Day 2 – Castelgar to West Glacier National Park


Not enough long of a day…only 443 Km’s. Will try to make up for a short day tomorrow. The ride from Castelgar to West Glacier National Park initially looked like it was going to be another wet day. Even the motel lady was like you are going to get wet. But to my surprise this […]

SPOT DEVICE


My SPOT is still using too many batteries and seems to be getting worse. I will call them tomorrow and see about trying to keep the tracking up by buying more batteries here in Kalispell, MT. Still have more riding to do. Leslie

Day 1 – Cold, rainy and full of ruminating


Let’s talk about my pet peeve from day one real quickly. My SPOT Connect is sucking up batteries like there is no tomorrow. I have emailed them about this because it’s not acceptable when you use lithium batteries to power a device that they last only a few hours. Went through 6 yesterday and had […]

Country # 210 – Togo Population: 7,154,237


WELCOME TOGO!  You are Number 210!to visit my BLOG~ WOW  History French Togoland became Togo in 1960. Gen. Gnassingbe EYADEMA, installed as military ruler in 1967, ruled Togo with a heavy hand for almost four decades. Despite the facade of multi-party elections instituted in the early 1990s, the government was largely dominated by President EYADEMA, […]

Departure Day


Nothing like getting woken up at 0215 to three dogs barking in the house and then I made the mistake in letting them out and all hell broke loose.  We have bears around as well as many other creatures.  I did not see anything but the dogs had a scent. The culprits… So, innocent looking […]

SpotWalla = Tracking


I have set up and tested my SpotWalla web page.  The page is active and all is good. If you are interested you might want to bookmark this page if you want to see my route and track. It will show movement Saturday morning… You can leave comments on the SpotWalla page and adjust how […]

Last Minute Inspection


I got lucky and was able to get my bike inspected, oil changed to semi-synthetic, new oil filter and chain adjusted @This is a local shop that can work on most bikes including BMW’S. Which is great because they fit me in and are way cheaper than the dealer. The guys even fixed my top […]

More Prep and Gadgets


I have heard many times that riding today’s bikes are way too technological and we as riders bring too many gadgets. I guess it’s partly true in some sense but I also believe as an ADV rider (all rides are an ADV to the rider BTW), that we can choose how we want to travel […]

Slowly but Surely


I am making progress in packing. I know doesn’t seem to be such a huge task and it’s not when all you have to do is focus on a trip. I look forward to the end of this week..many issues will have at least some answers, again personally and then I can figure out what […]

Real Life Gear Testing


Throughout my X Country trip I will be reviewing in detail the gear I use, new and old.  The big new additions to my kit are the KLIM Altitude suit, Shoei RF 1200 helmet, Cardo Q3 intercom, Alpinestars Toucan GoreTex boots ( I have had these for a while and LOVE them) and a new […]

10 more days to Departure


“If you are going through hell, keep going” – 2014 Adventure starts in 10 days….will be posting my SpotWalla page soon so my route can be tracked live.  Click the link, join the live Ride Report…will be posting lot’s of info there and many will comment…will post here are well as my FaceBook page.  All […]

The 209th Country to Visit my Blog is Turkmenistan Population: 5,113,040


JUST AWESOME AND WELCOME TURKMENISTAN!   Background Present-day Turkmenistan covers territory that has been at the crossroads of civilizations for centuries. The area was ruled in antiquity by various Persian empires, and was conquered by Alexander the Great, Muslim crusaders, the Mongols, Turkic warriors, and eventually the Russians. In medieval times Merv (today known as Mary) […]

“If you’re going through Hell, keep going.” – Solo X Country 2014


Departure date May 17, 2014 for 30 days. Plan – Vancouver, BC to North Carolina to Long Island, Upstate New York and back. Don’t know the route yet. LINK TO my Ride Report on ADV Rider Forum Click HERE SPOT Live Tracking Page I have done quite a few big RR’s and smaller one’s but […]