Sunday, February 1, 2015

Spartan Chassis introduces PremierCare Maintenance Plan

Plan Available Exclusively on Spartan Chassis-Equipped Motorhomes Sold by Motor Home Specialists
CHARLOTTE, Mich. -- Spartan Chassis, Inc. ("Spartan"), a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPAR), announced at the 2015 Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa, Florida, that it will introduce PremierCare - a free maintenance plan for your motorhome chassis - beginning in 2015.

PremierCare will initially be available exclusively at Motor Home Specialists in Alvarado, Texas, prior to the program expansion at a later date.

PremierCare - the industry's first and only three year* or 50,000 mile complementary chassis maintenance plan - is available on all units sold at Motor Home Specialists equipped with a Spartan chassis. The plan applies to the Foretravel Realm on Spartan's K3GT chassis, the Entegra Cornerstone on Spartan's K3 chassis and the Entegra Anthem and Aspire, both of which are on Spartan's MMGT chassis.

Now, one of the most reliable chassis on the market has a free maintenance plan to match. PremierCare is a worry-free guarantee for the first three years* of ownership. Owners can enjoy free scheduled maintenance, roadside assistance and 550+ North American service centers.

Spartan's PremierCare plan and the extensive services that protect your chassis can be performed with just three visits to a Spartan-authorized service center. Travel with confidence knowing all service and maintenance needs will be performed by a trained professional. Feel free to explore anywhere - with service centers throughout the U.S. and Canada, Spartan is always close by. Spartan Chassis believes a premier chassis deserves a premier maintenance program.

Spartan's PremierCare introduction is a component of the company's D.R.I.V.E. initiative, as it is about building excited customers and brand loyalists. Spartan prides itself on providing owners with superior customer service and care unattainable elsewhere.

D.R.I.V.E. is Spartan's operating strategy based on five tenets:
  • Diversified Growth
  • Redefining Technology and Innovation
  • Integrated Operational Excellence
  • Vibrant Culture
  • Excited Consumers/Brand Loyalists

* K3GT chassis includes three years (36 months) of free maintenance. K3 chassis includes two years (24 months) of free maintenance, not three years (36 months). MMGT chassis includes one year (12 months) of free maintenance, not three years (36 months).
About Spartan Chassis, Inc.Spartan Chassis, Inc. is a world-class leader in the engineering, manufacturing and marketing of chassis and aftermarket parts for emergency response, recreational vehicle (RV), defense and specialty vehicles. End users recognize and request the Spartan Chassis brand, which consistently delivers superior performance, exceptional safety ratings and innovations that distinguish us from the competition. Visit Spartan Chassis at www.spartanchassis.com.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Rollin' On TV video: Jayco, Thetford and Gulf Stream at the National RV Trade Show



In this episode (#2015-02), Rollin' on TV continue their visit to the RVIA Industry Show last December in Louisville, Kentucky with a look at Toy Haulers from small entry level models to large, luxurious fifth-wheels. The crew also visits the Thetford booth to see what's new for 2015.

About Rollin' on TV
Now in its fourth year of production, Rollin’ On TV has become a leading RV, lifestyle television program reaching over 30 million homes on both cable and satellite TV. The weekly program is also available online. For additional information and for times and days the show airs, visit  www.rollinontv.com

Friday, January 30, 2015

RV Education 101 video: Dometic Portable Toilets for Tent Campers, Boats & Small RVs




Enjoy this video from Mark Polk of RV Education 101 on Dometic Portable Toilets for Tent Campers, Boats & Small RVs.

Here's what Mark had to say about his video:
In this informative RV video Mark Polk with RV Education 101 demonstrates the features and benefits of Dometic's 970 Series portable toilets. These portable toilets are the perfect solution for tent campers, boats and small RVs


RV Education 101 e-book series
As I've said many times, Mark Polk is my favorite RV expert. I'm pleased he and his wife, Dawn, have allowed me to sell his RV e-book series. E-books (electronic books) are immediately downloaded to your computer after you make the purchase. The RV Education 101 e-book series includes:
  • "The Original Checklist for RVers"
  • "The RV Book"
  • "RV Campground Basics"
  • "101 Tips for RVers"
  • "RV Care and Maintenance"
  • "Insiders Guide to Buying an RV"
  • "Winterizing & Storing your RV"
  • "RV Awning Use & Care"
  • "Deep Cycle Battery Care & Maintenance"
  • "RV Buyers Survival Guide"
  • "Complete Guide To: RV Towing, Weights, Hitch Work & Backing"
  • "Pop-Up Basics 101"
  • "Dinghy Towing"

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Report All Poaching hotline helps connect Michigan DNR conservation officers with the public

The sign – Law Enforcement Communications Section – is as nondescript as the standard office door on an unadorned white wall deep within the recesses of Constitution Hall in the state government building complex in Lansing, Michigan. But inside that secured door is a non-stop center of activity: the RAP Room.

The RAP (Report All Poaching) Room is staffed 24/7 by as many as seven personnel at a time. It is the main link between the public and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division.

During hunting season peak activity, Lt. Steve Burton oversees
the daily operation of as many as six dispatchers manning
the RAP (Report All Poaching) Line. (DNR photos)
The Report All Poaching hotline was created in 1980 when the state Legislature designated a small percentage of the money raised by hunting and fishing license sales toward developing an easy method for citizens to report illegal hunting and fishing activity to the DNR. It has grown into a 1,000-square-foot room, outfitted with the kind of high-tech equipment one often finds at county or state regional dispatch centers. At each of the workstations, six computer dispatchers working in the RAP Roomscreens give dispatchers as much information as they could possibly need to direct the state’s conservation officers to the scene of a complaint – and what the COs need to know once they get there.

Computer screens display information on the current location of COs (through the GPS monitoring equipment on their patrol vehicles), as well as access to the state’s Law Enforcement Information Network, the state’s licensing records, the radio system, the Internet, and even the criminal history of those whom the COs contact. 

“Our dispatchers try to gather the best information they can and send it to the officer as quickly as possible,” explained Lt. Steven Burton, who runs the RAP Room as part of his duties. 

Each of the roughly 6,500 criminal complaints that come in by phone call or the Internet into the RAP Room each year is recorded. Some of them are so vague or untimely that nothing can be done to resolve them, but the DNR’s success rate in responding to these complaints is outstanding. So far, nearly 30 percent of the complaints (5,665 through the beginning of deer season) this year have resulted in an arrest.

“Recently, we’ve made quite a few illegal deer cases,” Burton said. “We are well upwards of $50,000 in reimbursement to the state and many of those cases haven’t been completed, as they are still under investigation.”

As many as 50 percent of the calls that come into the RAP Room do not involve a criminal complaint, Burton said. 

“We get a lot of calls about general rules or policy or people just seeking information,” he explained. “When people want information they often call the RAP line. We encourage these types of callers to try their local offices first, as this frees up phone lines for ongoing criminal complaints.”

“Our dispatchers are required to know all of our laws, rules and regulations – hunting and fishing, ORV, marine safety, land use – even environmental laws,” Burton said. “Lots of laws.”

The RAP Room is busiest from October through December, during hunting season, Burton said, with seasonal bumps during other periods of high outdoors activity – fish migration seasons, holiday weekends, snowmobile season, etc. Calls tend to come in most often during early-morning hours or the first hour or so after dark, he said, though they filter in all day long.

“Noon is busy, too,” Burton said. “People who don’t have cell phones and are out hunting in the morning might make their calls when they come in for lunch.” Calls also come in after people return home from work for the same reason. 

Conservation Officer Terry Short uses a plat map to cross-
reference information he receives from the RAP (Report All
Poaching) Line dispatchers while on patrol during deer
season in Menominee County. (DNR photos)
Dominique Clemente, a RAP Room emergency dispatch supervisor and an 18-year DNR veteran who has spent 16 years working at the hotline, calls it an interesting job. “It’s never the same day twice,” said Clemente, adding that the line receives a wide variety of complaints, including an occasional supposed Sasquatch sighting.

Sometimes it takes some coaxing to get the information they need out of callers, Clemente said. Callers are reminded to stay patient during the call as dispatchers ask very pertinent questions related to the specific crime being reported.

“They want us to know about something illegal that’s going on but they don’t want to be a snitch,” she said. “I just remind them the violator is stealing from you and me.” 

Conservation officer in vehicleRewards also are offered by the Report All Poaching program. Information leading to an arrest for a hunting or fishing violation reported through the hotline can net a caller up to $1,500 or even more depending on the case. 

Clemente said the staff’s main concern is giving the conservation officers the best information they can to help them do their job effectively and safely, though they do their best to satisfy the customer, too. In many cases, that involves answering broad questions – such as where’s a good place to fish – or advising some callers that their reported complaints are, in fact, not crimes. “The best we can do is point someone in the right direction,” she said.

Lt. Steve Burton and dispatcher Jarrod Fletcher work out the
details of a call to the RAP (Report All Poaching) Line.
As with any other office, the RAP Room is constantly changing, taking advantage of new and emerging technology. Right now, Burton said, the staff is figuring out how best to take complaints sent in by text messaging. A person sitting in a blind may not want to make the noise of the phone call, but is willing to text in a complaint. Other states have adopted this method of reporting violations and have seen a surge in contacts with the public. “I think it will increase the timeliness of our response, as well,” Burton said.

Besides interacting with the sporting public, the RAP Room also takes phone calls from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Pollution Emergency Alerting System. This line alerts the DEQ to emergency spills and releases in Michigan.

More than a dispatch center, the RAP Room is a lifeline for officers patrolling remote areas of Michigan, often participating in critical search and rescue operations involving lost children, hunters or imperiled boaters on inland waterways or the vast waters of the Great Lakes. 

Being a conservation officer is a demanding job. It takes focus, dedication and professionalism. Every day a primary concern of the RAP Room is to ensure that all Michigan conservation officers return safely at shift’s end to their families and communities. Those dispatchers play a vital role in Michigan's natural resources protection team. 

To report a natural resource violation, please call the Report all Poaching hotline at 800-292-7800. To learn more about the work of conservation officers or to access the online RAP reporting form, visit www.michigan.gov/conservationofficers.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Video: A Long Look at the 2015 Jayco RVs



Enjoy this video from Jayco showing most of their travel trailers, fifth-wheels and motorhomes, including the Jay Feather, Pinnacle, White Hawk, Seneca, and Precept.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

RV Cooking Show video: Outback eggs on the BBQ



In this episode of the RV Cooking Show, host Evanne Schmarder continues her trip to Australia to the BIG4 Aussie Outback in Charters Towers as she explores the area's mining history and puts Phantom Farms' Farmer Carl Walker's capsicums to work with outback eggs on the BBQ.

About The RV Cooking Show
The RV Cooking Show takes viewers on adventures to some of the most sought-after or interesting but little-known RV locations in the country and then creates a healthy, easy, delicious destination-related dish in host Evanne Schmarder’s RV kitchen. I strongly encourage you to visit The RV Cooking Show's website, follow them on Twitter (@RVCookingShow), like their Facebook page, subscribe to their YouTube Channel and follow the show's Pinterest boards, You can also keep up with Evanne on The RV Cooking Show's blog.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Incrediblanket stakes a claim as 'World's Best Outdoor Blanket'



The Incrediblanket from ABC Blankets Inc. is a major upgrade from the traditional picnic blanket. Entrepreneur and designer Chris Treister has confidence that his newest product will gain traction with everyone who loves spending time outdoors. To enable the first full-production run of the Incrediblanket, Treister has launched a Kickstarter campaign that has already blown past the funding goal of $10,000.

"We've spent two years refining the basic design of the Incrediblanket," explained Treister. "Today, the prototype is essentially perfect, and all we need is help from the community to make this vision a reality. People who've seen the blanket in person are instantly curious and want to know how they can get their own. Along with our successful Kickstarter, we've also secured some traditional funding to help make full production possible."

The uniqueness of the Incrediblanket's design lies in its patent-pending, built-in ground stakes. Functionally similar to tent stakes, four ground stakes are concealed under Velcro flaps at each of the blanket's corners. Hand pressure is all that's needed to drive each one firmly into place. The ground stakes prevent the usual twisting and folding that happens with regular blankets, especially when children run back and forth over them.

In addition to its convenient ground stakes, the Incrediblanket boasts a waterproof bottom layer. Even on wet sand, moisture won't penetrate the blanket, nor will dirt and debris stick to the blanket when it's time to pack up. Speaking of packing up, the Incrediblanket folds up smaller than most typical picnic blankets, despite its added features.

The Incrediblanket doesn't skimp on portability and convenience; it can be stored in the garage or in a car for quick access – an impromptu picnic, a day at the beach or sporting event, or simply an afternoon in the backyard are all made easy.

For a pledge of only $27, backers of ABC Blankets' Kickstarter campaign will receive an Incrediblanket from the first production run. Larger pledges naturally earn larger rewards. Campaign backers can expect their rewards by April 2015. Looking further ahead, ABC Blankets has deals already in place with retailers to carry the Incrediblanket.

About ABC Blankets Inc.
Company founder Chris Treister grew up in sunny Southern California with a passion for the outdoors. His beautiful wife Suzy and their three "energetic" children love going on picnics at the park or beach, and Chris and Suzy also enjoy snowboarding, hiking, mountain biking and camping.

Chris has always had the entrepreneurial bug. Even as a teen, his proverbial "wheels" were always turning, thinking of ways to improve upon existing products or services. He is extremely passionate about this new venture and expects that the Incrediblanket will be in everyone's home or car within the next few years.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Minnesota DNR:Reservations due soon for seasonal and monthly camping

Those who want to stay longer than a week or two at a Minnesota state park should act now to nab one of the few campsites available for longer stays, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

At a limited number of state park campsites, visitors can stay for a whole month or even a full season. Reservations for these opportunities in 2015 are due by Saturday, Jan. 31.

For pricing and other park-specific information, or to submit a request to reserve a site, prospective visitors can call the phone numbers listed below or check the DNR website at
www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/extended_stay.html.

Nine Minnesota state parks have monthly and seasonal openings for camping in 2015.

  • Big Stone Lake State Park (320-839-3663) in Ortonville will offer monthly and seasonal camping from May 1 to Sept. 6 at two sites with an electric hookup.
  • Hayes Lake State Park (218-754-2200) south of Roseau will offer monthly or seasonal camping from May 8 to Sept. 6 at seven sites with electric hookups.
  • Kilen Woods State Park will offer monthly and seasonal camping from May 22 to Sept. 6 at three sites with electric hookups. Call Phil Nasby at 507-831-2900, ext. 225, for information.
  • Lac qui Parle State Park (320-734-4450) in Montevideo will offer monthly or seasonal camping from May 1 to Sept. 6 at three electric campsites and one with a full hookup to water, sewer and electricity.
  • Lake Bronson State Park (218-754-2200) near Hallock will offer monthly or seasonal camping from May 8 to Sept. 6 at five electric sites.
  • Myre-Big Island State Park (507-379-3403) in Albert Lea will offer monthly or seasonal camping from May 1 to Sept. 6 at four campsites, three of which have electric hook-ups.
  • Old Mill State Park (218-754-2200) near Thief River Falls will offer monthly or seasonal camping from May 22 to Sept. 6 at seven sites with electricity and water. 
  • Rice Lake State Park (507-455-5871) in Owatonna will offer monthly or seasonal camping from May 1 to Sept. 6 at three campsites, two of which have electric hook-ups.
  • Upper Sioux Agency State Park (320-564-4777) in Granite Falls will offer monthly or seasonal camping from May 1 to Sept. 6 at two campsites, both of which have electric hook-ups.

If demand exceeds availability at a particular park, a lottery will be held on Monday, Feb. 2, and the park will notify applicants whether or not they were selected. If sites are available after this date, they will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis. No preference will be given to monthly or seasonal campers from prior years.

For monthly campsite reservations, the entire monthly fee is due by Friday, April 17. For seasonal campsite reservations, a one-month down payment is due by Friday, April 17, and the remainder of the seasonal fee is due when visitors arrive to check-in.  If a lottery is not necessary and sites are available after Jan. 31, the monthly fee must be paid at the time of reservation to hold the site.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Michigan DNR announces opening of Fred Meijer Clinton Ionia Shiawassee State Trail

The Fred Meijer Clinton Ionia Shiawassee Trail provides 42
miles of hiking and cycling opportunities through three counties.
The Michighan Department of Natural Resources today announced that the 42-mile Fred Meijer Clinton Ionia Shiawassee State Trail officially is complete and open to the public.

The highly anticipated pedestrian and bike trail runs from the city of Owosso (Shiawassee County) to the city of Ionia (Ionia County), where it connects to other trails to form a 125-mile regional trail system.

This trail project spans three counties and will provide opportunities for communities to connect their local trails and businesses to the State Trail Network. The construction included repair and replacement of several trestle bridges, asphalt paving within the towns and compacted limestone surfacing between the towns. The DNR will finish the last few features such as edge restoration in spring, when the weather is more conducive to construction.

Improvements to the Fred Meijer Clinton Ionia
Shiawassee Trail include asphalt paving
between towns, as shown here.
“This trail has really been a great collaboration and many people are anxious to get out for a walk or a bike ride on the Fred Meijer Clinton Ionia Shiawassee State Trail,” said Ron Olson, chief of the DNR Parks and Recreation Division. “It’s a very exciting addition to the Michigan State Trails system, and the DNR is grateful to MDOT, the Meijer Foundation, Mid-West Michigan Trail Authority, our local communities, Friends groups, and all the other partners for their support throughout the project.”

Formerly belonging to the Central Michigan Railroad, the rail corridor was purchased in July 2007 by the Michigan Department of Transportation and the DNR with funds from the Federal Transportation Enhancement Program and Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.

An official grand opening celebration will be held by the Mid-West Michigan Trail Authority, Friends of the Fred Meijer Clinton Ionia Shiawassee State Trail and other partners in spring 2015. The DNR will announce details about the grand opening via press release and email subscription. Visit www.michigan.gov/dnr to sign up for email updates.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Timber Ridge RV & Recreation Resort acquires closed amusemet park

TraverseTicker.com photo
Below is an excerpt from an article posted by The Traverse Ticker. Read the original report.

The owner of one of Traverse City's most popular recreational sites could breathe new life into a long-shuttered amusement park in Interlochen.

Gordon Wagner, owner of Timber Ridge RV & Recreation Resort, has purchased the former Fun Country property on US-31 in Interlochen. The 40-acre parcel includes waterslides and equipment, mini-golf course and a 2,058-square foot, four-bedroom home.

Wagner told Beth Milligan of The Ticker that he his interest in the Fun Country property stemmed from a “combination of things,” including equipment he could “possibly relocate” to his East Hammond Road park. Asked if putting the site's waterslides into use at Timber Ridge is one possibility, the owner affirms yes, though he says he needs to ascertain their condition first to determine whether that's a realistic scenario.

Wagner says he's particularly interested in the wooded back half of the property. “I looked at a seasonal RV park as a logical idea for that area,” he says. “It's a half mile back, so you could put a commercial development on the property up front (along US-31), and it wouldn't even bother the back. If I did something like that, I could run an easement road back there (to access the park).”

Though Wagner stresses all possible uses for the park and its assets are still in “the very early stages,” he's open to exploring the full potential of the property.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Detroit Camper & RV Show, Feb. 4-8, shaping up to be ‘best ever’

The “stars are lining up” for the 49th Annual Detroit Camper & RV Show to be one of the best ever, organizers said.

Sponsored by the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC), the Detroit Camper & RV Show is Feb. 4-8 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Mich. (located on Grand River, between Novi Road and Beck Road).

“If our show can be anywhere near the success of the shows in Cleveland, Tampa and elsewhere, we anticipate one of our best shows ever,” said Bill Sheffer, MARVAC’s director and the show manager. “With gas prices going down, interest rates staying down and the consumer demand for RVs at an all-time high – not to mention the 10,000 to 15,000 Baby Boomers retiring every day so more and more people are interested in the RV lifestyle – the stars are lining up. It was a good 2014 and 2015 is shaping up for us to have another good year.”

More than 300 units from 14 dealers will be on display, plus 52 vendors and their exhibit booths, to take up all 214,000 square feet of available showroom floor. All types of new 2015 recreation vehicles will be there—over 275 units and 50 brands displayed including folding campers, motor homes, travel trailers, truck campers, fifth wheel travel trailers and toy haulers, ranging in price from $6,995 to more than $400,000. 

Two new RVs will be at the Detroit show for the first time – the Cricket, a space-age looking trailer built by Taxa Inc., a Houston-based company formed by a NASA design engineer, and high-end Entegra Coach Class A’s, including the Aspire, Anthem and flagship Cornerstone brands. The Entegra motorhomes, a division of Jayco Inc., will be brought to the Detroit show by TerryTown RV Superstore in Grand Rapids, Mich. The Cricket is being brought by Westland Camping Center in Westland, Mich.

In addition, booths featuring parts and accessories, campground information, on-site RV financing and RV rentals make this the complete RV show experience.

At the show, enter to win event tickets and camping packages for 2015 summer MIS events from the Michigan International Speedway (Winning package includes camping and tickets to an MIS event of your choice).

Discount admission coupon available at www.marvac.org, Big Boy restaurants, Biggby Coffee locations and in area newspapers. With this special coupon, all consumers can get $1-off any adult or senior admission.

Consumers can pick up the new 2015 RV & Campsite—the definitive guide to camping excursions and RV dealers in Michigan. 
 
The 49th Annual Detroit Camper & RV Show will be held in Novi at the Suburban Collection Showplace and is open weekdays 2-9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The cost for adult admission (ages 13 and up) is $10; senior admission is $9; children ages 12 and under are admitted free! Parking is not included in admission.

Consumers can call 517.349.8881 or visit marvac.org for additional information on the RV show.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Guest post: Bicycle Adventures encourages off-season training With Cycling in Death Valley, Cross-Country Ski Workouts in the Cascades

A seven-day Death Valley Training Tour beginning Feb. 8, 2015, is one of several mid-winter opportunities for bicycling enthusiasts to train and stay fit during the off season, thanks to leading tour operator Bicycle Adventures http://bicycleadventures.com/.

Accessed through Las Vegas, this training brings guests into the heart of the 5,219-square-mile Death Valley National Park spanning Nevada and California and into a salubrious winter climate. Participants enjoy seven days of coaching, individualized training and skill development while cycling an average of 60 miles daily. Included in the $2,595 per person* (double) rate are accommodation at Furnace Creek Ranch, most meals, bicycles, strength training and skills coaching. See: http://bicycleadventures.com/destinations/california-bike-tours/Death-Valley-Training-Tour. *NOTE: With some minor changes to the trip, Bicycle Adventures was actually able to lower the price for 2015 by $850 (last year’s tour was priced at $3,445.)

A second training tour is their Methow Valley Cross Country Ski Tour Feb. 8 to Feb. 22, 2015, designed for those who want to learn to cross-country ski, skate-ski or simply hone skills. Washington's Methow Valley is the nation's largest cross-country ski area, with over 120 miles of groomed trails. Tours are led by seasoned Bicycle Adventures guides and cross-country ski experts Teri Smith and Laurie Stephens. The per person double rate is $2,495 including accommodation, most meals, gear, instruction and training focusing on building a more athletic body and focusing on non-cycling weaknesses. See http://bicycleadventures.com/tours/ski-tours/Methow-Cross-Country-Ski-Tour---NEW!

California factors in again in February with a trip new for 2015, the Palm Desert Classic, with departures Feb. 2, 9 and 23 and again in October. The Palm Desert Classic tour is a five-day ride for all ability levels through Palm Springs, Joshua Tree National Park and the Coachella Valley. Accommodation is at the Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa. Lodging, most meals, bikes and guides are included in the $2,795 per person (double) rate. See: http://bicycleadventures.com/destinations/california-bike-tours/Palm-Desert-Classic---NEW!  Participants on the February 9 departure might also want to sign up for the 17th Annual Tour de Palm Springs, a one-day ride on Feb. 14, 2015.  The event, featuring thousands of riders, is designed to raise money for nonprofit organizations in the Coachella Valley.

In each season there’s a reason for introducing the body and mind to different ways of training, believes Todd Starnes, Bicycle Adventures’ Owner and President.
 
The biggest reason is to develop a more athletic body that admits a wider range of motion than dedicated cyclists may generally use. “Core training and developing upper body strength are a great start and help maintain cardiovascular fitness. And there’s a bonus! It keeps those winter pounds off while giving your body and mind a rest and diversion from cycling,” Starnes adds.
 
For more information and 2015 trip availability and reservations contact Bicycle Adventures by phone: 800.443.6060, email: office@bicycleadventures.com or visit online at: http://bicycleadventures.com/.

About Bicycle Adventures 
Scenic byways, four and five-star accommodations and local dining and visits to National Parks are trademarks of Bicycle Adventures, founded in 1984.  Types of tours include Classic (25-50 miles a day), Classic Plus (50-60 miles a day) and Epic (70+ miles a day with the most demanding terrain). Value-driven Frugal trips offer budget-conscious lodging and meals with full van support; Family tours offer multi-sport adventures and riding on safe, scenic bike paths.
 
Pre-set and custom tours embrace the Pacific Northwest into Canada, California and the Southwest, as well as Colorado, the Dakotas, New York, Hawaii, New Zealand, Spain’s Basque region and Taiwan. Excelling in its own backyard the Issaquah, WA-based company’s line-up includes a National Geographic ‘Tours of a Lifetime’ award-winning Empire Epic cycling tour from Washington to Montana’s Glacier National Park, urban adventures in Seattle and Portland and immersions into the craft beer industry in Oregon and Washington.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

RV Cooking Show video: Outback Eggs at Charters Towers BIG4 Aussie Outback



I'm pleased to bring you the first of what will be regular video contributions from the RV Cooking Show. Host Evanne Schmarder, an engaging and friendly person whom I've had the pleasure of meeting several times, says her RV Cooking Show is "a virtual cooking class on wheels."

This episode continues Evanne's trip to Australia. Farmer Carl Walker from Phantom Farms in Bowen, Queensland, Australia stopped by the Bowen BIG4 Coral Coast Beachfront Holiday Park with plenty of fresh produce and stories to tell.

About The RV Cooking Show
The RV Cooking Show takes viewers on adventures to some of the most sought-after or interesting but little-known RV locations in the country and then creates a healthy, easy, delicious destination-related dish in host Evanne Schmarder’s RV kitchen. I strongly encourage you to visit The RV Cooking Show's website, follow them on Twitter (@RVCookingShow), like their Facebook page, subscribe to their YouTube Channel and follow the show's Pinterest boards, You can also keep up with Evanne on The RV Cooking Show's blog.