Look at the road, not the rider in front of you and ride to your abilities and your motorcycle’s. I remember Loren telling me this earlier this season and luckily it stuck with me. It’s the basic idea that when you fixate on the thing you don’t want to hit or do, that’s exactly what happens rather than looking ahead into the future and focusing on your own path. On this trip we went to some beautiful places through the Kootenies in B.C., the Going-to-the-Sun road in Montana, the Rattlesnake Canyon and Lolo Road and Pass. This was a pretty epic trip for an inaugural trip, but I was up for the challenge. There were five other experienced riders that Loren and I connected with on day three in Fernie, who were all riding either sport touring or straight sport bikes. Loren and I were on our trusted cruisers built for comfort, looks, coolness, but not speed. When you’re with six other veteran riders and it’s your first trip, I found it was important to keep my ego in check and remember to “look at the road, not the rider in front of me and ride to the abilities of myself and the motorcycle,” oh, and don’t get cocky.