Tuesday, 24 June 2014

"Getting Lost" without Getting Lost

 “Getting Lost” without Getting Lost

A couple of weeks ago I was riding a 100 km (62 mile) loop around Sproat Lake near my home on Vancouver Island when I decided to ride up an interesting looking logging spur that climbed along a small river.  I was riding by myself, which I often do, and my wife knew I was on the loop.  I also carry my cell phone everywhere I go.  Anyway, I followed the spur to its end and the view of the lake was amazing as were the small waterfalls along the river.  After taking some photos with my camera, I took a couple of photos with my iPhone and was going to text them to my wife when I saw “no service” in the upper left corner of the screen.  At that moment I realized that if something were to happen, it could take days to find me.  The Sproat Lake loop is well traveled and my wife knew that’s were I was, however she didn’t know I was going to take a detour up one of the many logging spurs that branch off the main road.  I made the decision at that point to add a locator device to my travel kit.

Out of cell service range and no one knows where I am

The two systems that I began looking at were by Spot and the inReach line by DeLorme.  The Spot systems are the less costly of the two and they serve the purpose of letting people know where you are in the event of an emergency.  The inReach line is almost double the cost for the hardware compared to the Spot systems, however they have some communication features that allow the user to send texts or emails directly through the unit or in connections with a smart phone.  They also have GPS functions and according to several reviews have better satellite coverage worldwide.

In the end I purchased the inReach SE by DeLorme.  I’ve also purchased a monthly plan that gives me the ability to send a set number of texts each month from anywhere in the world and I will be able to use the GPS functions with my iphone while I’m in Peru.  

My locator "insurance"

Between riding, traveling to other countries and hiking in areas on Vancouver Island with spotty or no cell service, I’ve added an extra measure of insurance in the event that something goes wrong.

Gerald Trees
Dream Your Ride

PS:  The inReach SE worked beautifully in Peru.  Thankfully the SOS feature wasn't needed, however I was able to keep in contact with my family via text messaging in areas were cell service wasn't available.

Monday, 16 June 2014

Ride To Work Day

Ride To Work Day

Today, June 16th, was Ride To Work Day.  Did you ride to work?

I did.

A side excursion on the way home is a great way to end a work day.

Gerald Trees

PS: The Motorcycle Commuting Handbook by Gerald Trees provides useful information on commuting daily on a motorcycle.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Add A Rest Day

Add A Rest Day

Adding a rest day at some point during a trip is the most valuable lesson I’ve learned and a piece of advice I'll pass along.   

Pick a location that you’d like to spend a day or two on your trip and explore that area.  Take short rides, see the sights, eat, drink and live it up.  You’ll feel energized, rested and relaxed.  Trust me!

A beautiful 1964 Ducati Falcon 50cc that was found at a small museum in Sorrento, British Columbia

The 50's still live in Golden, British Columbia at Legendz Diner.  I highly recommend the Monster Mash for dessert

Relaxing in Jasper National Park, Alberta Canada
At the end of a short hike in Jasper National Park

Glacier Sky Walk, Jasper National Park.  It has a glass floor and you can feel it flex.

Look out for the locals!

Gerald Trees

Monday, 2 June 2014

Ah Summer!

Ah Summer! 

Summer is almost here and at least in Western Canada we’re getting a fantastic prelude to summer.  Sunny, warm and dry, the perfect riding conditions, right?  Of course it is, well sort of.

Moron Alert!

 The weather is warm and dry, which means the roads will be clogged with more cars and motorcycles.  Worse yet, they’re clogged with morons who must have bribed the driving examiner to get their license.  Most of them are easy to spot.  They drive mini vans and SUV’s that are so loaded they can’t see out the back.  They’ve got all their essential “stuff” from home, which is just about every thing they own, and they spend more time watching movies while checking the GPS and talking on the phone then looking out the window.  They’re on vacations damn it, so stay far, far away!

Moron Alert Part 2!

Morons also ride motorcycles, sort of.  The average motorcyclist will put more miles on their bikes in a week then the moron will in a year and it shows.  They wobble and bobble down the road and it’s a miracle more of them don’t end up a statistic.  The good news is they don’t usually travel that far from home and if they do, the bike is usually on a trailer.

 Watch out for that surfboard! 

Summertime brings distractions to the motorcyclist.  You know what I mean, don’t you?  Girls in swim suits, slinky sundresses or Daisy Dukes.  They’re everywhere and believe me, I’m not complaining.  However the scene at the end of Wild Hogs comes to mind, you know the one where they run into the surfboard.  There’s also the “other” natural scenery.  Mountains, eagles, the ocean…  Just make sure you don’t run into the back of something while enjoying the scenery.

 Joseph Oregon
 Osoyoos, British Columbia

Feel, smell and see the summer.  It’s wonderful and meant to be enjoyed.


Gerald Trees