For the past 5 years… maybe longer… I’ve been planning a cross country motorcycle trip. The route has changed numerous times, the date has been pushed back numerous times, but ignore all those setbacks. This is the year.
There’s a few reasons that I think 2010 is the year of the Epic Ride to end all Epic Rides. First, and most importantly, I have a possible ride partner. A buddy of mine that went with me on Epic Ride 2009 wants to go this year and take on the mother of all rides. This is huge because it’s a lonely freaking road out there man, and having a brother to help deal with problems as well as celebrate the end of each long day of riding with a cigar and a beer is a great thing.
I also have family that I have not seen in several years. My parents live in Tennessee and are getting up there in age. I need to get out there and spend some time with them. My sister is in Virginia and I haven’t seen her in over a year. So it’s time to go back and give her a big hug as well.
Lastly, my daughter is quickly turning into an adult, and in a short time she won’t be interested in family vacations anymore. So this is an opportunity for her to see her grandparents as well as spend some time with immediate family.
Life is passing by too quickly, there can be no more delays.
The plan is to ride to Tennessee in 5 days, averaging 500 miles a day. I’m planning on taking a northern route through Nevada, Utah, Colorado and Kansas then down through Missouri to Tennessee. I’ll fly my girls out there since there’s no way I could talk Michelle into sitting on a motorcycle for that long. Once there we will rest a day, then ride out to Virginia to see my sister. We’ll spend two days there then ride back to Tennessee. After a day of rest, we’ll start the 5 day trip home, taking the quicker (but more boring) southern route through Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.
16 days. 15 states. 6000 miles. Epic Ride 2010. This is the year.