Tag-A-Long.

Once more, time has slipped away from me. Just too flippin’ busy. Work, adventuring, planning for adventuring, standing in the cereal aisle at Wal-Mart sobbing – the usual. I mean, have you seen those giant Crunch Berries? What about chocolate Frosted Flakes? Frick.

1000There’s been a ton of things happening, and not all of it is sh*t. Probably the most significant is that I finally earned my 1000 badge on my AppleWatch. Yeah, I know – who cares? Just me. But it was a big deal to me. I guess that shows some level of commitment or something. First, I crossed 50 million steps on my Fitbit by my 5-year FB anniversary in June (and FYI, I’m closing in on 52 million now), and now, this. The 1000 day badge is the highest badge the AppleWatch awards, so I guess I’m King of the AppleWatch Fiefdom now – I need to get a sash. That said, as of today, I’m at 992 consecutive days hitting my numbers, so, next Friday, I guess I really will be done. I’ll still go to the gym and what-not, but I think my crazy-ass fitness journey will be coming to an end – which means I’ll probably get run over by a truck.

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In fact, I’m actively trying to get run over by a truck. That’s right, I found a trailer for the motorbike, which means I’m ready for my run on the Dragon. Well, almost. I have some rear-facing lights to install on the Jeep, and some running lights to install on the trailer, and all sorts of stuff ordered for the trip, but I’m ready. It’s mostly gonna be up to Mother Nature at this point. But really, I’m just thrilled – the trailer is motorbike-specific; a Kendon Single Stand-Up, and it’s plenty for my bike, without being too much. Pricey, yes, but worth it. So, I’ve installed the OEM trailer hitch and wiring on the Jeep, I’ve done all the work I’ve done on the motorbike, and now I have a trailer, all leading up to one of the most exciting (and dangerous) adventures I’ve been on. Can’t wait. My “dry run” loading the motorbike and driving around with it went perfectly, so brace yourself Deal’s Gap Motorcycle Resort, because I’m coming.


I’ve actually been kinda training for the ride, as well. Yes, you can train for a motorbike ride – basically, that consists of just getting used to being in the saddle for an extended period and dealing with your ass going to sleep. Or whatever. So, in this case, my training took me to Russell Cave National Monument, down across the Alabama state line. Great ride; about 90 miles round trip, with some fast roads, and some Hooterville-like back roads…


…it wasn’t all sunshine and farts, though – or at least sunshine. The downside to riding a bike is you never know what Mother Nature is gonna throw at you. So, you can be just bopping along in the sun, and suddenly, you’re soaked.


Life of a motorbike jockey. This was actually the first time – ever – I’ve had this bike in the rain, and she did great. Wouldn’t be my first choice, riding in the rain, that is, but at least I know the bike is up for the challenge. Oh, and those jeans? Those are Joe Rocket Accelerator jeans. Kevlar reinforced, internal pockets for knee armor, zippered pockets, reflective stripes. Designed for the motorbike. More expensive than my awesome Calvins, but at least if i go down, I’ll have some protection.

There’s been other stuff, as well, because of course there has been. Last weekend, I crammed more adventure into 2 days than I have in a long time. Saturday, I put the boat in the water, and returned to the Harrison Bay for paddling the old ruins, and hiking on Patten Island and the Bay Point Loop Trail.

It was an awesome day of adventure; 12 miles paddling, with about 1.5 miles in the middle on Patten Island, and then a 5 mile hike. It’s been a while since I did a two-sport day, and this was perfect – a new trail, another island to explore, and perfect weather. And wildlife.


But that was just half the adventure. Sunday, another two-fer, but this time it was mountain biking and hiking, both in new places.

First up, about 8 miles on the mountain bike trails at Booker T. Washington State Park. I grew up near here, and I’ve landed my kayak here in the past, but I don’t think I’ve ever actually been to the park, and I certainly have never bicycled it. Not a lot of trails, and not super-technical, but still, a nice little ride to start the day.

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After that, a trip to the nearby Summit Knobs Equestrian Trails. I visited the trailhead a few weeks ago on my Enterprise South MTB Ride, but I didn’t actually go on the trail, since bikes are verboten (heh, get it? ESNP is part of VW, which is German – ah, never mind. And, “Klink, I need to be in Brussels in ze morning!”). Aaaanyway, the equestrian trail is about 16 miles R/T, but by afternoon and after an MTB ride, it was too flippin’ hot to do the whole thing. Still, 6 miles; not too shabby.

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So, if you’re keeping score at home, that’s a long motorbike ride (partly in the rain), a new trailer, 2 hikes, a paddle and a pedal, plus getting the motorbike ready for the Big Adventure. And earning my 1000 badge on the Apple Watch. Therefore, when someone asks you “Who’s the most active person you know?”, you know what to tell them. Right? Right.

Links:
Russell Cave Motorbike Ride Photo Album on Facebook
Harrison Bay Paddle & Hike Photo Album on Facebook
Booker T. MTB Ride & Equestrian Trail Hike Photo Album on Facebook