

Strapped down, geared up, intercoms on, kick stands up and we are off…

Headed to the Canadian border.

We pulled into Niagara Falls around 10am

This would give us basically 2 full days to tour Niagara Falls.

Driving up to it and seeing it for the first time was majorly magnificent, especially because it’s one of those things I have always wanted to see – and there it was…… Seeing is believing.

A gentleman from the area instructed us on eating at the buffet at the Grand Casino. It was practical in price and we had a window view over looking the Falls. We both ate to our hearts content while gazing and smiling at one another- we could not believe the thrilling site.

We had pre purchased a package deal, tickets for behind the Falls walk, tickets for a 4D theater presentation in history of the Falls with visual interactions and a feel of it. We went ahead and did those two events on our 1st day.

Our tickets also got us 2 days of riding the We-Go public buses, Buffet dining up into the Skylon tower and the Horn Blower boat ride into the Horseshoe of the Falls, which we scheduled for the next day.

In our early research we read suggested deals, and decided what would be best for us.

Lots of walking.

Then off to bed.