Our tale begins in the town of Salida, CO, which sits in a region famously called the “Banana Belt” due to its down-sloping westerly winds that create a region of hot summers and dry warm winters. Meeting at a friend’s place—me on my 2016 KTM 690 Enduro R and my “Tin Can” partner, Wendy, in a 2018 Tacoma TRD capped with a Vagabond Drifter, towing her 2018 KTM 250 EXC-F and my Husqvarna FX350— we were heading back to southwest Utah where our belongings were stowed. The intent was to leave our two-wheeled machines and trailer behind for this trip, but when Wendy turned to me and said, “I miss our long dirt bike trips,” I realized there was nothing stopping us from gripping our handlebars instead.
Switching gears, we borrowed a larger tank for the 250, loaded our Mosko Moto Reckless 10L and 80L panniers, and set off to chase the sun through the high mountain passes of Colorado and sepia deserts of Utah. The plan was to venture to Hurricane, UT, via unpaved backcountry routes over the next 10–12 days, allowing plenty of time for detours and exploring along the way.
Enjoying the ride through the pine- and aspen-lined peaks, we ascended over Marshall Pass (10,842 feet) and down into Sargents, CO, where all manner of travelers stop for fuel, food and water. Nestled in the mountains, Sargents lies along Highway 50 between Poncha Springs and Gunnison in the southern Sawatch Mountain range. We pulled into the Tomichi Creek Trading Post where proprietors Yon and Melissa offer ethanol-free fuel, as this area hosts off-road enthusiasts coming to ride the local trails. Being early summer, with longer days upon us, we didn’t pay much attention to the time as we made our way over Quakey Mountain, bypassed Waunita Hot Springs, then rode up the Waunita Pass Road and down into Pitkin for a bit of sightseeing and a few photo ops. At an elevation of 9,842, the town was originally named Quartzville, the first mining camp west of the Continental Divide.
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THE YOUNGEST TO TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD? JACK GROVES
In the age of electronics, hyper-communications, and convenience, it’s untrue that the world’s youth have lost the taste for adventure. There will always be an element within the human spirit that demands and grows from new life experiences—an instinct as old as Mankind. And you don’t have to look far to find it.
Alpinestars Tech 7 Enduro Drystar
Motocross boots have evolved considerably over the last 20 years, but that hasn’t been the case in the ADV segment, and we often have to sacrifice proper protection for dry feet. Meet the new Alpinestars Tech 7 Drystar enduro boot. We’ve been waiting for a boot like this for quite some time and, to this day, it still boggles my mind that it took so long.
SLIDING FOR ADVENTURE
For the last 25 years I’ve been riding off road on everything from a 450cc lightweight to a heavily laden 1200cc adventure motorcycle. Although I was usually able to handle anything through rough terrain at slower speeds, I struggled at higher speeds on loose surfaces. And the biggest pucker moments occurred while approaching tight turns on gravel roads at high speed—barely navigating them safely.
National Cycle VStream Sport Windscreen for Honda Africa Twin
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TIN CAN TO TIN CUP A LONG OVERDUE TRIP
Long before the modern U.S. highway system was built, with rest stops, 24-hour fuel, and every imaginable packaged food choice on hand, there were the “Tin Can Tourists,” the original American motorized overlanders. As early as the 1900s, these wanderers faced many of the same challenges we live with today. But life was far simpler for the Tin Can Tourist traveling dusty, rutted tracks in meagerly powered vehicles, camping off roadsides in canvas tents, and eating cans of beans over Sterno stoves. Fifteen months ago, we sold our house to join this rambling lifestyle.
R&R for an RN IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
A mid the chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic, I needed to find the quiet serenity that comes on two wheels. As a nurse educator in a trauma-based tertiary hospital, I’m deep in the trenches, responsible for disseminating information and implementing health regulations to frontline workers. Inundated with fear from global news, increasing numbers of the infected, lack of resources, and a palpable universal panic as the world began to shut down, I needed to be away from it all for a while.
RAM Tough-Charge X-Grip Waterproof Wireless Charging Motorcycle Mount
RAM Mounts were first introduced in 1995, and over the last 25 years their ball and socket system has become the most ubiquitous way to mount devices wherever you need them. Recently they increased functionality to include Qi wireless charging with the Tough-Charge line of mounts.
HOW TO SURVIVE an Adventure Ride
I’m no expert endurance rider or a professional fitness instructor, but what I can do is ride my motorcycle continuously for five long days and feel physically content at the end of the trip. Okay, maybe after the celebratory beers, I might not feel as good on the morning of the sixth day, but at least my muscles will be relaxed. So, what can you do to prepare for an upcoming off-road adventure to stay strong, enjoy the ride and be able to dismount at the end of the day without calling friends over to pry you off your bike? Here are a few tips from personal experiences that will help you succeed.
Touratech Aventuro Traveller Carbon Helmet
Touratech has a long history of taking great helmets and adding their own features to make them stand apart. Their newest offering, the Aventuro Traveller Carbon, is no different. It’s built upon the Nexx X.Vilijord, a helmet not sold in North America but one that sits at the pinnacle of the Portuguese brand’s line-up. The Aventuro Traveller becomes its own with a full carbon shell, signature Touratech look, and easy accommodation for just about any communication system available.
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