Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Day 1: Getting Started

We got started about 6 a.m. on Monday morning. Here is Mr. H's bike all packed and ready to go. (notice the car washing bucket in the corner: he washed it Sunday afternoon so it would be beautiful for the trip. There are 2 saddle bags that are part of the bike, a tank bag and a large luggage plate behind the seat.

There are 2 laptops in the blue bag. The orange one has our rain gear and a spare pair of shoes for each of us. They are both dry sacks: completely waterproof. We have used the orange one for canoe trips.

This is the tank bag. It is held on by VERY STRONG MAGNETS that stick to the tank. In the big section we packed our toiletry bags and a pair of small speakers that will connect to a laptop or mp3 player. Music is a must! There are pockets all around that have snacks, the camera, my wallet, etc. The very top is clear, allowing you to have maps where you can see them. You can see Mr. H's silver helmet. You can't see it, but on the other side of the tank bag is an XM radio mount. We have a central com unit wired into our helmets so we can talk to each other and listen to either the radio or an mp3 player. It is voice activated, so the music volume drops when someone is talking.
There are 2 saddle bags that are part of the bike. They do detach, but I made duffel bags that fit inside that are much lighter to carry. His clothes are on one side and mine are on the other. They don't look very big, but we each have a week's worth of clothes inside.


  1. Oh my goodness! You guys are stylin'! I can't wait to hear reports from your trip!!

  2. When you get home please teach me how to pack. Have fun!! Love ya, Mel