Over the past few days I’ve been looking over my event calendar from last year and writing down 2017 Events. As the end of 2016 approaches I realize that I have accomplished virtually nothing from my Moto-Bucket List this year. I did however learn a few hard lessons about trying to sell a motorcycle; (1) no one wants a cruiser with a pile of miles on it and (2) it may take way longer than you expect. My advice; list it early! I did fortunately bring home a new ride, and I expect that new adventures are on the horizon for 2017, hopefully lots of twisty roads, more dirt, and an abundance of majestic views.
While I didn’t check any boxes on the Moto-Bucket list, I did finally complete a full circle (on foot) around the perimeter of my Grandmother’s property this week. That’s been on my “to-do” list for quite a while and a glorious 70F day in December made that possible. As I’ve mentioned before, visiting Grandma also means a visit to the Appalachian Foothills; the cliffs on her property rival some of the views across the “Holler” in Red River Gorge. I imagine I’ll cover even more of that come spring.
While I’m not much of a “New Year’s Resolution” kind of person, I do like to look at the calendar and make plans for the next year’s adventures. Looking into 2017, I realize that I already have way too much on my plate considering how much “time off” I have in the bank. I’m already booked for two private events in Red River Gorge this spring and I plan on spending another week at the Dragon Raid again this year. Knobbies or street tires this year? That is the question…
Beyond moto-vacations, I am trying to prioritize and put effort behind realistic goals for 2017. As part of the on-going Scrambler project, I suspect a new seat may be a “must” in order to accomplish the lofty goal of an Iron Butt ride. Fortunately, that’s only a full Saturday, so that shouldn’t penalize vacation hours, but I still have to hope that “life” permits this time around as it has been delayed for the past two years. My cousin has also been chomping at the bit to get down to Ohio Route 555; something we need to write down on the calendar because that’s actually an easy weekend ride. While I’m at it, I can hopefully snag a photo of Rosie the Scrambler inside the Big Muskie Bucket and get a two-for-one deal on Bucket Lists items.
Aside from the prospects of more dirt roads around Deal’s Gap in 2017, I would really like to make it to a true ADV rally if at all possible. I fear I’m likely run out of time, but it would be good to meet up with more dirt experienced folks and pick up a few tips and “lessons learned” from more of the seasoned ADV crowd. Beyond time off, I’ve unfortunately had a difficult time pinning down event dates and locations (east of the Mississippi) thus far. “Conserve the Ride” appears to get a good event that’s remotely nearby, but it looks like it is usually held in June, which will make it difficult to squeeze in next year. Here’s to hoping.
So what adventures do you have planned for next year?