Ride the Wilds in Berlin, New Hampshire and save $50 when you schedule a guided tour Monday – Thursday using our special coupon code! But first, this clown would like to tell you a little about today and the inspiration behind the $50 coupon code….

Truth be told, between all the rainy weather and some personal issues, I’ve had some shitty days! Most of us go through some sort of BS at some point or another, but this afternoon offered the best medicine for my pathetic disposition, hours of trail riding alone for the first time this year!

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE taking people out into our local trail system. Ride the Wilds offers up over 1000 of miles of interconnected trails in northern New Hampshire with some of the most beautiful mountain views! And I absolutely love showing people around God’s country!

What I meant about “alone” was that usually during midweek, there is hardly anyone out on the trails and it’s so freakin cool to be out there feeling like you almost have the place all to yourself! In fact, I only saw 3 other machines during my time out on the trails today!

It was a little chilly and cloudy (why I always dress in layers to be comfortable) but the recent rain made some sweet mud puddles to splash around in and it was just the best feeling to be out there today to take  in all the spectacular views I was surrounded by at every turn!

The Lake at Jericho Mountain State Park, was looking pretty ripe for a nice paddle in my near future!

But the best news came with my ability to make it over to Head Pond, where my favorite paddle area is found! I was recently on a social media page where many locals were telling me that this year there was no more public access to paddle there due to a recent private sale of the road. However, when I was only several feet from the pond today, who do I run into? The new owner Bob Chapman Sr.! We had a nice long chat (he’s such a great guy trying to make good things happen in our area) and long story, short, the gate on the Head Pond road will be opened soon for regular vehicle access to kayaking and fishing there as I wrote about in the previous post link above! Although I’ve taken 2 kayaks there in the Can Am via the trail system before, it’s much easier to bring them in with the pick up, so a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to Bob for this, and for supporting our Ride the Wilds trail system! If you haven’t thanked a land owner, PLEASE DO, because without their support, we lose our privileges!

Before leaving the Head Pond area I picked up some trash, and thought to myself yet again, why do some humans have to be such assholes!?? THIS is the shit that can ruin our Trail system, and I for one am watching for you and encourage others to do the same. If you see something wrong, speak up and report it. I know I will be. We all need to be better ambassadors for our sport! PLEASE Ride with respect!

Having said this, I choose not to end on a trashy note here, so this brings me back to my coupon inspiration. As stated earlier, after having a few shitty days, today was awesome (minus the trash, but I digress again) so I thought I’d share a little love/incentive for you to enjoy a midweek UTV Tour like I did today! For the rest of the season when you email me to schedule a UTV Tour Monday through Thursday, you can take $50 off the cost by entering the code 50midweek2019 in the comment section of your initial email! It’s that simple! All the UTV Tour details are located on that page link, but feel free to contact me with questions at anytime! I look forward to helping in any way I can!

While I’m waiting to hear from you, I’ll be busy riding, paddling, and planning our next visit to Las Vegas (hopefully in September to celebrate our fifth anniversary) and then I’ll be planning our trip to Mexico for next May to celebrate Michael’s 50th birthday! There are so many Future Adventures to plan! Life is good when you dispose of the trash and then focus on the good! Until we meet here again…

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Today as I held the snapshot that is still displayed in my living room, I was reminded about my memories from the Old Man of the Mountain. That famous profile that towered over the mountain edge of Franconia Notch in New Hampshire. That famous and distinct landmark that marked the White Mountains for centuries, until May 3, 2003. 

I was reminded how in an instant, you can miss an opportunity that will never present itself again. I was reminded that when you keep putting things off, those things don’t always wait for better timing like when the kids are older, or when I retire. Life happens and we don’t truly know what the future holds. Although this can apply to many scenarios, today I’m speaking specifically about the Old Man of the Mountain that was located in Franconia Notch, New Hampshire.

I was one of the lucky ones. I grew up exploring much of New England with my family and can remember my mom and grandmother pointing out the Old Man during our passes through the notch. It was always an exciting main attraction we eagerly looked forward to while we approached this area, a famous landmark that boldly expressed to us that we had finally arrived in the White Mountains of New Hampshire! My kids weren’t so lucky. They never got to see his face. I had always wanted to take them (we lived in Rhode Island at the time) but anyone raising a few young kids knows how busy life can get and how we can keep putting things off, because of that busyness/the lack of funds. I can remember being in our living room with the news on and hearing about the Old Man’s fall, and my heart sorta fell at the same moment, because now my kids would never get to see him. I was really saddened and deeply sorry that I had waited too long to take them.

Life is often like this when you keep putting things off. And the funny (OK, not funny) thing is that a few years later when I finally did take my kids up there, our family busyness and finances hadn’t changed all that much. The only thing that really changed is that I finally committed to make this vacation adventure happen. I stopped waiting and just made it happen. Only problem was we made this adventure happen without seeing the Old Man and my heart secretly ached because we had waited so long and now my kids missed seeing him. Life is short, time passes quickly, and when you wait too long, some things don’t wait for you. On days like today, life continues to remind me of this. RIP Old Man, I will always remember you. Thank you for all the great memories, and the lessons about not putting things off!

There are so many things to see and do in this world, don’t wait until it’s too late for you to experience your adventure! Plan your next adventure and just make it happen! We can help! Visit our Future Adventures page and email us anytime with any questions, until we meet here again…

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A day in the life of a trucker. Not all days are the same. It’s often a stressful and lonely job being a car hauler, maybe you’ve seen those 18 wheels out on the highways stacked with new cars and trucks heading to dealerships. Please give these ladies and gents a break when you can and try to remember we can’t maneuver the roads the way your smaller vehicle does. Especially after spending hours in the cold rain (or snow) loading each vehicle onto the carrier and we’re trying to finish a 10-14 hour day back at the hotel (or sleep in a rest area) we don’t appreciate people who cut in front of our open space and then hit their breaks, just because they don’t want to be behind us! We need that space for safety reasons and when this happens, it’s potentially ****ing dangerous! It’s dangerous to you, us, and the other people around us! So, please do everyone a favor and miss your exit, or whatever, because it’s not the worth the risk of us potentially driving right through you!

Having expressed this rant of frustration about life out on the roads (1 reason why I prefer riding in the woods) yesterday was a good day. We totally stopped to smell the roses on our required 30 minute break. OK, it was a bit longer than 30 minutes, but enjoying the journey of life is key to any profession (or happiness in life, period) and we don’t do this every time. One very good reason we don’t often get to do something like this is because it’s not easy to find parking for these rigs, but after driving by the The Brick Store in Bath, New Hampshire for years, yesterday we decided to stop and check it out and so glad we did! Being the oldest continually operating general store in America, you can just feel this place oozing history, from the old bricks, to the quickly fading painted advertisements on the sides and back of this building.

If you’re in the area, please do stop and check out this awesome piece of history.

Take a moment to step back into time…

They have so many cool things to see and purchase, a sandwich deli serving Boar’s Head meat, cheese, homemade donuts and fudge you can sample. It’s a great place to stop for a picnic lunch outback by the covered bridge and waterfall!

Every new day offers an opportunity to explore and enjoy your journey with a new adventure. If you need some ideas, please check out our website, livefreeorride.com.Our signature offering is guided UTV Tours through the mountains of Berlin New Hampshire, in addition you’ll find information about locally recommended hikes and paddles, and also vacations to Las Vegas, Mexico and so much more. We offer options for almost everyone! If you enjoyed reading this, be sure to check out the other blog posts there and enter to win our completely transferable UTV Tour. Above everything else, no matter where you are or what you’re doing, remember to stop and smell the rose’s as many times as you can! That’s what makes life worth living and that’s what I’m here to remind you about, until we meet here again…

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