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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

SPOT Satellite Tracker

When traveling on an adventure... it is good to share your location and progress with family/friends. Especially when we take the two month trip in 2020. Anyways, I've got the SPOT Gen3 tracker (www.findmespot.com) and I've got it setup with 2 min 30 second tracking and the ability to call for help even in remote (no mobile phone access) areas.

Here is an example of the type of information that can be provided - in fact, you can refresh this post at anytime, it should provide my "latest and greatest" location.

Smoky Mountain 1000

Getting ready to leave for the SM1000. Here is the link to the spotwalla - allows you to keep up with our progress.

SpotWalla - Old Dudes Adventure in the Smoky Mountains

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Highest motorable pass in the world?

Manali to Leh.

Sounds interesting. Maybe 2021. Over 18k ft above sea level across the Himalayan mountains.


Monday, June 24, 2019

Smoky Mountain 1000 - Offroad Adventure

Several friends and I are going to be headed to the Smoky Mountains for a 1,000 mile offroad adventure. This is one of many warm-ups we'll be running until the 2020 TAT.

If you're interested in learning more about the Smoky Mountains 1,000 - here are a couple links:
1. https://www.facebook.com/groups/229150894116972/
2. https://advrider.com/f/threads/smokey-mountains-1000.1233049/

The four of us will be taking a leisurely pace, most days will be between 150-175 miles. However, one day we have a whopping 275 miles. We will see if we can make it... remember, this is all off-road and on slow curvy/mountainous roads.

We leave in about a month's time - no exact dates yet. However, I'll post a spotwalla tracking link on my page before we leave so everyone can keep up with us.

I wanted to do some camping - but some of the guys we are going with prefer more comfortable accommodations. I'm still going to be packing my camping gear because I really need to start testing the weight distribution and my setup.

While on the SM1000 adventure, we will be staying in some pretty nice cabins / lodges throughout the Smoky Mountains. 

The bikes that will be on this trip:
2 x BMW f800GS
1 x KTM 990 Adventure R (biggest bike in the crowd)
1 x KTM 790 Adventure R

Until we leave, I'll continue to ride locally. I might be able to convince my wife to go up to Ocala national forest for an overnight camping expedition.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

2019 KTM 790 Adventure R

Picked up both KTM 790 Adventure R's on 6/8. Been riding it around a little, tested off-road as well. I can tell you that I already love this bike.

Quick ride around the property and through the creek - btw, I'm horrible at using GoPro's video editing... so I messed up the transition from the creek.

Friday, May 3, 2019


With anything you buy... you typically research.


In my quest for dependable, rugged, waterproof luggage on the KTM 790 R, I came across a company that was essentially started by listening to the audience they supported.

Back up a few minutes... I setup my KLR 650 (which I do not own anymore) for my first off-road experience. Of course I packed too much... but that is just me being overly prepared.

I was packed Top, Left, and Right... and I had a duffel bag full of stuff as well. Of course, I'm always over prepared for everything.

These bags by Wolfman Luggage were excellent. I even crashed one time and went through many creeks - all with no damage and without anything getting wet. My crash was in Mississippi in the deep sand. Which means the luggage was spared any major damage by virtue of the sand (same for me by the way).

So... back to my story, after some minimal research, I've realized that a company, born and bred from the advrider.com website, with full exposure and feedback of the adv community has blasted through the plethora of luggage options for adv riders.

This soft-luggage has been designed and created by the community and some brave entrepreneurs that decided that it was time for a change.

The change, MOSKO MOTO. I've seen the difference through the bountiful RTW motorcyclists that have chosen this luggage as well as the 'weekend warriors' that have also chosen MOSKO.

Naturally, after much research, I've decided to outfit my new KTM 790 Adventure R with the pannier kit, the duffle pack, and the Nomad tank bag. Of course, you all might think this is a bit much for the 790 R... well, let it be known that the wife and I are going to "adventure" our way up to Alaska on a 1290 Super Adv R in 2022... this will also be our luggage for that monster trip.

Let's call the Trans America Trail in 2020, my test ride for 2022 to Alaska.

More soon. (we'll likely run the Smokey Mountain 500 or 1000 during this summer - gotta break in that 790R some how...)

Monday, April 15, 2019


A good friend and business partner is going to join me on the TAT next year. Being the planner that I am, I've already started planning. In fact, one of the most important decisions / purchases for the TAT is of course, the motorcycle.

In order to share parts and be able to work on the bikes in the event of issue, we both decided that it would be a good idea to buy the same bike. With a little research and keeping my ear to the ground on new and exciting bikes being released, we both decided to move forward with the KTM 790 Adventure R. The caveat - it isn't quite available yet. We put down two deposits for two bikes today at the local 'power sports' dealer. They have four on the way and two of them have our names on them. We have been told that we should see them by the 1st of June, 2019.

If we do in fact get them by the first week of June, I'll publish the name of the dealer as they will have pulled off an amazing feat. Many others out there in the country are trying their level best to get their hands on these bikes with little to no luck.

I'm pretty excited about this choice, great power in a lighter, more agile bike.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Been a while...

Yeah, it has certainly been a while since I last visited my own little space on the "intraweb"...

A friend and business partner and I are in the early planning stages of a "small" adventure. We intend on riding across the United States on dual sport motorcycles, mostly offroad!

Not sure if you've heard of the Trans America Trail, I actually completed the first three states back in 2013. Now that I have more time on my hands, we will attempt the whole thing!

I purchased the GPS files today so we can officially begin planning. Our goal to start the TAT is likely July 11th, 2020.

Stay Tuned as we progress in our planning.