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BIG LYNN LODGE – What a GRAND way to break in the Z400!

Twisty roads and scenic vistas – what a great place to ride!

Earlier this spring, I had to make a decision on what rally I would do over the summer. Last year I attended the Red River Gorge Rally in Mt Sterling KY. That was a great event and I will return in the future. However this year I had to choose between the Red River event and the Big Lynn Lodge gathering. I had not been to Big Lynn so that event won out.

I booked my room and started to look for a roommate. My friend Rob Burditt was the obvious choice. Our riding styles are compatible and we seem to get along. The two things that make up good roommates on these motorcycle events. We spoke and decided that since we would be trailering to the event we might as well bring our non touring machines. Bob has a beautiful ZRX that he can load up into his little transit van, so he was set. About a month ago we went and purchased Jamie a new motorcycle. She is a newly licensed rider and she has not been able to break in her new machine. What better way to break in the Z400? I would take the little Z to Big Lynn and I have to say I am so glad I did!

Bob would meet me at the lodge as we were coming from different directions. I had to work on Wednesday so I had the Z400 loaded up and ready to go. I made it through the day and headed out around 4PM. It was HOT and I was glad that I made the choice to trailer instead of riding the Big Versys. This was a much more comfortable ride. I made it all of the way to Paducah KY before stopping for the night. I was glad I had driven so far, as now the trip on Thursday would be an easy one.

I got up early Thursday morning and hit the road. Visions of twisty roads in my head. I was really looking forward to a break from work and I could not think of a better way to do that than riding these great roads. The drive was pretty easy and I rolled into the Lodge around 12PM. I could not check in that early, so I decided to unload the Z and run down the road to have lunch at the Little Switzerland Inn.

While sitting at the bar enjoying a burger, a lady and her son came to the bar. She seemed a little distraught. Come to find out her some was having a little diabetic issue and needed to eat right away. They ordered food and sat down next to me. I started to chat with Corbin her son. What an engaging young man. He told me that he creates greeting cards, drawing and painting the pictures himself. He gave me his card and was so excited talking about his website. His eyes lit up when talking about his art. It was a great experience and this young man warmed my heart. I picked up this young mans tab for his lunch. Corbin made my day and made me smile. Thanks Corbin! Go check out his website.