Get up, drink coffee, eat breakfast, walk the dog. Routine sets in regardless of our location. Today we are going to shake things up a little. We eyeball the steep trail I rode T-Dub up the other day and strap into our hiking gear. Typical preparation for a hike longer than a mile is shoes, walking sticks and our camelbacks. I went out on a limb last week and bought a new pair of hiking shoes. After browsing the stores for Merrell and Keen, I end up with a pair of Everest. The biggest difference here is that I had fully intended on spending $100-$150 in order to get something sturdy and reliable. What I ended up with was a discounted pair of no name brand shoes for $20. I've got nothing to lose so what the hell. If I burn through a pair a month they would last just as long as an expensive set.
They held up just fine for their first hike. A little bit hotter than my other shoes... but not intolerable. Time will tell if these pieces of crap are really up to 1/6th the challenge of a nice pair. Now we have the rest of the day to kill off and it turns into a likeness of yesterday. Lots of lounging around and cleaning the rig. Rustling through my stuff reveals a US vinyl sticker map I had bought prior to the trip. People usually put these on their RV, but I'm going to stick it to Shirley since we plan on selling Penny when the trip is over.
This old jeep has seen some states
I take T-Dub out to stack on some more miles and get more acquainted with how it handles in the dirt. I've got nearly 40,000 miles of motorcycle experience on the street, but only 150 in the dirt. It's a whole new world.