Thursday, April 12, 2007

If you are not a motorcyclist...

Picture: Lisa takes it easy at the 2006 National Rally in VT.

Word about my trip is getting out at work. The reactions are amusing.
Here is a Typical response:
Me: I’m taking 5 weeks off at the end of June, and most of July
Them: Oh, that’s nice. I could never take that amount of time off.
Me: Well, that’s why I’m a contractor.
Them: Are you doing anything special.
Me: Yes, my daughter and I are touring the country on my motorcycle.
Them: Oh. I think we’re going to the Cape.

The concept of touring the country is so inconceivable that many listeners can not even pull together a reasonable response; or they compare my trip, with the same-ol-same-ol that they will be doing.

But once in a while, like today, someone will respond to the trip, and actually ask questions, indicating that I should go on and describe my trip in more detail.

For the benefit of my family and friends who do not ride, here is the non-motorcyclist description of what’s going on:

On June 16th Lisa and I are hopping on the bike and heading to Hampton Beach, after we gather a little beach sand to bring with us, we are heading West…for a couple of weeks. We are taking the Northern route. Some of it will take us to Canada, but for the most part, we will be traveling on US 2, heading toward Portland, OR. I did a lot of this route myself when I rode to Spokane, WA in 2004. After taking in some Pacific Ocean views we’ll be heading to the motorcycle rally in West Bend, WI (just outside of Milwaukee). In between we hope to have some great adventures, meet interesting people, and visit some sights. Lisa will get the hands-on geography lesson of her life.

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