I hail from Fort Worth. Hondo has been my nickname since Junior High. That name has been taken by others on internet forums so I use HondoTX.
Why are you blogging this event?
Preston had a worldwide web of friends; from school, school bus driving, emergency management, and motorcycling. This is the one medium that can bring this information to everyone who may want to see it.
|Thoughout his ordeal, Preston stayed connected with his worldwide friends.|
WiFi'ed up with an iPhone at the ready at M.D. Anderson, Houston, TX
I bought my first motorcycle in 1975 in England and have ridden over 280,000 miles since. I was awarded the BMW 200,000 mile award last year. For 12 years I was a Motorcycle Safety Foundation instructor. I have ridden in four countries, 49 states, and four provinces. I started the Chase the Sun Across Texas Summer Solstice Ride in 1993 - Louisiana to New Mexico from sunrise to sunset. Through the years I've owned a Norton Interstate, H-D Sportster, Honda CT110, BMW: R100RT, K100RS, R1100GS, R1100RT. I currenlty have a BMW R1200GS and a URAL Patrol
|Somewhere between Longview and Austin I completed 200,000 miles on BMW motorcycles. I was on a 450 mile trip to have lunch with friends.|
But this ride could be pretty hard. What about that?
I have received the Iron Butt Association SaddleSore 1000 and Bun Burner 1500 awards. In 2003 I rode from Austin, TX to Arctic Circle, Alaska in 6 days 19 hours. Only 90 people have completed the Ultimate Coast to Coast Challenge, but I think I can do it.
|Austin to Arctic Circle|
6 days 19 hours.
After 10 to 12 hours in the saddle I don't like to camp. I prefer a hot shower and a soft bed. However, I will be taking emergency shelter and supplies just in case.
What if you have trouble?
I have an internet support team at the ready. Brad, Mike, and Frank, Preston's friends from Adventure Rider http://www.advrider.com/ will be at the ready to send help. ADV has over 100,000 worldwide members and they are very helpful to their ADV brethren. (And I have an AAA card.)
What kind of sound system do you have?
Just the voices in my head with full orchestra. Motorcycling takes a lot of attention if you want to stay alive. I find sound systems distracting.