Hubby’s Big Loop Ride Has Begun

21 May

FCT_014May 21 is finally here. After months upon months of planning, and, before that, talking about this for years, Hubby Mike has set off for his loop around the good ole US of A.

This ride, known to motorcyclists as the USA Four Corners Tour, is sanctioned by the Southern California Motorcycling Association. As their Web site says…

The rules are simple. You have 21 days (or less) to ride your motorcycle (or trike) to these Four Corner cities of the United States; San Ysidro, CA; Blaine, WA; Madawaska, ME; and Key West, FL using any route and sequence you desire. You do not have to return to the first corner to finish the event. The ride is approximately 7000 miles (depending on your route), not including your travel to the first corner and your ride home from your final corner.

If all goes as planned, between now and June 6 — 17 days — he’ll cover roughly 10,000 miles (16,093 km) as he loops around the US.

Quite an adventure, eh?

He’s very excited. And I’m very happy for him. He’s literally been talking about this since 2000 when we bought our first bikes.

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4:05 a.m. Departure

He’s done long, solo rides before, but this is the longest. This is the reason he traded in the zippy “little” BMW F650GS for that big-ass “battleship,” as Yves called it, of a bike.

Yes, I’ll miss him. Yes, I’ll worry. But I’ve never been one to let “what if” stand in the way of achieving a dream, big or small.

If you’d like to follow along or periodically check his progress, CLICK HERE. That link will take you to his Spotwalla tracker map. A map that’ll get a lot of views by me for sure!

Yes, I’ve already checked his progress about 10 times in the last hour.

I’m sure some of you are wondering why I’m not tagging along. It’s simple, really. Covering long distances over a set, condensed period of time just doesn’t appeal to me. I like to take my time on trips, traveling at my own pace, seeing what I want to see, when I want to see it.

Long distance riders are a rare breed. Hubby is one of them. When he brought up the idea of his doing the ride this year, I said, without hesitation, “Go for it.”

Life is too short and too fleeting NOT to do something you really, REALLY want to do when the opportunity presents itself.

So, I’ll be living the life of a bachelorette for a couple of weeks. While that handsome Hubby of mine clocks some serious miles. He’ll be stopping for a brief visit with Shannon in San Diego. He’ll also get to see Amy, TJ, and the grand kids in Washington. And then he’ll head back home to me. I’m already looking forward to his return.

I love you, Honey.

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Me and Mike

Ride safe, and have fun!

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Check his progress: Hubby’s Tracker Map

11 thoughts on “Hubby’s Big Loop Ride Has Begun

  1. Wow! What a great trip. And this post is such a wonderful tribute to it. I wish your hubby well.

    When it comes to long-distance rides, I’m with you. I’ve done hard-core riding (maximum distance, shortest time) but prefer a slower pace with time to savor the sights. Otherwise it’s just a grind with blurred scenery.

    • Thanks, ShyB. Taking in the scenery, sights, and special sites is what I enjoy most about my moto jaunts. But I “get” his desire to do this. Hopefully he’ll capture some pics for us.

  2. A trip of a lifetime.

    I am glad he decided to set out on his dream trip and I know you’ll be counting the days until he pulls back into the driveway.

  3. Awesome. Best wishes to Mike on this exciting adventure of his. I certainly hope that he considers sharing his stories and photos upon his return, maybe in guest posts on toadmama.com?…

    • Ry, one can only try. He’s not the blogging type. I wish he would do some guest posts. I’ll probably just have to share for him. 🙂

  4. I checked the tracker earlier today, when he was right on the border of South Carolina and Georgia and I thought, “Wow, he’s moving fast, making good time!” That’s because he actually left about 2 hours earlier than I thought he was planning on. 4:05am, wow!

  5. So cool that Mike is following his dream! I am with you on that topic…I like to take my time and see stuff, not go for best time ever.

    Excited to see that he was in Del Rio, Texas this morning…we didn’t go that far west on our recent Texas trip, but have been out there before on the way to Big Bend.

    Safe travels, Mike!

    • Big Bend is on our list of places to see one day. 🙂

      I really like the Texas Hill Country, and am looking forward to seeing West Texas one day.

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