Although this was a week long trip I thought it belonged here, because it was more of a 2 day ride, spend a week on the beach, then another 2 day ride. My girlfriend's dad rents a house on the beach every year in the first week of may. It's before tourist season, so the rates are reasonable and the beach is pretty empty. He gets a 5 bedroom, 4 bath house for $1700, one week. Not cheap, but considering the price of hotel rooms for everyone I think it's fair. Plus you save money on entertainment and food, considering you have a large living room and complete kitchen, with utensils. Anyways, I was planning on taking the FJR but at the last minute I started second guessing the tire life. I then switched plans and started packing the Sportster up, and the girlfriend told me that she was just going to ride in the car with her parents, so I was to be riding by myself. That sealed the deal, time for the first trip on the big Ninja. The bike had fairly new PR2's mounted, 3/4" risers, and I had just installed a C-14 seat found on e-bay a few days prior. The night before leaving I fabbed up a quick garmin mount, and wired in a cigarete lighter for power. I used my phone with FM radio, that part sucked. I was wishing I had hooked up my satellite radio, and I would have liked a bigger windshield. The wind problem was doubled by the fact that I had a junk helmet on. My shoei was dropped on concrete and broke the visor, and I'm currently using an old fulmer that never did fit right and was lightly wrecked in once. Shouldn't have even worn it really, but it was all I had available at the time. Day one: I had wanted to leave around 5 or 6 am, but a letter came in the mail thursday night reminding me that I needed to pay a ticket by the next thursday. I was already late, and they were going to put a warrant out. :eek1 So that morning I went to the courthouse at 8, hoping they'd be open. They weren't. Had a long breakfast, came back at 9. By 9:30 the receptionist said that if I didn't want to wait I could come back in the afternoon, and he didn't know where the lady I needed to talk to was. She finally got there at 10, said she had a doctor appointment and forgot to tell anyone. So instead of leaving at 6 I finally hit the road about 11 or so. Had to hit the highway some to make time, but I did manage to ride about 50% of 2 lane. Took PA 18 south to washington PA, then rode 19 to Princeton WV. 18 had some traffic but wasn't too bad. 19 was a fairly good road, rough in spots, but overall a good ride. Got slowed down a few times by small towns and trucks. From Princeton I ran highway to Mt Airy NC and met up with everyone else. Loaded up to leave finally Random house I saw that was interesting. It looked like it was planned to be a memorial of some sort, I don't know what the deal was. The grass was taken care of, a plaque thing was erected, and the house was overrun with weeds. :huh Here's a small detour I made at the New River Gorge bridge. They give tours, I guess there's a catwalk under the bridge and you can walk the span directly under the traffic. Wish I'd been able to do it, seemed like it'd be interesting.