The human experience is marked by a series of "memorable"
events, or benchmarks. Each of these gets our attention or sets
our life in a new direction. For a male of the species these include,
but are not limited to, such things as a circumcision, graduation
from high school or college, joining the military, getting married
or divorced, and retirement. I was going to include dying, but no
one is entirely sure just how that experience changes us, so we'll
leave that one out of the discussion.
Actually, the only experience I really want to talk about here
is retirement because the trip you are going to be reading about
is the result of my retirement from education after 33 years, and
from a continuous work life of some 42 years. From this point on
I no longer am obligated to be a responsible, productive, employee
for anyone, but can instead now indulge myself in being an irresponsible,
doddering, addle-headed old man, bent on living a foolish life.
I might as well get a start at it.
Linda and I will be embarking on an 11,000-mile trip around the
United States. I am calling this trip a "Three and a Half Corners
Trip" because we have no plans at this time of including the
New England states. We do hope to hit Washington State, take the
northern route to Canada, down to South Dakota, over to Pennsylvania,
south to Florida, turn west for Louisiana, go north to Missouri,
hang a left to Colorado and Utah, then southwest to San Diego, California
and up the west coast to home. I hope that sounds as neat to you
as it does to me.
Along the way we have made reservations at only three places, Lake
Tahoe, CA, Anacortes, WA, and Prince of Wales Lodge in Waterton
Park, Alberta, Canada. The rest will be catch-as-catch-can. I'm
looking forward to the adventure.
Since this is a motorcycle ride, I will try and tell other bikers
the route we're taking and include pictures of the things we see.
If you like the descriptions and the pictures, I hope you find yourself
saying, "I'd like to take that ride!" If you do, this
addition to my website will have been a success.
I am again indebted to Dave Montgomery for the use of his beautiful,
black, Escapade motorcycle trailer. I keep telling all of the Harley
riders I meet that the trailer belongs to my Harley riding neighbor,
and they are all impressed that anyone would loan such a beautiful
trailer, and to a Goldwing rider to boot. Anyway, this retirement
ride would not have been possible without Dave's trailer and I want
everyone to know how much we appreciate Dave's generosity.
For our friends and family, just follow along, look at the pictures,
and email us from time to time and let us know how you're doing.
We look forward to hearing from you. Let's get started.