Exploring North America...One Road at a Time

 BamaRider- the people, places, and roads of North America.  Online since 2001!
About Me
Welcome to my website!  My name is Guy Boutin but many call me the BamaRider.  In 1969 my father delivered a 1970 Honda CL 70 into my possesion, and ever since I have been addicted to 2 wheels.  I was 14 years old, and dreamed of one day being a Long Rider.  To travel the country at will with no regard for time or place.   To ride to a place far away just because I could.

I'm happy to report I surpassed every dream I ever had when it comes to riding motorcycles across America.  BamaRider went online in 2001and herein lies the documentation of 12 cross country rides, 5 rides to Canada, a tour of the UK, and many regional travels.

I currently own 3 top of the line Sport Touring Bikes.  A 2014 Yamaha 1200 FJR ES, 2005 BMW 1200 RT, and a 2004 Honda ST 1300 ABS.  I ride all 3 bikes often and far.

You will also find tips about Long Distance riding, learn about the motorcycles I own/owned, equipment I use, and how to plan a long ride of your own.


Personal- I was born in Norfolk, Va in 1955.  My mother was from Alabama and our family moved here in 1966, and from that time forward I have been a true deep south boy.

Professional- I served 27 years in the Prattville Fire Department and retired in 2005 at the age of 49 to devote more time to riding and the other things I enjoy in life.  My career in the fire department was the defining moment of my life.  It was a career I loved and was devoted to.  I miss it greatly but I enjoy this life chapter.

My son went to college on a baseball scholarship, graduated with a marketing degree, went into the private sector, and a few years later entered seminary and was ordained a Catholic priest in 2016.   We are very proud of him.

I've completed 6 marathons (last in 2012).  But currently in lull with running as my focus has turned to my riding.

You will notice last few years not been as many tours, while I've concentrated on the other things in life.  We recently built our new dream home and that swallowed up all of 2015.  

What I hope to accomplish-  I don't really know.  I often receive a email from someone who said it was BamaRider who inspired them to make their own long rides.  When that happens than all the effort is worth it.  I want everyone to know what it is like to live your dream as I do.   It is special.

Hello and welcome to the new look BamaRider.   This has been a long time coming.   BamaRider went online in 2001, created and managed in Frontpage software.  Microsoft bailed on Frontage in 2006 and quit supporting it in 2009 or so, but I kept plugging along.  My first problem came in a few years ago when I bought a new desktop with Windows 10.  That operating system was not compatible with Frontpage, so I had to keep my old system around just to manage my website.

I knew I needed new software but I was too intimidated to learn anything new.  I checked around and no new software could talk to Frontpage except Expressions, which I tried only to fint it was too complicated so I skipped it, with the uneasy knowledge if my old PC crashed I'd be screwed.  Sure, I had the website backed up, but that would do me little good without Frontpage software and Windows 7.

Then my web host of 15 years migrated me to a new server and I was no longer able to publish to my website.  Calls to tech support told me the servers no longer supported Frontpage and I would have to upgrade to modern software.  With no other choice I downloaded the host provided software and delved into it.  I'm happy to report I have grasped the new software quicker than I thought I would. ( I'd say about 80% proficency?)

The main issue is the new software does not talk to the old.  What this means the site will have to be migrated over via cut and paste.  This will be a daunting task, as BamaRider has hundreds of pages and images, but one I am committed to.  This site is a labor of love, it always has been.  So much of my life is here in these pages, that I have to move forward to preserve it, as much for me as the many folks who come here.

This will take a couple of months, maybe more.  In the meantime the site will be online while the old content is brought online to go with the new.   The biggest task will be the trip journals.  My strategy will be start from newest trip and work back.  That means the Southwest Tour I just completed will be the first to go online, and from there the other trips will slowly return.

The new software is online and secure, so I can work from any computer.   The site will have a blog and message board, when I can get to it.  Now I don't have to worry about anything happening to my old desktop, or server compatibly, all that is managed for me, securing the future of BamaRider from now on.  What a relief that is.

In the meantime please be patient.  I'm not sure how all this is going to work, and I know I'm going to make mistakes.  If you see something that totally makes no sense let me know.

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