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16 February 2023

A brand new season of Itchy Boots Adventures and I am going back to Africa! Africa is a big continent and the weather conditions can vary drastically, depending on location and season. I am beginning this journey in Morocco, traveling south. Because it's still the middle of winter when I'm setting off, I'll be wearing warmer clothing than you might expect for Africa! 

In this blog I am sharing the gear & equipment that I'll carry with me this season.  

Clothing - REV'IT!

I've been wearing REV'IT! Motorcycle gear for years now and I am proud to be a REV'IT! Ambassador. For the past 2 years, I have been wearing their  Dirt Series  line of adventure clothing and I am in love with it. Made for adventure, these motorcycle clothes are extremely lightweight, strong and comfortable. I mainly like that they give me a lot more flexibility to move in when I'm off-roading. They are also CE certified and therefore safe to use on tarmac as well.

I am wearing the 'Proteus' protector body armor and Scram knee protection and on top of that, there is a variety of jackets and pants you can choose based on the temperature and climate you ride in. 

For Morocco and Mauritania, I was wearing either the red-black Jersey Trailblazer or the red Jersey Sierra on top of my body armor. Those matched best with the colors of my motorcycle!

As it was still winter in Morocco, I brought my black Jacket Component H2O. This is the same jacket I had with me in Canada and Alaska. This jacket is waterproof and kept me extra warm in the mountains. In case of serious torrential downpour, I am bringing the lightweight Smock Barrier

Now that I have reached Senegal and it is becoming much warmer, I am wearing the Jersey Scramble which is lighter and thinner to get more airflow while I am riding.

For season 7, I am wearing the camo grey Dirt Series Peninsula Pants which I first used for the Baja Rally. After a full 6 day desert race in Mexico the pants still look like brand new, so they're coming with me to Africa now! When I came back to West Africa after the rainy season, I started wearing the red Dirt Series Peninsula Pants.

The same goes for my motorcycle boots. These are the Expedition Boots, I've had these in the last season too and they are still in perfect condition. 

I'll be carrying three different motorcycle gloves with me. Three, you say? I normally carry two pairs of gloves with me, so I always have spare gloves with me. I won't ride my motorcycle without gloves, so they are a very important piece of kit.

Given the possibility of snow in the Atlas Mountains and very cold temperatures, I brought the first REV'IT! battery powered heated gloves with me : the Liberty H2O Heated Gloves. Now that I'm over the mountains and have headed into the West African desert, I have swapped to summer gloves. Those are the grey Dirt Series Caliber gloves. On top of that, for season 7, I've added an extra pair of very thin gloves in case of extreme heat. They are so small and light that they barely take up any space! Those are the red Dirt Series Massif gloves

During the 2022 Baja Rally, I rode with a neck brace because of the extra danger that comes with a desert race. Like with most of my protective equipment, I get used to it so quickly that riding without it afterwards just feels wrong. That's why I decided to keep my neck brace  and also wear it for my Season 7 adventures!

Helmet - Arai

You know what they say: Don't change a winning team! At the start of Season 7, I rode with the Arai Tour X-4. I strongly believe in the Arai values where safety is always the first priority. That's why I've even become an Arai Ambassador two years ago. Motorcycling can be a dangerous sport and the helmet is simply the most important piece of your personal safety gear.

When I came back to West Africa after the rainy season, I started riding with the brand new Arai Tour - X5, which is a completely redesigned helmet!  The Tour -X5 has a more rounded shape with a larger vision field and because it has a max vision visor, I can easily install a Pinlock. But I think the biggest upgrade is the new ventilation system, making it more comfortable to use in hotter climates.

Like several seasons before this, I am still happy with the extra goggle set up on my helmet. I've again installed a quick release system so I can easily unclip my goggles. 

Luggage System - Mosko Moto

Ever since I switched from aluminum panniers to soft luggage, I've never looked back. Now I simply can't imagine all the extra weight that goes with aluminum panniers and pannier racks!

For years in a row now, I have been adventuring with the Reckless 80 Mosko Moto bags. In the world of soft luggage, I don't think any brand understands this better than Mosko Moto. Their gear is just the smartest and toughest! 

The total volume that I carry in the Reckless 80L Revolver (V3.0) is 84 liters : 2 Drybags of 25 liter each,1 Stinger 22L mailbag, 2 removable 4L dry bags and 2 small 2L Molle pouches. 

For a Tankbag, I am using the Hood tank bag (V1.2) again. Inside of it, I have a GIVI USB charging station which is connected to the motorcycle battery so I can charge small devices.

Navigation System

When I was at the Baja Rally, I met Willem Avenant and he was using this tablet at the rally. You can use it for rally racing but it is an Android supported device, so you can use any regular open source navigation app. Here is the link to his website.

That's it - the most important pieces of gear and equipment that I am using in this season. Compared to previous seasons, I am also working with new cameras and drone equipment, which I talk more about in my Itchy Boots Academy. So if you are serious about film making and motorcycle vlogging - check out this page for more information! 

 

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Congrats on 4th in the debestseller60 this week.

So many interviews!

Grello  | 

Hi Noraly,
I've been following your adventures for years and you have inspired me to launch a YouTube Channel myself with a little bit of a twist on the motorcycling experience. You see I have severe Psoriatic Arthritis and the key to living a good life with it is eating right and contrary to popular belief exercising as much as possible!! So I started a channel with my motorcycle experiences, among others things I do (I even feature your inspiration in my intro about my personal story if you can't sleep one night and are looking for something to watch lol) about 6 months ago to try and inspire others like me with Arthritis to listen to that little voice inside their heads and get out there and help themselves, meds are less than half the solution. I hope by seeing me do things (@60 years old) they too will get up  and do more things that they enjoy, the more they do the better off they will be.
To give you an idea of the challenge day to day the meds alone for severe cases require refrigeration and the last one I was on was injected every two weeks. Somewhat limiting in taking off for a motorcycle adventure like yours! Unfortunately that one gave me three types of skin cancer within a month, a known side effect but the med was great while it lasted. But that's dealt with and I've been fine for 3 years. But on to newer meds and these ones although needing to be refrigerated only require an injection every TWO MONTHS. Very liberating.
Why am I telling you this, certainly not a poor me thing, I'm fine! I thought you would be interested in the cascading effect of your inspiration. You're inspiring others in so many ways and this is just one of the hidden ways you help others, hopefully if I'm somewhat successful you'll have made a difference to people with Arthritis too.
I switched over to Instagram to follow you there based on your last short video, and there you mentioned your newsletter, so here I am!
Get well soon, YouTube is just not the same without you,
I'm so looking forward to Season 8!!!!
All the best,
Colin

P.S. So glad that Alaska made it home too!

Arthritic.Adventures  | 

Wonderful to see you reunited with Alaska. Glad the recovery going well. Best wishes with the book launch.

As a one of your newer fans its hard to adjust to not having 100+ episodes a week to watch ;-)

Grello  | 

Hi Noraly,

I hope you continue to recover after that unfortunate incident and mainly with all the therapies that will allow you to return in a few more months andcontinue with season 8 as you have told us.
Now totally dwdicated to the launch of your book and the start of activities in your new bakery/coffe-shop business
Move forward with optimism and a lot of determination as you have shown us in your videos.
Good luck, confidence and lots of positivity.

Take care of yourself!!!

Miguel MAK  | 

Noraly, Glad you survived yer' lil offroad incident! Most of us who ride offroad have fallen MANY times! Injury is always possible,
& unfamilar territory always problematic.(Slower is SAFER!). Correct technique is ESSENTIAL tho' & ALL trail obstacles(up or down)
ie. LOGS,trees & ditches MUST be crossed @90deg. angles!! To be safely negotiated! Even if wheelied over, rear wheel will follow obstacle, till arriving @90deg. resulting in fall, even experts cannot avoid!! Goin' WAY back yer' TRIALS school fall, almost impossible/negotiate. Your fall in Spain wi. Charly in Pyrenees/Andorra. & in South America?(log crossing.). Your gear still
saves/mitigates severity of injuries! You are WISE for employin' these items!! Fatigue is a HUGE issue tho' in LONG,long
journeys. There is a tendency to cheat a lil' & hope to get by. Even experts do this!! Your LONG journies tell the tale tho'(successfully!). You're PAST goin' round the World!!(mileage wise). We celebrate your journeys/travaille ALWAYS! your AMAZIN'
SPIRIT & perseverance is Astonishing!! You have LIT(re-LIT?)the FIRE in a Million or more hearts when the world grew DARK!(aft. pandemic). Perhaps SINGLE-handedly! We ALL owe you & your Family & new found friends Sooo Much! You show the World GOD(JESUS) made is STILL a VERY beautiful place! PLEASE get enuf' REST & HEALIN'(time), We all miss you Soooo much when you;re away!! Hope ta git your BOOK,A,S,A,P, as avail.(in english!)tho'*.
I still think yer' the BRIGHTEST young LADY I have EVER heard of!! "LIVE ta RIDE agin', OFFROAD RULES!!"
Till next time(A' Bientot!). J.f. Seguine, Aus.TX. (offroadin' since spring 1973'). Salut!
ps. HI! ta CHARLY!! & friends! (Ryan/Fortnine!) "Vive le MOTO!!!" & GOD BLESS all Y'ALL!"

JfSeguineIII  | 

Hi Noraly, I hope your convalescence continues in the best possible way, not to mention the many commitments you have from the official presentation of your book with its autograph, to planning the 8th season. Take care of yourself and you will see that your health and physical condition will return better than before. A big hug. Fabio

Fabio Speedy  | 

Hi Noraly,
I just received your newsletter and I'm so glad you are starting to feel better!!
I wish I could make it to your book signing and see Basanti but I'm afraid that will not be in the cards for me at the moment. I'm really looking forward to your book in English though to go on sale! I was even going to order your book in Dutch too even though I could not read it. I hope your book release on the 11th is a huge success! Will there be photos?
A Coffee Bar and Bakery, now that might be possible later on down the road! What a great idea. I have never been to Europe but the Netherlands would be easy for me to get to from here where I live in Alberta Canada.

Thank you so much Noraly, for keeping in touch and letting us know how you are and what is happening in your life!
Take care of yourself and I hope your health continues to improve!
all the best,
Larry

PostyUC  | 

Noraly,
I hope you are doing well in recovery and planning your next season of riding! While I miss your current content, I have continued re-watching the early episodes and it is a great way to stay connected with you. Again, I hope you are doing well and I anticipate your next adventure will be phenomenal. Also, I can’t wait to see what you have chosen to ride and what you do with Alaska!
Ride safe,
Willy

Willy’s Performance Cycle Center  | 

Take your time in rest and recovery!!! You've already given us the world - both for those who get to see it through your travels, and those who were never seen before. Thanks for everything!

Mitico  | 

Hey, I’ve followed you all season 7, I was gutted to see you fall but very happy to see you get up again!
Well done 👍🏻 and remember, even monkeys fall out of trees. Wishing you a speedy recovery!
I was wondering do you use armoured shorts under your Revit pants?

Stubedoo  | 
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