In a perfect world we’re all spending a week at BMW’s Enduro Park Hechlingen, riding all day and drinking Bitburger all evening before heading into the sauna and massage room with chief instructor Helga. Actually you might be able to afford a nice RawHyde adventure in SoCal, but if even that is undoable, another beauty of the modern age is Youtube videos.

Here’s 1.5 hours of a couple of RawHyde instructors laying out the basics. Here’s Jimmy Lewis showing how easy it is to dig yourself out of deep sand. Here’s a fun one (of many) from the aforementioned BMW school in Germany… I wish I had watched a few of these before last week, really. Adventure riding does require new skills and more preparation, but the rewards of really getting away from the world are more than worth it.