Each year my friend Lane and I put together a three day motorcycle trip, and with the warm weather winding down for 2011 I decided that we needed to get plans in the works. A few emails back and forth and we agreed to head south in hopes the weather would be warmer than up north. As usual, we wanted to avoid expressways as much as possible and stick mainly to the more interesting country roads. The trip that we came up with included the rural back roads of Southern Indiana and Kentucky, and then dipping into northern Tennessee to enter the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. From there we would head home through the seemingly endless farmlands of Illinois. I left my house at 5:45 on Saturday morning. The temperature was 44 degrees but it felt great to be out on nearly empty roads on the dawn of a brisk fall morning. The plan was to meet up with Lane for breakfast in Frankfort, IL at the Waffle House that was shown on Google Maps. When I arrived, there was no stinkin' Waffle House to be found. I stopped at a gas station to review my options and saw Lane ride by looking for it as I'd just done. I maneuvered in behind him, got his attention, and we pulled into a nearby Denny's to eat. With full stomachs and energized by caffeine, we set out south on I-57 to make good time out of the area. We continued south to Danville, IL and turned east towards Indiana. Because it was early October, the leaves were just beginning to change colors... We passed through Hoopeston, IL and the immature side of me had to laugh at the sign showing "Go Cornjerkers!" We crossed into Indiana under cloudy skies. The skies began to clear up as we worked our way southeast. Because I have GPS navigation on my bike, this would be my view of Lane as he followed me for much of the trip. His next bike will have GPS and then I can follow him!