Along the Way

Along the Way


Video by Daniel Fickle | Photography by Aaron Brimhall
In collaboration with Harley-Davidson


When you’re on a motorcycle adventure, it’s often the unexpected twists and turns that etch themselves into your memory. Those moments when the weather takes a turn, transforming pristine roads into slick, muddy conditions. When your body gets wet and cold, and you’re shivering to the bone trying to make it to your destination. Those challenges become the stories that we excitedly share with others long after the journey ends.

One of the most thrilling aspects of riding adventure bikes is the sheer versatility they offer. From long-haul journeys along winding highways to off-road escapades through rugged terrain, these machines epitomize the spirit of exploration. Recently, I had the pleasure of inviting my friend Thor Drake, founder of See See Motorcycles, to join me on a fun little weekend adventure through the picturesque mountains of Crested Butte, Colorado.

Throughout our expedition, we encountered every imaginable condition Mother Nature could muster. From clear skies and gentle breezes to torrential rain and bone-chilling cold, each moment presented a unique experience. Yet, beneath the surface of these challenges was an awe-inspiring beauty that served as a humble reminder of our deep connection to the natural world.

There’s a profound sense of peace that permeates these untamed landscapes, a serenity that transcends the noise of everyday life. As we navigated the winding roads and rugged trails, the boundary between man and nature blurred, transporting us into a state of pure presence. Some might call it “the zone,” a heightened state of awareness where every twist of the throttle and shift of the gears becomes an instinctual dance with the elements.

But motorcycle adventures are about more than just conquering terrain; they’re also about finding that solace and perspective in the vast expanse of the wilderness. Amid the solitude of the mountains, one can’t help but feel a sense of clarity and renewal wash over them. It’s a chance to escape the confines of routine and immerse oneself in the boundless beauty of the natural world.

Yet, perhaps the most cherished aspect of these adventures is the camaraderie shared between riders. There’s a special bond that forms when you embark on a journey with friends, a bond forged through shared triumphs and tribulations. Riding alongside Thor, each challenge, each river crossing or dropped bike became an opportunity for laughter and camaraderie, a chance to revel in the good times of the experience.

In the simple act of riding motorcycles through a beautiful landscape, we had found a profound sense of gratitude and connection. And as we reflected on our adventure, we couldn’t help but think about the old cliché: It’s not the destination that defines a motorcycle adventure, but rather the journey itself — the unexpected twists, the breathtaking vistas, and the bonds forged along the way.

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