Hello there all!
Looooong time lurker, but first time post-er. I figured my first post here had better be good.
Anyways, howdy. My name is Milk. Yes...not a typo. I've been Milk for a long long time.
This is my good friend Dean.
A little bit of background. I am 38, turning 39 while on this trip (my birthday gift to me....thanks to my lovely wife Kaci). I have been wanting to do a 2 wheeled trip of consequence since I was 18. Back then, I had plans with another friend to fly to Germany, buy Bimmers, ride them across Siberia and sell them to get passage back home. It was far fetched, but we were VERY close to doing it. I have owned several different bikes over the years. I took a 10 year break from riding courtesy of my ex who was anti-me-owning-a-motorcycle. However current wife sold my truck (which I hated) while I was on tour once to buy me a '70 Norton as a path back into riding. She's cool like that. (I sold the Norton a few years back because I didn't have the money to make it what I wanted it to be.)
So fast forward 20 years, 3 kids, and lots of life lived, and I still want to take trips...have planned many over the time, and never gotten there.
Starting this coming Friday, Dean and I will be departing for a trip to Jasper BC, from Mesa AZ (our home).
We have 2 weeks alotted for this trip, with the understanding that if we don't make it all the way, thats ok...just turn around and go on back. After all, it's the trip, not the destination. We are planning on camping most of the way (Dean is a radically experienced outdoorsman...he's the guy who pays people to drop him in the middle of nowhere so he can try and hike out for 2 weeks). We are travelling light. I am the more experienced rider....ok....lets just say it...this will be Dean's first ever riding experience. He bought the bike to travel with me. Never ridden before. Been teaching him since January when he got it.
So it's basically, I keep the bikes alive and running (I'm a respectable shade tree mechanic on bikes), and he keeps us alive and running.
Oh, right. And in the spirit of Run What Ya Brung....we will be travelling on these:
This. Should. Be. Fun. :)