Bill Whitacre lives in Idaho which he used to claim had the best off-road riding in the US. What he discovered over the years is that a whole lot of great off-road riding exists all throughout the West. Backcountry Discovery Routes has made a major impact on his exploration of many western states. He recently went back East and completed the Mid-Atlantic Backcountry Discover Route, which he now believes is one of the best in the BDR series!
His passion for ADV motorcycling began after decades of riding dirt bikes and cruisers. The Long Way Around film inspired him to buy his first ADV bike in 2004. Bill has now ridden BMW GS’s in a dozen countries on four continents.
Bill’s career has involved executive roles in a range of agriculture businesses, industry associations and non-profit organizations including: President and CEO of Simplot Company, Chairman of The American Seed Trade Association, and Chairman of the Board of St. Luke’s Hospital System.
Retirement is now giving him time to share his experience to help the Backcountry Discovery Routes organization do more to preserve adventure riding opportunities and advocate for the sport. Bill and his wife, Joan live in McCall, Idaho where they and their border collies enjoy the many backcountry sports that Idaho has to offer.