The 2018 Tour Of Honor is now complete. The last day to secure and submit sites was October 31st. My goal was to ride more, work on navigation and finish by visiting seven sites. Well, two of three isn’t bad. I rode more. A lot more this year than I ever have before. My navigation skills are better, but still need work. I submitted only four of the required seven sites, so I am not a finisher this year. I don’t see this as a failure because I learned a great deal. I built confidence in myself and my abilities and next year I will start chasing memorials much earlier.
When I look back at where I started in April and where I am now, I can’t believe I’m the same rider! Since I personally put miles on three difference motorcycles this year, one that I sold and one I rented, I don’t even know how many miles I rode. But I feel the increase in my confidence and the change in my skills that is immeasurable.
After coming home from the PNW tour last summer, I realized that we had rode into a town with a memorial and I had no idea! Darn it! I’m still not sure I could have finished this year – the weather didn’t cooperate in the late summer and I had some personal issues crop up that got in my way. At some point I made peace with the fact that I was not going to hit seven memorials this year and that was fine.
Sign up for the 2019 ride starts on December 1st. I will probably sign up again, because even though I didn’t finish, I did contribute to a worthy cause. I had a great time riding and learned a great deal. I’m sure there are more lessons ahead and that if I apply what I learned this year, I will certainly finish next year.
Thank you to the Tour of Honor organizers for giving me a reason to ride and honor our veterans and first responders!