Ducati.ms - The Ultimate Ducati Forum - Reply to Topic
Thread: 28 Days On The Road Around Lake Superior Reply to Thread
Title:
Message:
Trackback:
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:
 

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Ducati.ms - The Ultimate Ducati Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










  Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

  Topic Review (Newest First)
Feb 25th, 2016 11:51 am
Motorcycle.com
28 Days On The Road Around Lake Superior


Quote:
In 2004 the TV miniseries Long Way Round was released and totally changed the worldís perceptions about motorcycle trips. Were people doing insanely long trips before Long Way Round? Of course. But Long Way Round brought this idea to the whole world, not just motorcycle nuts.

People now imagined their first big motorcycle trip being crossing Asia, or riding all of Africa, instead of just making it to the end of the block safely. And itís a great show. Tons of great moments, truly dramatic reality TV with great characters, images, story and sound.

But thereís one moment when Ewan McGregor pipes up, somewhere in Mongolia or Kazakhstan, and bemoans all of the things heíll never see because they were in too much of a rush to get to the next place. And yes, they had it hella tough Ė Mongolia has about 60km of paved roads, and most of them are in the capital city.

And then he says 'It doesnít matter Ė all these places I never got to see Ė it was the journey and not the destination' or some such blather.

Now, Iím not like the average rider. Most people have to work. Traveling is my work, so Iím privileged. But Iím also someone who has made a habit, even before I had this job, even before I had a job, to drop everything and head out for monster trips.

So when I heard this, at first I thought, 'Yeah. Yeah! YEAH!' because it helped me accept all the regret I had for the things I had missed from being late, behind, hungover, lost, lonelyÖ or just in a mood to ride without stopping for whatever reason.

But then a few years later, I was riding my first real bike around Lake Superior. A lumbering Yamaha XS750. We got to our campsite around Neys Provincial Park and there was a section of mountains that had some of the best sweepers and scenery, but we were in a rush and I just didnít get to enjoy it.

When we got to camp and started to set up, I said 'screw it' and got on my bike and went back and redid the whole ride, all the way back to Marathon. Since then Iíve been saying 'screw it Ė we need to go back' or 'we need to slow down' or flat out 'we need to stop' because Iím done with those regrets.

The point is that only when you have time to digest what is actually happening can you be present in the moment and gain from an experience Ė gain something deeper than bragging rights, that is.

Here are the 18 lessons I learned from 28 days on the road, mostly riding around Lake Superior, but also Northwestern Ontario and the Northeast.
Read more about 28 Days On The Road Around Lake Superior at Motorcycle.com.

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome