Monday, 30 March 2015

The Power Of The Backpack

The Power Of The Backpack

Another adventure begins with my backpack

The backpack is a powerful piece of luggage that is often overlooked and yet should be one of your most important piece of kit. 

I travel everywhere with my backpack.  I take it to work, I wear it when I make quick day or weekend trips and it’s with me on all of my long trips.  

Heading out on a weekend adventure

My backpack is "pre-packed" with items that I use all the time.  I have a small camera, a notebook, a book and magazine that I want to read, my tooth brush and tooth past, the items that I need to charge and listen to my iPhone and during riding season my inReach global locator.  Within a few minutes I can add a few items of clothing and other necessary items and be out the door for a long weekend.

I have one particular backpack that’s been with me to at least 6 countries and over thousands of miles.  It’s been with me on all of my travels and adventures over the past 10 years.

What should you look for in a backpack?

It should be comfortable to wear for long periods of time.

It should have enough room to pack what you need for a long weekend.

It should have a few compartments to separate your items.

It must be able to be carried on an airplane.

If you ride in the rain or in dusty conditions, a waterproof pack or cover is nice to have.

Harness the power of the backpack and let it help you get away for quick adventures and us it for the adventures of a lifetime.

Rain or shine.  In this case a lot of rain.

Gerald Trees
Dream Your Ride

Thursday, 19 March 2015

I Drive My Wife Crazy When We Travel

I drive my wife crazy when we travel.  OK, I driver her crazy at other times too, but that’s a whole different story.

I’m the travel planner of the family and when we travel I have a general plan of attack and direction.  When I’m traveling with my wife I also have a good idea of where we’ll spend the night at the end of the day.  After that anything’s possible and that’s what drivers her nuts.  I like exploring and she likes certainty, which makes for interesting traveling.

If I see a road I’ve never been down, especially if the horizon looks interesting, I’m going down that road.  When that happens, and it happens often, this is our typical conversation.

Wife:  Where are we going?

Me:  We’re going to see what’s down this road.

Wife:  What’s down there?  Will I like it?

Me:  I don’t know, that’s what were going to find out.

Wife:  It might be a dead end with nothing to see, then what?

Me:  Then we’ll know and we’ll turn around.

Wife:  It’s probably going to be a waste of time.

Me:  Never!

Wife:  Silence…

Most of the time we find these detours to be the best part of the trip and the “duds” are still fun because of the possibility that there may be something beautiful, unusually or unexpected along the way.

At the end of one of our "side trips" to Navajo National Monument, Arizona
I love traveling with my wife and look forward to the trips we take together, especially when we’re on the motorcycle.  Besides being with her, I love the look on her face when she sees something that was unexpected or she’s never seen before.  Of course there are those times where I’m get punched in the ribs for scaring her…

Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Arizona - Another successful "detour"
If you’re the explorer type, take someone with you who may never go exploring on their own and if you’re the type who likes to know what’s around the corner or at the end of the road, find an explorer and trust them to keep you safe and entertained.

Another "find" at the end of a ride / hike - Weiner Falls, British Columbia

Gerald Trees
Dream Your Ride

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Border Crossings - Valuable Tips From Adventure Rider Radio and Grant Johnson

Border Crossings - Valuable Tips From Adventure Rider Radio and Grant Johnson

Crossing borders on foot, by way of an airport or with a vehicle can be "interesting" and a little scary.  This is especially true when you're far from home and may not know the language and customs.  I've had a lot of experience getting through borders and I thought I was good until I listened to a podcast on Adventure Rider Radio where Grant Johnson from Horizons Unlimited spent an hour with host Jim Martin giving his advice and tips.  I learned a lot!  This episode, "Border Crossings by Motorcycle", is loaded with valuable tips and advice that can be used in every travel situation so give it a listen.

Border Crossings By Motorcycle with Grant Johnson

Traveling in another country is fun and the rewards are many.  Being prepared before you go will make your experience that much better.

Here are the links for Adventure Rider Radio and Horizons Unlimited.  The information on these two sites are very valuable.

Adventure Rider Radio

Horizons Unlimited

Somewhere in Peru

Gerald Trees
Dream Your Ride