The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is a global-scale charity motorcycle ride that takes place around the world each September. Benefiting men’s mental health and prostate cancer research, it involves over 112,000 riders in 600 cities and 92 countries. The ride raises about $6,000,000 for important charities.
We’ve talked about riding abroad on an adventure, with Europe near the top of our list. In July 2016, we spent two weeks riding through some of the most amazing countryside, villages, town, and cities of seven European countries. One of the unique aspects of this trip was that it was totally unplanned. We had no pre-set route, no agenda. Each day we would decide where we wanted to ride over breakfast and where we wanted to sleep over afternoon coffee.
…idea was to purhase the bike roughly the same distance away as the break-in interval, and choose a route home that was inherently diverse in its speed and riding style to make it easier to follow break-in guidelines. Caldwell, Idaho is about 500 miles from Seattle if you ride directly via the interstates. Nothing could have been further from our plan.
On Saturday, September 6th 2014, I set off for a weeklong motorcycle ride to see Yellowstone National Park and a bit of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. I had never been to Yellowstone before, and planned to meet up with a riding buddy who rode out a few days earlier to spend time with his family in Montana. We didn’t have specific plans to meet up, so I rode out solo with no agenda other than to see Yellowstone and spend a week riding in new places.