Tom: My daughter Chloe was born in 2000, the year that we became the Touratech-USA distributor. It’s been a long sixteen years, waiting to do an adventure ride with my girl. She received her motorcycle license only 7 weeks before our departure date, and wasn’t yet comfortable using the clutch in traffic. The WABDR would be ideal, since there’s very little traffic and the WABDR plan would entail focus and immersion, the quickest way to learn for someone who has the desire.
Chloe: I don’t feel there was much communication when it comes to how long this trip was going to be. Originally it was my understanding that we would ride one section of the WABDR and just go from there. But of course that escalated to “half the WABDR” (from Stevenson to our cabin just north of cashmere). Then this idea I had of a short father daughter ride had casually expanded to “lunch in Canada”.
Tom: I was anxious to take the new Africa Twin on a real ride. It occurred to me that we should both ride Hondas for this trip. I thought about the newer Hondas, but procrastination, and too many projects used up the time until locating an absolutely perfect, vintage 1983 Honda XL200R. It didn’t have electric start, but weighed the same as the new CRF230 (245 lbs). I weaseled it out of the guy’s garage and then all systems were GO!
Chloe: I had always known a trip like this was coming. My dad had suggested something like it years before but it always seemed so far fetched and I was too young. My dad’s buddy had a Honda that was perfect, a 1983 Honda XL200R. But it wasn’t for sale… my dad negotiated with him for a while and he finally agreed to sell it to us.