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I read an article in a motorcycle magazine about a travel concept called “Chaptering” — breaking up a trip into pieces, or “chapters.” Here’s the idea using a motorcycle: Ride from Point A to Point B, arrange to store the bike at Point B, fly home, and after some, or even a lot of time, has passed, fly back to Point B and resume riding to Point C. Then “rinse and repeat” this process until Point D, Point E or Point Whatever have been accomplished. It could be done as a roundtrip, or have the bike shipped back from the final Point.
Yahtzee! This looked like it could work! I get to travel far and wide and the dogs don’t rip up the garden.
Like last summer’s ride, Dee will be joining me on this adventure and we set about making plans for what we’re calling the “Epic Chaptering Ride 2016.” The ride will be comprised of four chapters, one per month over four months, June through September, with each chapter lasting between 12 to 14 days, and ultimately covering over 8,000 miles by the time we reach the end of Point D. The majority of travel will be on backroads, versus main highways, and have been selected for scenery, family and friend visits, road trip oddities and general motorcycling fun.
- Chapter One, June: Los Angeles to Seattle, Washington
- Waypoints: Mammoth Lakes and Volcanic Scenic Highway, CA, Klamath Falls, Crater Lake, Columbia Gorge and Hood River, OR, Mt. Rainer and San Juan Islands, WA and Victoria, British Columbia
- Chapter Two, July: Seattle to Dow City, Iowa
- Waypoints: Coeur d’Alene, ID, Beartooth Pass, MT, Mt. Rushmore, Black Hills and Badlands National Parks, SD
- Chapter Three, August: Dow City to Buffalo, New York
- Waypoints: Wisconsin Dells, Michigan Upper Peninsula and Niagara Falls, NY
- Chapter Four, September: Buffalo to Nova Scotia, Canada
- Waypoints: Adirondack Mountains, NY, Montreal, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Cape Breton Island, Halifax and the Bay of Fundy, Canada
We’re departing from home Thursday, June 2 and expect to complete Chapter One on June 12 with a flight home from Seattle.The other three chapters are still being planned out, but we have the general destinations in mind.
We’ll ship the bike back from either Maine or New Hampshire (open to suggestions) and fly home sometime around the end of September.
We’d love to get your advice on must-sees, must-eats, say-hi-tos and avoid-at-all-costs. I’m planning to post a couple of times on each chapter as it unfolds and, as always, we love hearing from you on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and texts while we’re on he road.
Now, if you’ll all open your books and turn to Chapter One, we’ll begin…
Travel safe. And often.
Chapter One: Y-A-MTRBK?
Posted on August 12, 2018 by Fund Deed
Fair question. And one I get asked often in one form or another. “Why do you ride a motorcycle?” “Why do you travel on a motorcycle?” “Motorcycles are dangerous. Are you nuts?” It’s both easy — and hard — to explain. I love motorcycles. I love motorcycling. Motorcycles are “my thing”....Show More
Chapter One: Got Friends?
Posted on August 12, 2018 by Fund Deed
Greetings from Orcas Island, somewhere in the San Juan Islands of Washington’s Puget Sound. We’ve been on the road for seven days now. Sorry it’s taken so long to post, but the pace has been, well, brutal. Self-imposed brutal, to be fair, but brutal nonetheless. We’ve covered over 1,700 miles in....Show More
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