Wrigley Field

Iconic Sporting Venues to Visit Post-Pandemic

It’s fair to say that 2020 has been one of the most challenging and world-changing years since the end of the Second World War in the 1940s. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every single person on Earth. Even if they haven’t been personally impacted by the disease itself, their immediate environment almost certainly will have been. For many of us, this comes in the form of closures of pretty much all facilities, along with a strict limit on domestic and international travel.

MLBAs a result, we haven’t been able to interact with things like live sports in the ways that we used to just twelve short months ago. To give you something to look forward to when we finally get back to normal at the end of this crazy moment in time, here are some iconic sporting venues to visit post-pandemic.

The Yankee Stadium

This stadium in The Bronx isn’t generally considered to be the ‘best’ MLB venue in the country, or even the state, but there is no denying the power of the history that it boasts. Whether you love them or hate them, the Yankees are a symbol of great American sport and a trip to their home should be on the top of any baseball fan’s bucket list. A visit to the New Yankee Stadium is also a good excuse to get out and see a different neighborhood of New York City!

Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field

The home of the Chicago Cubs is one of the most picturesque sporting venues in the world. From its iconic ivy-covered walls to the many different traditions that take place throughout a season, the reputation of Wrigley Field is something that every baseball lover respects.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

With a capacity of more than 230,000, there will definitely be room for you at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway! This iconic location in the American Midwest hosts events like the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400; both legendary annual races that draw huge crowds.

AT&T Stadium

The home of the Dallas Cowboys is one of the most impressive and luxurious in the entire NFL. The video board is the largest in the world and there are LCD displays all around the venue. A commonly-shared fact is that the stadium consumes more electricity than the entire African country of Liberia! The sheer size of this stadium is absolutely amazing, whether you are a Cowboys fan or not, you’ve got to visit at least once. 

Knicks

Madison Square Garden

Famous for both sport and wider pop culture events like concerts and conventions, Madison Square Garden is one of New York City’s most famous places. Home to the New York Knicks, the New York Liberty, and the New York Rangers, the arena also hosts prominent boxing matches and sets the stage for many of the world’s biggest musical artists. When you think about New York venues, your mind immediately goes to Madison Square Garden.

Each and every one of these locations is embedded not only into the sporting history of America, but also wider pop culture history as well. If you are the kind of person who likes to tick famous places off your bucket list, then these five iconic locations are a sure-fire way to start an adventure in the best fashion possible.

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Overlooked must-have soft-roading supplies for 4x4 trips

Overlooked must-have soft-roading supplies for 4×4 trips

Feature photo by @zschrubb on Instagram

I drive a 2008 Honda Ridgeline which suits my needs for fun, comfort and long family road trips. Recently, while weathering the storm of our stay-at-home order and trying to find some outdoor fun, I discovered a network of non-paved gravel roads which are fun to explore and which weave the Wisconsin countryside with views of farms, hills, creeks.

I’m also planning to take my family on a camping trip where we’ll take my Honda Ridgeline truck on an overland soft-roading trip. This will mostly involve gravel roads in BLM, DNR and other County Highways in hopes of some outdoor fun! The terrain will be gravel roads, filled with sand or mud and if my vehicle gets stuck, I want be prepared to recover back to stable ground.

Honda Ridgeline off-roading
Photo by @triaglehonda65

While we explore these unpaved roads I’m collecting a toolkit of 4×4 supplies which I will carry in my truck in case of a slide-off or need to pull someone else back onto the road.

There’s a lot of supplies that should not be overlooked or forgotten on an off-roading adventure and packing my 4×4 will require planning to have the needed equipment as well as researching a safe route.

I was not provided product or payment for these recommendation of must-have off-roading supplies and the opinions stated here include my own opinions. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Don’t overlook these 4×4 soft-roading trip supplies

If you are sleeping, cooking or using supplies in your vehicle, leveling off your off-road 4×4 with leveling blocks and balance will provide a handy and comfortable straight footing and don’t expect to find rocks nearby to balance your truck.

Air compressor

This can be used to inflate a tire with a slow leak, fill a spare tire or fill an air mattress. If you plan to air-down tour tires, you will need to reinflate them when hitting the pavement and an air compressor is essential for this.

88P Compressor Kit with 16 foot air hose
Air compressor for up to 33 inch tires, available from TireTack.com


Tire deflator

When you drive in sand and rocks, it’s a good idea to give your ride the most comfort and traction by deflating your tires to accommodate for the terrain. Some circumstances need 15 psi and below and a tire deflator can do this quickly and with exacting precision. Air down tires to 20 psi for dirt and gravel roads and 18 psi for sand. Lower tire pressure creates a larger foot print.

0-60 psi tire pressure gauge with pressure release valve from Carid.com
Tire pressure gauge with pressure release valve from Carid.com


Winch recovery kit

Don’t mess with getting stuck. It’s going to happen and you can’t always rely on getting help from a passerby with a winch on their vehicle. Most off-road winch recovery kits include:

  • Winch line dampener (which doubles as the kit bag). “Winching using a Steel Cable is one of the most dangerous aspects of vehicle recovery as the cable stores kinetic energy. If the line or a connection point breaks under pressure, it can become a deadly projectile. Always use a Winch Line Dampener to absorb most of that kinetic energy if a break occurs.”
  • Heavy duty snatch block
  • Tow staps
  • Tree saver strap
  • Heavy duty gloves
  • D-ring shackles

Off Road Recovery Kit
Off-road recovery kit techniques from the Recovery Kit on Amazon


Recovery straps including tree saver and snatch straps

Tree saver, winch strap, tow strap


Shackles or hitch shackle and hitch lock

Hitch shackle for 2 inch receiver
If you don’t have safe tow points on your truck but you do have a hitch receiver, use a hitch shackle


Photo by @h4rdwar3


Electric winch

Electric winch for an off-road truck
Typically, you should buy an electric winch with 2-4 times the pulling weight of your vehicle. For my truck which has a GVW of just under 5,000 lbs, this 10k lb winch is perfect for my needs


High-jack, wheel chocks and jack base

With loose ground when changing a tire, your vehicle’s stock jack set is not going to suffice.

Hi-Lift Jack


For instructions on how to winch from another vehicle or other winch points, here’s information from towmart.com:

If you get stuck, you may have to rely on another vehicle to pull you out. The simplest way to do that is to use a couple of shackles and a snatch strap. Keep the kit in easy reach of the driver’s seat.

The snatch strap needs to have a minimum breaking strength of three to four times the weight of the vehicle you plan to use it with. They’re made of nylon and are designed to stretch. This helps add a little extra tug to your tow.

Three-and-a-quarter-ton shackles are the right choice for connecting one end of the strap to the recovery point on each vehicle.

When you attach the shackle to the recovery point and strap, make sure you tighten the pin completely. You should then back it off a quarter turn or so. This lets the required flex happen without harming the threads. 


Traction mats

These must-have items will get you out of deep mud or sand, sticky wet snow and make sure to get four! Off-road traction mats also double as low profile leveling blocks and don’t forget to turn off tour VTM-4 so your tires spin together on each axle. And don’t plan on using floor mats, you will see these mounted on 4×4 roof racks or bumpers for a good reason!

Photo by @great.white.ridge
Photo by @great.white.ridge


Long or small shovel

Digging out is difficult at best when you encounter a stuck vehicle and is a most important recovery vehicle you’ll be glad to have even for burying compost or a small fire pit.

Small shovel


First-aid medical kit

Off-roading will put you in the middle of nowhere and when an emergency happens, you want to be prepared with first-aid supplies. Plan on this and check and refill used items each excursion. Shop for or make your own full medical kit as a simple first aid kit will not be enough for your OHV adventure.


All-terrain tires

Consult your owners manual for the original equipment size tires to fit your vehicle. In my case, I’ve done a ton of research and am very knowledgable about tires so knowing that my Honda Ridgeline comes with OE size 245/65R17, I’m still able to fit certain brands of 265/65R17 tires with a tread width of 8.5 inches or less. Below is the list of my favorite all-terrain tires for my Honda Ridgeline RTL. I recommend using tirerack.com to purchase new all-terrain tires as they provide free shipping to all lower 48 continental USA States and will ship direct to your local favorite auto shop and have a great selection.

Firestone Destination A/T2

Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015

Hankook Dynapro AT-M


Tools

This may seem obvious but is often overlooked! If you don’t already have a stocked tool bag or box in your four wheel drive supply kit, you can simply buy a full tool set too! Make sure your tool kit includes vice grips, oil for tour truck, extra gasoline, a hatchet and hammer, drivers, sockets, wrenches, gloves, a tire plug kit, pliers, WD-40 or other rust-removal item, lighter or weatherproof matches, headlamp, wire, rope, zip-ties, duct and electric tape and of course a multi tool.

Photo by @zschrubb
Photo by @zschrubb


Fire extinguisher

There’s different kinds of fire extinguishers however on an off-roading 4×4 trails camping trip, you’ll want a B-rated (liquids fire) and C-rated (electrical equipment) fire extinguisher in case of the worst!


Snatch block

Want to double your winch’s recovery power? Yes, a snatch block tool will provide this essential ability.

Snatch block


Grab handles

These support handles can be installed on the inside of your off-road truck on back of head rests, pillars, doors and cross members, to provide grip in those “oh sh!t” moments where passengers will want to grip tight even while buckled.

Universal fit headrest grab handles


Heated blanket

Find a heated thermal blanket which is large enough for two people which plugs into your cigarette lighter to stay warm inside tour vehicle or around the fire.


Jerry can or gas tank

While we plan our off-roading trip route, we may find it handy to have extra gasoline which should always be mounted on the outside of your vehicle.

5 gallon gas can for vehicle with pour spout


Deadman anchor

If you need to winch out of stuck location but you don’t have a second vehicle to assist and you don’t have a tree, giant rock or other super heavy object to anchor your winch to, you will need a deadman anchor. This winch anchor is a tool that lets you create your own winch line anchor point.

Deadman earth anchor

How to use a deadman earth anchor


Additional suggested off-roading supplies (from members of the Honda Ridgeline Owners Club Facebook Group)

  • Change of dry clothes – because you never know when you have to get out and rig a winch line, spot your friend or walk a trail ahead of your truck while it’s raining
  • Two-way radio CB – “not all areas get cell phone reception.”
  • A hat – the sun can be hot as hell!
  • Batteries/flashlights/bug spray/sunscreen
  • Camp chair – to relax and to enjoy the small things in life.
  • Snacks – because when you stop, you’re going to have the munchies.
  • Chain saw (with blade oil, sharpener and eye protection) – for taking down fallen trees on the trail.
  • Manual bow saw and machété 

For more information about must-have Off-road 4×4 supplies, review the Wisconsin Off Highway Vehicle Association’s Safety Checklist:

Click to access ohv%20safety%20checklist.pdf

Off-roading trail tips

Other must-have off-roading supplies resources

You’re ready for an off-roading OHV adventure!

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Kerry Peninsula, Ireland

Ireland Cliffs of Mordor
Ireland Cliffs of Mordor

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