I gave up on New Year's Resolutions long ago...too depressing.  So I changed it up by planning my one or two big rides of the year on New Year's Eve.  Why not make a 'resolution' that is fun and one that you can stick to and actually look forward to.    

Truth be told, I had this resolution last year and scheduling got in the way so we had to put it off but hopefully this will be the year of the Dragon.

Day One {580 Miles} Ride out for Topeka and work Flag Patrols that evening.

Day Two {618 Miles} 0600 Wake-Up Call for the wbc compound.  Flag Patrol, breakfast and out of town by 10am to Sullivan MO to see Missouri 5 TL Gene Overhoff and his son Geno-O then it's hammer down for Corinth Mississippi to see Mississippi 1 TL Tommy Watson.

Day Three {450 Miles} Breakfast with Tommy then beating the pavement East through Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia into Tennessee to ride the Great Smokey Mountains and Deals Gap {The Dragons Tail}.  Nice easy day and find a spot with a great view and a hot tub!

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Day Four {650} Early breakfast and on the road at sunrise to riding NE through the rest of Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and into Philly to grab a REAL Philly Cheesesteak at Geno's

Day Five {300} Early breakfast and on the road by sunrise headed for the BIG APPLE!  We'll spend the entire day/night in New York City riding around in hopes of not getting lost in the South Bronx.  The ride from Philly is only a 100 but I included another 200 [minimum] for sight seeing on Day Five.

Day Six {200 Miles} Rest Day in New York - Sightseeing - Hopefully visiting with J4J VP and New York 2 TL Steve Gorney and his wife Sandra who live in Spencer New York.

Day Seven {450 Miles} Early breakfast and on the road by Sunrise heading North for Niagara Falls. [Possibly with Steve Gorney and his friends] We have a room booked on the Canadian side of the falls which I hear from a friend of mine, Jon Sill,  is the only way to truly experience the Falls.

Day Eight {500 Miles} Head out again at Sunrise and start back West with an overnight stay in Ohio or Indiana to see the Ohio 1 TL Erik Jon Barrett and his wife Julie and also the Indiana 1 TL Eric Turner.

Day Nine {716 Miles} Hammer Down for an overnight stay in Harvard NE at the home of the Nebraska 2 TL Ron Martin and his wife Michelle.

Day Ten {400 Miles} Early Breakfast and on the road by sunrise and home by lunchtime!

That is about 4500 miles as planned but we all know these things never goes as planned.  Who cares I say!  As long as I get my REAL Cheesesteak in Philly, ride the Dragon and see the Big Apple I will be happy.