Our Favorite Camping Gear – What we use.

Here are a few items that we could not do without on our camping adventures.

We have been asked recently to link some of the items that we have for camping and for some of the things that we feel, enhance our camping experience. We are big fans of Dome Life and they have really inspired us to get out and camp more. Go check out their YouTube Channel. Not all of these products are utilized when motorcycle camping. However since we trailer and camp out of the Jeep we utilize most of these items on each outing. Listed below are a few links of the items that we use. We are not sponsored in anyway. We have purchased these items. So let’s get started.

Gazelle T4 Hub Tent – (Not a motorcycle camping option)
This tent has been a game changer for our camping trips. It is so easy to put up and take down. It allows for me to stand up (I am 6’2) in the tent. There is plenty of space. It has great ventilation and the windows are awesome. It is built with quality materials and the zippers are strong. You can see our review below. The one drawback of this tent is the pure size of it. This will not be a motorcycle tent option. It barely fits in my 2015 Jeep JK. You can learn more about the gazelle on their website. I ordered ours directly through this site. – https://www.gazelletents.com/Product/gazelle-camping-hub-tent-7177

Kelty Gunnison 3 backpacking tent – My motorcycle camping tent of choice
This is a great tent for the bike. Jamie and I have slept many nights in this tent. It is a snug fit for the two of us, however it still allows for our motorcycle gear to hang out with us. It is light and packs up nicely. It goes up quick and is a good 3 season tent. This tent is designed for compact use and it fits the bill for motorcycle camping. We love our Gunnison. You can still find this tent, however it is not in the kelty line up at this time.

Ozark Trail Himont 20F Climatech mummy sleeping bag.
We have been using these bags for the past couple of years and they have done well for us. They are easy to store, keeps you warm and has been very durable. The price is right and we have zero complaints about these bags. I will say that we usually don’t camp in weather below the mid 30’s. With that being said these bags work well for our needs. Read more about them here. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Ozark-Trail-Himont-20F-Climatech-Regular-Mummy-Sleeping-Bag/857849088

Nemo Cosmo 3D air Sleeping Pad
When we motorcycle camp we utilize this product. It stores in small spaces, does not weigh alot and can be inflated using a built in foot pump. It keeps you off the ground and provides some comfort. We have spent many motorcycle camping nights on these pads. They are not cheap, but deals can be found. Check it out here:

Intex Comfort Plush Queen air mattress
I once heard, that if you make camping comfortable and easy, then you will go camping more often. This is the truth. Sleep is a key factor in Jamie and I having a a good camping experience. With the T4 Gazelle, we have plenty of space for this queen sized mattress. It sits 18″ tall and makes for a wonderful nights sleep. It is not small, however it is a no brainer for jeep camping. We love this mattress. It blows up easily and deflates and stores just as easy. Some of the best money spent for a great night of sleep. We liked it so much, we purchased the full sized one as well. It worked great a couple of weeks ago solo camping. You can see it here.

Mr. Heater Little buddy heater
This little invention has been a last minute addition to the camping team. When heading to Colorado the temps were being forecasted in the low 30’s. Well they were correct and I was so glad I had purchased the little buddy for the trip. This little heater worked so well and made things very comfortable. It has a ton of safety features and lasted a good 6 hours on a 1lb bottle of propane. One of the best things I have purchased for camping. I am sure Jamie will appreciate it this fall. Check out this wonderful product here.

Coleman Propane Grill & Stove Combo
This little stove has been great! Packs up small and has been very reliable. We love the grill side along with a cook top. It sets up nicely on our Tailgate table. We have purchased a longer hose to connect with our 1lb bottles to give us more versatility. The wind screen on the stove works very well and we have never had any issues with the stove staying lit. The price is right for this oldie but goodie. Very satisfied with our stove. You can read more about it here.

Outback Adventure tailgate table
This is not an item that is needed to camp out of the Jeep. I will say that it has been the best thing I have purchased for the jeep outside of performance items. It is not cheap, however it has been utilized on every trip and it makes for a wonderful cooking experience. Do you have to have it? The answer is yes! it is amazing. Go check it out here.

Jackery Explorer 240 portable power station
Some people would say that one reason people camp is to get away from electronic gear. I can appreciate that, however so many things that we utilize on these trips needs power. I go back to the adage of if you have fun camping and it is enjoyable, then you will do it more often. This little power station will charge cell phones, ipads, laptops along with having the ability to plug in basic household items. We use it each trip to inflate our air mattress. If the site does not have electric, this power station is a life saver. It powers our usb fan, along with lights and is very useful in charging gopro batteries and the like. It has made charging portable electronics so easy. Just throw it in the jeep while out and use the car adaptor for charging. It has stay charged on a recent trip for 5 days and nights without needing to be recharged. You can buy the bigger version if needed, however the 240 works great for our needs. Go read more about it here.

Luci outdoor inflatable lights – Solar powered
These little lights are so versatile and give off good light, while packing up small and not having to plug them in to recharge them. They work really well inside the tent and I also use one in the back of the jeep when cooking in the darkness. These little lights are very affordable. Go check them out here.

Rigid 3 outlet charging ball
This is the most convenient tool for using onsite electricity. It has the options of 110 plugs along with USB charging capability. It has become a speaking point when other campers see it at our site. Its versatile and weather proofed so it works well for camping. Another great factor is it is available at Home Depot. haha. You can go check it out here.

Alps Mountaineering silver square table
This table is a great addition to any camp site. It folds up nicely and stores in a nice bag. It is sturdy and can be used to cook on or to place items off the ground. This little table works out well for us. It holds a 5 gallon water jug with no issue and is big enough to cook on when needed. Not the cheapest table, but well built. Go check it out here.

Bass Pro Eclipse end table
This table is very compact, light and a must have. A great table to have for sitting around the campsite and relaxing. It has two cup holders and is very sturdy for its size. The price is right and this is a great addition to any camping gear. Look at it here.

Jetboil Flash Cooking System
If your motorcycle camping this is a must have for a great solution for cooking on the road. It packs up small and is great for motorcycle touring. I use mine just as much Jeep camping as I do on the bike. Want a quick cup of coffee… this is your solution. Warms up water quickly and you can eat out right out of the cup. I love our Jetboil. You can read more or purchase from here.

Keynice USB Desk Fan with Clip
Folks this is my favorite camping accessory. I do not enjoy being hot and I love having some air moving through the night. This fan fits the bill. It runs using our Jackery or any other power bank and it moves around a good flow of air. The clip allows for many options for placement. This fan gets used all of the time. We would not camp without it. Go get yourself one here.

That’s it for our go to items for camping. We want to know what your go to items are. Share in the comments so our readers can get more ideas to make their camping experience a great one. Until next time, have fun camping and enjoy the great outdoors. Remember to leave your area cleaner than when you arrived. Lets keep our forests clean.

Bull Shoals Rally – A MSTA event.

Theodosia Mo is a wonderful little place in the middle of some of the best motorcycle roads in America.

Jamie and I had decided to attend the MSTA event in Theodosia Mo a few months back. I then decided to take some vacation to back up the event. Jamie could not join me as she was in school teaching. So I made the plan to load up the Jeep and get the bike loaded up on the trailer and head to the event. I would then leave directly from the rally and drive to Colorado to do more riding and get a little jeeping in as well. Let’s Ride.

We loaded up the jeep with all of the camping gear for an extended stay. I love our set up and it allows for us to get in some great riding while enjoying the finer things of camping. The perfect combination in our minds.

I took off for work on Wednesday with everything loaded. I was not 20 minutes down the road, before I looked in the rear view mirror and noticed a lot of sparks coming from the back of the trailer. I pulled over as quickly as possible, only to notice that the spare tire had broken loose and was being dragged under the trailer. I got the tire removed and it appeared that no other damage was done. I now had a passenger for the rest of the ride to the store. I worked most of the day and then decided to hit the road in mid afternoon. Jamie left home around the same time.

We both arrived at the Theodosia Marina and Resort around the same time. We set up camp on the top of the hill, overlooking the lake. We made a quick dinner and then walked around the resort. We caught up with some old friends and made some new. I always love the vibe of a good motorcycle rally. We did call it a short night as we were both tired.

It was a hot and humid evening, so we did not sleep very well. Today was going to be a good riding day. We were heading down to AR9 then into Mountain View to meet up with Bob and David, who were riding in from Dallas via Hot Springs Village. The ride was a good one, as that stretch of tarmac is good twisty fun. We arrived at noon and they were just rolling in as well. We had a great lunch and then headed back to the marina. The route back included a great jaunt to Push Mountain, one of our favorite motorcycle roads. We stopped at the 341 Market after a quick burst up the hill. The day was overcast, however it never rained. We never had to put on our riding gear. it was a fantastic day of riding.

David and Bob joined us for a Frito chili pie dinner at the campsite before walking around and chatting with the riders from all over the Midwest and south. It looked like 75+ riders and bikes attended the event. I am not sure of the totals. Jamie and I headed back to camp and went to bed early. The temps were cooler and we both were tired from the lack of sleep the night before. It was a good day of riding with friends.

We awoke after a good nights sleep. We ate a quick camp breakfast and then met up with the gang to ride MO125. This stretch of road had to be designed by a sport touring rider. The curves are well marked, the pavement flawless and banked in ways that make riders smile. We ended up at the RockBridge Trout Farm for lunch. We arrived just before the big crowd arrived.

We finished the day riding around the countryside enjoying the riding and the scenery. We got back in time to have some dinner and then attend the evenings closing ceremony. Jamie and I stayed away from the dinner, but did attend the drawings. It was a good evening and it seemed that all had fun.

We met the gang for breakfast on Sunday, before everyone parted ways and headed back home. It was another successful rally and one we will attend again in the future. We really enjoyed our time with old and new friends. After we said our goodbyes we packed up camp. Jamie headed home and I was on the way to Colorado. (more to come of that soon) Until then

Ride Safe Everyone!

If you would like to see all of the pictures from the event – click here

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Beyond the tent – Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge Review. A Must Stay!

Jamie and I wanted to share a great location to stay while visiting the Deals Gap area. This gem is nestled in the beautiful countryside. It has wonderful facilities, including a great little restaurant. We spent a week enjoying their hospitality. Check out our little walk through of the lodge. We do not do it justice, but hoping you all get the idea. When you book your stay, mention that you saw our video and tell them Jerry & Jamie sent you.

The staff was friendly and ensured that we will visit again in the near future. Thank you for taking the time to watch.

Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge – https://ironhorsenc.com

Red River Gorge Rally – Mt. Sterling KY

This was the first MSTA Rally I have attended outside the states of Arkansas and Missouri. I was excited to attend the event. Due to the current world situation, the riding had been limited. This was going to be the first long trip I had taken since we went to NC a couple of months back. Here is my Ride Report from the Rally. I am looking forward to attending more MSTA events in the near future.

The versys all loaded up and Ready to go.

I packed up the Versys and was ready to hit the road for my 45 mile commute to the store. I worked a good 3/4 day and actually got out of the store without incident. This is a rare occurrence so I took it as a positive sign that the weekend would be a good one. I rode the 3 hours to St Roberts Mo where I met up with Bill. We got checked in and then headed over to Cantina Bravo for a quick dinner. The food was good and the service was exceptional. We headed back to the room and made it a short evening. We had a good 500 miles day ahead of us so a good nights rest was in order.

Thursday started bright and early as we wanted to hit the road around 7am. It was very muggy out as the humidity was very heavy. We did a few miles of slab but then headed off into the Mark Twain National Forest. I did not get a lot of pictures on this day of the ride. I did take some video, so please take a moment at the end of this ride report to watch that video.

One of many fuel stops along the way. It was a tad toasty out.

We arrived at the hotel and there was already a good group of people there. We got checked in at the Ramada, kicked some tires and just relaxed. We hit the Cracker Barrel located in the same parking lot of the hotel, so that was a nice touch. That was the end of the day. We had rode 517 miles and we were looking forward to the next two days of Bluegrass exploration on two wheels. Let’s Ride!

Matching AT were at the hotel when we arrived.
Love showing up at a rally – so many cool machines.

Friday morning arrived and there was excitement in the air. It is always exciting riding in a new area. With that being said I was not expecting to have to lead a ride group. As you all know I lead many rides, however I was hoping to play tourist on this trip. Alas that was not meant to be so I took on the task. We had a good group of 8 bikes. We headed off around 8am. The roads in Kentucky are beautiful, but they are also tight, not very wide and some of the road surface was not very good. I have been spoiled in Arkansas when it comes to the state of the road surface as it is very good.

We enjoyed a good day of spirited riding, exploring the countryside and just taking in the smells and scenic views of the Bluegrass state. We did have one incident, as one rider went around a corner and decided to park his GTL 1600 in the ditch. the good news was the mud kept the bike upright so no one was harmed and the bike only sustained minor damage. The bad part was the mud was thick and it took 6 of us to pick up that bulky machine. No harm no foul and we all enjoyed the rest of the day. We did get rained on a little (A lot at one time) but it was no big deal and only added to the adventure. We all made it home safe and sound. I apologize for the lack of pictures. Jamie usually takes the pics and since she did not come along on this trip, we did not get as many pictures as usual. Sorry about that.

We got back, hit Cracker Barrel again before joining the group in the parking lot, kicking tires and telling stories. This is one of my favorite parts of attending rallies. The good conversations and meeting new friends.

Now for a little bad news. On Friday night after dinner I rode the Versys from the front of the hotel, to its spot behind for the evening. The bike was very heavy steering… yep you guessed it a flat tire… uugh! I went inside and got some soapy water and went looking for the leak. I could not find the culprit. It was kinda funny cause at one point there had to be 5 of us looking for the reason my poor Versys was flat. I did not find anything and decided I would air it up and see if that fixed it… NOT! It was flat within the hour. Nothing I could do on a Friday evening, so I grabbed my adult beverage and went back to kicking tires and hanging out. I would worry about the tire in the morning.

Saturday morning arrived and I was on my 2nd cup of coffee at the local waffle House waiting for Gateway Cycles to open their doors and to hopefully help get my trusty steed back on the road. I want to take a movement to thank the fine folks at Gateway Cycles for taking such good care of me. They found a small shard of glass in the depth of the tread pattern that caused the leak. They had a new tire and within two hours we were back on the road and riding! Thank you to gateway Cycles for all of the help. If you are ever in the area stop by and say high. It is a cool place. On a side note Bill sold his Valkyrie with 240K on it for a 2005 Concours, just like the one Jamie and I had back in the day. Bill road it all the way to NY and back home to Arkansas with no issue. I think he enjoyed his purchase. Another member of the rally also bought a bike. A brand New Moto Guzzi 85TT what a cool looking machine. That is a great testament to the fine folks at Gateway Cycles. Go check them out. tell them Jerry sent you.

We were on the road by 11am. We did a short loop and enjoyed more of the Kentucky landscape. We got back to the hotel around 4pm, ate dinner at .. you guessed it the Cracker Barrel and then finished the night hanging out with some new friends. What a great way to end the event. Great stories and much laughter was enjoyed. It was a great evening. I stayed up until 10 but then hit the sack as I wanted to be on the road at 5am on Sunday morning. It was a 700 mile ride home.

The new Guzzi – What a great looking machine.

Sunday morning started at 4am. I glanced at the weather ap and it looked like the route I wanted to take through Paducah KY was going to be very wet. I decided I would try and skirt it by heading up to Louisville and going thru St Louis. This was a good plan as I never did get wet. I rolled home around 4PM, safe and sound and having logged almost 1800 miles. What a great trip. Until next time everyone.. Ride Safe!

First off I will apologize for the length of this video, but I wanted to get all 4 days into one video.

This was my first MSTA rally outside of AR or MO. The event was a lot of fun and I will make sure to do more of these in the future. Special Thanks to Patrick Mogavero for hosting the event.

I also want to shout out Gateway Cycles in Mt. Sterling for getting me in and getting me back on the road. https://www.gatewaycycles.com

You can see all of the pictures from the rally here: https://lonestarlobos.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Road-Trips/2020-Road-Trips/Red-River-Gorge-MSTA-Rally

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My Review of the VStream Sport Screen

My thoughts on the N20136 Windscreen for the kawasaki versys 1000 LT from Vstream.

We have uploaded our latest video that reviews our VStream Tinted Sports Screen. I have had a number of requests for my thoughts, so here it is. We also updated you all on the new happenings for the site and what we are doing in the upcoming weeks. We hope you like the video. Let me know what your thoughts are. Have a great week.

Did He Say Trailer?

Top 5 Reasons Why?

Yes I love my Trailer… Here are a few reasons we like to take our trailer with us on longer trips. Hint – It makes camping, Jeeping and riding all available in one trip. Its the best of ALL worlds. We are headed to the Deals Gap area. Hitting TWO on Sunday. Hope to see some of you there.

Jamie and I are 8 days away from our trip to North Carolina and Tennessee area. We have a new front tire and we are ready to roll. Find out why we like utilizing our trailer to kick off the riding season. Links below for the things I mentioned in the video.

Kendon Trailers – https://www.kendonusa.com/collections…

SmugMug Picture Gallery – https://lonestarlobos.smugmug.com/Mot…

Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge – https://ironhorsenc.com/

MotoAdrenaline Blog: https://motoadrenalinetours.blog

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Heading to the Gap!

Well we are having to go to plan B for our moto vacation coming up in June.

It is not a bad change, just different. We started to call about the parks and the camping in WV and we were running into some serious dead ends. Most of the Civil War sites were very limited. Having to watch the opening of PA, WV, MD and VA was not working out well as everyone is on their own different time line.

So Jamie and I are headed to the Deals Gap area. Everything seems to be opening up and the camping is taking reservations as well. The riding is always good so it is a win-win. We will be taking the Jeep and Versys, so we can take all of our camping gear to stay for 8 days. It should be a great adventure. We will be staying at the Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge and Resort. We have reserved our camp site and it looks like a go so stay tuned.
If you want to join us or are around the area during the week of June 6-13, then look us up and maybe we can ride some together. Just let us know.

Sack Lunch Ride – Turner Bend Store

Nothing better than riding with friends and having lunch in a beautiful location.

Everyone rides a motorcycle for different reasons. One of the main reasons I enjoy riding is the emotional stress that is released when I hear the sound of the bike and feel the wind as I ride down a twisty scenic section of tarmac. During these challenging times of the pandemic and social distancing, I feel it is imperative that we take care of our emotional well being.

One afternoon at work, I looked outside and noticed a construction crew eating a sack lunch, practicing social distancing. What caught my attention was the way they were laughing and enjoying each others company. Then it hit me! Let’s do a sack lunch ride.

Jump ahead a few weeks, we are at our local departure lounge. 7 riders, everyone excited to get out and ride, to interact with like minded enthusiasts. Today we would be taking an easy ride down the famous Pig Trail in Northwest Arkansas. Not a long ride, but it would be good enough to shake off the cobwebs and to spend a little riding time with friends.

We enjoyed a nice ride through the countryside. The weather was fantastic and the roads had very little traffic on them. The perfect equation for a wonderful day of riding. We made our way down the pig trail. The picturesque scenery, the surface of the newly paved road and the feeling of freedom was overwhelming. Just what everyone needed in these trying times.

As we rolled into the Turner Bend Store, we noticed the store had a line, waiting to get inside. This was not surprising as this scene has become very familiar for all of us. What caught my eye was the smiles and the happiness that these folks were expressing. This area is a popular recreation spot for Kayaking, Canoeing, ATV’s and for camping. No one was frustrated about the line, they were just enjoying being out and enjoying life.

We all had brought our lunch so we did not have to wait in line. We walked a few yards to get up to the waterfall area. The sound of the waterfalls, mixed with the orchestra of motorcycles riding by made for a very enjoyable experience.

We enjoyed our sack lunch with the company of our friends. The conversation focused on motorcycles, the trips that people were planning and how great it was to get out on the bikes. No one mentioned the current challenging situation. It was so relaxing, so normal. It was a wonderful lunch.

We all broke up and headed our own ways to get home. Many took the long way home, some just headed home. It was a very casual way to end the lunch. Many smiles were shared and everyone seemed to have enjoyed the day.

As Jamie and I rode home, we had a great conversation about how we were so privileged to live in such a beautiful riding area. How we were so excited to be back on the bike, enjoying some time with our motorcycle friends. It was a much needed grounding. We know that things will return to some form of normal soon, however this ride was needed to remind us, that no matter what we have going on in life, the one consistent way to create joy, is to get out and ride!

Until next time, ride responsibly, stay safe and healthy. Be kind to each other. Let’s Ride!
See all of the pictures from today’s ride here.

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