I'm old enough to remember when planning a great vacation tour took a few weeks. The first step was to narrow down the wish list of destinations to three or four areas. Step two was mailing off to state tourism departments to get maps and booklets. After a couple of weeks the materials were all in hand and step three could start, matching the dreams found in those booklets to the available budget.
(February 15, 2014) - In October I will mark my 50th year of motorcycle riding. Hundreds of thousands of miles after my first ride I'm just as excited to let out the clutch and begin a ride today as I was then. Of course, the priorities have changed a bit. Back then the excitement was all about learning to be cool as I moved from the pedals of my Schwinn to the foot pegs of a three speed Hercules with a small Sachs motor. Today it's all about finding a good reason to smile as I become a senior citizen with all of the associated privileges, honors, medical problems, and excess time available to me every day.
During the last several weeks I've been reworking the templates of RoadsAndRiders.com and adding a new feature that I hope will make the site more useful and enjoyable for all users. One goal is to make it relatively simple for touring riders to navigate the site and to share their stories, photos, and video if they so desire.