The Long and Winding Road

That leads to your door

Some songs hit a fitting mark. And for my first foray back to writing in over a year, this one by The Beatles does just that. The past fifteen months have been a long and winding road – one this motelorcyclist would rather not ride again. So first, I feel the need to explain my absence.

When the pandemic hit last March, I like many of you felt that this would pass within a few months and life would return to normal. Sleeping Around in America was just released and while there were various restrictions put in place, we widely believed that the summer would open up and things would resume to normal. Then it didn’t.

Will never disappear

With the mounting loss of lives, loved ones, and livelihoods because of the pandemic, I found myself in an awkward predicament. On one hand, I wanted to promote The Motelorcycle Project, my book and the joy of travel. However, in doing so, I realized that I may have been contributing to the spread of this horrible virus by encouraging people to travel. So I stopped all promotion except for the occasional post on Facebook. Meanwhile, by not promoting independent motels, I also knew that these small businesses were hurting.

I’ve seen that road before

Motels are a fabric of our society. They represent our heritage, hopes and dreams. Whether we travel on a road trip to visit family and friends or merely to get away from it all, motels have always been a part of our past. And, for the motel owners, they epitomize the American dream. Moeteliers are the small business owners who keep the roadsigns lit to guide us weary travellers to refuge as we pull off the highway. They come from all walks of life: white, brown, black, women, men, LBGTQ+. Some are first generation newcomers to our land and others have been here for generations. These aren’t large faceless corporations. No. These are people with hopes and dreams and they are often only as successful as their lines of credit will allow. They hold a special place, because moteliers are preserving a piece of retro Americana and contributing to history by writing their own narrative with their signature touches to hospitality. 

It always leads me here


But there is no glory in owning a small business and being a motelier. Without a real revenue stream and with no one travelling this last year it has been especially hard. Already, we have seen motels change hands. Carolyne and George recently sold The Carribean Motel in Wildwood NJ and while I wish them all the best in retirement, I wish they didn’t go. Fortunately there is a glimmer of light now breaking on the horizon.

Lead me to your door.

As more of us get vaccinated and restrictions ease, we can start looking at travelling again! So look in the directory and find a great place to stay for when you hit the open road on your next trip.  You are not only going to have a great vacation but are supporting a small business and preserving a piece of history too.

 

PS With my new resolve to return to travel writing I have also opted to focus my attention on helping support men’s health through participation and fundraising for the Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride. To learn more about this ride and how it supports men’s health please click on the logo.

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