From the beginning of time people have set out on journeys of discovery and adventure in search of new lands, riches, food and sometimes I imagine, just for the sake of discovery with no idea or concept of an outcome. Perhaps with just the resolve that it WILL bring change and that change will mean good things to come.
All great things, large and small have be borne of journey’s mated with discovery of one kind or another.
And it’s in hindsight that the journeys are seen as “good causes” - rarely in the moment.
Most journeys have not only changed the lives of those whom experienced the journey first hand, but others as well. Sometimes through the discovery itself, new lands foods or ideas and other times just through connection and information and the telling of the story.
The cynical observer may describe a motorcycle journey as a narcissistic hoarding of time and resources for lofty intangible ideas that benefit of now one. Yet when we hear these journeys that others have taken it fuels our imagination, jumpstarts ideas and creative thought for our own life and provides a window through which we glimpse, even if for a moment another way.
Not all journeys are planned, some come about through an event or outside forces. Michelle Lamphere is one of those adventurers.
Michelle Lamphere was born is South Dakota, Sturgis South Dakota. And yes that is the famous Sturgis that each year attracts hundreds of thousands of bikers to celebrate, well, I’m not sure what they are celebrating but it’s a big gathering and a huge party. Anyway, Michelle grew up seeing the event for both good and bad grow each year and because of that motorcycles were just a way of life for her.
But riding for Michelle was limited to short runs on her Harley Davidson and the desire to meld the bike with adventure travel didn’t come until a stranger came to town. And when he did Michelle’s life took an unexpected sharp turn.
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