When Hollywood spat out its first western blockbusters in the earliest 20th century, many Americans were still alive to remember the settling of the old frontier in the late 1800's.
The old 'Cowboys and Indians' trope isn't only a genre, it was a way of life for generations of families and wanderers looking for a new life.
The Native Americans of the regions west of the Mississippi saw their lives take a much harder turn for the worse as their respective homeland regions were subjected to mass migrations of foreign invaders.
Much of the west still evolves as a product of those first few decades; the days of the Oregon Trail, the founding of the first national parks, the policies of US - Native American relations, and the rugged, sparsely populated back country.
In this season I ride on my motorcycle, mostly solo, from Minneapolis to the Pacific Coast and back. It was a huge feat and I recorded as much of it as I could. This season is about the history of the places I visited. A first major solo-travel, motocamping endeavor. My Northwest Right of Passage.
Click Here: 2W1C S03: Northwest Right of Passage
All these names are familiar to us as locations or companies. They were real people with ambitions, adversaries, tragedies, and parts to play in a much less stable time. Some met horrible ends. Some are remembered fondly or revered, while others are either despised or forgotten.
Season 2 started out as just Motocamping, Vlogging, and being a tourist.
I'd find attractions and visit them, get footage, and talk to the locals wherever I can. Museums are always my favorite place to get caught up in conversation.
After learning the stories of the places I visit I've found out that not only is history fluid but it's also cyclical. I'm seeing patterns arise that we're seeing today. Those will unfold as the season continues.
Click Here: 2W1C S02: The Dakota War
I decided I needed a new hobby.
Life just can't be 'Cradle to Cubicle to Grave'. I needed adventure.
I bought myself a motorcycle and took it camping because it was challenging. The elements work against you and it's not always comfortable. Once you come out on the other side, however, it's always an emboldening experience. After a few trips at state parks over the summer I was looking for more.
Then, I decided, I needed a challenge with this new hobby. I need to put my motocamping skills to the test and ride far from home into another world and see what's there. The Black Hills to the west seemed to be calling.
The Black Hills are known for many things. Mount Rushmore. Sturgis. Some of the Midwest's best highways. Let's do it!
This first season of 2W1C is proof that no matter how novice you are to motocamping, if you have the will, you can thrive. My equipment was a mix-mash of backpacking supplies from my adventures in Central America combined with camping supplies I wasn't entirely sure were the best for the job.
I checked websites, inquired on online forums, and tested equipment while practicing techniques. Practicing goes hand in hand with hardship. I'd made many mistakes and things broke down. Every mistake, however, was a learning experience that gave me a better understanding of the motocamper craft.
This is that first test. The Black Hills Tour.
Click Here: 2W1C S01: The Black Hills Tour