Be The Adventure

Be The Adventure

We’re just coming home from the BMW MOA Be the Adventure Rally in Billings, Montana.   The cool thing about the National rally is it’s always in a different location each year, which gives folks a damn good excuse to travel from all over the nation making the rally their destination.   There’s something really awesome about arriving and reconnecting with friends you haven’t  seen since last time, and making new friends this time around, kind of like a big motorcycle riders family reunion. This year was no different.   Montana doesn’t disappoint when it comes to open space, big sky and natural beauty. It’s still the Wild West, often referred to as the “last frontier’ its history is full bodied with lively narratives and juicy tidbits of years gone by.   It lures us in with tales of the gold rush, cowboys, indians, ghost towns, homesteaders and outlaws.   “Maybe it’s the independent frontier spirit, wild and free and oh-so American, that earned Montana its ‘live and let live’ state motto. The sky seems bigger and bluer. The air is crisp and pine-scented. From its mountains that drop into undulating ranchlands to brick brewhouses and the shaggy grizzly found lapping at an ice-blue glacier lake, Montana brings you to that euphoric place, naturally. And then it remains with you long after you’ve left its beautiful spaces behind” – The Lonely Planet The BMW MOA puts a lot of effort and thought into producing an awesome rally.   Thank you BMW MOA, we had a kick butt time.   Between the seminars/classes, GS Giants skills course, the insane stunt riding of Chris “Teach” McNeil, presentations by Horizons Unlimited...
Are Your Horizons Unlimited?

Are Your Horizons Unlimited?

First of all, I would like to begin this post by thanking Grant and Susan Johnson. They are inspirations to many of us travelers and now for me as a business person. They have done such an excellent job of creating a vibrant community via www.HorizonsUnlimited.com.   Their site is definitely one of the very best online resources for current and future travelers. As they say “Get Inspired, Get Ready & Get On The Road.” Perhaps one of the most amazing things is how they have transitioned a web-based community into this vibrant and giving collection of global family. Twice this year Gaila and I have had the chance to participate in their physical events. These are so much more than the typical rally and occasional Meetups. If there is any way you can make it to a Horizons Unlimited event in your area you most definitely should. http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/events HU CanWest was held in Nakusp British Columbia Aug 23 – 25th and I highly recommend you mark your calendar for next year. At this event Gaila and I were privileged to be giving our relationship talk – “Couples Travel Not Always A Cake Walk” aka How Not To Kill Your Partner Traveling 24/7/365 and “Take-off & Landings, The Scariest Part of Long-term Travel”.   Our couples talk is usually good for a laugh or two and gets lots of smiles etc. – especially when we discuss intimacy on the road.   Take-off & Landings is a look at our perspective on quitting perfectly good jobs to travel and what it feels like to come back. Always a work in progress. The village...
Will You Rally?

Will You Rally?

Funny thing about motorcycling, sometimes we cherish the solitude and quiet of riding alone and at other times we look for the comradery of others.   Motorcycle rallies bring visions of Sturgis (http://www.sturgismotorcyclerally.com/) and the wild things that implies, but there is so much more.   What about the quaint local gatherings like RibFest in Tennessee? (http://www.bmwmcon.org/ribfest.php) And let’s not forget brand/bike specific events like BMW, Triumph or Honda Goldwing. So many choices, so little time. Sturgis Motorcycle Rally video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zcfqg-kVXWg Why We Rally: So these are some of the key reasons we and others elect to join in the motorcycle rally fun: High potential for like-minded people in small space and time. Great chance to meet great people. Chance to see distant friends (Rallies can build lasting relationships). Validation & feedback for the way you have set up your bike. Knowledge transfer and ideas sharing. (Learning opportunities, often including rider training.) Finally meeting your www.facebook.com – only friends. Getting a taste of the locals. Insights for the best roads, rides and eats. Late nights by the fire with lots of stories and bench racing. Adult trick or treating. People really like the raffles and free stuff from vendors. Seeing the latest in gear & gadgets. Maybe your next bike or solution to current challenge. Solid excuse for adult beverages of choice and lots of (usually) good food. And let’s not forget the bonus benefit that many rallies donate profits to charity. Good for them! Gaila and I had a chance this past weekend to participate in the Touratech-USA Rally in Plain, WA (http://www.touratech-usa.com/Adventure/Events/JOPqYs/2014-Touratech-Rally) and the Overland Expo (http://www.overlandexpo.com/) event in...