Monday, 30 December 2013

Wide Open Spaces

Wide Open Spaces

OK, first a little geography lesson.  What do The Netherlands and France have in common?  The answer is they share a small, 37 square mile island in the Caribbean.  The island is St. Maarten (Dutch) – St. Martin (French) and it’s about 186 miles east of Puerto Rico. 

Although the island is one of the smallest islands in the Caribbean, it has the Official Harley Davidson distributor for the Caribbean and a 10-motorcycle rental fleet, which three friends and I took advantage of.

I grew up in the Northwest United States and moved to Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada 23 years ago and I've been exploring the back roads throughout both regions for years.  The Northwest US and British Columbia has some of the best roads for motorcycling anywhere on the planet, with wide, smooth and curvy back roads that have few cars and interesting small towns that beg to be rediscovered.  I knew I lived in one of the great riding areas of the world, but didn’t really appreciate it until my friends and I went riding on the island St. Martin in the South Caribbean.

St. Martin is beautiful and we had a great time exploring the roads and scenery that this Caribbean paradise holds.  An added bonus was being able to ride in January without waterproof and thermal gear.  However, with only 37 square miles to explore it didn’t take long to tour the island.  In fact in 6 hours we lapped the island twice, stopped a dozen times to take in the view and shoot some photos and had a pizza and beer at a beach front establishment.  I don’t think I got my Street Glide past 3rd gear.

My ride on St. Martin has given me a new appreciation for the Wide Open Spaces that I get to ride most of the year.  I may curse the occasional traffic and the wet winter weather from time to time, however these are small inconveniences that I would rather put up with then give up roads I have yet to explore.

If you have wide-open spaces to ride, consider yourself blessed.  If you don’t, plan a trip to the Pacific Northwest or British Columbia.  You’ll love it!

Gerald Trees
Dream Your Ride

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