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5 Tips for Creating an Epic Road Trip!
Learn to navigate, it will change your life!
One of the best things you can do to start living those dreams, is to learn to navigate and create custom GPS files.
Don't let some faceless algorithm chose your destination. Take charge with this 13 module, in-depth course.
Learn to use the same tools Craig used to create his trips to Alaska in 2017 and his 60-day birthday celebration in 2019. You will learn how to use one of the best navigational tools on the market, the MRA Routeplanner and of course Garmin GPS devices.
What You Will Learn:
- Seven Questions to ask yourself before planning
- Doing your research
- Tools and Terminology
- Creating a simple route
- Creating a complex route
- Saving GPX files
- Splitting your route
- Working with GPX tracks
- Creating a multi-day trip
- Joining multiple routes
- Creating an itinerary
- Creating a budget
- Bonus: Finding great roads
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I have a confession to make. Those that know me well will not be surprised at this admission, but I am a bit of a contrarian. I have never been drawn to the things or activities that most people consider to be cool, or hip.
Beanie babies, Cabbage Patch Kids, Pet Rocks, Jordache Jeans and Disco were never my thing. I know these references reveal my advanced age, so for you younger viewers, think X-Box, iPhones and Aeropostale.
Part of this mindset came from the fact that my parents moved me around during my formative years, causing me to be placed in the position of "outsider" in both 6th and 10th grades. These experiences caused me to turn inward, as I was not immediately accepted into the established cliques making up the high school social hierarchy.
One of the most important lessons I have learned over the course of my 62 years, is that life is largely what you make of it. Sure, unexpected, and unpleasant things do happen, but the bad things do not need to define you. It is how you stand up to the challenges that life throws in you path which determines your success and happiness.
I have this same approach to planning a motorcycle trip. Sure, I can just point my fender in a general direction and twist the throttle, leaving fate to the gods, but I would rather play a more active role in how my adventure unfolds.
Last time we started a discussion on route planning, and I pointed out that with the advent of online mapping solutions, we now have detailed maps available any time of day, at our fingertips. These digital maps have become my preferred method of route planning.
For this video/blog, I want to continue our discussion by talking about the tools which I used to plan and execute my tours.
Over the 10-year time span, since I started this YouTube Channel, one of the most common questions I receive is how to navigate. Specifically, how to create custom routes or GPX files which can be uploaded to your GPS device and used while traveling.
To those of us who have been working with GPS units for some time, the process seems rather simple and straightforward, but to the new or would be traveler the process can seem daunting. I have talked with many riders who have put off taking that dream trip, because they do not know where to start the planning process.
During most of my life—and I think for the vast majority of us--we have never had cause to think that far into the future. Most of our lives are lived thinking in five-day increments. Our goal is to simply make it through the work week, so that we can catch a fleeting glimpse of freedom for those two glorious days that make up the weekend.
Do you every wonder what comes after this life? Is there simply a never-ending sea of black silence? Do we spend eternity in some predetermine paradise or purgatory? Or perhaps our souls are recycled, returning again and again until we gain enlightenment.
In 2019 I was fortunate enough to take a 11,700-mile cross-country trip over the course of 58 days. This adventure was in celebration of completing my 60th trip around the sun. Over the course of this two-month excursion, I wanted to meet as many of my YouTube followers as possible and in the process, turn the camera on them, to hear their motorcycle stories. This turned out to be one of the most rewarding parts of my travels.
It often amazes me, how wisdom can be found in the strangest places. There are certain events or experiences in life that at the time seem insignificant, but as life rolls on they stick with you. I don’t know about you, but I find myself reflecting back on these lessons over and over again as life continues to throw tests and challenges in my path.
Back in 2010, before I had a YouTube Channel, I took a ride out to Barre, MA for an open house at the local Victory dealer. On the way, I was listening to some of my favorite Jimmy Buffett tunes and heard the song, "Take Another Road." Listening to the words prompted me to write a blog on the subject which I posted to my website. However, I never did a video on the subject.
While I sit around the house waiting for my shoulder to heal (I had rotator cuff surgery) and Spring to arrive, I have been taking stock of all the items I have taken with me during my various tours and adventures. I thought it would be interesting to share the list of items or gear that I have found to be most useful or “essential” for the "modern motorcycle traveler."
I was asked by a viewer if I had any tips for the first time solo motorcycle traveler. I thought that was a good idea for a video, so I came up with the following list of eight tips. These suggestions are not about packing or logistics, rather they are about having the right mindset for travel.
Follow Craig and Friends on Their Latest Adventures
Follow Craig as he travels from Boston Massachusetts to Los Angeles California and back. Along the way, Craig travel 11,700-miles over the course of 58 days to help celebrate his 60th birthday.
During the Summer of 2017, Craig and two of his friends, Peter and Steven rode from Boston Massachusetts to Anchorage Alaska and back. The almost 12,000-mile took 5 weeks to complete.