A few months ago I posted “Shake Down”. It was a 2 day ride report on a shake down, back country camping run on my new 2017 Africa Twin. Old new stock, 2019 buy. I was out of ADV Riding for 10 years. The shakedown was a misadventure in packing poorly but I managed not to fall over. Well I think I got it sorted out and I’m heading out May 17th for a solo trip for 30 days. Plan is to get from SoCal to North Eastern Montana fast as I can then take the long way home through Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon on as much dirt as I can. For the return trip my travel concept is simple. It’s about getting away not where you end up. I don’t want to go to Peru. I don’t want to ride the the world. I don’t need a picture at the Arctic Circle. Nothing wrong with that at all. Those ride reports inspire me to this day but no one is going to put my bike in a small boat to get across the muddy river because there isn’t going to be anybody there with a small boat. I just want to get away, the destination is where others aren’t. I am planning the return route with my cell phone coverage map. The big blank no coverage zones are where I’m going. It’s a geographical proxy for, there are no people there or we would invest in coverage. Tip 1, if you don’t like people go where there is no cell coverage. I carry about enough food, fuel and water for 3 nights and 4 days of remote bike camping. I will usually pop out for gas at least once. I’m in no hurry, I can do some 60 mile days and still make it home in 3 weeks. Use Spot to keep the worried women in my life calm and hit a hotel every 4 days to wash up and resupply. If I see more than 2 other people a day, I’m doing it wrong. Riding style, I can usually do what I need to do when I have to do it but I’m not seeking out the black diamond route or into going fast all the time. I don’t ride dawn to dusk. 5 to 6 hours max, unless something comes up. I need this bad. 10 years ago me and the mighty mighty 990 could do it. We had it down to an art. Not a whole lot of fancy gear just some stuff I made, a great bike and the will to do it. For a throwback here is the 990 10 years ago in full dress. Yes that’s a sub meter Civil Engineering grade Trimble XH on the bars, I am a map maker. Stay tuned if you can help me along. As a lead up I’m going to outline my gear for travel over the next few days before the launch. I’ll post picture heavy as I go as I can. It’s a novel kind of remote camping approach that still has ice for the whiskey on day two and a spare battery, more on that later. Tip 2, self reliance is not endurance.