In 2012 the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America (MOA) held their annual rally at the fairgrounds in Sedalia, Missouri. I generally avoid rallies unless they are held near a place I have always wanted to see, or the route there and back would take me through such places. In this case it was both. I had long wanted to check out the Oachita and Ozark ranges in Arkansas and Missouri, and I had also wanted to see more of the Appalachians. I laid out an ambitious route from Vermont south through West Virginia and a tiny corner of Virginia, then west along the Tennessee-Kentucky border.
Things didn’t go according to plan. Not even close. But we had a great time anyway!