I started riding (motorcycles) again last year and have been going strong since rekindling a long lost passion. I started riding when I was 9 years old, albeit on trails, dirt and backcountry. I strongly believe that those early years really formed my riding skills and made me a better rider. I also am not naive to realize that you need to keep training and getting better.
To that end, I decided to take an advanced skills course earlier this year which helped tremendously in the realization that there were skills that needed to be practiced. I took this course just prior to leaving on our ten day trip south along US HWY 101 along the Oregon coastline and then branching on to CA HWY 1 (Pacific Shoreline). This trip really made an impression – both on myself and my wife. To the point that now we are planning an excursion somewhere in the great land each and every year.
The planning for this trip was a lot of work given that there were originally ten of us going. When you have that many people traveling together, you have to ensure that there are places for you to stay once the ride day has come to its’ end. This involved trying to figure out which daily destinations made sense, especially given that our trip was constrained to only ten days… so much to see and do and so little time. There were so many other factors also that came into play. With the number of people going on this trip, there were so many wants and needs that had to be taken into consideration. The end result was a very structured and definitive travel itinerary with long days experienced by all. Don’t get me wrong. We all had a great time, but in hindsight I have learned a number of valuable lessons.
- Less is more – I will never again have a vacation trip with this many people going. It is just too difficult to accommodate everyones’ needs and have a stress-free vacation. In the future, we will be either going by ourselves or at maximum, have two other couples along for the journey.
- Let everyone do their own – do not take on the burden or responsibility to plan everything on behalf of everyone else. Even sharing the plans and seeking collaboration and/or comment doesn’t result in any real contribution.
- Really know who you are traveling with – travel with good friends. People that are really close to you. It makes the experiences so much better.
So, I will be taking these principles with me when we plan our next journeys.