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Frequently Asked Questions.

The most asked question while I was on the trip was the first one:

Is that a camera on your helmet?

Yes, it is. It’s called a GoPro. Yes, it shoots both HD video and still images. What’s that? $300.

Have you thought about future motorcycle adventures?

Absolutely not.

What’s "#ANW2012"?

Let’s start by explaining that ANW2012 is an abbreviation for “American NorthWest 2012“. Think of ANW2012 as a brand or product name.

#ANW2012 is a tech geek thing, known as a hashtag, or metadata tag. That’s a way to explain that I slapped a unique brand or product name – “ANW2012″ – on to all of the internet-based content for the trip. If you search for “ANW2012″, there’s a good chance that you’ll see the trip’s content returned on your search results – Tweets, pictures, and the like.

What was your favorite day? ride? experience? memory?


Why the website?

I think a once-in-a-lifetime adventure such as this one deserves a commensurate effort to share it with others – family, friends, fellow riders, photographers, whomever is interested. My hope is that it serves as a living history that piques others’ interest in pursuing their own adventures.

Why did you invest so much time and effort in this trip?

Some of my passions include music, photography, motorcycling, exploring, and meeting unique and intriguing people. This trip seemed like a great way to bring them together.

Throw in a rare chance to listen to my entire music collection while riding over 3 weeks, and the opportunity to have friends and family participate in the journey, it turned out even better than I could have imagined.

What would/should you have done differently?

(1) I should have departed 2-3 weeks later. Mother Nature was trying to decide whether it was Spring or Summer, and I bore the brunt of her indecision. This was especially true at elevation, where the wind and precipitation were at times extreme.

(2) I shouldn’t have filled up with premium, 91 octane gas at the Cenex in Kettle Falls, Washington.

Do you listen to music while you ride? What about ear plugs and your hearing?

I wear ear plugs made by Etymotic, and listen to music via a Sena SMH10 Bluetooth headset system attached to my helmet.

The headset system features helmet speakers. Picture big headphones that fit inside a helmet. The speakers provide sufficient volume such that I can hear audio.

What were your biggest concerns?

Let’s start with this. To survive as a motorcyclist, you need to stereotype – about other drivers, vehicles and the like. You need to constantly assess all conditions, and you need to assume the worst case scenario. It sounds depressing, but it comes with the territory.

That said, these were my concerns:

(1) Idiots.
(2) Wildlife.
(3) Minivan/SUV-driving soccer Moms (w/latte in left hand, mobile in right, and 3 screaming kids watching a Disney flick in the back).
(4) Logging trucks.

Weren’t you exhausted? Didn’t you get tired or saddle-sore?

Sure, but I planned for an average of 350 miles/day, and that kept the overall grind from building up too much.

My experience has always been that I don’t get too physically tired after a day on a bike – that’s not to say that I don’t sleep well. Rather, I become mentally exhausted by the end of the day, and that’s the element that tends to build-up, and consequently, lead to exhaustion. My theory behind the mental exhaustion is that will riding, all of one’s senses – especially sight and sound – are fully firing when one rides. Consequently, one gets very tired. It’s sensory overload, hence, part of the “rush”.

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