After many years of planning and leading sport-touring trips for friends and family, I decided to follow my dream of creating a service that would help others see and enjoy our great country.  There are many resources available for the motorcycle enthusiast – touring books, maps, downloadable GPS files, and online directions and maps.  However, after pouring through all of these to plan my trips I found that they lacked what I was looking for.  High quality, scenic, challenging roads with little traffic.

This is when I began planning my own trips.  Each trip had to be unique and different from the last one, even if it was the same destination.  I preferred secondary and county roads that wound through the country side and avoided going through the myriad of little towns that are abundant in many states.

These trips allowed me to have an experience that most folks don’t get to have.  A chance to see rural America, close up and personal, without the stress of fighting traffic and speeding down a busy interstate.  I also discovered quaint little towns, off of the beaten path, with friendly people, good local food, and interesting landmarks and attractions.

I discovered that I enjoy the planning almost as much as the trip.  Pouring over maps and looking for those special roads and scenic routes that make each trip special.  Searching online for the best deal in lodging, excellent restaurants, and other “must see” destinations like water falls, mountain peaks, historic landmarks, caves, or unique towns and villages.

I also realize that my trip is not YOUR trip.  Everybody has their own personalized interests, including the destination, roads traveled, speed and miles travelled, type of food, lodging, attractions, etc.  That’s why Moto Road Traveler will plan a trip just for YOU and your group, according to your interests.

Moto Road Traveler
4326 N. Ardmore Ave.
Shorewood, WI 53211

(414) 750-0237

Founder and President

Jay Blankenship has been riding motorcycles for the past 50 years.  He’s participated in a wide variety of training programs including track days and off-road riding schools.  He has planned and lead hundreds of group rides throughout the Midwest and the U.S.  He recently completed a solo trip through Northern England, Scotland, and the Isle of Man.

Jay is also a former Outdoor Education Instructor, planning and leading youth on backpacking and canoe trips through Northern Wisconsin and Michigan.  As a Camp Director for 10 years, he understands the importance of good planning and safety. 

Jay was a nonprofit executive director for 15 years, so he understands organizations, strategic planning, and the value of well-organized and quality programs and services.  In his role as a nonprofit leader, Jay has put together dozens of special events and outings including galas and balls, luncheons, symposia and conferences, golf outings, walks and runs, and a wide variety of other events.

In addition to motorcycle trips, Jay has planned and organized countless snow ski trips to Colorado, Utah, and Michigan; group golf trips to Arizona and Florida; and fishing excursions to northern Wisconsin.