Prepping for 2015

by on Mar.02, 2015, under Camping, Ham Radio, Motorcycle, Personal

As we move into March and we finally starting to feel like the deep freeze of the winter is over it’s time to start planning for summer 2015.

I have a HUGE list of events laied out on my calendar including Motorcycle trips to Utah/Nevada, IDPA matches, training courses for both personal and professional development, bicycle touring trips and HAM radio events. I’d like to fit some hiking and camping in there as well as have some time to just relax and enjoy a beer at the cottage. My calendar is a multi-coloured web of events, engagements, and commitments. Some things I’ve paid for and some weekends have two or three possibilities and I’ll need to pick one and book it soon.

I started off earlier in the year by scouring the internet for upcoming motorcycle rallies and and expanded from there. I’ve picked a few, paid for them, and I’m excited to be headed to Las Vegas (I’ve never been!) for two weeks on two wheels in the desert. I’ve also booked in for the Roaming Rally for my 5th straight year in a row, this one looks to be one of the best routes yet. To be ready for all this two offroad fun I’ve spend a bit of the winter going over my motorcycle prepping it as well as myself for the upcoming season. I started off with purchasing a new Goretex Klim Latitude riding suit that will hopefully keep me warm and dry during the inevitable spring rains. I’ve replaced bearings, exhaust packing, sprockets, brake pads, and fixed a broken spoke on the bike. Well almost, I’m still waiting for the replacement spoke to come and I’m looking at only 2 weeks left before my bike ships out.

This year I’m also getting into competitive shooting. I’ve been interested in shooting for several years now but never put more effort into it than going to the range and blasting off a few rounds or some hunting in the fall. I took a course last fall to prepare for long range competitions and I’m signed up for a IDPA pistol introductory course this spring. Between the two I’m hoping to be able to have a focus to upgrade my skills, and my fitness, while running around at the range.

I bought a touring bicycle a few years ago and never put the miles on it I had been hoping to. This year I’m looking to change that and I’ve been looking to do some smaller rides in the area before taking a week to ride to Burlington VT. I’m excite and I’m hoping to add a new outlet for my restless spirit to get out and explore the world… at a slightly slower pace.

Throughout all this excitement I’m hoping to squeeze in some camping, some HAM radio fun, and some cottage time to just relax and enjoy the view. I’ll see what I can to do take some pictures and do some write-ups on my blog. In the mean time make sure you follow my Instagram account to see my most recent exploits.

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