My old Honda VTX1300s during a trip from San Diego to Vancouver, Canada
I challenge you to make a resolution right now.
All of us dream of big rides. Multi-day, multi-week…even multi-month. They dream, but rarely do. To pack a minimum of necessities, to have a vague idea of a destination, or a series of destinations, to load their bike and to take off.
All riders desire this, because all riders crave freedom. The freedom to go anywhere a tank of fuel can get you. To wake up camped in the forest and go to sleep in a hotel room in the city. To stop when you're hungry, fill up when you need gas and sleep when you're tired. To leave behind the mendacities that we create for ourselves, and live off of what we know.
I know all riders desire this, because it's exactly what every single one tells me when I speak with them about my trips. So why don't they do their own? Excuses. We all have them. Some are legitimate, some are self-imposed. Nearly all can be accommodated for, at least for a short amount of time.
So I challenge you, the reader, to resolve now to make a trip of your own. To ride onto somewhere you've never been. It doesn't need to be as grandiose as Alaska to South America. Make it within your own region, your own state or county even. Just make it happen. Cash in on those vacation days that Americans are so good at hoarding, and do it for yourself. Take it one step further, and do it alone. Step into a void without the safety net of another to fall into.
I guarantee, you'll come back with a better understanding of yourself…and will have some incredible pictures to show for it!
Sunrise over the Tikal Ruins, Guatemala. I had to run for miles to get this photo before the sun rose too high