While I was packing last night I was looking over some of my old rules for motorcycle traveling:
- No iPod! Traveling is about listening to others, not yourself. This is the most important advice I can offer.
- Be willing to expose yourself to solitude. It's amazing what the world has to offer if you open yourself to the experience.
- Put your mobile phone in a plastic bag and wrap it in 10' of duct tape. If you can't fix the problem with the duct tape THEN you can call for help.
- Minimalism — lay out everything and then remove half. Wait 3 days and then remove half of what’s left.
- The slower you go the more you see. If you see the word "Old" in a road name, take it!
- Imagination will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no imagination.
- Make a plan, set a date, stick to it.
- Everything will wait until you return if it's truly important.
- Do not be route obsessed. If it says "West", and you're heading west, go exploring.
- When you meet someone along the way offer to send them a postcard.
- Yesterday's t-shirt can make a pretty good towel in a pinch.
- Never get a room at a motel next to a stop light. Always try to get a room on the top floor.
Note: Gretjen says that you should avoid a camp site 50' from the Union Pacific main line.
- Nothing beats camping under the stars but sometimes a hot shower in a cheap motel is worth every penny!
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