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After several years without a bike, in 2009 I bought an 08 Ninja 250 to commute on. WIth vacation time coming to me, I decided on the spur of the moment to ride from my home in Connecticut to see the USGP in Indianapolis. Just pack and go… no plans at all. Total freedom, which is the way it should be.

I’ve never been a fan of blasting along the Interstates, so my route for the trip consisted of pulling out maps and looking for the squiggly lines. I had to go straight to Indy for the race, but the trip back was mine to enjoy. I headed southeast to West Virginia and discovered motorcycle heaven… twisties forever and a truly gorgeous landscape.

A hop across the border into Virginia and I rode the length of the Skyline Drive. The strict speed limit was frustrating, but more than offset by the amazing views. Then a visit with my mom, who didn’t know I’d bought the bike… I just showed up in all my gear and surprised her. The look on her face was priceless!

To cap it off I rode past home and hit Cape Cod to visit my oldest and dearest friends. The perfect end to a perfect trip… and memories to last a lifetime!

Who says you can't tour on a 250?

Lookee what I found on the way to Indianapolis! (Yeah, I know, they told me it's a separate business now, but still....)

A must-visit if you're ever in Dayton. All the cool stuff that isn't in the Air & Space Museum in DC is here, including all the presidential aircraft except the current Air Force One.

THE BRICKYARD!!! 'nuff said.

The Doctor is in (he was later out... crashed during the race)

Defying the laws of physics....

The New River Gorge bridge in Fayetteville, West Virginia. Incredible sight.

Fayetteville, West Virginia

Skyline Drive in VA. Mile after mile of views like this.

Sunset over Cape Cod Bay on the last night of the trip. It does not get any better than this.

Written by Andrew Douglas

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