After a long hot summer of non-stop work and low funds, finally, a road trip! I am the proud owner of a well loved 2002 KLR650, affectionately nicknamed "The Toad" after an observation by my son bout the old girls aesthetic charm. Anyone who owns one knows it is a no frills, basic ride, and at this stage of my life and career, one that i can own without guilt. That said, she once again proved herself worthy! I had tossed around a few ideas over the summer and decided on a little jaunt east, into West Virginia, VA, and after looking at a map and realizing how close I would be to DC, a little day run to our nations capital. I left Cincinnati on Friday afternoon after work, and planned on staying the first night in Parkersburg, WV. I chose Parkersburg as my entry into WV because my family originally emigrated from Ireland and settled there. I had seen old pictures of where my family came from and always wanted to visit the places I had seen. The first place I wanted to see was my relative's old home. It was right across the river in Belpre, OH. This is a picture of how the house looked around 1890: And today: After a little research, and the help from a distant cousin, I was able to visit the graves of my Great-Great-Grandparents. Pretty neat. Back on the road, it was time to explore West By God Virginia! Lots more pics to come!