I am a lifelong rider with many years experience in cartography and map publishing. I decided to use some of my retirement years to bring the BDR-style rides to Canada.
Doing this project is a lot more fun than being retired and bored.
That's my previous bike, then a few months on a DR650, now on a KTM 790 Adv.
Roger, Kelowna, BC.
It began as an idea to make a multi-day motorcycle route around my local riding area in the Okanagan Valley.
That original idea has evolved into a plan to eventually have several CBDR style motorcycle rides under the control of a club or non-profit organization in Canada.
In the USA where the BDR concept began, the “ride” came first, and the organization followed.
So, I am trying the same plan here, develop the rides and see if a Canadian organization will get on-board. I expect that it will take a few years for a club or association to decide to get involved. But until then, the CBDR rides will be getting ridden and support for an organization will hopefully grow.
I am a retired cartographer and I will ride, research, map and publish these multi-day rides. I plan to publish a new CBDR each year.
I am happy to donate my labour, but I don't want to finance the entire project. So, to make this work, the route packages are available at a low cost and all revenue from sales will go towards paying off the non-labour costs to create and publish the CBDR. In this way, the financial commitment necessary for a club to take over the project will decrease each year.
The plan is to keep doing one new CBDR each year. There are at least 3, and likely 4, CBDR motorcycle rides possible in British Columbia. If this project is going to expand beyond BC, I am going to need riders to step up with ideas for more rides.