NOTES FROM THE ROAD


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Fall on Long Island…


Leaves finally turning color…


30 October 2018: It seems like it took a long time to get to see any Fall color out on Long Island this year, but the leaves are finally showing us some vibrant reds and yellows, making even an ordinary drive into something a little bit spectacular…



A Little bit of the Sahara in NYC…


Arabesque in NYC…


26 October 2018: Got together with some old and new friends from Paris at a North African space in New York City and enjoyed an unexpected dance performance à l’orientale all combining into some great ambiance and good times…



Motorcycle Skills…


Getting some time in on two-wheels…


14 October 2018: Training with the folks from OTRA in a Motorcycle Safety Foundation program to build up riding skills in preparation for the upcoming trip in West Africa. While the trip should be mostly straightfoward riding on calm backcountry roads, it is always good to be well=prepared…



Kayak-O…


Fun weekend orienteering in a kayak …


6 October 2018: An interesting time out on the Nissequogue River orienteering by kayak, in a fun Orienteering USA “Kayak-O” event put on by the Long Island Orienteering club. Navigating the small river with map and compass to find the hidden “controls” within islands of weeds and twisting inlets was more challenging then it seemed at first — particularly as it was hard to read the map and paddle at the same time, resulting in a lot of “drifting” into the masses of weeds that create the river’s labyrinths. But felt good to find all the CPs and make it in to “base” with time to spare…


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Taking on a kayak-based orienteering challenge on the Nissequogue River. The event will combine paddling skills with a search for hidden checkpoints along the river. All navigation is map and compass only. The river course will be followed by an optional land-based course. The Long Island Orienteering event is sponsored by Orienteering USA and takes place at Nissequogue State Park …


COMING UP SOON:

Doing some training with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation®, an internationally recognized not-for-profit foundation, supported by motorcycle manufacturers, that provides leadership to the motorcycle safety community through its expertise, tools, and partnerships. The MSF is the internationally recognized developer of the comprehensive, research-based, Rider Education and Training System (RETS). RETS curricula promotes lifelong-learning for motorcyclists and continuous professional development for certified RiderCoaches and other trainers. MSF also actively participates in government relations, safety research, public awareness campaigns and the provision of technical assistance to state training and licensing programs. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation is a national, not-for-profit organization sponsored by BMW, BRP, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Indian Motorcycle, Kawasaki, KTM, Piaggio, Suzuki, Triumph and Yamaha …



Paris for some project pre-pro and a visit with good friends …


Joining the Scoot West Africa team on a motorbike adventure through Senegal and The Gambia to explore tropical forests and plains of baobab trees beyond the southern edges of the Sahara. The trip is an introduction to new terrain and some of the most interesting culture, history, food, and music on the planet …


Headed back to the deserts of the southwest for some more fun in the sun and sand…

Advanced sand dune training with Barlow Adventures at the Imperial Sand Dunes in southern California. This three day driving and navigation program focuses on moving safely and effectively through large dunefields. Skills-building exercises are intended to improve pace, line choice and vehicle control, as well as developing precision map and compass navigation technique…


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