Planning has started for my 2022 trips and I couldn’t be more excited about what lies in store..

My first trip is planned for the end of February and this one I have been looking forward to for more than a year. I have signed up for a four day Adventure Training skills course with BackCountry Expeditions.

BackCountry Expeditions and Neil Taylor came highly recommended by a few folks and after my initial meeting with Neil to go over my goals from a training course, I am already a huge fan. More to come on this as the dates get closer…

As I am going to be out on the West Coast for the training, I decided to take advantage of this and have planned a trip from Las Vegas to San Francisco taking in as much of the Pacific Coast Highway as I can. This will be a little bit of an anniversary trip as I first did this trip 30 years ago (albeit in a car and north to south from Sacramento to Mexico).

After a bunch of research, I decided to rent a bike from Eagle Rider in Las Vegas, which also allows me to drop the bike off in San Francisco. As this trip is going to be a little different from the types of trip I have planned later in the year, the bike I have rented is also a little different than what I am used to riding. More to come on this as we get closer to the trip date

I would still love to do my coast to coast ride next year – its already completely planned (as I hoped it would be my “Forget Covid Tour 2020, 2021″). However, this may become a little more of a challenge to get the time off to be able to complete this next year. The plan is still to ship my bike out to California and then ride back to North Carolina, taking in 15 states and roughly 6,000 miles and many, many National Parks along the way. While Covid didn’t play too much of a part in my decision to delay this year, the devastating fires in California, Utah and Idaho did. I’m praying that 2022 will be an easier year for the most beautiful parts of the country.

If the coast to coast trip doesn’t work out for 2022, then I have a backup plan of completing my first BDR. This is likely to be the MABDR as its the closest one to where I live, but over the next 4 or 5 years, I plan to complete all of them and I guess that I have to start somewhere…

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