I will freely admit I wanted a Build-a-Bear. As a guy, though, it isn’t like I can easily just walk into one without surrendering a few male-points. Lucky for me, I have a female friend with kids, who one day decided we would all go to Build-a-Bear, and I decided I would get her one. And then I could get myself one too and it would be okay.
So, I got Blue, a limited edition Star Wars Bear, who’s first adventure was trick-or-treating in a Darth Vader custom, bought at the same time. He got a few pictures taken,
At the time I was planning on bringing the Ural on my trip, and the addition of the bear was nothing compared to the available storage space I had on the bike.
Blue came with on the Arizona trip to the Overland Expo, traveling in a backpack that made him easy to transport of the bike. Of course, on that trip the size of my bike changed considerably as I decided to ride my SR250 instead, and Blue was in danger of being left behind. Luggage space is at something of a premium on the small bike.
After a couple weeks to think about it, I decided Blue was still going to come with. I think I had just gotten used to having him around, and he complained a lot less than other people I’ve gone on long trips with. But his backpack would now have to be worn all the time so I went to Erewon, a outdoor adventure store in Milwaukee, and got him a nice replacement.
As I write this I’ve only had the new pack for less than a week but Blue already has about 100 miles in it. I can’t even feel it when riding, which is a massive change from my old backpack.
Oh, and Blue has his own Facebook page. He has always been more popular than me anyway.