Hello, Paul Brown here. I‘«÷m posting here to tell you about a trip I‘«÷ll be taking over a three month period beginning in just a couple weeks.
But before talking about the trip, I‘«÷d like to thank you all for providing tons of information, support and encouragement, not specifically to me, but across the community in general. I‘«÷ve been riding off and on since the late 80‘«÷s but I‘«÷ve never become involved with a club before. Over the past year or so I‘«÷ve gotten involved a bit with my local BMW club (www.BMWBMW.org). I‘«÷ve also read a TON and posted a few times on both the MOA and ADVrider forums. Over the past year I‘«÷ve learned more about bikes and equipment than I‘«÷ve learned in my forty years prior. I've also made a few pals and look forward to making more.
So thanks! Without the good guidance I‘«÷ve gotten from you all, I‘«÷d be an unprepared mess as I set out on this trip (note that even with your help, I‘«÷ll still likely be a mess, but at least I‘«÷ll be prepared!).
Now on with the travel info. . . If there is interest, I‘«÷ll be happy to post updates & photos here. But at any point, the site I‘«÷ll maintain the most for all audiences will be here: http://www.beyondthedogpark.com
The site is a work in process, but here is the text from the first post:
Hello gang, I‘«÷d like to tell you about a trip I plan to take starting later this month. At the end of April I will hop on my motorcycle and head west. Far west. I will come close to water and then I will turn north. Far north. Really far north. Then I‘«÷ll turn around and take the shorter, 5,000+ mile route home. Planned stops include a dirt riding class in southern California; footraces in Idaho, British Columbia and Alaska; a challenging ride up (close) to the Arctic Ocean and a variety of other meet-ups with friends, family, motorcycling folks and perhaps a hash or two. I‘«÷m allowing three months for the tour.
This trip has been in the planning stages for quite a while and much thought and effort have gone into equipping the bike its rider for the tour. The bike is a 2002 BMW R1150GS Adventure, a de facto bike for long distance ‘«£dual sport‘«ō on-road/off-road riding. The rider is a 1966 human being with more than his share of wanderlust, a love for running and a fondness for beer. Both bike and rider are now equipped with provisions, armor and confidence.
I plan on keeping in touch while I‘«÷m gone. If all goes as planned, the latest info on this trip will be posted via a variety of services aggregated at www.beyondthedogpark.com
AND THERE‘«÷S MORE: I am raising money for the Dana ‘«ŰFarber Cancer Institute in memory of my father. The total amount raised is very much secondary to the number of people we can encourage to raise their hands (or click their mice) to help. That site is here: LINK
I suspect that most of us have felt an impact from cancer ‘«Ű if not directly then indirectly via friends or loved ones. My family presents an example as my father battled more than one type of cancer in his day. That day came to a close last fall when he succumbed to a variety of conditions, some directly aggravated by cancer and others by its imperfect treatments. I believe that the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is among our best hopes in fighting cancer. Again, the amount of your gift is secondary to the simple expression of your interest in supporting this cause.
I promise that my communications will generally not be requests for donations. They will be ride reports and tales of the unanticipated. Unless of course you all are too stingy to actually give a few bucks, then I‘«÷ll hound you like a bad in-law. . .