The Early Years
My earliest recollection of travel is 1950s riding the North Coast Limited between Missoula MT and St Paul MN. There was Sue the Stewardess Nurse to keep an eye on me and the old codgers in the smoking room swapping tales of fishing, hunting, and far away places. Later I hitchhiked between Montana and Minnesota learning about out of the way places and peoples? families and passions. It seemed that after every trip I found another place to visit plus I needed to return to where I had just been. Over Easter break in the mid 60s I spread my hitchhiking wings and headed to Dallas. The destination was the Kennedy assassination site the purpose was to see a different part of the US of A.
My last hitchhiking trip was in 1970 through parts of Mexico. When my buddy and I started the six-week sojourn buses and trains were our primary source of transportation. Once we began thumbing we saw the roads less traveled; there is more to communication than words, our cultures are a lot more alike than different - the differences are important and the interior country can be magical. The trip also taught me the value of getting lost.
I have been fortunate to travel around the county for both business and vacation.
On the east coast
New York and Washington DC ? a minimum of four days
Charleston ? history is interesting and look for an oyster roast
Savannah ? enjoy the sites and have a drink at the ?17hundred90? bar
Some day I would like to ride motorcycle through the Smoky Mountains up to New England and New Brunswick ? need a little more vacation for that journey
On the west coast
San Francisco ? I would return on a moments notice
Wine Country ? smaller can be better
Seattle ? When you have mountains and ocean how can you go wrong?
My motorcycle has seen the Olympic Peninsula, Mount Rainier and points east. I would like to travel the western seaboard from Portland through Northern California.
During the summer months my wife and I usually plan a ten-day motorcycle trip to the Rocky Mountains and points west. There are children and grandkids in Denver Colorado so they get a fair amount of attention. I have brothers and a sister in Montana and I try and get back there every year. Family is important and with our trips we get to see a lot of great scenery and meet a lot of folks. Utah has some great national parks and Yellowstone can be seen many times. When riding the bike we shun the four-lane roads but do like pavement.