Eric Cave

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Eric Cave

When I was a kid my mom always said “no way” to riding a motorcycle, and while I was married my wife said the same thing. But after I got divorced, I decided I could do anything I wanted.

So in fall 2010 I bought a 2006 Harley-Davidson® Dyna® Super Glide (the red-white-and-blue 35th Anniversary edition), loaded it with retro custom parts, and joined Harley Owners Group®. In January, I went with a friend to Hawaii, where we rented Harley® motorcycles and rode the famous Hana Highway. With the hardest state out of the way for the ABCs of Touring contest, I decided to go all out.

There’s no way I can tell you here all the incredible stories I lived last year, as I covered almost 20,000 miles and rode in all 50 states and nine Canadian provinces. The highlight was my trip to New York City to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. I started out from Las Vegas with some fellow firefighters but soon went my own way to hit as many states as possible. Riding in NYC and attending the ceremonies was truly special – and I can’t tell you how many amazing people I met and what incredible hospitality I experienced along the way. In just 16 days, I rode almost 9,600 miles through 36 states and five provinces.

When all was said and done I scored 134 points and won third place in the North America division of the ABCs of Touring contest. Wow, what an amazing experience! (As you can see, I had a lot of fun taking the pictures, too.) The only mistake I made was not trying to attend more state rallies; otherwise I might have given the first-place winner a run for his money. Oh, well – there’s always 2012. Time to go ride!