My mom and I are close. We are go out to lunch and gossip close, call each other 5 times a day close, finish each others sentences close. We are take-vacations-together close.
We are drive-cross-country-and-back-yes-that-is-7,800 miles- close.
I kid you not. One of my favorite vacations EV.AH was when I drove cross-country with my mom. I had just bought a new car- like BRAND SPANKING new, not already has 45,000 miles on it new. And one evening, late, after Christmas Eve dinner and possibly a couple
bottles glasses of wine, I told mom we should TOTALLY drive cross-country together.
She was totally on board.
We spent the next several months planning our Northern-route there and Southern-route back. We would be stopping in Manhattan Beach, CA visiting my brother and his wife. My dad would fly out and meet us there. This was like a family bonanza vacation.
Doing a little bit of research, all the road trip travel books said to STAY AWAY from the Northern Route in early August because that is when the Harley Davidson riders have their annual Sturgis Rally and come from all over to attend.
That is EXACTLY when we had planned our trip.
And let me tell you, you should ABSOLUTELY play your trip during the Sturgis Rally!
It was fantastic. Everywhere we went from Idaho on there were Harley Riders every leg of our trip. When we stopped at Mount Rushmore we got the full effect. Harley’s lined the streets and you’d hear revving of engines constantly. Some of these bikes were absolutely incredible, and the riders? They were the nicest, most fun persons I’ve met on a road trip.
One of the most fun things on road trips is meeting new people and let me tell you, we were getting our fill of characters on this trip. One memorable moment came when we were at a “saloon” in Cody, WY. My mom and I were surrounded by big, leather clad Harley Riders at the bar. I was talking to one on my left and my mom was deep in conversation with another on my right. I wasn’t paying much attention until I turned to ask her a question and this comment I happened upon in their conversation:
Harley Rider: “You know, getting naked and being nekkid are very different. Getting naked is taking your clothes off. Being nekkid is taking your clothes off and being up to something.”
My drink about came out my nose. My mom was in hysterics and her and the Harley Rider “cheersed” each other.
That is one of the most awesome road trip memories of anyone ever. Nothing like being out with your mom talking about the difference between “getting naked” and “being nekkid!” Good times.
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