Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Los Banos, CA, USA
Re: The Long Distance Touring
I divide long distance riding and the riders who do that into 3 major categories:
1) Road Riders These are the rides done by those just to experience the feeling of riding and getting away from usual monotone lifestyle by being on the road and immerse themselves in the middle of a constantly changing scenery. This type of riding is similar what those Iron Butt riders does. I mean style-wise. The whole goal is keeping the wheels turning as long as time and stamina allows. Great riding style for riders with type A personality. Generally not much planning involved. Eat when you're starving, go to bathroom before relieving yourself into your pants, stop and move around when you can't feel your butt, etc.,
2) Destination Riders These are the typical riders who do an Alaska tour, or ride over 1000 mile to go to BMW Rally in TX or GA or those who decide to experience Sturgis. The most riders in this category plan everything months in advance. Departure date, fuel stops, meal stops, accommodation stops, hotel reservations or campsites, arrival date and return date etc., They plan all aspects of this type of travel. Not much stops along the route or photo ops at every interesting vista point along the route. These riders generally are always on the go, because they have a place to be and a schedule to follow.
3) Fame Riders These are IMHO are generally (not always) are the guys with too much time or money or both on their hands or just the opposite end of that spectrum and have none of those at all... Extreme ends of the what you and I call normal people. They do this type of riding for the sensational headlines to create. Like Ewan McGregor and Charley Booman's "Long Way Round" Not many of us who work 48-50 weeks a year in order to pay a mortgage, send 2 kids to college, make 2 car payments can take few months off and circumnavigate the earth while a support vehicle and 2 engineers and a camera crew follow us. Simpler version of this type riding is the ones like 4 corners ride. Some riders think this type of riding will ensure them a place in the biking community and get some fame. Seattle to San Diego then to Key West and last stop Bangor, Maine... Ta da...
Still no matter what category above fits your long distance riding style, if you ever do any one of those you'll end up with a BIIIIG SMILE on your face...
In 1991 I was 33 years old and after returning from the battle field in Iraq ( Desert Storm ) I was kind of depressed and in search of the meaning of life and what I wanted to do the next. Then I passed in front of a bike dealership. There I noticed a 1991 Honda Transalp dressed up like a Paris-Dakar type of extras on a fake rocky hill display. About 2 hrs later I was riding to that bike to the nearest port. Then a few days at that port town and a ticket on a Ferry to Trieste, Italy. Started in Trieste ended in Trapani, Sicily then onto another Ferry to Egypt, then Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal and then back on to a container ship to London, UK. Approximately 4,5 months...
Trip of a lifetime, experiences of a lifetime but now at age 61 if you pay me a million $ I won't do it again! But for $1 I'll tell you stories for the next 4 months!
Ride safe friends!
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