Earning My Story – Trayvax

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If there is one thing this blog of mine has done, it has given me the ability to share my thoughts and feelings from not only the surface, but from a deeper sense within my helmet. I ride motorcycles and as you know this affords me time to reflect and delve into some of the more dusty corners in my head. And boy do I need to dust sometimes.

But this lifestyle of riding mostly year round makes you appreciate the good-weather days even more. Although the sun was shining on this morning’s ride in, the temperature was an alarming 19 degrees. Even with a ride like this I can find an opportunity to reflect and figure things out – and like my motorcycle – move forward.

…but it’s also a symbol of how we really want to be – free from all that clutter we carry with us throughout a normal work day. Is it possible to check our mental baggage?

As motorcyclists we seek that feeling of freedom and adventure. We know when riding our bikes it’s not unusual to carry only the minimum with us as space is a premium, but it’s also a symbol of how we really want to be – free from all that clutter we carry with us throughout a normal work day. Is it possible to check our mental baggage?

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Last week I received my new Trayvax Axis minimalist wallet in the mail. For those of you who haven’t heard of this company, I urge you to check them out. A few years ago I switched to carrying a typical wallet and moved to a much more user-friendly front pocket wallet for a variety of reasons. Mostly to lose the unnecessary stuff that found its way into my back pocket. I will say that after transferring my cards and cash to my Axis, this is the easiest wallet I have ever carried. Ever.

Trayvax is 100% made  in the USA produced in Bellingham, Washington. Mark King, owner and inventor of the Trayvax brand has a vision of adding 5000 jobs in the US and based on his passion and sense of purpose, I believe he is not only on his way to this goal but will exceed his own expectations. I hope so. I love Mark’s entrepreneurial spirit and I know with this kind of determination, this is only the beginning. He is showing us that it is possible to reach your goals both personally and professionally and live your dreams. Mark is earning his story through the stories of his customers but more importantly his story is one we can all relate to. And it doesn’t get more American than that.

Mark is earning his story through the stories of his customers but more importantly his story is one we can all relate to. And it doesn’t get more American than that.

Just like the pocket knife I’ve faithfully carried with me for the last 35 years, I hope to have my Trayvax Axis share the same life – experiences with me. I know it will as it’s built to last a life-time. After all, life is truly an adventure.

Check out this real life story of making a dream and a vision come true, and show your support by following along on social media and purchasing one for yourself or that someone special in your life.

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Ride 50 at 50 Part 2: This Just Got Real

Hands will be raised just like the laughter that will follow, and the memories will be born.

Adrian David Andy SFAs so the journey begins. It’s a simple concept, really. Pack a few things, jump on a plane, fly to America and rent three Indian Motorcycles. Once you land, it’s three weeks of riding highway 50 across the country with three of the best friends imaginable. Lot’s of 3’s here.

Nobody said it would be easy. Hell, even friendships can be hard at times, but adding the stress of where to stop and sleep and eat can just put each of you on your last nerve. Just remember, no matter how hard it is, every moment will be looked at and smiled upon once this epic ride is over. Hands will be raised just like the laughter that follows and memories will be born.

Adrian, Andrew and David are wheels-up on their way to America, and it’s about time. All of the anticipation and planning, logistics and doubts have all met in the intersection. This just got real. But soon you will find the rhythm of the road and I know the places and people you meet will bring it all together. Remember to breathe, but more importantly remember to put yourself smack-dab in the moment. Slow down and let this ride unfold into everything you want it will be.

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Please follow along on this ride of a lifetime. Three Amigos on Indian Motorcycles riding east to west on Route 50. It doesn’t get any better than that.

 

Moving Bodies and Souls – 110 Years

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One-hundred and ten years is a long time in anyone’s book, especially when it comes to building motorcycles. It’s hard enough to feel passionate about anything for so long let alone beyond generations. That’s why you have enthusiasts building motorcycles for enthusiasts because nobody else can. Some dreams die with the dreamers, but in the case of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company it has kept the dream alive in all of us. In a time when wool suits were the proper riding apparel to ride your motorcycle, Harley-Davidson has been there to see the transformation of the culture and lifestyle of bikers to where it is today. Roads were being built, highways were being connected and destinations became real. What started out as a different kind of transportation 110 years ago, became a form of recreation and a lifestyle for so many. A combination of steel and style moves a nation both physically and emotionally and Harley-Davidson Motorcycles have been there through it all.

Just as any company knows, as time ticks by there are ups and downs, twists and turns, but it turns out that is the exact same thing we enthusiasts seek out when it comes to the roads we travel. It is “the ride” that gets you through it and whether it’s business or pleasure, we take the road less traveled because it is who we are and always will be. Nobody said “the ride” would be easy, but if nothing else, it has always been fun. Moving bodies and souls at the same time was probably not something the Harley and Davidson boys thought much about, but that’s how things ended up. It is Harley-Davidson that represents this country in a way that only it can and it changes you. Freedom, Pride, Emotion and American are a few things that come to mind, and we haven’t even looked at what it’s done to so many from a life-changing experience – and Harley-Davidson Motorcycles change lives. It’s brought people together and created a community around the world to the point of being a universal language – and it knocks down walls that are invisible and man-made.

Nobody said it would be easy, because easy wasn’t a concern 110 years ago. You rolled up your sleeves and you worked hard. You got your hands dirty and you brought your lunch in a pale. You were happy to be working with your hands and you didn’t think about life 100 years from then; we still don’t. But we dreamed, and we still do. And it is dreams that makes this country great, so we keep dreaming. For every road we travel down on our Harley-Davidson, someone before us has traveled that same road on their Harley-Davidson. Whether your ride in Rome Italy or Rome Wisconsin, there’s a good chance you’re not the first one there with your motorcycle. But knowing that also gives you a sense of belonging to something greater than the road traveled. It was created by men with a dream and a willingness to chase that dream on the creation before them. Just like we do today.

It has become a passion for which we have no control over. That passion is transformed into an expression of who we are, and where we are going – both in the sense of motion and emotion. To say Harley-Davidson has changed the way we put our lives into perspective would be an understatement. Some things have no explanation, and we accept that. This motorcycle has helped people through their ups and downs and the twists and turns that life has thrown at them, and it has been a member of the family that has been passed on through generations. It is a symbol and extension of our inner selves that only we know, and that only a few can understand.

So we ride. We ride like those did 110 years ago, and those that will ride when we no longer can. I’ve seen where Harley-Davidson has been, but I can’t see where this road will take us, but I guarantee it will be a great ride. Here’s to 100 more years Harley-Davidson!