We enjoyed a one-day off road training at Fannin County MX Park. The training was a benefit for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation http://www.pctf-foundation.org. I like that motorcycling clubs and organizations routinely provide community benefits. It is nice to be around generous people. The session also had support from SkyMed.
What was supposed to be a dry run to try out my gear packing strategy, ended up being a wet, wet run. While the weather in Northern Georgia was beautiful, the southern part of the state was very soggy. Always good for learning though. Use your weather app – always. This has been critical on some past trips (even if weather often changes and there are sometimes few alternatives to hunkering down, re-routing, or riding through. I need a better … Read More
I’ve got the best of both on my new bike. Easy, interchangeable mounting between my Tusk hardcases and Mosko Moto scout softluggage. In my right pannier I have a tent, hammock, cot, sleeping bag. It stands a bit tall due to the tent and cot poles. To cut down on bulk, I am considering leaving the cooking kit behind (stove, coffee maker, pots, pans, cooking fuel). In wet weather, tent poles, wet tent fly, etc can be cinched to the … Read More
In 2008, my partner, Chad, was deployed to Iraq to support the reconstruction efforts. Probably more than any other time in my life, I gained an appreciation for the sacrifice of military families. I can only surmise what it is like to be deployed, but my first hand experience of being a family member certainly changed my perspectives. Today is National K9 Veterans Day. While our dog Marelize, is not a military K9, she is certainly missed when I travel … Read More
I’ve been adding a few goodies to my bike…. and also looking for another lightweight bike for some off-road adventures. I love the Denali lights – People in cars see me much more clearly. The lights were not as easy to install as I anticipated. While I purchased the V-strom fitment kit, I needed to find another bolt. I followed the installation instructions – had I just jumped in, I would have completed the electrical wiring installation completely before mounting … Read More
I joined the Atlanta ADV Rider’s Meetup for a ride starting from Clayton, GA. The group had a house rented for the weekend with rides for different riding styles. The small(ish) bikes had some challenging rides on Saturday. The Tiger Fall Foliage route provided good riding for both the small(ish) bikes and bikes like mine. I am looking for a good weekend to ride some small bikes at Highland Park and take another trails course at the MSF dirtbike school … Read More
I enjoyed an event previewing the Triumph 2020 models. I was most interested in the new Tiger 900 Rally Range. Sitting on the Tiger, it felt lighter and more nimble than my current bike. I’d like to see the bike kitted out with luggage and feel the differences between the riding modes. The handguards were plastic and the engine guards left a lot of molding unprotected. The Rocket 3 is an impressive machine with a 2458 cc powerplant. Other models … Read More
Winter weather in Georgia has extremes. Sometimes we have cold, icy weather. When the weather is beautiful, it is time for some great riding. Even though the previous day was rainy, the forest roads in the Cohuttas were dry enough. We weren’t able to ride the full route we originally wanted to. We found one of the forest service roads closed. Here is a link to the map of Forest Service Road closures and the Forest Service information on the … Read More
I flew from Santiago to Puerto Montt where I met our guide, Daniel. We are a group of four. Dave and his Jane are from Maine. We all have many interests in common including world travel, mountain biking, outdoor sports, … We spent the day organizing our gear, getting acquainted, enjoying some nice food and drinks, and previewing our route.