For the past two decades, I’ve had the pleasure and distinct honor of joining customers and friends for an annual summer motorcycle ride. Our very first ride was around Lake Michigan. Since then, we’ve hit pretty much every corner, curve and cliff of the continental United States.

Our rides have been as short as 2,000 miles and lasted as long as 9,000 miles. But generally, we try to keep our annual treks in the area of 3,000 miles round trip. Over the years, we have found that to really appreciate the scenery, riding 250 to 300 miles per day is best. This year, we had 18 motorcycles and 24 people. There was a nice selection of bikes, from cruisers and choppers to touring motorcycles. Personally, I ride a Harley-Davidson Fat Boy.

The members of The Accelerators Motorcycle Club suited up and hit the road this summer. Most of us started out in Indianapolis, but a few departed from Chicago. Once we met up, we headed north to Washington State, then up toward Vancouver. It was there that I discovered what is truly the most beautiful place in the world. I have spent much of my adult life traveling. And I’ve seen some gorgeous places along the way.

But Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada, sincerely took my breath away. I had been there in the wintertime skiing, and I had really appreciated its beauty then. But nothing could prepare me for how absolutely stunning this area of the country would be in the summer. We were all speechless when we arrived. The natural beauty, the wildlife: elk, moose, grizzly bears—we saw pretty much every local wild animal you could possibly imagine.

From the Chateau Lake Louise, we drove to Glacier National Park in Montana, which was also beautiful. But that was the only time during the trip that Mother Nature didn’t agree with us. An hour of riding through a hail storm really made us appreciate the two weeks of beautiful weather we had during the rest of the trip. But that’s part of the ride. You take the lumps and power through. And it’s always, always worth it.

Until next year’s ride,

Sherriff Bob

Bob Rauschenberg and wife Jana

David Diedrich, executive sales director

Tom Haeberer, executive sales director and wife Brenda