We love Megs Braap! We both follow her on Instagram, she's amazing!
She also runs a women-only clinic and Neda is planning on signing up for one. Our friend in Toronto took one of Meagan's clinics when she flew to Ontario to teach, and said she learnt a lot and had a great time.
Tell these guys!
I think perhaps they read my blog post and took it too seriously...
So, are there any downsides to these motos?
Yes. When you try to tour on a dirt bike, those short service intervals creep up on you fast!
The manual indicates 15-hour oil changes, but we've been monitoring the oil colour and consistency, and the bikes seem to prefer even shorter intervals than...
Okay, enough speeds and feeds, let's ride these damn things!
Fortunately BC is hands-down the best place in Canada to ride a dirtbike!
The western mountain ranges of the continent are our playground. Social distancing is easy when you're out in the woods and you haven't seen another person on...
So now we have dirt bikes!
The primary reason for getting the 500 EXC-F and the FE 501 is that they are street-legal.
The thinking was that we'll eventually convert them to touring bikes, replacing the big adventure motos that we've been traveling the world on.
This about-face in sizing is...
How to Enduro the Apocalypse: KTM 500 EXC-F & Husqvarna FE 501
Come Armageddon, Come!
Everyday is like Sunday
The global pandemic has put a pause on our travels, and we find ourselves temporarily stalled in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada.
So what to do now...
As for expenses, we were very nervous about this for the first year. Especially traveling through North America, because it's one of the more expensive continents to overland through.
There are a ton of resources on the Internet detailing how to live on the cheap. Common sense stuff like buying...
Expedition Portal actually wrote up a good article about income while traveling:
Financing Extended Overland Trips: How Do They Do it?
The Real Story
These are all of our worldly possessions after a few rounds of sell, donate, give away, throw away
We're mentioned in the article...
yes, we spent about a year and a half in Africa and returned to Canada for a snowboarding vacation.
We were going to hit the road again this summer, but then this COVID stuff hit, so we hunkered down in BC.
We just got new motorcycles and we're slowly kitting them out for when we're...
We've stayed out way too late and now we have to find a place to sleep. Neda checks online to find nearby accommodations
It's after dark as we pull into a suburb on the outskirts of Hiroshima. We find a youth hostel, that's a bit more modern than the ryokans that we've been staying in lately...
Browsing through all the tourist trinkets for sale under the coloured lights of the outdoor shopping centre
There's even a temple behind the shopping centre. With a golden cardboard buddha cutout! :)
And of course, the line of requisite vending machines
Sun is quickly setting as we walk around the Japanese tourist trap
We're close enough to the next town that it won't matter if we ride back in the dark. Wouldn't be the first time... Might be kind of cold though...
It's difficult to Samuraiz all our experiences in Japan, but I'll try to Cut...
OMG, we're such tourists!
As we get closer to our destination for the evening, we come across this huge shopping centre that's decorated with all the traditional Japanese imagery. Kimonos, paper lanterns, pagodas, etc. But it's obviously a tacky tourist trap! We love it! So we stop to walk...