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Bikes Over Baghdad

BIKES OVER BAGHDAD 

A dozen tours, yet each one feels like the first time.

This month, I was fortunate enough to spend 2 weeks with our hard working troops stationed in Africa.  If you know me, and know my background, you know that military entertainment has been a big part of my (and my brother Zach's) life.  What started as our band going over to play a show, has turned in to nearly a decade of sending amazing people all over the world to make our troops sing, dance, smile and simply get their minds off of their situations for a bit.  

Big tricks each night bring tons of excitement from the troops stationed away from home.

Most days are spent doing meet and greets with the troops.  Here, we check out some of the tools of the trade.

How does this relate to Uncharted?  Well, every single day is a bit uncharted.  From foreign diseases (yellow fever, malaria on this trip!) to spiders as big as a rat, to heat, to time changes, to culture.... there is always something that is making the true task at hand a bit more difficult to execute.  Add in the fact that we are a long ways from the nearest Target, Home Depot, or Best Buy, and this group of guys have become masters of improvisation.  End of the day, we have to put a show on, and we'll do whatever it takes to make that happen.  Often times this has been without power, sourcing supplies from strange locations, or simply working through the night with what we have to make things work.

Translate this in to a survival situation.  If everything comes at you at once, and for the first time, it's going to be overwhelming and difficult to perfectly execute or navigate situations.  But as they say, practice makes perfect.  Spend time making fires, purifying water, creating a splint.  Don't wait until it's too late.  The more confidence you have in more skills, the better suited you'll be to take on real challenges when they present themselves.  

For more information on Baghdad, check out Facebook.com/bikesoverbaghdad  

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