Wow, all I can say is I made the right choice… I do not know if this will be the future of my New Years but it sure was great for this year, a year of 1sts… All without my Beloved, 1st Anniversary, Fathers Day, Mothers Day, Birthday, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Anniversary, Christmas and now New Years.
It was shortly after Thanksgiving when I realized what New Years would be, 2 days alone and miserable! I had plans to deal with all the other days but had not considered New years. I sat here at home, looking at the walls and telling myself that I could not deal with that.. over and over…
I was on the Motorcycle Touring Forum and saw that there was a Ride to eat in Brooksville, NW of Tampa. I decided to go, take Maggie and make a Road trip out of it. I looked up a bunch of people, many of which I had not seen in years and planned an 8 day trip.
day 1, met a friend for breakfast then arrived in Brookville and stayed with a friend… Fred and barbara Jewell, we met back along 2001 in NH with Rolling Thunder. Had a great visit and Barb fixd us all a nice Turkey dinner.
day 2, Went to the MTF event at the Coney, ate outdoors with Maggie and 15 others. Saw several that I had not seen in years.
Day 2 ended in Largo staying with friend for 3 days. I went to a friends daughters house for a New Years Eve gathering and knew her and her daughters from NH. Really enjoyed and kept me and my mind occupied.
day 3, took my friend to breakfast and then went and visited my granddaughter Jessie at her work in St Pete. She works at IHOP and made me proud, she would have made Lyn so proud too!
Day 4 my host worked and I did some work on her Computer, then went and visited Jess and her family at her new Mobile home. It was really nice to get to visit and spend some time with her, Rob and Tyson. That evening, found out my cousins Son has a restaurant in Largo so went there for dinner!
Day 5, back on the road, headed to Kissimmee to see my friend Wayne and Connie from NH, had not seen them since about 2004. Wayne was working so I visited with Connie until he got home. We went out to dinner at a sports Bar & Grill that had patio seting so Maggie could join us. Really had a great visit with them and Maggie snuck off to sleep with them! 🙂
Day 6, headed SE to Hobe Sound Near West Palm. I would spend the day and night with Patty Taggert and her husband Steve. Patty was my brothers 1st wife and I always liked her. Other than his funeral, it has been like 2000 since we have seen each other. What a great visit and we enjoyed a nice dinner in town.
Day 7 I traveled again, this time heading North to Titusville where I met with Randy Stallings. Last time I saw Randy was when I went to Florida tp pick up my Gold Wing in 2004. I met him at his work and then we went to lunch. It was great seeing him.
I finished off day 7 by heading off to Ormond Beach near Daytona. I stayed with Scott Newell, last saw him somewhere around 2010. He and his wife moved to Florida and he also lost his wife about a month after Lyn passed. We shared stories, went out to dinner and then in the morning (Day 8) grabbed breakfast at a biker bar on the way out of town.
I so enjoyed the trip, having Maggie along and getting to see so many people that were all a part of my life.