Helllllooooooo, July! It has been unbearably hot and humid so far this month, with heat advisories almost every day, so riding hasn’t been too frequent lately. Actually, I’ve spent a lot of time indoors staying cool which has given me the opportunity to get my packing super organized and done early (a new record) for an upcoming big trip. I’m now literally counting down the hours until I can roll that throttle on and cruise down the road – destination #1: Hamburg, New York, for the BMW MOA Das Rally 2016. I’m hoping to get some good, solid sleep the night before departure, but my excitement builds daily, as I can’t wait to get to Das Rally and hang around with my “tribe” for four days.
Following my adventures at the home of the Hamburger, it’s off to visit friends in New York and Montreal and then on to the next phase of this journey…the “2016 Summer Nor’easter on Two Wheels!” I will cover Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Delaware, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina – and then of course, home to South Carolina. This adventure will focus on the Eastern Seaboard – and you can be sure there will be plentiful “Lobstah” in my future!
So, how does a Fashionista pack for an extended journey such as this? My vast travel experience is very helpful, but the skilled part is finding light fabrics that don’t wrinkle easily and shoes and accessories that can be mixed and matched…and can all fit into two saddlebags and a dry-sack. As I mentioned earlier, these past two weeks being forced inside due to extreme heat has given me ample time to collect a wardrobe which will be versatile in my travels, yet stay within my fashion bounds. It a fun challenge I look forward to on each trip. As I’m in the “gathering” phase, I usually start fretting about having too many things and have doubts that all will fit. But, somehow it always works out.
Additionally, I have two new products to test out while on this trip – cooling base layers by VNM SPORTGEAR (vnmsportgear.com), and a helmet liner for ladies with long hair by RACI BABI DIVA DOO RAG (raci-babi.com). Both of these companies were created by women who were on the hunt for better riding products made just for women. I’m so excited to give these items a good, long test on this trip. Be sure to watch for upcoming reviews!
So, now that I’m completely packed and have almost completed my “to-do” lists, I wait…and count…and dream about all that is to come on this journey. It’s a for-sure that there will be future posts and lots of pictures shared here, so keep checking back and enjoy the adventures with me! 💋