How it all started…

Posted by TommyBoy on January 19, 2012 in Comments |

First, I’m an older guy, 67 to be specific. I’m actually kind of proud of my age; I’m a cycle-instructor at my local Y.M.C.A., where I teach 8 spin-classes a week. I also teach a ‘boot-camp’ class, and attend two others. My point here is that a lot of mature adults don’t pay attention to the physical side of their life, and I think a mistake is made in overlooking it. My exercise agenda has allowed me to participate in a more vigorous lifestyle; and I have recently become involved in “motorcycling.”

For a long time I enjoyed long-distance bike riding. I’ve peddled my bike across Iowa nine times, (500 miles, plus the training it takes to be able to do that.), and have ridden in a number of other long-distance bike events over the years. I finally reached a point where I didn’t want to do it anymore. What I wanted to do was ride a bicycle with a motor on it. If you think about it, that’s what a ‘motorcycle’ really is… a bicycle with a motor.

The more I rode my motorcycle, the more I wanted to ride. I had three different motorcycles as a young adult, and I remember wondering what it would be like to ride around America. I mean ‘specifically’ to ride around the perimeter of America… to literally circumnavigate the United States. The more I thought about it, the more reasonable it became.

Sooooooooooooo…. This coming March/April I will set out on my BMW (F650GS-twin), which I have named “Lee-Roy”. My plan is… to be already packed and ‘geared-up’, and then one fine morning to saddle up, and head ‘Leeroy’ south to Yuma, and take a left. Yuma, Arizona will be both my ingress and egress point. This circumnavigation is not meant to be a quick trip. There are a lot of long-time friends I haven’t seen in quite some time, and a lot of new-friends I want to meet for the first time. I view my trip as a once-in-a-lifetime adventure and I plan to ‘journalize’ from the road, which will include pics, observations/essays, videos, and ‘interviews.’

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