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A Scavenger Hunt of Sorts

Calep W. Howard

MMGYers have an insatiable appetite to travel, including our CTO, who roadtrips across the nation via motorcycle in search of Giants.

My friends at Team Strange created the Whispering Giants Grand Tour, so this year I’m on a quest to see the Trail of the Whispering Giants. The Whispering Giants are sculptures created by artist Peter Wolf Toth. Toth created these sculptures to honor Native Americans, and when he completed the series, there was at least one sculpture in every state. Since the trail was completed in 1988 when Toth carved his final Whispering Giant in Hawaii, the elements have taken a toll on some of the sculptures. Some have been repaired and others have been removed for repair, while others have simply vanished. This situation has set the stage for what is turning out to be a challenging scavenger hunt. And the challenge is even greater because the quest to see as many Whispering Giants as possible is being conducted by motorcycle. So this summer, I’m hitting the road on my trusty 1977 BMW R100/7 motorcycle to collect pictures of as many Whispering Giants as possible. For me, this is taking my passion for travel and tourism to a whole new level.

The quest started with a trip to the Giant closest to me – Whispering Giant #29 located in Troy, Kansas – some 70 miles northwest of MMGY’s headquarters if you take the most direct (read: boring) route. To make the trip as meaningful as seeing the Giant, we took as many back roads and two-lane state highways as possible. We ended up adding another 15 miles each way to the route by avoiding Interstate highways. My first Giant was successfully captured digitally (see image below)!

While the weather hasn’t cooperated since capturing my first Giant, the national BMW Rally is scheduled for late July and my ride from Kansas City to Billings, Montana and back will be highlighted by capturing as many Giants as possible. Stay tuned as my Whispering Giants Grand Tour continues!

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