Just the weekend left to suffer through this first call. These last couple weeks have been just a blur. Landing back in Los Angeles from our Thailand trip, changing the suitcase and heading directly to Vegas for one day of coverage sure helps with the jet lag. I don’t think I ever had any, and from being awake for roughly 56 hours, working all day and driving the 5 hours back, I thought I would have been beat. A couple days later and I felt great. Oh, I forgot about the case of shingles that started on Monday and lasted for almost three weeks, such an inconvenience, and painful.
Sunday we will be putting our camper in storage for the next five months. Living out of a suitcase while working in Las Vegas, or our panniers while touring on our bikes will be our gypsy lifestyle. Luckily the time is split about half and half.
In preparation the VStrom has been outfitted with a new engine crash plate from the guys at Happy Trails. It was fairly easy to install, fit perfectly and went just according to the instructions. A review will follow after the Baja trip starting Monday.
Also new for the trip was the soft sided Backcountry 40L Rear Duffel/Pack from the guys at Mosko Moto. This waterproof pack does it all coming of the bike and becoming a back pack. This will take the place of my rear box and the tent, sleeping bags and pad will strap right to the top, nice and neat for two up riding.
This ride will be our shakedown ride for the new rear setup and will travel with us to Germany in May for our two month adventure of Western Europe on our Triumph Trophy 1200 appropriately dubbed WNDRR3, named after the two other bikes in the stable.
The hours are ticking away as we wait for the dawn of Monday morning to arrive. I hear nothing but the call of the open road beckoning me to twist my wrist and head for another border crossing. The friendly people of Mexico, the beautiful desert scenery, rolling surf of the Pacific Ocean and clear blue water of the Bay of Conceptiòn are waiting for us.
We also added a sticker for a charity we are supporting which is also the official charity of Horizons Unlimited Yosemite. The Lost For a Reason crew, Ron Grace in particular, are making a difference in the lives of children and families of the Navajo reservation. Go ahead and give them a look and get Lost For a Reason.
The people we will be riding with are well known in the motorcycle/overland community and we are fortunate to be able to ride with them and enjoy their company. So stay turned and see what the neighboring country of Mexico has to offer riding down the Baja peninsula. Maybe next time YOU will be riding down with us and WANDRR Motorcycle Tours.
Greg “WANDRR” and Melanie