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Sometimes posts seem a bit like “Groundhog Day.”  Have you seen the movie?  It star’s Bill Murray and is often used as common reference to a situation the continually repeats.

And speaking of “three-peat”…   The Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) Annual Million Mile Monday will take place on Monday, June 28th.   It’s a day which encourages all motorcyclists and in particular H.O.G. members to get out and ride.  To participate it’s simple, just ride – ride to work, at lunch, around the block, or even take the whole day off to ride. Log on to the member only section of H.O.G. and register your mileage contribution.  Non-H.O.G. members can still join up in time for the event.

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mil_mile_certToday is the Million Mile Monday ride.

H.O.G. members around the world ride together for the purpose of logging 5 million miles in a 24 hour period.

Why?  Because they can!!

So, to support the ride call I took some extra time today and rode beyond any normal commute to work.  The weather at lunch was a perfect clear-blue-sky,  in the mid 70’s with a light on-shore breeze from the pacific ocean.  It doesn’t get any better than this…unless it’s a day off and work issues are a distant memory.  And I sure thought about a sick day…

I think the reality of the second anniversary of the Million Mile Monday will be how many miles beyond the 5M target will H.O.G. members go?  I registered my 57 miles and got the certificate.

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million_mile_tagNapster was 10 years ago.  “Thriller” twenty five.  The boy band peak never arrived and Hip-Hop can’t fade fast enough in my humble opinion.  Then you wake one morning and realize how much time has passed!  Sure, it’s the financial crisis, but the change of centuries has pulled away from the train station with no names for this decade.  We’ve been unaware of the passage of time…

Speaking of time.  Peter Frampton (All I Want To Be (Is By Your Side) rotated through my iTunes “Genius” playlist and listening to him dance on the acoustic frets I got the feeling of being transported to another time and place.  I had to stop typing, stop surfing and could only listen.  The lyrics are informal, but we’re surrounded by the pure joy of music.  Music from a time when it was intimate and a powerful art form where people bonded with others in attendance at rock concerts.

And speaking of bonding.  It’s less than three weeks until we do it again…one more time.  WTF?  I’m talking about the H.O.G. Million Mile Monday Ride.  Set for June 29th it’s the second time H.O.G has orchestrated a ride.  Nothing complicated, just a ride on a Monday when most people are staring down the barrel of long work week.  Ride around the block, ride to work, ride to the local dealer or participate in whatever level you’d like, but just ride.  Afterward go to the H.O.G. members site and log your miles or kilometer.  Last year the worldwide members logged 3,000,960 miles.  This year the goal is 5M miles.

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Good morning fellow riders!  It was hazy skies and 60 degrees here in the Northwest when I hit the road at 6:45am for the H.O.G Million Mile Monday

Today every single H.O.G. member worldwide can take part in this event without having to cross a single state or national border.  Sounds easy.  And they even made it simple to log the miles and obtain your certificate!

Bikers all over the country riding a million miles made me think how environmentalists are constantly evangelizing for higher gas taxes as the cure-all to the global warming theory. Consumers now pay about 46 cents per gallon in gasoline taxes and that’s not including taxes paid directly to the government by the oil companies and passed onto consumers.

Let’s break it down…if I did this correct, one million miles at 45MPG means we’ll burn about 22,222 gallons of gas today.  At $4.24/gallon we’ll burn through $94,221 in gas and put nearly $10,000 into the government coffers with gas taxes! 

I think Harley/H.O.G got this one right by starting the million miles off on a typical work day/week for most of us and unlikely they’ll have an environmental “hit” which could have been the case if they advocated everyone drive a million miles on a Saturday.  I for one can appreciate that.

Hopefully you rode today and were able to take a longer route, or maybe spend lunch hour riding with coworkers.

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It’s not every day that you can ride into history, but on Monday, June 30, 2008 you can become a part of something very different.  Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) members around the world will band together in a singular challenge, to log a cumulative one million riding miles by the end of that day.

Whether you ride around the neighborhood or all day, solo or as part of a larger group and wherever you ride in the world, HOG members participating in the Million Mile Monday ride will make club history.

HOG hopes to make this an annual event and is open to all HOG members– riders or passengers.

This historical event will be recorded when HOG members log into the club’s website, where you can register miles ridden that day. You can get more information at HOG.

The above photo was taken a couple years ago during a trip to Steens Mountain.  The Steens Mountain Loop is part of the scenic back country byways and about 60 miles south of Burns, OR.  You can see forever down the Alvord Desert Basin and it felt like a million riding miles when the August air heats up!

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