By Tim Notier
With the weather warming up, we are getting unbearably excited for our launch date in just under a month and a half!
Our newest motorcycle is still in pieces, some of our new gear is yet to arrive, and I have only put about 20 miles on our newest member of Notier's Frontiers. The 1st real test ride will be 13k miles as we ride around the lower 48 before heading north to Alaska.
This isn't our first launch date that seemed like we may not hit the target... Four years ago, I didn't even have my driver's license delivered to me in time for our departure date. But everything seemed to sew itself together into a fine silk tapestry that looked fragile at first, but presented a wonderful picture of what life on the road was like when everything ran 'smoothly'.
First on our to do list, is one of our favorite events ever - the Overland Expo West in Flagstaff, Arizona, May 20th-22nd. We always have a blast presenting, trading stories with like minded travelers, and are so thankful for all of the support from the Overlanding community!
After our meet and greet in Flagstaff, and after a formal introduction to our newest, untamed steel horse, we are off to something truly amazing. We will be part of a tour through Yellowstone with an awesome motorcycle touring company called Temple of Moto!
This will be a couple of steps above our usual camping down any secluded path we can find. This our will have some pretty fancy accommodations, aka "glamping" that we are ecstatic to be a part of.
Not only will Marisa and I help guide people around Yellowstone (where I proposed to Marisa not too long ago), we will also ride through our own memory lane on the tour through Beartooth Pass, and the Grand Tetons. This all sounds absolutely amazing... and it just so happens to also be the week of my 40th birthday!
If you are interested in celebrating and riding with us, check out Temple of Moto's website, there are still a couple of spots open for the tour!
Our last obligation before heading north through Canada on our way to Alaska, is the Overland Event in the Pacific Northwest! This is a brand new venue, and we can't wait to be a part of the premier July 8th - 10th in Bend, Oregon!
It takes place in one of the most beautiful regions of the States, and will be our last touch of American soil before we head to our friendly neighbors to the north on our way to some pretty remote, but fascinating landscapes.
It is hard to imagine that our bike, which currently has no rear or front suspension, will be the triumphant beast of burden to take us as far north as we can go in Alaska. At the moment, it is only halfway pieced together with the farkles, protection, pannier racks that will hold our seemingly half-ton worth of gear. But we know that this bike is up to the challenge.
The torch has been passed, and the next legs of the journey are on a more nimble, reliable, and younger machine that will take us to the remaining sections of the earth waiting for our arrival.
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