The USA Four Corners Tour is sanctioned by the Southern California Motorcycle Association, but for me it’s an experience I’m calling, “A Sabbatical for the Spirit.” It’s an adventure that will take me to new places and I hoping it will lead me to new perspectives on my life.
The route will take me first to Washington, DC and Rolling Thunder, the 20th anniversary demonstration to keep the POW/MIA issues in the forefront of the minds of our government leaders. In recent years 300,00 to 500,000 bikers participate in the demonstration riding a circuit in downtown DC.
The four corners can be ridden in any order and the ride is complete when reaching the fourth corner. The ride must be completed fin 21 days or less. I have chosen a counter-clockwise route. After the demonstration I’ll head down to Key West, for my first corner. Next I’ll ride up to Madawaska, ME, the second corner. Blaine, WA will be my third corner and San Ysidro, CA the final corner.
It’s three weeks until the start of my trip and I’m getting butterflies. At the same time I’m anxious to get started and apprehensive about taking on this daunting trip. The current issue of “Rider” magazine has an article on several routes in Washington state. The pictures reveal the beauty and overwhelming size of the mountains. I want to see them and at the same time I’m a bit fearful of what I have to do to get there.
I’m a subscriber to Bishop Spong’s weekly newsletter. The issue a couple of weeks ago addressed the shootings at Virginia Tech. A couple of sentences hit home:
Faith ultimately has something to do with being, with embracing the unknown, with a willingness to step into the future and with the ability to live each day with integrity, even in the face of the anxiety of humanity which we never escape. Both human insecurity and our ability to live with it become our glory when we have the courage to be all that we are capable of being in the face of it.
I trust I have the faith and courage to make this journey all I hope it will be.