I did not understand exactly what I have been doing for the past decade until riding behind the latest member of the team yesterday. In fact, I did not even realize it was a "team" until then. Up until now I have called them "rides" - to ghost-towns mainly. A simple method of having an excuse to ride a motorcycle somewhere to do something interesting (besides drinking, eating & socializing). Destinations have ALWAYS been an important component of my riding, although never a requirement - riding has always been the primary mission. For many weeks now, the word archeology has been popping into my head, as much of my exploration involved research - pouring over records, maps, and essential interviews with witnesses, 1st-hand'ers, and others with access to records, photos, special knowledge and similar interests (History-Nerds). Now while we do not dig in the soil, I feel that we are digging for truth, history, and stories of the past - which kinda makes us archeologists, despite lack of training or any discipline at all. Right? I mean, at least an Archeological Expedition sounds a WHOLE lot cooler than riding to check out some abandoned shit .......or am I wrong? I am sure that I am not the first dude on a motorcycle to do this, but I am hoping that we can put an interesting twist on the expedition, the stories, and ultimately attract others to doing the same thing. It has consumed me for the last few weeks, and adds many facets to my riding I was unprepared for.