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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 23-Jul-2014, 01:40 PM (777) Thread Starter
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Summer Holiday....

You'd think I'd learn. Another summer vacation, only this time we would avoid the heat out West....and this year go East. Well while it was a few degrees cooler, it turned out to be a lot more humid...apparently I didn't learn. We headed out of Albuquerque not looking for the promised land...but for Graceland, in Memphis, then down for some good old sin in New Orleans, then back through Texas. Hey, let me ask a question, why when talking about heat do people always say something like ".....yes but at least it's a DRY heat...?" Hot on a motorcycle is, well....HOT, humid or dry, it's all the same when at speed, your cursing your helmet/jacket/boots, and began wondering exactly how dumb riding in your underwear would be. Sorry....I digress, we started each day at 5am and would travel approximately 500 miles, and other than Garmin getting us lost a few times (I haven't updated it in a few years), we had little trouble.

Memphis was a great destination, Fabulous BBQ, jazz and history....and if you drink, well Beale St is the bomb. Graceland was seen, although a little creepy and dated, I can finally cross that off the lower part of my bucket list. Other than our hotel abuzz with police on our last night, dealing with a large group of young, drunk people having what they thought was a good time yelling, jumping and generally annoying any other guest that was trying to sleep....ahhhh the passion of youth., Memphis was fun.

New Orleans too was fun as always, if you don't have a good time there, you must be dead. Food to die for...Jazz to die for....did I mention the food? While there it would rain like crazy most mornings accompanied by a loud but determined chorus of thunder and lightening. I'm used to T&L back home...but this was scary close, getting us to run for cover...usually into the wonderful arms of a yummy restaurant...so, no harm, no foul.

Sadly it came time for us to leave, and we rode to Dallas, ate good dead cow that night, and sleep the sleep of weary riders. The next day however, was rainy and RAINY. We rode through Abilene thinking the southern route would be dryer....but suffered through 3 foot tall flooded intersections trying to get to fuel....at least it was cool. We made back into Albuquerque in 12 hours at a slow wet pace, stopping only for gas, food and lightening....it was quite a day...

Next year I might try for a September holiday......maybe Nashville or St Louis?...
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-Oct-2016, 12:00 AM (208)
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I spend my summer holidays in Florida last year .Quite awesome place to visit with friends,family as well as with loved ones.I stayed there in Vacation Rentals,the food was awesome and staff is so cordial.Really nice place to visit.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-Oct-2016, 05:07 AM (421)
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glad you had a good time "way down yonder." There was a spell of nasty rain in late August this year. Usually our rains are convectional in nature in the summer--occur in the afternoon, and then move on.

Humid is worse than dry heat, but dry is like a convection oven. Best times for NOLa are March, April and NOvember, I think, weather is usually beautiful then.
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