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Off Road Training

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.

Packing Dry Run

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

Mosko Moto Scout & Tusk Hardcases

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

Bike Updates

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

Puerto Varas

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.

Santiago

I avoided the protests in Santiago downtown area. Staying in Vitacura, I enjoyed walks in a very modern, international city. The nearby mall had top end shopping and many places to eat. I enjoyed walking through nearby parks, visiting museums, a scooting around on the Lime scooters.

Departure flight this evening

All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go. Preparation for this trip has been different from past rides. I am focused more on my packing than on my motorcycle. For long trips, much of the road experience depends on the preparation of my bike…. I miss that. I started packing by filling my bikes panniers with what I am taking. There is no kitchen equipment, camping/sleeping gear, or emergency tools to bring along. So the packing puzzle was based … Read More

Ready to ride

Tommorow evening I fly from Atlanta to Santiago, Chile. As with previous rides, I enjoy having a “theme” for the ride. The time spent on a bike provides a certain meditative quality. It is a chance to shift my thoughts into new areas. My first Motorcycle trip focused on rediscovering America and challenging myself by achieving a teenage dream. On this ride, I explored the gulf coast, the Mississippi River, the Ozarks, Route 66 (the mother road), and places of … Read More

T-4 Weeks

I’ve been shopping a bit in preparation for the trip. Not a lot that is critical, Moto-Skivees, point and shoot camera, replaced Sena headset, gloves, Mosko Moto bag. Also enjoying family time as Atlanta United competes for MLS championship.

T-5 Update

After reviewing the route, preparation materials previously provided by Moto Patagonia, and the current weather conditions, I created my packing checklist. I am using my existing bike and panniers to figure out what is likely to fit in the luggage provided by Moto Patagonia.

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