Last year I asked, “Did you ride as much as you meant to in 2010? Me, either. Do you plan to do something about it in 2011? Me, too.”
This year, I started off right, with a great trip to the Gulf Coast. I rode through five states in six days, meeting new people, eating great food and discovering some great BEST WESTERN Hotels along the way.
Then, a health scare took me off the road for a few months. I suffered a Deep-Vein Thrombosis as a result of confinement during a flight on a commercial airliner. I certainly didn’t plan that.
I resolved to recover and continue riding. I made up for lost time during late summer and into autumn.
I went on a fantastic trip to Western Oregon. I made some new friends at the BEST WESTERN Inn at Face Rock in Bandon, Oregon, and went on a memorable ride with Bandon Bill. I spent an afternoon tasting wines at the vineyards near the BEST WESTERN University Inn & Suites in Forest Grove, Oregon. I stopped by Mt. Saint Helens to see the famous volcano in Washington. It was a memorable trip.
I flew to Kelowna, British Columbia to join a group of Canadian journalists for a ride on the 2012 Harley-Davidson lineup, stopping at BEST WESTERN Hotels on both sides of the border. I rode across the US/Canada border in both directions for the first time. I rode a Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra Classic trike for the first time, up to the peak of the Road to the Sun at Glacier National Park, Montana. I met some fantastic new friends, all riders who share my passion for motorcycles and for travel.
I explored Eastern Washington on an Electra Glide. After starting out in Seattle, I rode to Bellingham and stayed overnight at the lovely BEST WESTERN PLUS Lakeway Inn. The next day, I met up with a group of Harley owners at Mt. Baker Harley-Davidson, and dealership owner Greg Head led us on a beautiful ride along the Chuckanut, one of the best roads in the area, until we reached a friendly lunch spot in Acme, Washington. I met some new friends, and have promised to return for more rides and future lunches. I continued on, exploring the unique topography of Eastern Washington and finding surprises and delights all along the way.
The common denominators on each trip: BEST WESTERN Hotels, Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, and fantastic people. And great food.
This year, I look forward to more of the same. Lots more of the same.
I hope you’ll enjoy the ride.