Weighing in after three days on the road

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

One of my friends has dubbed this "The trip of a lifetime". I guess he's right. Not that it's the best/longest/most exotic/most expensive, etc. trip, but it is one I've imagined for at least forty years. Whew! Time flies when you're having fun. No matter. The overarching theme is tied to having a partner who supports me in ways I come to understand more and more all the time.

A couple of months ago I shared with Robin my dream to "hit the road" without the encumbrances of time, commitment, money, etc. for an undetermined length of time and just explore this beautiful country. She immediately said, "If it's important to you, why don't you do it?" Wow! That's support. 

I began to hatch a plan. It immediately became obvious to me that being unabashedly spontaneous was not really who I am and would be inconsiderate of my wife and other commitments. Time to regroup. The best I could do was to create a loose schedule with just a few plans to visit friends around the country with provisos for the cooperation of weather and other circumstances. Such allowances while traveling long-distance on a motorcycle are prudent in the interest of safety and relative comfort.

On Monday, March 28th, I set out on  my 2011 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra, equipped with every gadget I could find that would help to ensure my safe, comfortable and informed travel. The accompanying photo was taken by Robin in our garage just before my departure.

The past three days on the road have been focused on outrunning the weather and "getting into the groove". There have been many beautiful sights along the way; the South's colorful spring flowers, bright green grassy meadows and rolling hills and intriguing homes of all kinds. Even so, I have not taken the time to double back and capture the images on "film". Why? Making time and the difficulty of finding a safe vantage point on two lane roads with no shoulders will have to suffice as my excuses. I promise to do better as the opportunities present themselves..................

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Carl von Schummer on


Pleased to hear that you got out and away before the weather interfered. Made it back from Ireland yesterday and would have loved to be there when you took off. All the the best to you and have a safe journey. Look forward to hearing about wyour adventures!

Donna Clapham on

John, So glad you're doing the blog so we can travel along with you vicariously. Hope it's a great trip and Tom and I are looking forward to seeing you in NM.

anne limbird on

john-living the dream! thanks for keeping us posted on your trip. safe travels! anne

Julia McMichael on

Are you reading ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYLE MAINTENANCE and doing 2 lanes? What a great idea!

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