Last night, Rhonda and I did our annual Friday night trek (only twenty miles, but still) to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. You would think that after having been there nearly every year since I can remember that I would no longer be amazed. But I am. The size of it, the variety of people, the bikes and the venues are incredible.
On day zero...
The blog posts will get more interesting.
The pictures will be more vibrant.
The videos will have more action.
And, I am pretty certain I will be learning a lot from our people.
Have you heard the new title I've given myself for this ride? I am the new CLO of BRC (Chief Listening Officer). I heard that concept from a very successful leader and I liked it so much I'm stealing the concept and applying it to this whole tour.
Without recreationists' involvement, I am just taking a really loooooong ride!
As you can well imagine, I have given a great deal of attention to this Turn the Tide Tour these past few days. The two things that I keep coming back to are the intent of the effort and the need for it to have people engaging with that intent.
In order to really be successful, we need to make this big. Political significance with our issues and concerns, means bringing a message to our leaders from hundreds of thousands, dare I say even millions of enthusiasts. Getting to those kinds of numbers is not going to be easy, but with your help I can. I need you to engage and there are several ways to do that: ...
I am headed out in a little over a week now and time is flying by. Seems like there just aren't enough hours in the day to get done what I need to before I leave. Although, my job doesn't end once I leave, so what I don't get cleared off the desk now, will just have to go with me. There's no texting from the back of a motorcycle as you well know, but stops along the way, motels, and campsites will be my mobile office. Because BRC's members, partners, and those we advocate with regarding our issues are all over the US, my world is mobile anyway. I just adjust and get busy. Ain't technology grand?
Finally, as promised, we've posted up the initial map. It isn't perfect, but thankfully I have people less technically challenged than me working on making it so. Good thing that we have some talented people at BRC.
One day closer, time is really crunching now. But, as you can see, the bags are all mounted up, which checks one more item off the pesky ole to-do list. Rhonda still thinks it looks like I strapped a few ice chests to my bike, but I'm sorta digging the industrial look. I also like that the shape allows for much easier storage. The rounded off style of more traditional bags (I know this from experience) may be easier on the eyes, but tend to cost in cargo space. Plus, the flat tops allow for more area to strap down things like my tent and sleeping bag.
Working frantically on the schedule for the ride--hope to have it up yet this week. Lots of response from folks calling for a calendar and map, and they are right. I began to realize late yesterday this ride is likely going to be longer than I thought. Rather than 10-12k miles, I'm starting to think more like 15-20k miles. Yikes! That makes it like an occupy movement--as in--my butt is going to be "occupying" a lot of time in the saddle. Guess that's why so many people are making fun with descriptors like "Ironbutt" and "Monkeybutt" ride.
I am tired of what is happening to recreational access, so I'm upping the game on what to do about it. I am getting on my dualsport motorcycle and taking a ride around the country to rally recreation's grassroots. It's a long ride "around" the good ol' USA and a big personal investment, but this is not about me—it's more about you and what you have to say. It's about the future of recreation on public lands and waters. Join with me and, with your help, together we will Turn the Tide in 2012.