Motorcycle Wanderings, General Travel, and a Weird Mix of Other Stuff

My Time Has Almost Come

my_turnI’ve been telling y’all for months that I have been contemplating a wee adventure, right?

Well, I’m happy to report that my turn has almost arrived. Finally.

Hubby and I usually vacation together, but he chose to use his time off for the Four Corners ride. That’s why I’m going off on a solo trip.

My “adventure” won’t be anywhere near as grand as Hubby’s. Or adventuresome in the true sense of the word. It’s just a road trip, really. But I’ll be doing what I want to do, or not do, when I want to do it. Or not.

Faced with endless possibilities, I had a really hard time deciding what to do and where to go. I’m still not sure exactly what I will be doing or where I’ll be going, which is quite uncharacteristic for me. I have no routes mapped and no reservations made.

Saying “no routes mapped” means I don’t have anything plugged into any sort of GPS. I do have one route planned for the first couple of days, but it doesn’t require a map. I’ll be riding the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP), from the north end to the south end.

I’ve got my maps, and I’ve made note of things I’d maybe like to see, if I feel like it.



I’ll just be winging it as I go. I may stick around the NC/TN/VA mountains around Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) for most of the week. Maybe I’ll head to the coast, but, with this heat, I doubt it.

I’m sure I’ll see some LOVE along the way, and other quirky roadside oddities. Because that’s my idea of fun.

I’m supposed to leave on Saturday, but, with Tropical Storm Depression Bill potentially heading our way, I just might leave on Friday instead.

That’s a lot of uncertainty, isn’t it?

I set up a tracker map. If you want to follow along, it’s ToadMama on Spotwalla.

Tracking won’t work until I actually leave and activate the tracking device. So, if you follow the link and see something like, “Sorry, no messages at this time.”, it means I haven’t left. Or I forgot to activate the tracker. LOL.

You might also see some images of interest popping up on Instagram, too.

If you don’t care to follow along or look at pics of the stuff I find interesting, that’s cool. I expect I’ll do a post or two from the road as well. I should be back home on or before June 28. That’s the plan, anyway, or lack thereof.

I’m excited.



  1. Amy's Gravatar Amy
    June 17, 2015    

    That’s exciting! Have fun. Can’t wait to hear about it.

    • June 18, 2015    

      Thanks, Amy. I can’t wait to see you to tell you about it.

  2. Andrew's Gravatar Andrew
    June 17, 2015    

    Have a great, safe ride! I’ll be watching you on Spotwalla.

    • June 18, 2015    

      Thanks, Andrew. I may have some interesting tales to tell.

  3. June 17, 2015    

    Well – this is quite exciting! I can’t wait to see where your imagination and whims take you.The pics will be fun, I know. I’ll be riding along with you in spirit.

    Safe travels, ‘Mama!

    • June 18, 2015    

      Thanks, Fuzz. It’s nice knowing I’ll have lots of folks riding along. 🙂

  4. June 17, 2015    

    Have a great trip! It’ll be interesting to see what you’ll find and where you go…

    • June 18, 2015    

      Thanks, Richard. There seems to be lots of interesting stuff to see and, most important, lots of nice roads.

  5. June 18, 2015    

    Good for you! Have fun. I’m leaving tomorrow for a motorcycle trip North to Woodstock with Robin.

    • June 18, 2015    

      Nice, ShyB. Are you still doing the Mermaid Parade?

  6. June 18, 2015    

    First off I think you are brave for heading off on a solo adventure and second – have a ton of fun.

    Can’t wait to see what kind of roadside wonder you can find.

    • June 18, 2015    

      Thanks, Brandy. I don’t think it’s brave. I’ll be in a populated area full of other motorcyclists. And English is spoken, albeit with a southern twang. 🙂

      I’m sure I’ll see lots of fun stuff.

  7. June 18, 2015    

    Right on, ride on, Toadmama! I look forward to your stories and your cwazy, cwazy photos.

    • June 18, 2015    

      Thanks, Ry.

  8. June 19, 2015    

    Bon Voyage, Kathy. Going solo, on a motorcycle is an adventure no less.
    I like road tripping with my hubby but I also like to venture out on my own when I need an adventure of sorts.

    Ride safe and keep the rubber side down.

    • June 19, 2015    

      Sonja, believe it or not, I pictured you often as I was formulating my rough non-plan for this adventure. 🙂

  9. Dar's Gravatar Dar
    June 20, 2015    

    Happy road tripping! Looking forward to seeing pics on blog and instagram!

    • June 21, 2015    

      Thanks, Dar. I’ll finish a blog post in the morning. I know you saw some of the Instagram pics. It’s been lots of fun. Two full days of riding bliss. And more still to come. 🙂

  10. shan's Gravatar shan
    June 21, 2015    

    Amy said something to me the other day about you being out of town, but I was so busy this week that this is the first chance I had to find out what she was talking about. Have fun out there!!!

    • June 21, 2015    

      Thanks. It’s all been sorta spur-of-the-moment, but that’s not a bad thing. I’m digging this unplanned travel thing. 🙂

      • shan's Gravatar shan
        June 23, 2015    

        Now you’re talkin’! And you thought I was crazy with all of my unplanned travel. 😉

        • June 24, 2015    

          Cavorting through your home state and neighboring states where English is spoken is slightly less adventurous than a solo trek around the world! But it has been fun, and an adventure.

  11. June 26, 2015    

    Whee! As usual, I am so far behind that you are probably home by now, but off I go to catch up on your awesome solo trip!

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