Saturday night before the ride Dad came up with a good idea for a ride which involved heading up to Bedford, Virigina to see the D-Day Memorial. Dad said that he and Mom and been to the memorial before, but if I had any interest he would love to go again. Well, being the history nerd I am... I was up for it!
Before we left it looked like there was a good chance that we would get wet due to a front that was moving through from the west. Our best bet looked to be to the north and potentially miss it and come back down behind it. So with that in mind we headed up Hwy 52 to Hwy 8 like I did earlier in the week. I enjoy that road so much I am pretty sure I could ride it everyday and not get tired of it...
Rolling up Hwy 8 just shy of Danbury, NC. We got in line with a group of bikes including this trike... surprisingly he was doing pretty well in the corners.
In order to get over to Bedford from Hwy 8 we needed to take SR-40 across to SR-122 into Bedford. Now the last time I was on SR-40 was a couple years ago in the spring. The road was covered in so much gravel and dirt that it was no fun at all to ride. I even have video of that run and I happened to recording at such an angle that you can see the back tire slide as I run across some rocks in the road. So needless to say I was a bit nervous to head back that way again. Fortunitly for us the state had been hard at work cleaning that road up and had even repaved sections of it! The road was in amazing shape and was a joy to ride again!
At this point I can't remember if we had made it to 122 yet or if we were still on 40, but it was getting close to lunch time and we just happened to come across a Dairy Queen... To make Mike Brown happy, we decided to pull off there and grab a quick lunch before heading on into Bedford. I suppose his Goldwing has been rubbing off on the FJR and the FZ6.
Once we got into the Bedford, we made our way into the welcome center to purchase tickets for the memorial. On our way out the door we noticed that some dark clouds had started to move in and on our way up to the memorial the rain began to fall. We managed to get off the bikes and into the gift shop before the bottom fell out. Once that cell had passed through, Dad and I headed out and began walking around the memorial.
They had set this up so that the beginning of the memorial explain edthe events that led up to invansion by displaying statues and plaques that gave biographies on some of the key leaders in the D-Day invasion. The center peiece of the memorial were the statues and mock up of the Normandy beach. Around this area were all the names of the American soilders that lost their lives during the invansion. Finally the memorial came to a close as you passed down a row of trees that led to various other statues of political figures and leaders of the era following D-Day.
An amazing speech, one that would be difficult to give knowing that it was a going to be a slaughter..