The cooking set up I’ll be using will be:
I’m bringing along some comfort food with me…
I love Mountain House! I was wanting to get MRE’s but these are less expensive. I could eat MRE’s or MOuntain House all day every day!
I have wanted to set up my hammock in my garage for years now! Well… I have my window a/c unit right next to me if needed. This is my ENO Doublenest. I had forgotten how big it is! I’ve been using my ProNest for te last year or so. Still, I love it!
I’m learning (it’s hard sometimes in this world) that there are truely good people in this world! While organizing my saddlebags this week prepping for my trip, I forget to put my bungees back in the bike. So as I’m loading the Harley with groceries at Harris Teeter, I fill my bags and get ready to strap the rest to the back seat… I come to realize I don’t have any way to secure them. I try rearranging them to see if I can squeeze everything into already loaded bags. I can’t. So I put what I can’t fit back into the cart and head back into the store looking for some sort of straps or bungee cords, at the least some rope or twine. I’m pretty decent with my knots. I ask somebody who works there for help, he says “if we have anything like what you’re looking for it’ll be down here”, he leads me down the isle with mops and cleaners. I told him what I’m wanting to do with the straps and when we don’t find what I’m looking for he tells me that he has a bungee in his car that I can borrow. His name is Wayne and is one of the managers there. As I’m loading my bike I tell him about my trip and selflessly promote it by giving him my instagram name which has my boos address on it. I couldn’t have thanked him enough in the moment. So there are kind, helpful people in this world after all…! Thank you Wayne.
I believe I have road worthy bike set up. Meaning… the physical attributes of my bike are set perfectly! I added a backrest (HD), raised handlebars (12″ HD), drink holder (HD), iPhone mount (Ram Mounts). All things to make those long days comfortably enjoyable! I just got the bars and Bluetooth done this week but, this is exactly how I like my bike set up!
Along those lines… after having three different style motorcycles, sport bike, cruiser and tour, the things I won’t/can’t live without are…
- heated grips
- Cruise control
Music does help although, on long trips I find myself turning off the radio/cd/Bluetooth. I am totally in the moment, in my own space, my zen. Those times are hard to explain without being there yourself. It’s totally freeing!
The old saying “I don’t need therapy because I ride a Harley” is perfect! If I could find a way to support myself living off my bike, I would the he happiest person on this planet! And rich, i would never get off the bike! LOL
This morning I showed my nephew, on a map, where my trip will take me throughout the country… as we got to Idaho and Montana, he saw Butte Montana. He asked me if I could bring him something from BUTT montana!! I told him “absolutely yes! I will bring you something from Butt Montana!” LOL I’ll find him some stickers and a magnet with his name on it! Maybe I can find something with Butt instead of Butte… LOL
I’m writing this blog to chronicle my road trips past,present,and future. I’ve found so many beautiful places in this country that I I can’t keep them to muself!
(Edit 5.18.17 2100) I have rearranged my trunk and saddle bags once more and will probably continue to do so again and again until the day I leave. LOL. I’m trying new strategies and packing tips from friends and followers. For the most part I’m keeping with my general plan of: trunk with main clothing and quickly accessible items, both saddle bags are getting the most revamping when I add or subtract items. For the most part they contain my outer, heavier clothing, food and camping gear… Pictures to come, most likely when it’s daylight.
I’m changing the way I pack my bike for this trip from the 2015 Road Trip. Since I will be camping instead of bringing everything into a hotel, I will be packing my tour pak with my clothes and other essentials I may need. On top of that bag I will keep easy to get to items like gps mounts and holders and charger plugged in.
In the lid organizer I will have my vaporizer juice and coils, sunscreen, light, flashlight, mini first aid/migraine meds.
In my right saddle bag I’ll have my camping gear, tool kit, plus water and food. In the lid strap bag I keep my gloves and buffs.
The left saddle bag will be my 3 season jacket, a down hooded jacket and a light weight windbreaker. Possibly some food.I may add food, water and snacks to this bag because they fit pretty well with room to spare.
Harris and I took a short 400+ mile trip for a hotdog yesterday. We left Olney, MD at 830am. Minus a short stretch on Rte. 50, we took all back roads to Rehoboth Delaware. We stopped To stretch our legs and to take a couple pics… After we were on our bikes, we headed south th Bethany Beach Delaware to Top Dog Grill for that hot dog! We both got the footling “Chicago”! It was very messy but worth the ride! AFter cleaning my hands and beard, we talked bikes with a few admirer. One that currently owns a 110cc Honda and the other that has an “old school” Victory. We rolled down to Ocean City Maryland and fueled up. Harris’ daughter just the night before had mentioned to him the “Lonliest Road in Maryland”, since we were there, we headed west to Hoopers Island in Fishers Creek Maryland. Some of the best roads and scenery we have seen in a long time! (Thank You Harris’ daughter!) My Harley and Harris’ Victory at a bridge near the end of the road. We were going to stop at Old Salty’s for a seafood dinner but decided to head back due to inherent bad weather. Living in Maryland you learn that it doesn’t matter what Ny weather app says, it’s not taking till it’s actually raining we ended up riding all the way back to Virginia without seeing one drop! LOL
We ended up at Big Buns Gourmet Grill in Arlington Virginia for burgers. Harris had the “KBBQ” Korean BBQ and I had my favorite Gorgeous George. Both amazing burgers. I have to admit mine turned into a fork burger with the extra cucumbers and Tzotzil sauce! What’s the old saying…? The messier it is, the better it tastes!? LOL
I must admit, even with the chillier weather with a 90/10 clouds/sun ratio, it was a perfect day!
We headed to our respective homes taking all back roads of course, with no rain!
Less than 90 days now till I start my trip. I’m taking a short 12000 mile 30 day ride pretty much circumnavigating th US. I say short only in the way that it can never be long enough! If I could find a way to make money riding, I’d never get off the bike!
These are the cities I’m planning on staying in, visiting family/friends in, eating in…
New Orleans, LA
Santa Fe, NM and/or Medicine Park OK
Salt Lake City, Utah
Las Vegas, NV
Los Angeles, CA
Sturgis/Rapid City, SD
Sioux Falls, SD
Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor, MI
New York City, NY
I’ll be starting and finishing in Maryland.