Dictionary defines etcetera as “so on and so forth”. As
motorcyclists, we live and breathe in the realm of etcetera. It’s
the promise of the “so on and so forth” that exists at the far
end of roads, lies just around the next bend or beckons to us from
the distant horizon inspiring us to the road. To place
etcetera at the end of a sentence is somewhat akin to placing a
corner at the end of a stretch of road. It’s an
invitation, a promise and hint for more than an end.
day, all over the globe, motorcyclists embark on myriad journeys
of etcetera. These various mileage trips tend to share
several traits. The routes are almost always circular –
ending up exactly where they began – and are invented with some
vague excuse to justify the sojourn. The journeys can be a
well-planned, arduous circumnavigation of the globe or an
uncomplicated, spontaneous local jaunt to get a cup of coffee.
It can be as simple as getting to the top of a mountain to enjoy
the view. The reason is purely to go. With this kind
of thinking, people that ride motorcycles tend to become
accustomed to taking the long ways home.
Buchanan Robb Report Motorcycling Fall 2004)