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I’ve been posting a lot to facebook lately.  It’s easy.  And it has a way of drawing me back in despite cavok.com being my preferred method of communication.  I have a post coming up about my time in Harlan, Kentucky, and the time I spent with my good friend J.D. Napier there. I had the incredible fortune to meet J.D. after getting myself completely lost on my first trip to Harlan.   More on that later, but for now a quick shot of us together with the Giant Blacksmith’s Anvil J.D. has constructed right there on site.

J.D. Napier and Jordan with the world's biggest anvil?

J.D. Napier and Jordan with the world’s biggest anvil?

 

For now though, I’d like to record a few thoughts from today’s trip toward Chicago while they’re still fresh in my mind.  Parts of this are pulled from a facebook post, and I’ve added a few things in too..

A chilly start in Harlan, KY

A chilly start in Harlan, KY

Had an incredible day out on the move today. Leaving Harlan this morning, fog coated the fall coloured forest on Pine mountain, and filled the Hollows beneath. The air was frigid and numbed my face as it flowed over ThirstyGirl’s windshield. Riding over the gently curving mountain roads, I experienced a moment of pure joy that I’ve not felt in decades. Tears welled up in my eyes, and I yelled whoops of pure elatement in to my helmet visor. I’d set a camera up on the motorcycle fender to capture that section of the ride, but it ended up not recording so you’ll have to take my word that it was one of the most incredibly beautiful scenes I’ve encountered in my lifetime.

Martins Fork, Harlan KY in the early morning

Martins Fork, Harlan KY in the early morning

Headed for Chicago, I had the incredible fortune to catch up with some incredible people. First a coffee and an ever so short visit with my good friend Jeff Ross in Barbourville.

Jordan and Jeff at The Ugly Mug

Jordan and Jeff at The Ugly Mug

And another stop for lunch with an awesome dude, Chase Satterwhite in Lexington. (Oops, we should have grabbed a photo too..) It was fantastic to catch up with both of you guys, and I appreciate your taking the time out for a visit today. That was icing on the cake.

Bedded down in Lafayette, Indiana and managed to get the last room in the hotel.. The Presidential Suite. Oh yeaaahh… The only thing this room is missing is a special someone to share it with. Given the epic nature of today’s trip, I’ll concede this isn’t a total necessity!

I feel as though I do lead a charmed life, but it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to truly appreciate it. I’m filled with gratitude for everything that I’ve experienced today and leading up to today.