Myself and a couple of guys I ride with are trying to make an annual bike trip in mid/late May. Last year, our trip took us to Birmingham for the Barber Motorsports Museum (AWESOME!), then to Pensacola, FL and along the gulf coast to Tallahassee, up through Thomasville, GA and into Athens, GA and finally back to East TN through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I failed to document last year's trip very well and didn't want to make the same mistake this year. I made several mistakes in planning the trip last year and learned from those mistakes to make this year's trip even better. The other two guys I ride with became friends/riding buddies through me. I suppose that is how I ended up being the one to plan the trips. For background, one of the guys is the pastor at the United Methodist church I attend and the other is a retired former coworker. The former coworker rides a Goldwing Trike and the pastor rides a Vstrom with side and top boxes. I ride a 2014 Wing. I fancy myself a bit of a storyteller, so I will apologize in advance for the length of my posts but hope you will find it an enjoyable read. I will create a separate post for each day and include some pictures, as I could not find the camera I wanted to take and only had my phone to take pictures with. Unfortunately, it was captive in my waterproof holder (secured by a zip tie, more on that later) and was not accessible. Thanks to Ronny (trike) for taking pictures and lending me his phone with which to take pictures for those that we have. I hope you enjoy.