an idea

my Z1000, loaded down at the start of the Alaska Highway

I guess this idea started back in the summer of 2007…I took a leave of absence from work, with plans to ride a Kawasaki Z1000 around the US and Canada for a few months. Before the end of the almost 18,000 mile trip, I’d already decided that someday I needed to do a bigger trip, and at the very least, that trip would have to involve leaving North America.

Thailand

somewhere near koh yaoon a boat, somewhere near koh yao

Fast forward to February 2013…it was sometime around the moment this photo was taken when I started to realize I was too settled in Denver. I knew that as soon as I left Thailand, I’d miss it, and I needed to do something to break up the routine that I was bound to reenter. It didn’t take long to realize that some type of extended trip was probably the right option.

03/30/2013 – New Motorcycle!

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got rid of my 2009 Nightster and picked up the 2013 BMW F800GS!

Things just got a little more official! I traded in my Harley and got the bike that I’ve wanted since before it ever came out. I remember reading rumors about BMW possibly creating a 800GS years ago, in order to bridge the gap between the 650GS (too small) and the 1200GS (too big/too expensive). After a few trips to BMW of Denver, a test ride of the F800GS & G650GS, and a LOT of discussion with the guys there, I decided on the 800, and put together a little list of accessories that I wanted to get as well.

06/20/2013 – RawHyde motorcycle training

bike lineup
Over the weekend, I attended RawHyde‘s first training course in Colorado. No only did I meet a bunch of great folks (instructors and fellow students), but I learned far more than expected, and had an absolute blast. For anyone that is interested in riding a big bike offroad, I can’t recommend these guys enough.  I’m sure I’ll look into their more advanced courses once I’m back next year. Continue reading

07/04/2013 – 0 days/0 miles – Heading out tomorrow

Well, the 4th is my last night in Colorado. Gonna have breakfast with some friends tomorrow, then head up to Ten Sleep, WY for a couple days of climbing before I make my way to Minnesota. It feels kind of surreal to be leaving Colorado, knowing that it’ll be nearly a year before I’m back, but overall, I’m really excited to finally get this trip started