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Tips for Your Motorcycle Road Trip (Part I)

A motorbike road trip is a thrilling experience. Being alone with your thoughts on an exciting trip can be very interesting and should be done at least once in a lifetime.

It is vital to be prepared for your first solo bike road trip. Regardless if you bring your own motorcycle or are planning to rent one, take all critical aspects into account before you set out on the road. This can make the trip more comfortable and hassle-free.

Here are some crucial tips you shouldn’t miss:

Choose your ride wisely

If you are planning a road trip on your motorcycle, make sure it is a comfortable one. Of course, you can always make a couple of modifications to improve its comfort level. In case you are thinking to rent, make sure you choose your ride wisely.

Do your research and find the one you can easily handle and take care of. Bikes with a different handlebar, sharp headlights, softer seats, and guards are better when you are going on an off-road trip.

A great looking bike shouldn’t be the only thing that counts. To have a smooth and successful road trip, having the right ride is imperative.

Pack light

You can find an assortment of luggage carriers for motorbikes available today. The best ones are saddlebags, which can be simply fixed on the backseat or sides of the bike. Other great bag ideas include tank bags and tail-bags which include magnets to hug your tank right away.

Besides picking the right bag, you must also decide on your luggage very carefully. When going on a road trip on a motorbike always pack light. Get disposable stuff so you can dispose of it after use. Carry sachets instead of bottles for most of the things. Avoid having a lot of changes of clothes. Make a list and organize all the essential items before you pack.

Shipping Cattle to the Market by Rail

Have you ever watched those trail driving films and pondered what happened after the cattle were delivered to the railhead at Dodge City, Abilene, or Wichita? These trains were traveling 500 miles to Chicago and would have been grueling on the cattle, train crews and cowboys. How were they fed and watered along the way? Were they?

When one thinks of transporting millions of cattle hundreds of miles to a slaughter house and processing seems a little strange today but for more than a century that’s how it was done. The first rail car devoted to livestock with roof, slatted sides for air and a sliding door for access came during the 1860s.

Soon, the wood construction was exchanged by steel, food and water troughs were installed and pens were added to keep animals from crushing each other. A new stock car in 1880 was among the first practical designs to include amenities for watering and feeding the animals while in route.

In time laws were passed that required railroads to offload animals every 36 hours or so just so they could recuperate and stretch their legs. Livestock handlers could ride with their herds in cabooses.

The suffering in transit as a result of hunger, thirst and injury was thought to be inherent to shipping of cows over a great distance. Laws to prohibit this maltreatment weren’t active until the Federal Meat Inspection Act of 1906 was enacted.

How about when they got ‘em to market? The granddaddy of all the stockyards was the Chicago Union Stock Yards. They were processing three million animals yearly by 1870 and in two decades the number increased to nine million. That included cattle, sheep, and hogs. When it came to butchering hogs nothing was wasted. It was said they processed everything on a pig except the squeal.

Tips for Livestock Transporting

Livestock transportation should result in as little stress to the animals as possible, regardless if they are being transported to other farms or the abattoir.

Stress your livestock while transporting them and you could end up with unnecessary weight loss, or even contusions or other injuries that could lead to carcass rejections, diseases or even mortality.

Stress during transportation also has a bad impact on meat quality, which will upset your profits over the long run.

According to veterinarians, animals unavoidably lose some weight during transportation since they do not drink or eat during the trip. The main objective, though, is to make sure that they don’t lose weight due to dehydration.

It’s difficult to give a set answer for acceptable weight loss during transportation as you have to take into account the type of animal as well as its condition and age at the start of the journey.

Because they are ruminants, cattle typically have enough food in their stomachs to last two days without eating, according to animal medical professionals.

This is why the regulations are not the same for animals with one stomach, like pigs, which need to have access to fresh water once they have travelled over 50km. Recovery stops will also help to stop intra-cellular dehydration.

In the case of weaners, each stop usually lasts for two weeks, during which the animals are given water, fed, and are vaccinated. The break also lets the rumen adapt to concentrates.

Animals transported over very long distances, like from Namibia or Botswana to South Africa, have to be treated in a different way.

The industry codes specify that sheep and cattle may be transported for no longer than 18 hours, after which they need a break of at least two days before the journey starts again.