In his office, clad in jeans, long-sleeve shirt and sneakers, McLaughlin looked out the window to a shuttle driver making his rounds, a scene that took him back to his improbable journey, which started on this very course as a range picker and driver in 1994.
“I have no reason to be here,” he said with a grin.
McLaughlin, who grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, on the eastern tip of Lake Superior, had his first motorcycle and his first tattoos by the early 1990s.
In 1993, McLaughlin toured Canada by bus as a roadie for the Barenaked Ladies, a Canadian rock band, but it was only a diversion. He was about to get married and have the first of two daughters. He needed to put down…