Shamrock Tour® - Bristol, Virginia

Text: Florian Neuhauser • Photography: Christa Neuhauser, Florian Neuhauser, Sarah Mauk

A late spring tour in the southern mountains often brings rainstorms along for the ride. On the way to Bristol, the dark and ominous clouds chase us wherever we go. Then, finally, in Jefferson, the rain gets a hold of us and doesn't let go until we get back to Bristol.This late May trip combines many objectives. Spend time with my mum, Christa, and my girlfriend, Sarah, scout the area for the 2010 Touring Weekend, celebrate my birthday, and test out Midland Radio's BT2 communication system. Will all this prove to be too much for a first journalism assignment? Perhaps, but I'm more worried about riding in thunderstorms and using a communication system with Sarah for the entire trip. All three of us were supposed to be connected, but I put my foot down arguing that one woman in my helmet was more than enough! Christa is riding the 2009 Honda VFR800, and Sarah and I are on the 2010 Triumph Tiger — great motorcycles for this part of the country.

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