I am a part time photographer, part time videographer, full time dreamer. My wife and I have been married for 26 years and we love to travel. We have owned campers, RV, motorcycles (2 and 3 wheels). We have been on dozens of cruises, traveled to islands, forests, dunes, lakes, and Alaska. Our children are now grown but had the privilege to be with us during many of those trips. Our dream is to be full time RV'ers in the not so distant future but for now we travel when we can and we enjoy adventuring on our Can-Am which gets us to many places a normal road trip would not.

Kentucky travel day 2

Our second day in Kentucky we road East from Lexington and intended to ride around Daniel Boone National Forest, but Mother Nature had different plans for us.

It’s not often we get caught in the rain but it’s also not that big a deal when we have the Spyder and some common sense. It was still an amazing ride.

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Kentucky travel day 1

Join us as we head south for a much need scenic vacation and it just happens to be our 29th wedding anniversary week.

We are taking our time and enjoying the scenery. Stopping along the way to visit the last of our southern Ohio courthouses and diner at the Ohio river.

BTW, this is an exciting milestone as this was shot entirely on a mobile phone and edited on an iPad with LumaFusion. Thanks Henny. (https://youtube.com/channel/UCjOdcJbnQcVjH_o4j2AbLog)

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Travel Tech

What technology will you not live without even if it means giving up valuable packing space?

I have to ask this question every time we are getting ready to set off on a new adventure.  There are a few things I won’t live without even it it means I will be packing one less pair of socks or package of beef jerky.

1) My cell phone.  This is an obvious choice.  It’s my lifeline and even if I can only communicate via text it’s better than nothing in an emergency.  It also doubles as my primary GPS device (off line) and has never let me down.

2) My iPad.  I love my iPad.  I have a keyboard case and use it much like I would a laptop.  In fact I am typing this blog on my iPad right now while sitting in the shade outside.  Eventually I would like to replace it with a MacBook or Laptop.

3) Amazon FireTV Stick.  It’s portable and since we have subscriptions to Amazon Prime, Netflix, etc it’s a great option to have movies or TV available when we are either relaxing or stuck indoors.

4) The GoPro is mounted to the bike or car dash whenever we leave on a new adventure.   I have extra batteries charged and ready to go and a selection of accessories to choose for any situation.   I shoot video while driving, during rest stops, at destinations.  It’s my go to camera for video.

5) A backpack battery.  The one I travel with is a xxxxxxx and can charge 3 devices at the same time and holds enough power to charge my iPad 3 times before needing recharged itself.    Charge the GoPro, MyFi, Phone all at once.

6) MyFi.   It’s the fast mobile internet connection what I can use where ever my signal drops or is non existent.  We have cell phone plans on separate carriers which I think is smart.  If you want a MyFi or similar device you want it to work where your normal coverage does not.

This may not sound like a lot but when you consider the cables, cases, and accessories that go with each it adds up to half of one storage compartment on the Spyder.   If we are traveling by car there will be a separate bag just for this stuff.

Oh and one other point of clarification, this doesn’t include Wendy’s list.  Even thought it’s smaller it’s just as important to her.

What’s on your must have travel tech list?  Let us know in the comments below.  We love reading them.

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Mark…

My GPS is amazing.  Dare to compare.

GPS is now just as embedded in mainstream as cell phones.   Everyone has one and everyone uses one.  What’s your favorite GPS device, GPS software, or GPS feature?

There are so many options available for GPS and it can take a some time to research based on your specific needs.   There is GPS for street navigation, trail navigation, marine navigation, bikes, walking, even for commuter trains and subway directions.  My GPS was selected because of a list of specific requirements and I think it’s amazing.

I use the app Navigon on an iPhone as my primary GPS.   One of the selling points among many for me was “off line maps” which I can download and they are stored on the phone.   This means the application doesn’t need an internet/data connection to calculate and display directions for me.  Another feature that is used for every trip is the option to select the type of road to travel.   For instance I can set Navigon to avoid highways, toll roads, even residential streets for route calculation.   You can also pick the type of route with choices like Fast or Optimum, but the one most used for me is the Scenic option.    I will explain in a minute.   Another selling point was a choice of vehicle and motorcycle is one of those choices.

So here’s the scenario.   I wake up one morning and decide to pack up for the weekend and head south to the river where we will spend a few days camping on the shore.   I research and find a place to stay and then pull up the Navigon app.   I enter the address of our destination and select the options for avoiding highways, toll roads, etc.  I choose motorcycle as my vehicle and Scenic as my route option.    Then we pack up and head out.    What would have been 2 hours in a car on the freeway has turned into a scenic backroad country tour through rolling hills, farmland, lakes, small towns, and the occasional amish buggy.   4-5 hours later we arrive at our destination talking about what we had just seen and after a few days at the river we’re ready to do it again on the way home.  The entire trip I never had to worry about losing my map signal, traffic, speeding, rest areas and there was so much to see and do that a second trip was needed just to see it all.

I love my GPS.


 

What’s it like to drive a Spyder?

If I had a quarter for every time someone has asked me what it’s like to drive a CanAm Spyder RT I would have 2 Spyders.  😉  Seriously though I get asked this question a lot and I can’t help but smile every time.   I just wish I could let everyone go for a ride to experience the fun factor but I can’t so I have to try to explain it to them.

I’ve driven motorcycles, snow mobiles, three wheelers (old style), 4 wheelers, jet skis, boats, and all sorts of cars, trucks and campers from fast convertibles to Class A RV’s.    The Spyder is kinda in a class by itself.   It steers similar to a quad, handles like a car, drives like a motorcycle, feels like a combination of snow mobile, convertible, and motorcycle.   If I had to make a comparison to just one I would pick the 4 wheeler because of the steering.    What everyone wants to know is what it’s like to have 2 wheels in the front.   The Spyder doesn’t lean into a corner so there is some centrifugal force which causes the Spyder to lean out of the corner.    This can feel very strange to someone who is used to riding motorcycles but it’s familiar to riders of 4 wheelers.

The comfort is top of the line.  Even Honda Goldwing owners have complimented the comfort of the seat.   The rider position is straight up with knees bent at almost 90 degrees.   There’s plenty of “wiggle room” in the seat and I have never had a sore butt after a long day driving.   There is ample room for the passenger and plenty of options to add for rider comfort.

The aerodynamics are like a rhinoceros.  It plows though wind, and inclement weather.   I have never felt worried with side winds, or the occasional head wind from a passing truck.  I have driven the Spyder in the rain and have had no issues.   Large puddles can be avoided and standing water is a no-no, but that’s the same for any vehicle.   It seems to me that the faster the Spyder goes the more stable it is.   This is just my assumption, but the front end is so large and has such a strange aerodynamic curve that the head wind seems to push the front end down giving more stability and traction to the front wheels.

The Spyder is also packed full of technology that you normally find in automobiles.   Brembo anti lock brakes, Sachs shocks, intelligent traction control (Vehicle Stability System), 6 speed semi automatic transmission, Bluetooth 4 audio and intercom, 1200 watt alternator, liquid cooled dual radiators, electronic adjustable windshield, cruise control, ECO mode, and more.    It also has an engine that can satisfy with speed and torque.  The Rotax 1330 inline-triple is capable of a top speed of  117 MPH and it has a tow rating of 400 lbs.  It has a 6.9 gallon tank and can achieve 36 MPG.

The storage is another thing we love.    41 gallon capacity across 4 compartments.  The front compartment being the largest.   We can and have stored 5+ days of clothes and toiletries for our travels just on the Spyder.   It’s super convenient to have everything we need for a few days on the Spyder with us and not on our person.

BUT what do I really say when someone asks me “What’s it like to drive a Spyder?”  I smile and tell them that it’s a heck of a lot of fun!   You should go test drive one if you get the chance.   You will experience first hand what I am talking about.

If you have any experience with CanAm Spyder’s or motorcycles tell us what you think in the comments section below.   We love reading what you have to say.

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