Costa Mesa, Ca.

August 1, 2018

Dear Family & Friends:

My best friend, Ollie, has turned 18.

In September of 2012, I added a side car to my 1998 Harley Davidson Road King Classic motorcycle. My dream was to take Ollie on road trips to visit national parks in our great country. This summer, I will make that dream come true. In August, I will take Ollie on a 15-day, 3,217 mile motorcycle trip to visit 7 national parks in 6 states. The trip will end on September 1 with a welcome home party at Cook’s Corner, a motorcycle restaurant/bar in Trabuco Hills, California. Several motorcycle clubs will join us for the ride-in to Cook’s Corner. Feel free to join the party.

A motorhome will follow us for emergencies and filming. The filming will include stops along the way to visit and interview special needs children and their families so their stories can be told. Motorcycle clubs will join us for the ride into major cities. My drone will be used for overhead filming.

This trip is part of a larger project, which is a feature length film about “Life with Ollie.” The purpose of the film is to inspire viewers to reach beyond their grasp, venture outside their comfort zone and help others, especially special needs children, do the same so they can live full, happy and satisfying lives. The mountains I have climbed will serve as a metaphor for setting big goals in life and overcoming physical obstacles.

Watch for daily trip reports on my website. I hope you will follow this adventure, pray for our safety and cheer us on.

Bill Burke

Trip Itinerary

15 days

6 states

7 National Parks

3,217 miles

August 18: Costa Mesa to Las Vegas, Nev.-276 miles

August 19: Las Vegas to Grand Canyon, Az.-276 miles

August 20: Grand Canyon-Zion National Park, Ut.-284 miles

August 21: Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park

to Marysvale, Ut.-190 miles

August 22: Marysvale to Provo, Ut.-147 miles

August 23: Provo to Jackson, Wy.-291 miles

August 24: Jackson to Yellowstone National Park, Wy.-80 miles

August 25: Yellowstone National Park

August 26: Yellowstone National Park to Twin Falls, Id.-316 miles

August 27: Twin Falls to Battle Mtn., Nev.-233 miles

August 28: Battle Mtn. to Lee Vining, Cal.-270 miles

August 29: Lee Vining to Yosemite National Park, Ca.-206 miles

August 30: Yosemite National Park to Bakersfield, Ca.-202 miles

August 31: Bakersfield to Death Valley National Park-Ca.-218 miles

September 1: Death Valley National Park to Costa Mesa, Ca. 303 miles