The trip is coming up faster than expected and it's time to start learning about the Iberian Peninsula. That refers to the landmass of Spain and Portugal to the West of the Pyrenees mountains at the far Western reaches of Europe. Should be around an 11 hour flight from the middle of America to Barcelona over the Atlantic ocean.
Area / climate: Controls most of the peninsula, Mediterranean climate, mountainous North. Shares it's Western border with Portugal.
Area / climate: Controls Western seaboard of peninsula. More rainfall and mountainous terrain than it's Eastern neighbor.
Language: Arabic and French
Area / Climate: Controls North Western corner of Africa near strait of Gibraltar. Desert climate for much of the country, with Atlas mountains in the North and East.
Currency: Moroccan Dirham (known to accept USD).
I've been trying to learn Spanish and Arabic for this trip (just key words and helpful phrases). I've done this for 2 reasons. Its very interesting / fun, and I think its polite. If you are going to visit somewhere, I think its reasonable to make an effort to learn their language and attempt to accommodate them since they are hosting you. Other preparations include securing a Eruo based debit card from Goldmoney and hitting the gym every day.
Well guys, it's time to inform you of next summers trip. As you know for summer 2016, I took a trip across the U.S. with my uncle on dual sports. Well there is only one way to top that.. A trip to Africa!
Now, this is not a normal trip, it's actually with Oklahoma State University. See, I'm a Geography major at a mid-west University north of OSU. So somehow I got an email saying OSU professors were taking this trip, and its worth 3 (400 level) geography credit towards my major. Nice. So, I enrolled with OSU as a non-degree seeking student, enrolled in the class, paid the fee's and off we go.
The trip is in May-June 2017 time frame. The first few weeks is online, then the trip, then the final few weeks online.
We are going to visit Spain, Portugal, and Morocco. :) Updates as it gets closer!
As you guys know we planned the trip for 9 days. On paper all of our planning looked really good. It turns out that we did not properly account for risk factors or mental exhaustion that comes from riding all day. The focus and skill it takes to ride for hours was challenging. Overall it was a great trip, we got to hang out a lot and became familiar with our bikes.
Here is a few photos from the trip:
Final gear prep the night before leaving
On the road:
Uncle Darren being extra thirsty... It was late July after all!
Day 2 Camp - New Mexico
We found a lake in the Santa Fe Mountains. This is in Angel Fire / Eagle Nest
For the past few months my Uncle and I have been planning a trip from North Eastern Kansas to Southern California, riding small displacement dual sport motorcycles. I am happy to announce that everything is finally set and ready to go. Our bikes are getting final maintenance tomorrow and we plan on leaving on Monday!
Since our track is mostly dirt roads through the American back country we will not have cell service a lot of the time (see night time map above, no cities = usually no cell service).
I will post pictures and updates when we get to California. The trip should take about 9 days to complete.
2014 and 2017 Yamaha XT250's
Acerbis Hand guards
Moose Racing skid plate
IMMIX Racing cargo rack
Rigg Gear saddle bags
RAM Mount - 62st
Deuter Futura Pro 42 back pack
RotoPax 1.75g fuel tank
Pictures and stories to follow!
Unlike some of the other dedicated pages on this site, this page will be continuous. This is where I will put updates and (potentially?) pictures of this summers upcoming trip. And next summers Greece trip with my big sister and her husband (If they are married, does that make me a 3rd wheel?) Anyways, stay tuned for fun filled adventures.