This is a small introduction for Project Oxcart, and a bit about myself.
This summer (2020) I'm riding my Blackbird around the entire US to go see every SR-71 Blackbird (and all of the variants). There are 29 of them spread out all over the states. I am departing right after the Memorial Day 'Rolling to Remember' ride in Washington DC (formerly Rolling Thunder). From there I am headed south, down to Cape Canaveral, Fl and hopefully watch a rocket launch. Then back up florida and head west, across Texas to Southern California. From California I will head north up along the west coast all the way to Seattle. Then I will snake my way east all the way to New York City. Then finally, back down south to Virginia. I'm guesstimating it will take about 3 months and about 10,000 miles. I am just going to go at an easy pace and if it takes longer or shorter than I planned, then that's cool either way. It's all about the journey and the adventure. Not how quickly I need to get back or how many miles I need to do in a day. That will drain the enjoyment out of just being on the road and living on a bike for a summer.
The how's and why's. That's what I get from family and friends as I told them that I'm quitting my job to go ride a motorcycle for a few months. Why am I doing this specific trip? I have a love of aviation. I've been working on helicopters my whole adult life. At some point in my mid 20's I started to get into motorcycles and I bought my first bike. 2007 Buell XB12Ss, the Buell Lightning. I love that bike (still own it). Then I got inspired...I watched Long Way Round. Maaaaaaan, that just looked like the trip of a life time. I day dreamed about doing something like that for years. Watching more documentaries and then things REALLY picked up when more and more people started Moto-vlogging on YouTube. That itch was getting real bad to go on a crazy motorcycle adventure. However, real life and responsibilities always seemed to be in the way.
I don't remember date's or how I put all the pieces together. I think I was showing someone a map depicting every location of every SR-71 in the US. I got to looking at it and it made a decent loop around the lower 48. There it was! My unique trip of my very own! One day I will ride a motorcycle and go see them all. Now, more and more day dreaming. The plan started to come together one piece at a time. But, I needed a bike to do it on. As much as I love my Buell, it is not a long distance touring bike. What to ride.....What to ride..... Hmmmm. Sure, I could go for a big comfy land cruiser like an H-D or Goldwing. I considered them as options and they would probably be the smarter way to do this. And then I remember a coworker telling me about this rocket his brother had. (cue the drum roll) A Honda Blackbird. That was it. There was no doubt in my mind (ok...there was some doubt). I was going to ride a Blackbird to go see every Blackbird.
More day dreaming and more planning. By this time I was working in Japan. Kind of difficult to start a trip like that while on the other side of the world. Then I got an opportunity to move to Canada on a short term contract. That was finally it. Everything seemed to line up. No more saying 'I will do it one day'. I moved to Canada and started making preparations. Most importantly, buy a bike. I found a great guy on here and bought his bike in July. I spent the remainder of the short Canadian summer getting used to her. I decided to wait until after the Christmas holidays before I really got the ball rolling with preparations for this summer. Now it is time to get the bike and myself all ready. These next 4 months are going to fly by. I can't wait.
Thank you everyone for reading. I'm looking forward to hearing from you all and sharing Project Oxcart with you,