So I’m reading about this amazing guy who is prepping for the 2020 Elefant rally. He plans to ride 800 miles through Germany on his Honda (with no fairing or windshield) in January to then camp outside in a tent. I’m not sure I’m up for that level of excitement, but I would like to spend more time riding to places other than work this summer. Last year I logged most of my 2,000 or so miles driving the 25 mile stretch back and forth to work in upstate NY. This forced me to expand my summer pant collection and purchase some heavy gloves. Summers in upstate NY are typically quite cool in the morning, so a ride in to work could be 50 degrees versus an 80 degree ride home. I also got a nifty pack for the tiny luggage rack on the back of my bike, which allows me, between my saddlebags and pack, to load up several bags of groceries. Sometimes, if I’m not in a hurry to get home, I take the back roads. Not as glamorous as an Arctic European trek, but you have to start somewhere.