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The shift in the air.

The shift in the air.

There is a shift, like when you feel the morning crispness of fall air and realize that summer is over.  This shift happens for me each time I prepare.  The words “What the fuck am I doing?” no longer repeat over and over in my head.  They are replaced with, “What are the last things … Continue reading

The Body Project, Part I: a jump start

The Body Project, Part I: a jump start

With the realization of a nearing departure, I need to use these 15 weeks and really kick my preparation into gear.  There is still much to be done: research of visiting countries, outfitting the bike and training the body as well as the mind for the endurance of long distance, long term travel. To knock … Continue reading

Taking time for love… (2 Cheers)

Taking time for love… (2 Cheers)

Part I: As I find myself tangled in the madness of trip planning, motorcycle preparation and how to file my daily life as I know it away for 6 months, I have to remember to stop and take time for the things in my life that I love… Amidst the activities I found to bring … Continue reading

Gear in a box.

Gear in a box.

I returned home from WMRS and a box was happily waiting on my doorstep. The kind folks at Scorpion EXO sent me a fantastic set of their long distance adventure gear. Luckily, for my larger frame, the jacket, pants and gloves fit terrifically.  Sometimes it’s hard to prepare for rain and cold weather in the … Continue reading

Maps.

Maps.

Maps. Preparation. Planning. Destinations. I place upon the walls of my living room maps of the places I want to visit.  Each day I stare at them.  I make notes of points of interest.  I research recommended routes. I scan pages of books to reference on the road.  I attempt to plan.  I gather as … Continue reading

Bear mis-steaks

Bear mis-steaks

Bear advice from Dad: if you come upon a bear, don’t run.  Don’t look at it in the eye. Make noise. Look big. Play dead.  No, don’t play dead. Climb a tree if you have to, and by all means, if you are carrying a juicy, tenderloin steak, drop it. Upon informing my Dad that … Continue reading

Get out there and ride

Get out there and ride

I start off this summer of 2011 with a quote of the day: “…so, get out there and ride!  Take that trip to Alaska…circumnavigate California….go wherever adventure takes you…” This, spoken by the photographer at lunch today, all 4 of us at the table shares a affection for motorcycles in one way or another.  It … Continue reading