Real world “ADV Camp Food”

It seems that the world has become infatuated with being some sort of gourmet chef. Critiquing meals to the nth degree. This doesn’t have enough salt, too much pepper, the cumin is overpowering…..and on and on. It’s as though we act as if Gordon Ramsay is over our shoulders cursing us out over every last detail.

I completely understand the mindset. I remember as an early teen being engrossed with “Good Eats” with Alton Brown, and whatever other cooking shows were on the early Food Network channel. I love making a great tasting dish, and I love seeing friends and family being comforted by a great dish. My issue on this subject though comes in when all this minutia gets sucked into riding, camping, and traveling. While the two can be combined (riding & food), why do we feel the need to complicate

I feel like folks have the Instagram mindset that their picture has to portray their life as so much better than someone else’s. My dish is better than yours, ergo my ride trip is better than yours……I WIN! Sadly this is such bullshit and only detracts from the real reasons for getting out, riding, and being one with the elements.

I may be a bit of a simpleton at times when it comes to camping, but in the day of having 8000 different, crappy, overly bitter IPA’s to choose from, it seems we forget that the cheapest beer may be the most refreshing after a long ride. No it may not be glamorous to serve yourself or a guest a High Life, but give it a try some time…..it may surprise you.

Same goes for a post ride meal. It doesn’t have to be fancy, and chances are if you’re riding in the continental USA, you likely will have stopped for fuel recent enough to also stock up on an evenings meal. So below is a simple meal for you to give a go. Nothing fancy, but it’ll go a long way and allow you the time to focus on what matters, and that’s spending time Out There (wherever that may be), and if you’re riding with a friend, lover, or enemy…..get to know them more with conversation not related to “can you taste the safron infused rice?”

Keep it simple: Canned Ravioli, Beer, and a morning coffee alternative can easily suffice.

While not glamorous, it’ll allow you to pack in and out with ease.
Cook easily and anywhere. Toss that can on the fire if you don’t have another heat source.
Another option is to grab a frozen hunk of meat. If your camp is close enough, you can have some mega protein ready for you by the end of your ride. Just toss over a fire and enjoy.

Enjoy the ride folks & keep it simple!

-Andrew

Mid Spring Moab Dual Sporting (Intro)

As with last year, a trip to Moab, Utah was planned for early\mid Spring.  This year however is absolutely terrible timing.  Two days after I’m set to come back from the trip, I’ve got a trade show with my shop.  I find out that we’ve also hired a sales & marketing intern, so this adds in the prep work needed for the trip.  Oh yah……I’m also a couple months in on building a new house.  I’m not swinging the hammers, but I still have the feeling of “I should just stay home”.  Yet, I’m living in a basement, with my moto crap on borrowed space as well in my parents basement, so stick with the plan and get in some bucket list rides I missed last year.

The plan was to leave Thursday April 28th and get home Saturday May 7th.  Factor in 24 hours of driving, which gives us roughly 7 days of riding, or something like that.  Still fuzzy and all that.  Last year there were 3 of us driving out together, meeting up with some guys from a local Meetup group.  This year was just myself and John T, who I’m sure I pissed off plenty before the trip with my himhawing about saving pennies for the house, my current work load, and my consideration of selling my KTM 350, to which he kindly referred to as”the most fking incredible bike ever”.  Other than that, our riding plans were “get there and ride”.  I had some ulterior motives and longed to do 5 Miles of Hell, and the Kokopelli Trail with visiting Top of The World along the way.  Aside from that, the plan was to ride a lot and get home with bodies & bikes in the same condition as when they left.

The cast of characters for this year:

Myself:

 

John T:

 

Amazingly enough, we stuck rather well to the initial plan.  John arrived at my parents place where I said goodbye to my wife and dog.  We began loading up the back of my truck with Johns 350 (his bike is precious and needs a Rekluse and can’t get dirt on it :D), followed by piling in all our crap, ending with my 350 sitting neatly on the hitch hauler.  All this was packed into my extended cab Chevy Colorado, which at this point had less than 5,000 miles on it.  Why I suggested taking it is beyond me, but hey….it’s more fun than an F150 :lol3

 

All loaded up, we got out the door @ 5:32pm CST.  Next stop….Moab!

-Andrew