The weather is warming up, and it’s time to get back on that bike. Are you planning a long-distance road trip this spring or summer? Here are some ways that you can prepare:
1. Plan your route. Figure out where you want your final destination to be, and work your way from there. Mark out all the places you’d like to see, the places you’ll stop to eat, where you’ll lodge and the gas stations along the way.
2. Know your limits. You probably know how many miles you can go within a one day. This will help keep you on track, and allow you to build in some rest breaks.
3. Pack carefully. Check the weather conditions before you leave, and pack many thin layers (best if they are waterproof and well ventilated), but don’t over pack…no need to carry the unnecessary weight, and cheaper items can always be bought at convenience stores on your route. Along with a safety repair kit and first aid kit, keep snacks and water on hand as well.
4. Inspect your bike – or even better – get it serviced before you go, to make sure everything is in proper working order before you hit the road
5. Your road trip will take you to unfamiliar locations. Protect your bike with T3 Vehicle Security System. The T3 will alert you immediately if your bike is moved. Your phone will show GPS location, speed, and direction. You call the T3, press # and T3 connects you to the 911-Operator located closest to your bike and T3 can let police track the thief with real-time location of the bike. Learn more here.
Enjoy the ride!
T3 Tech Tip: An authorized emergency contact can call the T3 and the T3 will answer their call. The contact can have T3 make the 3-party call to 911 to explain the emergency.
Did you make a new year’s resolution to take more road trips this year? Whether you are looking for warmer weather, scenic views, amusement parks or wildlife discovery, here are three to start with now:
The Big Bend: Named after a large bend in the Rio Grande River, this park is located in west Texas and borders Mexico, covering over 800,000acres. Winter is a good time to set up camp if you are not a fan of the brutally high temps that come with summer. The weather varies in winter though, while it can be mild, subfreezing temperatures can also occur – so be prepared! While you’re there take the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, the most interesting of the paved sightseeing routes in Big Bend National Park, “giving the greatest variety of habitats, geology and a variety of interesting short walks and interpretive pull overs,” according to visitbigbend.com Plan here: https://visitbigbend.com/category/bb-national-park/
The Florida Keys: Want to get away from the arctic chill? Just keep driving south onto the Overseas Highway. The trip should take close to four hours from Miami to Key West. Take in the beautiful views as you cross over the Seven Mile Bridge that connects the Middle Keys and Lower Keys, and if you want to get out of the car for a bit, take a walk along the Old Seven Mile Bridge, where there is plenty of wildlife to spot. When you get to your destination, learn to sail, snorkel, and try some key lime pie. And if you’re a cat lover, you’ll want to visit the Hemingway House of Cats. For ideas on where to stop along the way, visit: https://travel.usnews.com/features/the-ultimate-florida-keys-road-trip
Southern California: Want to make everyone happy on your road trip? This one is loaded with everything from amusement parks to discovering the desert, to national parks, so everyone will be able to check something off their list. Create your detailed itinerary using suggestions found here: www.visitcalifornia.com/trip/ultimate-southern-california
For some road trip tips check out http://911tracker-blog.com/road-trip-tips/.
TECH TIP: When the T3 is in temporary Master Mode, T3 automatically sends text notification if vehicle ignition is either on or off but the vehicle starts moving.