Law of Self Defense Road Trip: North Carolina, Here I Come

Hey folks,
On Tuesday I’m speaking at Campbell Law School in Raleigh, NC–on the law of self-defense, naturally, and later in the week I’m involved in the wedding of a good friend further west in North Carolina. In the interests of reducing some of my overwhelming air travel burden, having transportation on hand while I’m there, and-let’s face it, the real reason–having some fun, I’ve decided to make it a motorcycle road trip.  (That’s my trusty steed, a 2008 BMW R1200GS Adventure, in the featured image, above.)

It’s kind of a cold, clammy day for a ride. About 50F at the moment, overcast, everything’ wet from a recent rain. Oh well, my worst day of riding is always better than my best day commuting. 🙂

It’s going to be a leisurely ride down, about 700 miles over three days. I leave momentarily from Metrowest Boston, and will arrive at my sister’s house on the New Jersey Shore this afternoon to overnight with her. Here’s a schematic of today’s route–including a brief stop at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge for a photo op.

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On Sunday I take the Cape May-Lewes ferry over to (*gasp*) Maryland and then VA, ending up at my buddy’s house near Quantico and overnight with him. Monday I arrive in Raleigh, and plan to have dinner with Luke from Triangle Tactical.

Tuesday at Noon my talk starts at Campbell Law School, and is scheduled to run an hour-ish.  It’s open to the public, so if you have lunch free come and join us.  I’m still short on details re: location on campus, but will obtain them over the next couple of days and post.

It’s customary with modern-day motorcycle road trips to document on the internet with photos and text as they progress, so keep your eyes open for some of that. 🙂

To start things off, I’ve got my trip odometer zero’d out, and just about ready to hit the road.


I’ve got Robert Heinlein’s “Glory Road” on audible ready to start talking once I hit the slab.


And should I feel the need for something more “intellectual,” I’ve got the excellent “Washington’s Crossing,” by David Hackett Fischer on back-up.


Alright, time to head out. I’ll try to post new stuff throughout the day.


–Andrew, @LawSelfDefense

Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense blog, (paperback and Kindle), Barnes & Noble (paperback and Nook), and elsewhere.

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