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The Best Midlife Crisis We Could Think Of

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Hey all, we’ve got a new camping gear review up for the Pocket Bellows. If a part of your camping experience requires a camp fire then you need to look at this nifty little piece of kit. Forget the accelerants. They’re dangerous and cumbersome. The Pocket Bellows takes up very little space and is very effective.

Our usual FYI applies: we do not get paid to do reviews nor do we get free product (with one notable exception). We review gear that we buy on our own and use during our travels. That’s it.

DES out.

Back to Tofino!

And it’s about time. Last year’s riding season was a bit crazy for us so we didn’t do any big rides or hangs. NMBL had her own adventure last year to GBB Fest but that was it! There was very little hammocking and even less motorcycling.

This year we’re getting our feet back on the pegs, hands on the throttles, and gear on the pillion. To get our butts used to the saddle again we once again trekked off to Tofino for the May long weekend. It was a great choice for a few reasons: first, Tofino is less than a day’s ride with some great mountain highway riding; second, it gives us a chance to suss out our gear with low risk after a year off; third, it’s just so damn beautiful over there! The west coast of Vancouver Island is one of the most striking places in an already stunning Province. We’re lucky to live here and have such a gem to travel to. Continue reading “Back to Tofino!”

Spring is Here! Let’s Get Riding!

It’s time to get our motorcycles fit for the season, and we’re really happy to trust them to Rising Sun Motorcycles for the nth year running.  These guys can do right by any motorcycle of any age.  Just look at this:
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SO MANY BIKES!

And no wonder: these guys really know what they’re doing.   Repair, storage, fabrication…  We always ride off happy.

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We might just do a little (free!) hammock camping at the Pemberton Flat Track Races again this year; a couple of years back, we hung right next to the Rising Sun trailer, and these guys were mighty neighborly!

But first, it’s the May long weekend in Tofino.  Stay tuned!

 

GBB Fest 2018: NMBL’s Solo Tour

It’s not often that one of us can get time off but the other one can’t, but it happened this year: NMBL wanted to go to GBB Fest, but DES’s work schedule just couldn’t accommodate that.

NMBL is an old hand at music festivals, having worked in lighting and entertainment at several of them in the past.  Often the last mile into the site is terrible, as festivals are frequently held at sites in more… uh… rustic locations.  While the private recreational park at Pekin Ferry (Ridgefield, WA) is sort of rustic-ish, the last mile of road into it was amazingly lovely: farmland with the freshest, smoothest, curviest asphalt you could ask for. Continue reading “GBB Fest 2018: NMBL’s Solo Tour”

Hey all, we’ve been quiet for winter and a bit. We’re not gone, just working on another big project that is taking a lot of our time. It’s exciting but has taken a bit of focus from our riding and blogging. We don’t expect to do as much camping this summer as a result but we will get a bit in here and there. We have some new gear to try out so we’ve got to get reviews done of that stuff!

You’ve really been enjoying the reviews that we’ve put up over the last year. They are the most visited posts on the site. Thanks for checking them out. We hope that they are helpful to you. If you have a piece of gear that really works for you please send us a review. We’ll take a look and may post it as a guest review!

NMBL and I spent this morning getting some pictures up from last summer. You can find them on our photos page. We hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed taking them!

DES out

Here we go, another review! NMBL and I were given a couple of these Hang Time Hooks to try out on our trips this summer. Now that they have been on the road with us for a while we feel we can give them an honest review. Check out the review and chime in with your thoughts and questions.

You can check out the review here.

DES out.

With all the smoke in the area NMBL and I are staying home and getting things done. One of those things is to work on reviews of more gear. Here’s another featuring the DutchWare Gear Half-Wit hammock. DutchWare Gear built its reputation on hammock tie-down accessories and making hammocks with the camper/backpacker in mind. As motorcycle hammock campers we’re always looking for good gear that gives us the best chance for success. See if our camping success is improved by the Half-Wit by clicking the link below:

DES & NMBL’s Half-Wit Review

We have a new gear review up n the website. For these last two touring seasons I’ve been using Mosko’s Reckless 80L soft pannier system. In that time I’ve been taking mental notes, and jotting down a few in the background on the website, in preparation for an honest take on the gear. I don’t consider myself a good writer of reviews but I’ll put it out there anyway. First, if people find it helpful then that’s a win right off the bat. Second, the more reviews I write the better review writer I will become. Right?

So here you go: the Mosko Reckless 80L v2.0 review!

DES out.

Not only do we have another review up for you to take a gander at, it’s our first ever guest review. On our last trip we met a couple of Motorcycle Hammock Campers in Nakusp and, after spending time chatting with them around the camp fire, we asked if they would be willing to review some of their gear. Our new friend NG took on the challenge. His review of the Hennessy Hammock, Explorer Deluxe Asym Classic is now a part our Motorcycle Hammock Camping history!

Enjoy the review and let us know what you think. We’re working on a few more at the moment with NMBL having two for the ladies waiting in the wings.

DES out.

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