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By Michael Torrusio
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There is so much more to enjoying the beautiful State of Maine than trekking along the usual "Tourist" trails; so many additional ways to explore and enjoy Maine's natural beauty.

Ah, but which road to take, where to go and what's there to see along the way?

The answer is simple: Just follow the roads that take you far afield of the everyday into the hardly seen Maine.  Roads that put you in touch with "The way life should be."

So, whether you're riding a scooter, motorcycle, bicycle or driving a car, you owe it to yourself to see the Real Maine by following our guide.

"Two-Wheeled Rides Through The Back Roads Of Maine" consists of multiple components:

1) A hardcopy description of rides throughout Maine with a detailed route map for each.

2) Photographs of the interesting landmarks and structures along the routes, as well as descriptions and background information for each.

2) GPS coordinates for all intersections, scenic views and landmarks.

3) A DVD containing the hardcopy edition, with all its information, plus the capability to download every ride to a GPS device, allowing you to ride the route as a self-guiding ride-it tour.

Another beneficial aspect of the tour is that it is a closed-loop ride, which means that any location in the ride can be made into the starting point - there is no need to start from a pre-determined "beginning", therefore no need to drive any unnecessary distance before you can begin to enjoy the tour. Just pick your "start" point and start riding.

We have a "ready to distribute" deadline of 27 July 2013. On that weekend there will be a large scooter rally here in Maine.  It will be attended not only by riders from Maine, but from the surrounding states and Canada. The rally is called Ski's Shrimp Run. They have a Facebook page – Shrimp Run and have generated a lot of interest. We've been involved with them from inception and will be donating a number of books that will be raffled off.

We have been collecting rally information for both motorcycles and scooters and are compiling a travel list that will extent into the fall season. Our plan is to attend as many of these events as possible and display our wares, thus promoting not only our book, but the great state of Maine.

At this point we have – either totally complete, or just about done, approximately 15 "rides" ranging from a loop of about one hour, up to a three-hour tour, replete with stop and eat places, scenic views and local landmarks. We've not quite decided on the final number of tours because we're not quite sure whether our main client will be local i.e. Maine folks, or vacation folks: although we are leaning toward vacation folks. The major difference is the breadth of locations. Although Southern Maine riders are not going to ride to "The County" (as Northern Maine is called) because of the distance to be covered, vacationers may be up there and would love to find the out-of-the-way places that our book will provide.

 Ultimately, I believe we will have a broad-based product – one that will whet the appetite of the locals, and provide a broad range of locations sufficient to quell the thirst of vacationers.

Risks and challenges

When dealing with any public road there is always the chance that "construction" will commence - putting that trip out of the running for a while. In order to avoid this, we will need to both ride the trip frequently to ascertain its condition, and to constantly check with our sources in the state highway department to learn what roadwork is in their schedule. If conditions warrant it, the ride would be altered to eliminate road obstacles.

Another aspect of the project that requires continued attention is the constant changes in GPS technology. Coordinates are coordinates, but the manner in which each company wants it in-putted differs and needs to be closely monitored so that the DVD issued works as it is intended.

Finally, utilizing our constant contacts with the developers, there is the exciting aspect of utilizing GPS to Bluetooth coupling devices that will allow for the two-wheeled rider not only to be guided along the route, but to receive audio information describing interesting facts about the route, the scenic views and the landmarks along the ride. This necessitates continual communication between us and the different companies that offer this feature.

In terms of making it work, we have already been assured by Garmin that their GPS units, coupled with their Bluetooth capability, will support the guided-tour aspect portion of our book/DVD product. We are now awaiting their response to our request to be able to add our photographs of various locations as well as to add voice informational description of the scenic/interesting buildings that will be part of the tour ride.

Our publishing plan is not finalized in that while we are leaning toward going with Amazon so as to have the product available through their Kindle, we have not yet heard back from Apple as to whether or not going with Amazon precludes it being on iTunes. There are also a few "self publishing" firms - other than Amazon, that we have queried. In truth, we have been more focused on making sure that our product would, and could be viable, useful, informative, fun and possible, that we have not delved too deeply into the hard nuts and bolts of publishing – although we have performed rudimentary legwork.

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    A personal one-day tour of the back roads in Maine: you on your scooter, motorcycle or bicycle, we on our scooter, through any section of Maine you wish.

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