Monday, 6 January 2014

Bucket List Rides Part 2

Bucket List Rides Part 2



Bucket lists are interesting.  Many people make a list and few of them every act on them.  I imagine it’s because they feel they will have the time later on, however later on may be too late.

Motorcycle bucket list trips are like any other bucket list item, many riders have their dream trip or trips on a list and few will actually go. The difference between those who go and those who stay comes down to taking action on the dream.  In other words they choose a date, plan the trip and then go.  Sometimes that action is saying “yes” when a friend asks them to be a part of their trip.  That’s how I went on my Sturgis trip.

This brings up the next bucket list trip that I’ll tick of the list in 2014.  I’ve always wanted to take an adventure style ride somewhere in South America.  In the summer of 2013 a friend sent me an interesting message by way of Facebook.  He said that if I ever wanted to take a ride through the Andes to let him know.  When I asked him to “tell me more”, he replied that he was planning a ride in the Peruvian Andes and asked if I was interested.  My reply was “Yes, when do we go”.  Once that commitment was made I’ve had a lot of fun researching the trip, where we’ll likely visit and learning about Peru, it’s history and culture.  I’m going to learn some basic Spanish too.  I’m really enjoying it and the trip is still 7 months away.

Taking a bucket list ride can be scary, especially if you’ve never taken a long trip by motorcycle.  Getting that first one out of the way will light a fire in your belly and give you the desire to take the next one and then the next.

My tips for taking that first trip:

  1. Any mechanically sound and maintained motorcycle will do and luggage is available for any motorcycle and is within most budgets.  A good “dry bag” and some bungee cords are one example.
  2. Choose a destination that you’ve always wanted to go and can be done in 7 to 14 days.
  3. Ask a friend to go with you.  (Make sure you like that person and that you could stand to ride with them otherwise that dream trip could turn into a pain in the ass).
  4. Take your time and enjoy the ride as well as the scenery.  Stop when something looks interesting, as this is what you’ll remember most about the trip.
  5. Be flexible.  Have a basic plan, however if something comes along that begs to be explored, explore!
  6. Take a lot of pictures and write in a journal.  It helps keep the memory of the trip alive.
  7. Be prepared for the weather, as it will change during your trip. 
  8. Think of your destination as a “turn around” point.  The ride and your experiences on the road is what the trip is all about.
  9. Go with the flow.  One day you’ll put on a lot of miles and the next only a few.  Experience everything that looks enjoyable from food, drink and the view.
  10. Above all, take your time and enjoy the sights, smells and feel of the trip.

If you have a bucket list ride, take it in 2014!

Gerald Trees
Dream Your Ride

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