I planned the trip by placing a map on the table and drew an “X” across the country, like two traversing plumb lines that crossed in the middle This crisscross served as my guiding itinerary and expanded the scope of the geography and riding experience more than if I had traveled along a more horizontal route.
Facing my own personal crossroads back in the winter of 2004, I made the decision to travel across the United States. I created a two-legged “discover America” itinerary in which I would cross the country in west-to-east journeys that would occur in two separate two-week excursions. On the first leg of the journey (May 2005), I would travel from the Northwest to the Southeast, and on the second leg of my trip (May 2006), I would ride from the Southwest to the Northeast. Somewhere in the middle of the “X” that would be formed by these two trips, I would find myself in the center of the country. I was drawn by the urge to make the crossings by motorcycle. That, in my mind, would be the best vantage point from which to capture all that one could see from the road—unobstructed by roof posts, tinted windshields, headrests and rearview mirrors. Taft Bulletin Fall 2009 25
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