Guest Blogger Sharing Experiences on the Road During 8,000 Tour

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July 22, 2012 | By: Jack Bethel

Editor’s note: Jack Bethel is embarking on an approximate 8,000 mile journey through Canada and down the East Coast. He has agreed to share his adventures through a series of blogs to J&P Cycles. This is his first, an introduction. Meet Guest Blogger Jack Bethel.

Hello, I’m Jack. I am a 23 year old college student from Colorado. In my free time I work as a bartender and manage a small cycling shop. I have been infatuated with all things two wheeled from a very young age, and bought my first motorcycle at 19 (the 2001 BMW F650gs that I will be riding on this trip).

I originally began touring on my bike to save money. When gas prices are high, a motorcycle is a lifesaver. Over time I realized that whenever I had a long distance to travel, not only was it frequently less expensive to ride, but far more enjoyable as well. So, I bid farewell to stress of airplanes and the monotony of cars, and took the scenic route instead. It takes longer to get where you’re going on a bike, but for me, life is about the journey as much as it is the destination.

These days, my travels have shifted more in the direction of adventure seeking. When I ride, I look for dirt roads or four wheel drive trails that I can take instead of asphalt, and where I can go to be as far away from people as possible. I spend just about every night in my tent, and rarely frequent established campgrounds (why would I pay for a piece of dirt to pitch my tent on? I mean seriously, that’s just illogical).

I grew up in rural Western Colorado, and spent as much time in the wilderness as I could. Backpacking, mountain biking, white water rafting, and skiing all taught me skills that I bring to my motorcycling. It is an incredible way to combine various pursuits and goals, and see the world.

I look forward to sharing this experience with the world, and I hope that in following my adventure, my readers might be inspired to take one of their own!

Enjoy the journey!

Comments (8)

Great to see that you are flourishing while wishing you a safe journey.

Will track your progress.

Warm regards, Michael

Hoping you keep the parts that don’t go exactly right to a minimum! I am most jealous. Ever had anyone hassle you about your choice of camping sites?

If your coming through upstate and i mean upstate new York im in Oswego new York. On the shore of lake Ontario. Come stay with me on your way thru. Its beautiful on the lake.

Good Luck, and keep the wheels down and rolling, sounds like a fun trip.

Look forward to reading your blog. Best of Luck, sounds like a great way to see our wonderful country. Hope you post pictures :-) Tracey from RI

i’ld love to see the map to this trip

Jack, This is a trip of a life time. God Speed and good luck. I can’t wait to read about your travels!!! Maybe I can interview you for Born To Ride Delmarva Magazine some day!!

I offer Jack the best of luck in this journey! It’s a hero’s tale for which he is well prepared.

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