Episode 135, in which Mark Barnes chats with your host about preparing for a long motorcycle trip


I say that because the discussion in Episode 135 is repurposed from another podcast, The Ride Inside with Mark Barnes. In that podcast, Mark gets into the psychological aspects of motorcycling, and he takes questions from listeners. In two recent episodes, Mark asked me about how to prepare for a long motorcycle trip; the discussion did include some questions for Mark from my side as well. You can find The Ride Inside in all the major podcast apps/outlets and via the link above on the BMW Owners News website. Please listen and subscribe!

Photo of my bike, fully loaded for my ride from Virginia to Montana for the 2022 BMW MOA Rally in Great Falls. This photo shows everything I took for a three-week trip except my motorcycle gear, which I had on when I stopped next to the Mississippi River somewhere in Wisconsin.

I split the discussion up into two episodes of Mark’s podcast because of its length; here I’ve left the discussion unedited and put it into one episode. There is no news in this episode.

Mark survived his ride to the 2022 Rally in Springfield, Missouri, so hopefully my advice was helpful!

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