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 […]

“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 […]

Riding SOLO as a Type II Diabetic


Diabetes mellitus type 2 (formerly noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) or adult-onset diabetes) is a metabolic disorder that is characterized by hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) in the context of insulin resistance and relative lack of insulin.[2]

Sporting new gear on my SOLO 1 month trip


I am excited to be able to get the new KLIM Altitude Gore Tex suit made for women by KLIM to wear and review on my trip coming up in May.

2014 CROSS COUNTRY TRIP-see bottom of post


After going back and forth as to where I should take my SOLO trip this year I think I have come up with a plan.  Head East, go see my family and some friends and then head West.  I think it’s doable…May 17 – June 16?  Need to replace my SPOT CONNECT as my other one […]

Time to Plan Your Trip To Alaska is NOW!


If you do plan on going to Alaska in the Summer of 2014 promise us you will ride this road….take a look at one of our posts from our trip in 2011….if you don’t want to read the entire post scroll down to the McCarthy-Kennicott section…you will thank us if you ride this road…;-) Many […]

Riding in the Rain and Wind


by Jeff Cobb SOURCE:  MOTORCYCLE.COM Wearing really good gear can help in a down pour.  Preparing for the worst and hope for the best is our motto.  We wear Gore Tex suits and Gore Tex gloves in the rains we hit where we live and on the road.  We ride all year, rain or shine […]

41 Camping Hacks That Are Borderline Genius


Not all motorcycle friendly but still very creative ideas for the camper…..   These tips and tricks will guarantee you’ll be a totally happy camper this summer. Peggy Wang BuzzFeed Staff 1. Use foam floor tiles for a softer, more comfortable tent floor.

Sneaking Out of Alaska (and back) – Gary & Deb – 2013


Gary & Deb from Anchorage, AK are heading out on their own ADV soon.  We stayed with these guys while on our trip to Alaska in 2011 while the Triumph Tigers that we borrowed from Triumph Canada were in the Motorcycle Shop getting worked on for 4 days.  Great hosts, they love ADV riders and […]

Longing for the Open Road – Memories of our 2010 BMW F650GS Bikes


Since we seem to not be able to get away on a decent rode trip this year I am entertaining myself with pics from our 2010 Cross Country Trip…and other trips.  In 2010 we both got our first Beemers and we picked mine up in March 2010, Cheryl’s in Dec 2009.  By June 2010 we […]

Driven – The Arctic Circle


Every once in awhile I come across a video that just resonates with me…I mean everyone should watch this especially if you are an adventurer.  This guy Ed from New Mexico rode 10,000 miles in 26 days and how he sees Canada and Alaska is spot on.  I LOVE, absolutely LOVE his attitude, sense of […]

10 Tips for Camping with Your Photography Gear


SOURCE: Improve Photography Being in the outdoors with photography gear can be tricky. It is summer time in the Northern Hemisphere, and for many of us, that means enjoying photography while camping, hiking, or just being in the great outdoors.  Along with being outdoors with your camera and lenses come several problems: heat, dust, weight, […]

TNE Phase Three Section Three – North Rd, James Bay, Trans Taiga


Get ready for some long remote roads.  This last chapter in the TNE route consists of three roads that together cover almost 1500 kilometres. This chapter of the TNE starts off in the town of Chibougamau. Chibougamau has a population of 7500 and has most modern amenities available.  It is the largest community in northern […]