We were up early today to get down to Coleman PowerSports in Woodbridge, VA. With 10,104 miles on our tires, it was time to get them changed. We were told to expect 8,000…10,000 tops. We could have stretched them another 1,000 miles or so…but we wouldn’t really have a chance to get them changed at that point, so we decided to pull the trigger while we were laying over here in Virginia. Saturday is tire-day at Coleman, first come, first served. There were three 2-wheel motorcycles ahead of us when we arrived. They took the Spyder in shortly after 10:00 a.m. when they opened up for service and we were ready to role around 11:30 a.m. The guys at Coleman did a great job.
There was a guy dropping off his Slingshot to have saddle bags from Corbin installed. They won’t be put on until next week…bummer, we were looking forward to seeing what it looked like with the saddle bags. We considered the Slingshot as an option when we bought the Spyder, it just didn’t have any storage and wouldn’t work for the travel we wanted to do.
While we were waiting for the tires to be changed we met Major Wally Jabs – Retired and his daughter. Wally was getting a new scooter and waiting for it to be prepped. When we started talking about our trip, he gave us one of his challenge coins. Thanks for your service Wally! We also found out his daughter and her husband were getting ready to take a 3-week trip next month to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary. They’ll be headed out west each riding their own motorcycle. Hope they have as much fun as we are having!
With that task complete, we headed over to Red, Hot and Blue for some lunch. This is another one of those places Marj and her training team used to hang out when they were working at Fort Belvoir. Lots of good memories!
Alright…time to do some geocaching. You can read all about the geocaches on our geocaching page. We found three today, one each in Virginia, District of Columbia and Maryland. That brings our total for states visited so far to 18 plus the District of Columbia.
We had a great time seeing several of the monuments as we traversed around VA, DC and MD to find the geocaches.
A great day enjoying our capitol and learning a little history along the way. We stopped on the way back to the hotel at Trader Joe’s to pick up some of Chet’s favorite coffee, New Mexico Pinon. Our cashier was Thelma…when she saw our helmets she asked where we were from. When we told her NM, she told us her son lives in Santa Fe. She decided we needed a “Virginia Trader Joe’s bag” to take with us…so she gave us one for our groceries. As we walked out to the Spyder a little guy (Sammy) was checking it out, so Marj gave him a trading card and then we talked with his parents about our trip. As we pulled out of the parking garage, Sammy was waving like crazy telling us goodbye.
We ended the day watching game 3 of the Stanley Cup. Bummed to see the Pittsburgh Penguins lose in OT 3-2 to the San Jose Sharks. The Pens are still up 2 games to 1.
Mileage Today: 97 miles Total miles for the trip: 5,726 miles