Bob is a retired Washington State forester. Kathy is a retired Sales Associate at
Sears. We live in southwest Washington State.
We have been married 38 years (as of 2016) and we have been riding GoldWing Motorcycles
for 35 of them.
We are longstanding members of the GoldWing Road Riders Association, GWRRA and we
have joined the GoldWing Owners Club of Great Britain, GWOCGB and the GoldWing Clube
de Portugal, GWCP. This will allow us to get information on and join in rallies
(called "Treffens") throughout Europe.
Bob is an amateur beer maker. He is especially fond of the British style called
India Pale Ale. He has developed his own recipe that he calls Dragon's Breath IPA.
Kathy is a talented bead crafter who has shown and sold items in local craft fairs.
The trailer is the major reason the bike was named "White Dragon" (it is white and
always draggin' a trailer around).
Through 2005 our travels have been limited to the western half of North America.
Draw a line from Edmonton, Alberta to Guadalajara, Mexico and we have traveled nearly
everywhere west of that line except Baja California.
When we travel we are generally camping. We have found that we enjoy the outdoors
living even when it is raining. Our first trip by motorcycle was a two week run
up Vancouver Island, ferry hop back south to Vancouver, BC, north to Prince George,
east to Edmonton, and south thru the Ice fields Parkway in the middle of the Rocky
Mountains. It rained on us 12 of the 15 days we were gone, including the first 3
days being constant rain. But that didn't deter us, neither did the 104°F bedtime
temperature in the Furnace Creek Campground in Death Valley in May of 2005. (It
was still 90° when we got up in the morning.)
The other thing about camping is meeting people. A person staying in a motel/hotel
stays in their room and watches the weather channel. A camper is outside where others
can see and greet them. We generally stay in RV parks rather than the more primitive
forest campgrounds of the US Forest Service (Kathy likes a shower in the morning). We
have more than once set up between a couple of multi-hundred-thousand-dollar RV's
while their owners are peeking out of the blinds at us. In about 10 minutes we're
done and kicked back in the chairs with a glass of wine. Shortly after the neighbors
are "just wandering by" and are curious about our setup. So we give them the grand
tour and end up talking about places and things to do in the area while we all sip
wine. We have found that a lot of motorcyclists camp, particularly foreign motorcyclists. We
have met riders from many European countries, as well as Australia and New Zealand
in campgrounds. This has just fueled our desire to ride in those places.
With the 1980 GoldWing Interstate we owned during the 80's and early 90's we had
a CycleMate trailer that carried our tent and gear. When we bought the '95 GoldWing
SE we bought a TimeOut tent trailer too. We found that more and more parks were
not allowing tents, the TimeOut is not a tent, it's a "popup" which is allowed. For
Europe we're going back to the tent, but without the trailer. There's too much expense,
paperwork and traffic problems to bother with it. But, we did build some boxes to
fit into the hitch to expand capacity. We also have a newer CycleMate trailer that
we bought to take to Mexico in 2000. In 2008 we sold the TimeOut trailer because
the garage of our new house was not big enough for the car, a GoldWing and two trailers. We
have gone back to tent camping. The CycleMate hangs from the ceiling on a lift and
is over the car. The truck always stays outside.