American West Motorcycle Adventure Inspires Latest Inner Circle EventJanuary 10, 2018 • By THIRDHOME
In September of 2017, Founder, CEO and Chairman Wade Shealy and THIRDHOME members Miles Healey and Frank Maiorano set out on a motorcycle adventure across the American West. Read how their journey inspired an upcoming motorcycle tour through Europe. The route that they will embark on is considered one of the top routes for motorcycle enthusiasts in the world!
“Miles and Frank have been doing a similar route for the last seven years. They invited me last year and I said, ‘why not!'”-Wade Shealy
Wade Shealy found himself in Whitefish, Montana in early September 2017 with a bag, a bike and some close friends. He’d shipped his Harley Davidson Screaming Eagle Road King to Whitefish after being invited on the trip of a lifetime by his longtime friends, Miles and Frank. Wade had been riding since he was 16 but a ride like this had always been a bucket list item. Who didn’t want to make this trip after Easy Rider? There’s nothing quite like skirting the coast on a Harley.
Left to right: Miles Healey, Wade Shealy and Frank Maiorano in Montana
From Whitefish, Montana, the trio rode up I-90 W to Coeur de’Alene, Idaho, cutting West towards the Columbia River. They stayed at The Columbia Cliff Villas in Hood River before riding through the scenic Willamette Valley, through Portland and ending up at Lincoln City on the West Coast.
The trio cruised down the 101 and eventually hit Bandon, Oregon, for their next THIRDHOME stay at Bandon Cottage. The following day they crossed the California border and soon found themselves riding through the great Redwood Forest.
The tall ancient trees soon gave way to coastal views and before long they were in Mendocino. Shortly after, the group ended up in Sea Ranch where they lodged at Prado del Mar. At night, the crashing of the waves lulled them to sleep before the next ride.
Miles and Wade on the West Coast
The next leg took them through the Bay Area, past San Fransisco. The non-stop scenery, the wind blowing past them, the thrill of the engine beneath; it was a sensory experience like no other. This fuel burn in parallel to the Pacific seemed to be the closest thing to freedom any of them had felt in a long time. After they passed San Jose, they were rumbling through California’s interior, the horizon painted with distant mountains.
Wade, Frank and Miles taking a break in California
They rode straight through Santa Barbara and into Los Angeles, where their trip would come to a close. They were exhausted but happy to have taken part in something so special together. The thought of this amazing experience coming to an end was disheartening, to say the least. So they had an idea. Why not share an experience like this with other members? Moreover, why not take this motorcycle adventure to the next level?
Now you can join Wade, Miles and Frank on a motorcycle journey through the European Alps along with other Inner Circle members, witnessing some of the world’s most beautiful country and mountainsides.
Ride through France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland on a 7-day exploration of Alpine Europe.
Experience Level Required: Intermediate to Advanced Riders
See some of Europe’s most historic castles and landscapes while staying at luxury hotels along the way. All while riding one of Edelweiss Bike Travel’s various motorcycle models. Many of the bikes offer two seats, so bring along your friend or significant other for this extraordinary trip.
When is this motorcycle adventure?
The trip takes place on August 12-20, 2018. But don’t wait to sign up! The deadline to put down your deposit is on January 31st, 2018! If you’re interested in joining this majestic mountain ride, contact our Director of Travel & Concierge, Liz Bates soon before availability runs out!
Check out the bike models and pricing below!
For more information regarding the upcoming Inner Circle Alpine Best of Europe Motorcycle Adventure click here.