Epic Ride 2011: Almost Here

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For the last 4 years I’ve been doing what I like to call Epic Ride. It’s a long distance motorcycle ride consisting of at least several hundred miles, often thousands, and several days to someplace I’ve never been. It’s an adventure. It’s me, a machine and nothing but road. It’s interesting people and beautiful landscape. It’s quiet time with the Lord. It’s therapy.

This year I’m headed to our neighbors up north; Canada. I’m leaving very soon, and as I sit here in the garage getting my bike ready and all my gear laid out, I’m getting giddy thinking about LONG days on the bike with nothing but the rumble of the engine and the roar of the wind in my ears. It’s going to be fantastic.

Most people don’t really understand the appeal of long distance riding. They think it’s dangerous, risky, boring, whatever. That’s the routine of life talking. For me it’s bliss. It’s a time to turn off the world, and just enjoy time racing through God’s creation, completely exposed. The only better way to experience God’s amazing creation would be to walk, but unfortunately I don’t have that much time. But when you’re on the road, nobody can interrupt you. Nobody call call or email you or walk into your office. The road is mine. I stop when I fell like it, I eat when I feel like it. It’s my time.

So there’s a very private aspect to it, but there’s also a very social aspect to it. When you do stop, the people you meet are fascinating. We swap stories of where we’ve been and where were going. Theres a camaraderie.

So I’m just completely stoked. Epic Ride 2011 is going to be awesome. Stay tuned because I’ll be posting pictures and writing about my experiences as I head into the beautiful northwest.