Making Long Distance Motorcycle Rides-More Comfortable

I have been riding for a long time and in my youth I could hold my own on IRON BUTT rides. Which are LONG distance rides with few breaks in between, usually gas, water or something to eat then back down the road I go. It wasn’t always fun but I could do it and that made me feel better about going places that where a LONG way away. My youth left like the RUNNING OF THE BULLS participants and reality sank in. There has got to be a better way to do this? I spoke to all my friends and family that ride and wrote down much of what they had to offer as again MEMORY is a terrible thing to waste. There was an abundance of things I could do to improve my travels and make my ride more comfortable.

Best ways to earn Extra Income

There are so many websites that profess EASY ways to earn extra income out there these days. With the state of the world in turbulence and jobs being lost due to Pandemic it is very unsettling! The uncertainty is what makes it even more stressful. You really don’t know what is going to happen from one day to the next and that in and of itself is a serious issue. But what can you do about it? You can spend countless hours researching the best proven methods of earning extra income and hope that you chose the correct path? You could just pick one and run with it because “what could possibly go wrong?” I chose the first option and let me tell you there was A LOT of information out there and most of it was USELESS! I finally narrowed it down and chose Wealthy Affiliates.

I am in my 50s so although I know how to use the internet I was unfamiliar with many Applications and Software. Now I could stumble my way around many things but this being new was not one I wanted to blindly wander through. So I joined and I learned! I always say “if you haven’t learned something today then you just wasted a day.” I am a visual learner so that threw in a curve ball, as most sites TELL you what to do thinking you are up to speed. Well WA SHOWS you in video step by step to avoid any confusion.

First Step

Similair to the Military it start with a Basic Boot Camp, which gets you going in the direction of success with structure. The lessons are set up to improve your knowledge and give you some insight on how the affiliate marketing world works. While many are working from home and can still receive a paycheck many more are out of a job and struggling to make ends meet. Although there are things that I never thought I would use such as twitter and pintrest, I was educated on how these simple things could assist you on your road to improvement and success.


While there are few things in life that are Guaranteed, if you keep repeating the same action and expecting a different outcome, well you know what that ends up doing! Getting you NO WHERE!

I have found that with the proper training and guidance you can achieve things that even you may not know about? Due to the mandates of my state we were locked down for several months. With all that time on my hands I needed to do something but wasting time isn’t really my thing so I researched ideas. I was still working employed just from home so I was making money through my employment. However even my job is questionable as to length of time it may be around? I deal with Coal Power Plants and they are high on the list of things the Government wants to out date and use CLEAN power generating sources. I have been a part of the retrofitting of many power plants and I would rather breather the STEAM that is coming out of the stack than the CLEAN AIR we breathe every day.

Second Step

Do your own research and see what you can find out there? There is a lengthy list of things that you can try and they will cost you money you don’t have to try things you may not be able to do? That is what I found on a regular basis while doing my due diligence. I do alright until they start asking you for payments right out of the gate without so much of a Here is what you are going to be doing? Now I don’t have a problem paying for things if they work the ways they say they do, however they have to say what they are supposed to do first right?

In finding ways to earn additional cash I kept in mind that like most things they are only as good as the support that comes with them. So it is important to ensure that whatever you pick to achieve your goals has a support structure. Wealthy Affiliates has such a structure and is like a little community. As you progress and you find somethings that you may be having difficulties with yo can just post the question in the community and MANY people will come to your aid.

Third Step

Anything you pick will require TIME to set up and get rolling, that’s just the nature of the beast. The more time you put in the more rewards you are likely to achieve! I followed the lesson plans and each time I learned something new I applied it in the REAL WORLD! I have been doing this for a little over a month now and the knowledge I have gained and the understanding of how affiliate programs work AMAZE me. It is something I would have never done if the TIMES that we are in didn’t make me look into alternative means of income. We tend to be creatures of habit and if things are going well we SLIDE through life as if nothing bad could happen often times oblivious of opportunities that are right around the corner.

As I stated before repeating the same motion and expecting a different outcome doesn’t work well in the BIG picture, if you want to sustain or advance in any direction. Wealthy Affiliates gave me the opportunity to try and move in the right direction, and gave me some knowledge that I would otherwise not have sought out. You have the opportunity to do as much or as little as you can or want on the road to success, please pick carefully! The sky is the LIMIT.



Conclusion

One the path of Life there are times when you may stumble and fall, but if you use that spot as a learning point and grow you would be surprised at the path it leads. You have an opportunity to do so many things and Life sometimes a way of moving so fast you miss many of them just trying to Survive. Take the time you can to enjoy the things that make you feel good, as you only get one life! I look forward to seeing you at WA making the most of the things!!

Lee H

Founder of

https://toptravelvacations.com/

Toy Hauler RV’s- Which is best?

I want to start traveling more and with the way of the current World I started looking at my options. I looked at the tow behind trailers and some of them are really great. It’s almost as nice as a house if you get the right one? However, there is a need for a Vehicle to tow the trailer and that is something I currently do not have. I looked into toy hauler RV’s and that answered one of the issue NO vehicle to tow with, but is this the best route for me?

I was looking at a 2017 Outlaw 29H class C toy hauler and it appeared to have all the bells and whistles I wanted. At a $79,900 price tag it is something that I really need to research to ensure I make the best educated guess I can. I have friends who have a tow behind toy hauler and we took it out to Colorado for the Maiden Voyage. My friend had a diesel truck so I really wasn’t that concerned. However, we had 2 Road Glide Motorcycles in the back and it really took its toll on the old diesel. At one point I decided to take my bike out and reduce the load by around 800lbs and I followed behind just to make sure there were no issues. We made it to our destination but I don’t think I would do that again, he subsequently upgraded his Diesel truck to a heavier duty grade.

Tow Behind Trailers

I have been looking at a lot of these just to compare and many are spectacular to say the least. They have all the comforts of home and sometimes more so as you can choose the upgrades before you purchase. There are plenty of both pay and free camp sites out there in any state you could think of. Here one link to start you off:https://www.rv-camping.org/freervcamping/

Here again I think of the costs first? This trailer is listed at a Price of $21,867 for a 2021 Forest River Wildwood FSX 181RTX as pictured below: This unit is 21’9″ long weight: 3,235 sleeps 3 people. It is a basic toy hauler model tow behind.

Now you will have to have a vehicle to tow this baby with and as it weighs 3,235 on its own, when you put a Motorcycle or ATV in it that weight rises. For example my 2012 Road Glide Custom weighs about 800lbs so this added to the trailer weight is 4,035 total tow behind weight. So your vehicle will need to be rated for at least 4,500 just to be on the safe side. So a Class III truck supports the need, such as a New Ford Ranger that has a towing capacity of 7,500 lbs according to US News. This truck MSRP is anywhere from $24,110-38,675.

So let’s do the math BASIC Tow Hauler Trailer: $21,867 2020 Ford Ranger middle of the road $31,110.

21867+31110=$52,977 total

You now have 2 components to deal with: Truck and Trailer, so there are other issues that may need to be addressed? Such as storage for the trailer depending on your current living conditions, we will assume you are using the truck on a daily basis.

RV Toy Hauler

I am going to use a NEW unit just like in my previous example while trying to stay in the same dimensional attributes. I choose the 2021 Outlaw Motor Coach Class C 29J Toy Hauler as a comparison. This unit is 31’1″ in length, weighs 14,500 lbs and can sleep up to 8 people. The Price is $89,987

This unit has all the bells and whistles of a standard RV with an additional bonus of being able to LOAD up your Motorcycle or ATV and take it with you on your travels. Here are the Options that you get with this price tag.

2021 Thor Motor Coach Outlaw Class C 29J, Additional Options Included: – 1000-watt Entertainment Inverter – 13,500 BTU Front Roof Air Conditioner – 32″ TV in Garage – 5,000 BTU Air Conditioner in Garage – Automatic Leveling Jacks with Touchpad Controls – Black Tank Flush System – Bluetooth® Coach Radio with Garage Speakers – Bug Screen Curtain in Garage – Double Door Gas/Electric RV Refrigerator w/Smoked Acrylic Panel Inserts – Drop-Down Ramp Door with Railings for Patio Use and Manual Awning – Exterior 32″ TV on Swivel Bracket with Bluetooth® Sound Bar and Radio – Exterior LP Connection – Heated/Remote Exterior Mirrors with Integrated Side View Cameras – Keyless Entry System – Metal Pan Drawer Front\'(s) Matching Cook top Below Cook top – Pressed Laminate Kitchen Countertops w/Under Mounted Sink with Sink Cover\'(s) – Solar Prep (includes solar controller) – Spot Lights over Ramp Door – Stainless Steel Storage Cabinet in Garage – Tankless Water Heater – Tie Down Rings in Garage – Touchscreen Dash Radio w/Back-Up Monitor – Upgraded Recessed 3-Burner Gas Cook top with Glass Cover – Whole Coach Water Filtration System – Winegard® ConnecT™ 2.0 WiFi / 4G / TV Antenna – Cabover Child Safety Net

Now you may still have the need to Store this unit again depending on your living conditions, but this is only ONE unit to maintain as opposed to the previous comparison.

Used or New

Here again this will depend on your financial standings as well as needs. There are a lot of both styles of campers out there new and used so it will most likely be a matter of what you are willing and able to do to find the PERFECT FIT for you and your family. I weigh the Pros and Cons of each one and come out about the same as far as utilization of each. It will depend on UP KEEP for a used unit as many times people are prone to dispose of or sell units that are troublesome so BUYER BEWARE.

All things considered its best to do you due diligence and ensure if buying used the unit is sound and SAFE to travel to avoid any complications later on down the road. I believe unless you are VERY familiar with campers and RV’s it would be best to have inspected by a professional before purchasing. If they won’t allow you to do that than maybe this one isn’t the right one? Also, it is always best to see about any Warranties that may come with unit, better safe than sorry

Conclusion

It is my Humble opinion that the Motorcoach would be the one that I picked. It is more expensive however it is also self containing (do not need tow vehicle) and thus I believe it is less of a hassle than a 2 unit camper(truck and trailer). It also affords you the opportunity to sleep more people and gives you more room if it is just the two of you. Already comes with outdoor speakers so you can listen to music in the AM/PM while relaxing under the canopy. Also, has an outdoor TV screen so you could pop in a movie or watch some late night or early morning show before or after your adventures!

I would really like to hear from anyone on what their experiences were or are on either or both of these topics? Knowledge is a great thing and the best is from people who have DONE that BEEN there. So please comment on this and let everyone know What’s What.

LeeH

founder of toptravelvacations.com

Making Long Distance Motorcycle Rides-More Comfortable

I have been riding for a long time and in my youth I could hold my own on IRON BUTT rides. Which are LONG distanced rides with few breaks in between, usually gas, water or something to eat then back down the road I go. It wasn’t always fun but I could do it and that made me feel better about going places that where a LONG way away. My youth left like the RUNNING OF THE BULLS participants and reality sank in. There has got to be a better way to do this? I spoke to all my friends and family that ride and wrote down much of what they had to offer as again MEMORY is a terrible thing to waste. There was an abundance of things I could do to improve my travels and make my ride more comfortable.

Seat

Although many STOCK seats seam comfortable I found they were lacking in the LONG distance comfort I needed. There are SO many aftermarket seats out there it can get confusing at times. Some of my friends have several seats and they can change them as the need arises as on Harley Davidson Motorcycle such as mine it is a single screw to remove and replace to change seats. Now I haven’t ridden a lot a lot of other brands of bikes but I still think the SEAT replacement is worth whatever work it may take to switch out!

I found that not only was the aftermarket seat more comfortable for myself but also for the passenger, and believe me that makes a BIG difference on how the trip will go! Depending on if you are riding ONE UP (by yourself) or TWO UP (with a passenger) the upgrade is well worth the investment. There is nothing worse than going on a long trip only to find you are Worn OUT from just getting there that you really don’t want to do a lot of riding to see the sights.

Back Rest

Now I have always had a backrest for my passenger as I believe they are safer for both travelers. Sometimes the passenger gets distracted and is unaware you are taking off and (BAM) no more passenger as they forgot to hold on and FELL OFF. This also helps the driver as there is less jerking and pulling while attempting to TAKE OFF due to traffic conditions. The passenger back rest can be helpful when packing as well, since I travel with a luggage rack on the back and the Luggage I carry has a wrap/strap that goes around the passengers’ backrest to keep it in place while traveling.

The driver backrest was something NEW to me, so don’t ‘t get me wrong I have seen them just never used them. So again I did my research as there are literally hundreds of after market driver backrest out there. I also found that the backrest helps my posture when traveling long distances as I apparently Slouch more when I do not have one? It was also clear that the passenger would need a place to store small things like phone of money so a backrest with a pocket was ideal! I went with Kurakyn which covered all the needs!

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Solutions for Pressure Point Relief

Although the aftermarket seat was much more comfortable, I asked around and found that there was still more I could do to alleviate the SORE areas that I would have to deal with otherwise. It is important to note that the individual will have to make up their own mind as to what is best for them and I am just trying to provide some IDEAS and what worked for me! Not all REARS are created equal so to speak. I tried the gel seat cushion and unfortunately the one I bought did not have a way to secure it to the actual seat, so every time I would swing my leg over the seat I would KICK the gel cushion into the next parking lot?

I could have made the adjustments and added straps and so on, but I am a more PLUG and play kinda of person. Whatever I buy I want to be a simple install or with as little modifications as needed to work the way it is supposed to work. Besides the obvious it really didn’t do the trick, although more comfortable it didn’t fulfill my expectations and I was still working on improving the RIDE. I finally went with an AIR cushion for the driver seat, it is also capable of being filled with cool water for those extreme HEAT days. This provided the relief I was looking for and allowed me to RIDE to where I was going, as well as RIDE around and see the sites after I reached my destination!

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Engine Heat

If you have ever rode for long distances you know how HOT the engine can get! It’s nice while traveling on HIGHWAYS but as soon as you get to Cities it can seem like the heat is going to catch you on FIRE. There is really no where you can run so I had to investigate some solutions for that as well. I am a FAIR weather rider which means I usually don’t ride in rain, snow, extreme HOT or COLD but sometimes things just happen. If you are on a long trip and going through several states the weather can change abruptly! So in these times it is always better to HAVE AND NOT NEED THEN NEED AND NOT HAVE! So although the heat from the engine on cold days may be nice I usually dress or pack for such occasions, so I HEAT SHEILD for the engine was the next step on the way to comfort.

Always remember that if you are riding TWO-UP the passenger is feeling the heat more than the driver as their legs are further back from the engine and thus more exposed to the heat. Happy passenger equals Happy ride in most cases! I have a great deal of chrome on my bike so I went with something to match the theme, but there are again hundreds of options out there for you to chose from.

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See you on the ROAD

These things I have mentioned worked for me! There are several other ideas out there and many I may not have heard of. This road is ours and the more we share the better we can make it for us as well as others. I welcome your ideas and even some tales from the TRIP, as the more we know the better prepared we are in the long run. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to travel and see what the world has to offer and I look forward to hearing from you and possibly even seeing you out there.

Lee H

Founder of toptravelvacations.com


Best way to Travel Comfortably on a Motorcycle- Longer distances

Well like many when I first started riding I was MUCH younger and full of P&V, if you have to look that up you may still be young? I started on mini bikes graduating to Enduro’s or what are now called Duo Sport Bikes, which basically means you can ride on street or dirt as the tires can handle both surfaces. Yes I had to look up the Dual Sport definition as things seem to change without notice these days? While it was fun to have the ability to drive on or off road I didn’t think it was a suitable vehicle to go on LONG trips. So I ended up going to a dealer to rent a motorcycle and see what kind fits my need as well as my budget?

Back in 2005 I went and rented a Ultra Classic as I liked the look and it seemed to have enough storage for any length of trip I wanted to do. So the first thing I did was TURN ON the RADIO. Now up till now no bike I rode on had a radio, so this was NEW! I really like listening to music and getting lost in the song, as I drive to wherever it is I am going. I do this all the time in a car and took it for granted, however on a MOTORCYLE this was like the best thing ever to me! I drove it around and really had no clue where I was going and really didn’t care it was nice out and I was JAMMING. The Ultra’s come with 4 stock speakers , 2 up front in the fairing and 2 in back in what I call the QUEEN’S REST. I did end up buying the Ultra Classic as shown below:

This Seat looked SOOO comfortable that I was willing to ride back there and do the PRINCESS WAVE if she would drive? Unfortunately that never happened as apparently the Bike weighed to much? I had said that all you have to do is WAKE me up and I’d be happy to stand up and hold the bike upright; but NO WAY! It did weigh about 758 lbs but I wasn’t asking anyone to PICK IT UP off the ground. So even with the stock seat the bike was pretty comfortable, however for long trips I found that you tend to tire out and have those little aches and pains that come from sitting for long periods of time. But I was young and TOUGH so I suffered in silence on those trips, back then there weren’t that many due to working and having Acreage with a horse ranch.

So fast forward to more current times 20012 to be exact. I wanted to start riding again and this time wanted to see more of the States that were now not that far away as I live in Missouri as opposed to Michigan. First thing I remembered from my riding days was the fairing on my Ultra would turn when I turned the handle bars or they would try to turn if the wind was BLOWING hard enough. So to make things easier I decided to go with a FIXED fairing. This means that the front of the bike like the radio, gauges, speakers and such were stationary, they do not move or turn when the handle bars do. Now at first this takes some getting used to as I have never driven a fixed faring bike before. However once you get used to it and realize you don’t have to work as hard in gusting winds to keep the bike straight or upright, it’s a no brainer. This also allows you to ride further without wearing yourself out. So I opted for a 2012 Road Glide Custom as it fit the bill so to speak.

Well now comes the fun stuff, once you buy a bike you have to make it YOURS, so customizing it was next on the list. First thing was paint, then tires, then windshield. It is important to note that the Windshield is a critical element in comfort while riding, it can mean the difference between BUG TEETH and or BOBBLE HEAD and less neck stress, to actually being able to HEAR the radio which of course is another thing I changed! I have 4 speakers 2 in front faring and 2 in saddle bags lids. I then went with 18″ custom windshield and still found it lacking so upgraded to 20″ custom windshield. The size of the windshield is determined by the height of the driver. Here is a link which can help:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2CA8JFrUPA

Next came the Drivers backrest, this is one of the NEW things I tried and believe me it makes a real difference on LONG rides. It seemed to be a little thing until I took my first long trip and that little thing paid off in spades! There are several hundred different styles and types of Drivers backrest, you will have to determine which is best for you. I usually drive 2 up meaning I have a passenger, so I found a backrest with a pocket on the back so she could put phone or whatever in the pocket and it’s right there at her fingertips. Here is an example

The stock seat although good for short trips wasn’t what I was looking for so I bought a Mustang seat. This seat has more cushion in it, plus added an air pad to alleviate and pressure points while cruising. Now there are air pads, memory foam and you name it out there to help but I found the air pad works best for me. Of course if you are 2 up (someone on backseat) better get one for the passenger as well because a HAPPY PASSENGER means a HAPPY TRIP! The rear stock shocks are  air shocks, which are good but not what I was looking for, so those were changed as well. Please know that all these changes happened over YEARS of riding, as you can go broke trying to do to many things at one time. I usually did a project a year so I could spread the finances over a longer period of time.

So now that I have completed the upgrades to make touring a LOT more comfortable, we have been all over the US from California to Florida and back again. You will need to find your happy medium on the things you need to make the trip not only MEMORABLE but COMFORTABLE as well!

If you have any questions or comments please fell free to leave them below as I look forward to hearing from you.

LeeH

Founder of https://toptravelvacations.com/

 

The Best smelling cologne- for Men

I have found that as I age my senses change. My old reliable cologne was Obsession for Men, I am not even sure how it started or who had actually picked out that particular brand? I did like the smell of it and really didn’t have any complaints from former girl friends so I guess I just let it ride. As I aged and I found my fiancé (Angie) and we started doing things together such as working out and Motorcycle riding. I began to trust her insights as she was always up for the next adventure whatever that may be. It made it easy and comfortable to listen to what she had to say! I actually learned a lot of things I had no clue I would be interested in from some ideas she threw out there, because you know you may learn something as well! I had never heard of Armani Code absolu before, however she suggested maybe trying a NEW cologne, just to see what I thought? She never complained about the old cologne but I said SURE why not.

It was an event to say the least as there are several hundred types and styles of cologne out there. We started at the mall as they usually have the most selection. Again to my surprise there was everything under the sun it seemed like! I am not a shopper so I usually have a plan and SPEED toward my final goal as quickly as possible. That was not the case here as I was out of my comfort zone so unfamiliar with what I was looking for to begin with. I had no idea you could actually clean the nostrils after smelling a cologne to give you a better chance of actually smelling the next scent. They had Coffee in bottles sitting right there to do just that?

It was also brought to my attention that you should let the scent mix with the oils on your skin and smell them again after a awhile. Turns out there are proper procedures to selecting the cologne and applying it as well. We all know the guy who smells like he SHOWERED in cologne before leaving the house, well I don’t want to be that guy! So I of course did some research afterwards to ensure I had at least the right application. We spent a great deal of time going through the options and after some back and forth the winner was Armani Code absolu.

 

How to apply Cologne was the next topic as it appears I have been doing it wrong by getting dressed and spraying then walking through the mist. It is best if you apply righty after showering on DRY skin. The shower cleanse your body of any other scents and opens your pores, which helps the scent absorb. Completely dry your skin and then spray holding the bottle 3-6 inches away from your body. Apply the cologne in heated areas which include neck, chest, pulse points, forearms or inner elbows. Start with a light application in other words pick one of the heated areas and apply to just that area, if you notice the scent fades quickly choose another area and spray the cologne there next time you apply. It’s a good idea to ask the opinion of close friends or family members if the application is appropriate, as you can become nose-blind to scents you wear often.

 

Spraying the cologne on your clothing directly prevents it from mixing with your natural oils, which give it a unique quality and can render it flat or monochrome. Some colognes can also damage the clothing so you need to be careful here as well! Rubbing the cologne onto skin actually makes the scent fade faster as it breaks the molecular bond in the fragrance. Less is more when it comes to cologne and you don’t want it to be overpowering. While applying cologne the correct way is important, it’s also important to chose a scent that compliments your natural body chemistry and fits your lifestyle. YES it is SCIENCE!

Some colognes (usually the more expensive ones) last longer then others. There are some that start out smelling one way but then smell slightly different throughout the day. you can learn which cologne is right for you by educating yourself on the complexities involved with Men’s’ Fragrances. I found Armani Code absolu to be the best fit for me after trying on juts about everyone at the store and with the help of my fiancé (Angie) to whom I owe my THANKS! At the mall it cost me $143 fir the bottle I have on this post just for a comparison.

Please fell free to add to or ask anything you would like to know I always welcome input.

LeeH

Founder of toptravelvactaions.com

 

 

Brown Sugar Black Chocolate Bronzing Lotion review-Advanced 200X bronzer

Product: Brown Sugar Black Chocolate Bronzer         

Price: $21.70

Best place to buy: Amazon.com

Size of Container:13.5 FL OZ

My Rating: 9 out of 10

 

Product Overview:

I am not one to sit on a beach ALL day trying to catch a tan! I do like a tan look however it makes me feel better somehow? Since I really don’t have the time or patience to do the beach thing I have found another way to accomplish the Tan look. This is for TANNING BEDS!! DO NOT USE AT BEACH OR OUTDOORS!! (AlWAYS USE EYE PROTECTION!)

There are MANY Bronzers out there and all claim to work, I have used many of them myself and found this product to not only provide the outcome I am trying to accomplish, it doesn’t try my skin out in the process. The other problem I have with many Bronzers are they make you SMELL sometimes like a FLOWER sometimes Perfume. This product does have a scent but not overwhelming like many of the others I have tried and being a GUY I’m not really into smelling like a  Flower after tanning. I usually Tan after my workout as sort of a reward for trying to stay healthy.

This Product has several features that I really liked such as:

  • Advanced 200X Black Bronzers are carefully crafted for your darkest tan yet.
  • Double dark chocolate extract nourishes skin with potent anti-oxidants.
  • An ultra-rich butter & silicone blend melts into skin for a supple & beautiful glow.
  • Max Silicones for magically soft feel and application. DHA-Free, Paraben-Free.
  • New and authentic
  • Extract & Coconut Butter Blend

Product description

Product Description So many superlatives, so little space: dark, rich, sumptuous, lavish, exquisite- it’s just the beginning of ways to describe this lotion. Crafted in small batches with the finest ingredients, this Advanced 200X Black Bronzer bestows skin with an extensive bronzing recipe for the deepest bronze imaginable. This breathtaking color is complemented with a decadent blend of organic butters, providing unparalleled feel and glow. Black Chocolate is a rare and exceptional tanning experience to not be missed. Advanced 200X Black Bronzers are carefully crafted for your darkest tan yet. Double dark chocolate extract nourishes skin with potent anti-oxidants. An ultra-rich butter & silicone blend melts into skin for a supple & beautiful glow. Max Silicones for magically soft feel and application. DHA-Free, Paraben-Free. Tan Inc Brown Sugar Black Chocolate – 200X Black Bronzers With Double Dark Chocolate Extract And Anti-oxidants Formula Additional Information Size 13.5 oz Classification Bronzer Fragrance TBA

Why Booth not Sun

Well for me it is about several things: Time is very important to me and it takes about 12 minutes to lay in a bed or both depending on where you go as opposed to laying outside and usually falling asleep and getting BURNT! It is better to start slowly about 2-4 minutes when trying to achieve a BASE that will help against BURNING and allow you to get the rich color you want. As stated earlier ALWAYS wear EYE PROTECTION when tanning in booth. All the places I have been a customer at require you to be safe!!

I also find it difficult to remember to REAPPLY the sunscreen when time is up at the beach or on the lake? Depending on the SPF number which is when the manufacturer recommends you reapply the sunscreen to avoid Burning and or Skin Damage. I am usually busy with friends or family at the beach or on the lake and I really don’t remember that IMPORTANT step of reapplication. So for me it is ease of timing as well as safety that meets my requirement for BEDS/BOOTH as opposed to Sun.

Skin Tone

If you are FAIR skinned to begin with I recommend slowly attaining a Base color before you go to any extremes. Not all skin is created equal when it comes to Burning or Tanning. The most important part of this process must always be SAFETY FIRST. I have been BURNT riding my motorcycle around or on trips as usually the wind blowing keeps you cool and you don’t FEEL the burn happening. I have German/Irish bloodlines so it isn’t easy to TAN but I can BURN quickly so it was a real challenge to find something that worked for me.

In conclusion

There are many different types of Tanning and Bronzing lotions out there. The one that works best for you will be determined by the outcome you wish to achieve. I wanted to give you the most up to date information from my experiences and findings. I am always open to new ideas and look forward to any input you may have? Please fee free to add comments or questions!

 

 

What Luggage to take on trip?

When preparing for a trip it is easy to get carried away with oneself. We never want to pack and then realize you are MISSING things you should have brought? The length of the trip and the size of the luggage do not always determine a good outcome!

Determining factors

The location of the travel will narrow down certain aspects of your attire;

  • What is the weather?
  • What are some events you wish to see or partake in?
  • Who is going?

These factors play a key role in determining what things you will need and thus what luggage works best? I try to travel as often as time and money allows, as there are so many things to see out there. Obviously time and money do not always allow me to do the things I wish to do.

So may times I just take short weekend trips and try to get away from the RAT RACE that seems to be a constant thing these days? It is surprising that just this short and most times inexpensive BREAK can bring a calming effect over me. The saying goes “It’s the little things” has never meant more to me then NOW.

Hard Shell versus Soft Shell

I myself like my things to remain undamaged when traveling. I have also worked at Airports before so I have a little inside knowledge. I am not trying to BASH the airport baggage handler here!! They have a very difficult job and to be honest I would not want to be required to work in 100+ or -30 degree temps on a daily basis! Not to mention they have very little time in between flights to get things organized and unloaded/loaded to begin with.

Although Soft shell luggage may be easier to handle at times it doesn’t provide the PROTECTION that a Hard shell does for obvious reasons. There are so many types of both it can seem overwhelming. You can research till your hearts content and still not understand which one is best for you as I did? I also found that in my youth carry on luggage was not that big of a thing. Then time takes its toll on us and WHEELS were made for a reason!

So I concluded that the Hard shell with Wheels was the way to go for me. Here comes the mass amount of information stating one brand or style is better than the other research journey. I spent a lot of time digging into this, and actually trying different types and brands to see what worked best for me. Here is a link:Luggage

Brand names

Although Brand names are great as it shows they have been around for a long time and thus can be trusted, it was just one of the factors I included in my research. I needed longevity as money does not grow on trees, I do not have a problem PAYING for something but I expect it to LAST as long as it can! I really don’t want to have to FIX anything that should not need fixing in the first place.

Most times I travel with two people, Angie and I. I am a Marine so I know how to get along with pretty much NOTHING but now I should not have to! She has come a long way from the time we met 7 years ago to now I have to admit, (plus she may read this). I know Women are very particular about certain items and such and I too have come along way (see you can teach on OLD dog new tricks).

It did hurt a little to find I really didn’t want to CARRY our luggage whatever type it was around the airport. Often times around and around the airport seems more like it? But I realize all good thing come to an end so Wheels it was. Here two comes another issue. What type? How Many? Really! How about ones that work and go where I pull the luggage, let’s start there. I found FOUR, MULTI-DIRECTIONAL OVERSIZED SPINNER WHEELS created effortless mobility and they are re-engineered to be lightweight to be the best for me. Luggage

Quantity

Ok so now I have determined which direction I want to go now how many do I need? This will again reflect back to your Determining Factors part. I travel with two people so depending on the other factors I usually can get away with two pieces of luggage maximum for extended trips most times one for all others. How you pack is another important part of the equations. There are many ways to fold your clothes and how many and what kind can play a factor in deciding? When I am on the motorcycle I find Rolling will allow you to pack more and the ever important issue WRINKLES are a non factor if done correctly. Here are a couple links on how to: Bundle Pack :Rolling versus Folding

There is also a need to ensure thatt least one bag fits certain requirements at the airport such as (meets carry-on size restrictions for those traveling domestically and looking to stay light). I also found it beneficial to have whatever luggage you have be secure or able to lock, not that I don’t trust people but things happen. It is always better “to have and not need then to need and not have so the luggage should also have EXPANSION capabilities to allow you to pack more items and compression which keeps clothing neatly pressed.

Conclusion

After research and of course trial an error I believe I have found some luggage that will not break the bank, provide the longevity that I require as well as have style. I hope this helps you on your journey to explore the places you have always wanted and allows you to bring the necessities you will need! If you have any other suggestions, ideas or comments please feel free to let me know as this is an ever developing product and Knowledge is POWER. Take a look at my findings.

Happy Trail

LeeH

Founder of toprtravelvacations.com

Where to stay when traveling?

I have found there are many variables to this question. I try to put them in order and depending on YOU that order will vary significantly. The important items I try to cover are as follows:

  • Where are we going?
  • Who am I traveling with?
  • What do I want to see?
  • How long will I be staying?

Once I get an idea of the above variables I can try to organize a plan to accomplish my GOALS. Everyone is different so your variables will reflect what you believe to be important.

Short Stays

When we went to Sturgis a few years ago, the GROUP consisted of 5 people traveling together. We decided to trailer the Motorcycles and spend time in a couple of places to get the most out of the trip. This was a TWO-WEEK vacation. Now as we all know YOU CAN’T PLEASE EVERYONE! So I spent a great deal of time again researching things to see as well as best places to stay.

It was a diverse group ranging in age and interests so that just added to the complication of finding something for everyone? So I made up a list of places around Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and started digging up information, yes there is a LOT of information out there, most of which had nothing to do with what I was searching for of course?

Since we were trailering the bikes we stayed at a few Hotels on the way to Sturgis Sout Dakota. I looked on online via my trusty IPHONE what was available once we started to get tired. I booked online while traveling before we arrived to attempt to have a smooth transition from being PACKED in a Jeep Wrangler with 5 people towing a trailer with 2- Harley Davidson Touring bikes and a converted Kawasaki Trike, and of course one of my friends found a LARGE bench that she just had to buy and take back for her boyfriend. Now is the time to probably mention you really need to LIKE the people you are traveling with A LOT to do it this way!!!

Extended Stay

I am not a HUGE fan of large crowds and of course the Sturgis Rally is one the largest Rally’s I’ve been to. We decided to stay OUTSIDE of the area. This would allow us the opportunity to SEE the events yet afford us the peace and quiet I would need after the stress. Don’t get me wrong, I love to ride and see new things, I just don’t like LIVING in my rear view mirror trying to make sure everyone is still ALIVE and caught up with the rest of us. Everyone has their own comfort zone as far as how they drive, be that a car or a bike. So it is not always easy to STAY TOGETHER especially in areas you are not familiar with. GPS for Motorcycle

We chose to stay in Lead SD which is about 17 miles away. The place I looked up on AIRBNB was fantastic!! It had Three bedrooms, kitchen, living room, downstairs entertainment area and the reason I booked it a Jacuzzi! My thought was what could be better than riding all day and seeing the sites, then returning to HOME BASE and grabbing a cocktail and relaxing in the Jacuzzi? We stayed here 4 nights at this location.

We went to the rally and saw the events. I had seen on a TV show Full Throttle Saloon many times so had that marked as a must see. It appears my luck back then was questionable to say the least, as the place had burnt down before we could see it in operation. They were however allowing you to walk through and take pictures as well as grab a drink and sit at one of the NOT BURNT tables they posted outside. Again it isn’t always about the destination but the journey and memories!

Destinations

There are many places we all wanted to see, one of these was the Grand Tetons in Wyoming. I really liked the ride to the top of the Grand Tetons in the cable car. The important thing to remember is we are riding MOTORCYCLES in August which is usually the HOTTEST time of the year, so we are wearing boots and Jeans for safety. Before we went to buy the tickets to the Top of the Tetons, I went back to my saddle bag and grabbed my Hoodie. Everyone was looking at me like I had lost my mind, its 103 outside right now. I know I am not a Rocket Scientist but as my Military training had drilled into my head the HIGHER up in elevation the COLDER it is, I tried my best to explain this but of course to no avail. It was breath taking literary and figuratively. Angie and I were nice and warm sitting on TOP of the WORLD, while my traveling companions shivered and shook in the 33 degree temp trying not to let me see their misery! Motorcycle Hoodie

Angie and I decided to walk back down the mountain as we had been riding most of the day and needed to stretch our legs. The trails are well-marked so no real problem following them. There should however be signs letting you know how far away your are from the next lift! This is a mountain you know! So we walked and walked took off our hoodies as it’s getting HOT, walked some more and finally came across the next lift to take you the rest of the way down. It isn’t for the faint of heart just so you know. The trails are for REAL HIKERS who are dressed accordingly! They are not all easy to navigate, some climbing over boulders and such are needed to ascend the MOUTAIN. First Aid  Kit

We decided Jackson Hole was the next stop and proceeded to have a nice ride everywhere BUT there due to my GPS that most have started drinking much earlier? It proceeded to take us down every GOAT trail that apparently Lewis and Clark couldn’t find? We are on Touring bikes and just so you know this is not the best idea in case you wanna try it? By the time we got our bearings straight the converted trike had broken one of the brackets that hold on the HELPER wheels and we had to turn around and go back to HOME BASE. Emergency Beacons

We did make it to Jackson Hole the next day minus the trike as it was now out of commission due to the Goat trails. We did the Snow King coaster it is a single or double person roller coaster type ride that you could slow down or just let it rip depending on your mood? Here is a link you can see for yourself what all there is to do there: Snow King Mountain Resort

Devils Tower

I remember watching Close Encounters of the Third kind when I was younger and I wanted to see it in person. So we packed up our things just like the Beverly Hillbillies and headed of that way. We stopped along the way to do a little horse back riding just on a whim. There was a little shack out in the middle of now where with a sign that read Horse Back Riding. So we dismounted our Iron Horses and went up to the shack. There was another sign that said we are on trail ride please contact office to make reservations.

We all agreed we really didn’t want to wait or come back as we had so much to see. While discussing our options LOW and BEHOLD over the hill comes a group of people on horse back. When they reached us the other visitors departed and I asked about riding. Well our bad luck must have taken its own vacation because they said they had a cancellation and we could ride right now! I have been Riding horses for a long time so this wasn’t a new experience but the views were incredible! On our ride we talked to the guides and each other, then when coming around a trailhead you look up and in the distance was the Devils Tower. I thought to myself, back in the old west days cowboys were out riding headed to the unknown and come across this THING out in the middle of NOWHERE. What would they have thought? Women’s Cowboy Hat  Men’s Cowboy Hat

 

Depending on the destination

So all of this was to try to get you OUT there and enjoy what life has to offer. You can choose anything that interests you and grab some friends and/or family members and hit the road. The World is your oyster. Try not to over think things and spend a lot of time researching as many of those things may or may not happen? Get an idea and swing for the fences, you only live once so why not start the next MEMORY now?

LeeH

Founder of topvacationtravel.com

Best Motorcycle Road Trips

There is always a question on where to go and what to do? Most trips be they planned or spur of the moment can take twists and turns that are sometimes Amazing sometimes Frightening. I try to view them all as a learning curve so I can use what went right or wrong later on down the line and hopefully avoid or improve the events.

What are some of the best motorcycle road trips? Well for some it is just the Ride and feeling of Freedom that comes from the trip itself, and for others it is all about the Destination. I can recall several trips that I was just Happy to have Survived till the end!

Planning the trip

Just recently my fiancé and I decided to take a trip on the Motorcycle. So as usual I spent about a week looking up sites and places to go. I even made and Excel worksheet that had the destinations, mileage and length of time it would take to get from one place to the other. I felt pretty confident about what I had accomplished! So we packed up the Bike for our trip it was going to be a week-long venture so packed fairly heavy and away we went.

Now here is where planning and Reality collide! I had forgotten that we were on the motorcycle with ALL of our stuff Strapped to the back out in the open. I have a travel bag several of them actually and it fits nicely right on the luggage rack behind the passenger. However, it does not LOCK so all you have to do is unstrap the hold downs and take the bag with you. Well that’s nice if it is your bag it is easy to remove, if it NOT your bag it still works the same way easy to remove and never see your stuff again!

So very first waterfall we reached was 1.5 mile walk to get to 3 miles round trip, so I locked up the bike, saddle bags and handlebars, looked over the Luggage that was nicely attached (but not locked) to the bike, and we started our journey. Motorcycle Luggage

You have to remember we are Riding so dressed appropriately for that, NOT hiking 3 miles. I wear jeans and boots anytime I ride just in case something goes wrong, better safe than sorry. So it is a little cooler than the surface of the SUN while on our little hike and we pass people going to the falls. Soon enough we came across a couple of younger folks on the way back to the parking lot. I asked how much further and they explained we were still a long ways away and probably wouldn’t make it back to parking lot before nightfall? Here is what we should have been wearing: For Women For Men

So in my mind I saw all of our belongings being taken and possibly even the bike itself and my better judgment took hold and around we turned headed back to bike. I am from Michigan and Detroit was where I spent a lot of time. I’m not saying it was a bad place just had some bad people in it back then so I don’t really trust people all that much. However, we reached the bike and our stuff was still intact. You become very Religious doing Motorcycle trips and I Thanked God for looking out for us!

Winging it

Well we tried to find a few other waterfalls and I now know what that song “Don’t go chasing waterfalls” mean as we did not find one. We did come very close to getting ran over by a pickup truck on the curves of AR though, so there is that. My fiancé was thinking outside the box and said ‘how about we go to San Antonio?” I had to stop for a minute and think, I asked what’s in San Antonio? She said the Alamo you have been wanting to go there for as long as I have now know you.

So I plugged in San Antonio to the GPS and off we went. What could go wrong? Well I do not watch the new that much as I haven’t seen anything good or even believable in I can’t remember when. Turns out there were riots and of course the Virus hitting pretty hard there. We didn’t have a place to stay and Angie (my fiancé) looked up places while we were riding she is a great multi tasker. She found the Riverwalk Plaza hotel and when we stopped to grab a bite she called and asked about vacancy and swimming pool. Swim Wear: For Women:For Men

Again Religion hit home and they had both, limited capacity for swimming due to well you now know. We stayed on the 4th floor, went to our room which had a door wall? Looked out door wall and there was the pool in all it’s glory. You had to call the desk and let them know you were going to pool so they could keep the count down on people in one place. Great place within walking distance to everything, even the Alamo. We Parked the Motorcycle right by the office and it was under a camera that they watched at the check in counter so really safe.

On the way Home

All good things come to an end and so did our vacation. We still had a few days to spare so Angie asked if I wanted to go to Gas Monkey Bar and Grill? I had watched the show and the episode where they found the location and for our trip to get it started. I said You Betcha and plugged into trusty GPS and off we went. It was a good thing the GPS knew where we were going because I had no clue. However, the fates aligned and we made it there safe! We had something to eat and a specialty drink and both were pretty good.

It was HOT of course so we needed to apply sun screen so we did not burst into flames! Angie removed her IWatch so she didn’t get the sun screen all over it, and placed it on the luggage rack while she sprayed herself down. I did the same thing and we were ready to begin again. Now as we were traveling down the road on our way to our next adventure she realized she had forgotten to put the watch back on after spraying. We pulled over and she called and they went out and looked and NO watch was found. IWatch For WomenFor Men

The next day however she received a call from the Manager of Gas Monkey Bar and Grille and they had found the watch and needed to now know if we were coming back to get it. We were almost home by this point so she asked if they could ship and we would be happy to pay the shipping cost and a Finders fee. They said neither were necessary and they shipped the watch to our house.

Either Or

As you can see by the story it really doesn’t matter which direction you chose to go, Ultimate Planning or Winging it the tales you will have and the memories that go along with them are PRICELESS! It is important to remember to ENJOY the time we have no matter what the outcome, I have found that things usually work out in the end. You now know the saying “Everything happens for a reason” well I am a firm believer of that NOW.

LeeH

Founder of toptravelvacations.com