Does MABDR stand for Mid-Atlantic Backroad Discovery Route or MAGICAL ADVENTURE Backroad Discovery Route? For us, it now means the later.
Yes, I do. Yes, we do.
And just like that, we wrote our own fairytale. At a scenic overlook on section 7 of the Mid-Atlantic BDR, Clay asked me to be his wife. Unfortunately, it was the ONE overlook I did NOT have the 360-camera rolling, the one scenic stop he didn’t turn on his helmet camera, and the one stop that was in the sweltering 90-degree sun. But in full ADV gear, helmet and all, Clay reached into his pocket, pulled out the most adorable wooden box, and got down on his knee and through our Cardos, asked me to marry him. I shook my head yes (because I was speechless), we took off our helmets, and I said “of course” from a tear-filled face. Or perhaps it was sweat? Either way, it was the most amazing moment of my life. We subsequently turned on the cameras, propped up the iPhone and attempted to capture some footage from the perfect “us” moment. I couldn’t have imagined a more suitable engagement – Clay and I doing what we love, in a place that felt like we were the only people in the world. And in the warmest sunshine, which I love!
Another successful motocamping trip in the books! This time, we had to outrun Hurricane Henri so our trip was cut short by a day. But judging by the video below, it didn't hinder our endless excitement and adventure. We were able to hit all the awesome places - Hayfields Cafe, Hardscrabble Farmstand, Angry Orchard Cider House, Tusten Cup, Hawks Nest, and the Irish Whisper Public House. Safe bet that Danielle's first motocamping trip is the beginning of many more to come! Now, watch the video...
So, our first moto-camping trip of the season was a huge success! We took a quick trip across the Long Island Sound for the 4th of July weekend to escape the Hamptons tourists here on the East End. We rode a few of the gorgeous roads we discovered last year, as well as some new gems. All were so beautiful; it was almost impossible to trim our video montage any shorter.
So, the main reason for adding the Ural to our garage was so that the dogs could join us in our motorcycle adventures. As mentioned in a previous blog, my Rhodesian Ridgeback, Kai, was a frequent passenger in the Wastsonian sidecar I once had attached to my Triumph Bonneville. He loved it so much and I saw his recent disappointment every time I left the house without him to go riding. After years of coveting a Ural Gear-Up, we finally bought one in nearly perfect condition from our neighbor.
Now came the challenge of making sure the dogs were safe in the sidecar since it wasn’t nearly as deep as the Watsonian and now I also have a Great Dane who sits much taller than my Ridgeback. As usual, I did a ton of research. I read blogs about gear, harnesses, strategies of securing said items into/onto the sidecar, etc. I also reached out to fellow sidecar riding dog lovers via Instagram. I was so glad when we heard back from Waffles, a very famous social media side car Great Dane. Unfortunately, by that time I had already made the commitment to purchase gear from RuffWear. I am a HUGE fan of RuffWear. I’ve used many of their products in the past since we love taking our dogs on adventures. We’ve used their backpacks, collapsible food/water bowls, leashes, collars, etc. They all have lasted years, been durable out on the trails and camping. So I didn’t have much hesitation selecting this brand to keep my dogs safe in the side car. My only dilemma was which harness to select.