Expanding horizons

I am a bigger fella.  I always have been.  There was a stretch of time about 10 or 12 years ago when I worked really really hard and lost a lot of weight.  Then I quit working really really hard at it and it all came right back.  I know it’s not great but you know what?  For me… personally, working really really hard for something so fleeting isn’t really worth it.  I’ve sort of just accepted myself for who I am.

So, being a bigger fella, that means that I look like a circus bear on a tricycle whenever I ride smaller bikes.  We got that little Honda Nighthawk 250 as a starter bike for my kids.  I used to ride a Yamaha Majesty 400 scooter.  While both those bikes were super fun, I just look out of place on them.  It seems like my big Harley is where I’m destined to stay.  I know… first world problems, right?

I love that Harley (despite some dealer problems I’ve been having recently).  It’s comfortable and eats highway miles like crazy.  But that’s a tiny portion of the motorcycling universe.  I’ve always been interested in going off road.  Not really going “mudding”, but gravel roads, fire roads, crossing wet ground… you know.  Adventure riding.

Imagine my surprise when I received an email recently asking if I’d like to link out to a site that’s dedicated to adventure riding.  Not just stories about adventure riding though.  These guys do adventure tours!


Basically, if you’ve ever wanted to try your hand as going off road or seeing things that you just can’t see from the highway, this is an easy and fun way to get the experiences of adventure riding without the investment in an adventure bike.  I mean… those things are cool as heck but who knows… you might not like it.  It would really suck if you laid out $6,000 or $9,000 or more on a sweet adventure bike only to find out that it’s too much work or that you don’t enjoy the outdoors as much as you thought.

Consider the flip side though.  Consider that you might *love* it!  But where you live, there aren’t a lot of good places to go.  Or that you’ve already gone all the places you can go.  Or consider even that you’re looking for a vacation that you can’t do any other way.  Or that you have a bike but want to tour Machu Picchu.  How would you get your bike there?

The guys (non-gender specific… I’m sure there are men and women there… “guys” is Wisco-speak for “y’all”) at RideAdv.com can get you all set up.  They have a wide range of tours available for you.

They reached out to me to get linked from here to their site.  Shamelessly, I asked them to hook me up with a sweet tour.  They offered me a T-Shirt instead.  Hahaha.  I’ll take it!  I would have linked to their site anyway.  The idea of a motorcycle touring vacation just sounds too awesome not to.

Have any of you done a guided tour on a bike?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.


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