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Sunday, 01 July 2018

A Year in America: Living off a Motorcycle - Page 2

Written by Michael Huber
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Executing the Dream:

This piece will be unique for each person and what they want to accomplish and should allow for flexibility and adjustments over time. My personal goals were to visit as many National Parks and highly rated scenic roads as possible and camp out at least once a week to fully decompress and unplug from my professional digital life.

One of the few rules I set up for myself was to not over plan. The only planning I concern myself with is what roads I want to ride, mountains I want to climb, and National Parks that are along the way between my current location and my next Airbnb. I find moving every two weeks to be ideal as moving weekly becomes too overwhelming and you can’t fully enjoy the location and culture you are living in. A good example is when I spent ten days in Baja. I never planned more than one day ahead the entire trip. I had a high-level plan and a few objectives I wanted to meet but changed the lower-level day-to-day items. I made my plans according what the locals or others I met advised I do. Another example is when I lived in New Mexico I only planned to stay for ten days, two months later I still found myself in that beautiful state. If you are going to truly live freely over-planning is not only a waste of time, but can rob you of experiences you didn’t know existed.

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Being fully exposed to the sights, sounds, smells, and elements is one of the greatest reasons why I love doing this on a motorcycle. I prepared for the exposure to ever-changing weather and wildlife. I use my panniers as a bear can and have any food leftover placed in them and moved 50 meters away from my campsite to ensure no unwanted guests got too close to my camp. Being that it is rare for me to camp more than one night at a time, I do not have cooking gear (downside to working a full time job while on this journey with limited space). Dinner has been as luxurious as a sandwich from a local store, to as little as a bag of peanuts (the evenings with peanuts have been the greatest campsites, and the most memorable). I have found National Forests to be one of the best places to camp. They are free and you can get pretty remote while experiencing wildlife like never before.

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