I expected this to be a slow month for riding but I just got back from riding 20 European Countries! OK, I didn't actually go to Europe. My mom got me this book for Christmas. It had been a while since I read a motorcycling related book. When I want to read about motorcycling I just log on to ADV. I think that a forum is a far superior way to tell a story than a book because first it allows the use of pictures and videos and second it is a two way conversation, not one way like a book. But I had some time so I picked up the book and started reading. It didn't take long for the author to use the term "freedom of the open road". I almost gagged and put down the book. What a cliche! Did his publisher make him use that term or did he steal it from the TV shows he has seen. But I continued on. The author was not really a motorcycle enthusiast and it showed. The basic story is this. The author was an Air Force officer stationed in Belgium. He buys a Harley and decides to try to ride 10 European countries. This was such an easy feat that he changes his goal to 20 countries. He ends up this in 3 trips ranging from 2 to 5 days each. His rides consist mainly of visiting as many Harley shops as he can and buy T-shirts, pins and patches as he can. Does this sound interesting to you? Despite this, I found it an interesting read. There is more to the story but I won't go into it any deeper. It did give me some food for thought. For one thing, it has been a long time since I got on a motorcycle (or scooter) and just went on a long trip. One where I spent a different place every night and covered a lot of distance. My trips have consisted of going someplace within a days ride or drive, staying at one place and doing day rides from there. While there is a lot to be said for basing out of one place, I miss just getting on the road like I have done in the past. I need to do at least one trip where I get on a bike and really go somewhere this year.