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Old 10-22-2009, 10:15 PM   #1
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Solo Chick livin' a Dream: North Rim Grand Canyon loop Via Sedona

So it’s time to pack up my Jack Be Nimble DRZ for a week long adventure loop from LA to Joshua Tree, Sedona, North rim of the Grand Canyon and back to LA through Vegas.

This is Jack while he’s still a nimble son of a gun…


In this shot, you’ll notice the Rugged Rider Sport Rack that I designed for daily cargo carry.


And, here is the Rugged Rider Adventure Rack that I designed to wrap around the Sport Rack for those longer adventure rides.



I’ll for sure be putting this baby to the test this trip.

If these racks are something you might be interested in then you can check out details in the vendor’s forum or on my website.

Up ‘til 2:30 Saturday night packing and jerry-rigging my new Dart Triumph Scrambler windscreen for the DRZ. It seemed like it was the closest to matching the size I wanted for just a small wind deflector that didn’t take away from Jack’s good looks.

Just needed to add a 3” extension bracket to attach the windscreen bracket to my new Sol Tek 8” headlight.



Whaddaya know, at midnight I find out that the headlight frame is stripped when my bolt slips from position. No worries, I jam a larger bolt in instead then hot glue it into place. Voila. I also strap down the windscreen bracket to the frame tightly with two zip-ties.

75 miles an hour out of LA doesn’t seem to phase my new windscreen that I love. The wind is finally off my helmet at high speeds, and my little pencil neck can get a break.

Here's my baby in the driveway unloaded the day before...


Up early on trip day to make sure the load I ratcheted down the night before stayed put. Gotta love those ratchet straps. Peace of mind is worth the weight.

What with all the last minute fine tuning, I didn’t get my butt out of the driveway until after noon. Thank heavens the first leg is a short one.

My sweet little angel Alana sees me off with my loaded DRZ...



Here’s what the load looked like the day before on the living room carpet. Let you know what I wanted to toss on the trip later.



In the Wolman Expedition Duffle:
  • Big Agnes Encampment sleeping bag: 15 degree Climashield HL in med compression sack
  • Kelty grand Mesa 2
  • REM Big Agnes sleeping pad 20x72x2.5
  • Thermarest Trekker chair (fits Big Agnes pad folded in half with less air)
  • REI travel down pillow
In 2gallon cylinder cooler like bear canister within med dry bag:


Food
  • Dehydrated ground beef sauteed in onions and coconut oil
  • Homemade beef jerkey (yuck)
  • Dehydrated veggies (mix of garlic, onions, summer squash, red pepper, brussel sprouts & grated cauliflower)
  • Albacore in 3 oz pouches
  • Salmon in 3 oz cans
  • Individual packets mayo
  • Organic egg powder
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Dehydrated green beans
  • Homemade granola bars (toasted pecans, almonds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, almond butter, vanilla beans, stevia)
  • Peppermint tea
In Waterproof Event large Compression Sack:


Clothing
  • Hiking shorts

  • Workout pants
  • Hiking boots
  • Wick-away long sleeve, short sleeve and tank tech t-shirts (2 each)
  • Moto cross socks (2)
  • Hiking socks (3)

  • Fleece wind-stopper (1)

  • underwear (4 pair)
For Vegas
  • Black jeans
  • Wrinkle-free tank dress top
  • Small pair mule heels
  • Light compact sweater
Camping Gear
  • Jet Boil personal camp stove
  • Butane gas canister
  • Butane lighter (small, windproof)
  • Camping pot
  • Camping soap
  • Lexan plate/bowl
  • REI camp mug
  • Utensils
  • Wooden spoon
  • LED headlamp
  • LED flashlight
  • UCO candle lantern
  • Paper towels in Ziploc
In Wolfman Rainier Tank Bag:
  • AA lithium batteries for camera
  • AA batteries for flashlights
  • AAA maps
  • cables (camera, laptop, ipod, 110v power converter)
  • Asus EEE PC 900HD 8.9” in neoprene sleeve
  • External hard drive
  • Apple iPod Sony noise cancelling headphones MDR-NC22
  • Solio Classic (solar powered charger)
  • Olympus Stylus Tough digital pocket camera
  • Nikon D40 SLR digital camera
  • Adventure Medical Kits Pocket Survival Pak
  • Cyclefoot plastic kickstand plateear plugs
  • SOG multi tool
  • Steno pad notebook/pen
  • Kleenex
  • Chapstick
  • Sunscreen
  • extra keys (ignition and Xena lock)
  • Baklava
  • Novel
In Peakbagger Camelbak:
  • Himilaya Motorbike Wear rain jacket/pants
  • MSR XC Coldpro gloves
  • Fleece gloves
  • Hind glove liners
  • Slime tire compressor
  • Caribiners
  • Straps w/fastex buckles
  • Extra large ratchet straps (2)
  • Extra Cam straps with hooks (2)
  • Xena disc lock
  • Cable lock
  • Bungees
Toiletries
  • Deodorant
  • Comb
  • Travel toothbrush/paste
  • Travel Neutrogena face soap
  • Body soap (small bar in baggy)
  • razor and blades
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Hair gel/hair bands
Now on with the adventure:

Yeeha, singing the whole way to my favorite Ipod tunes in my helmet and making sure my riding buddy Lil Bobby stays right behind the windscreen.



We are singin’ happy tunes now that our booties are sitting on the best investment I ever made for mods on my DRZ…my new Renazco seat. Boy, Chris Hickson of Renazco sure is one fine craftsman putting out top notch quality finish-work on these masterpiece seats and the best customer service to boot. Not to mention, these are the best looking and most comfortable seats on the market. My backside can attest to that.

Ahhh, the beautiful round boulders of Indian Cove campground, Joshua Tree, are within sight. It’s no surprise that this gorgeous spot is the rock climbing mecca for so many climbers all year round.

I stop in the Joshua Tree Visitor’s center to get a flavor of the local crowd. The scent of Petchuli works on my nostrils with a ‘60’s bang, but I don’t mind, because it starts off the adventure right...being around other fun and nature-loving people. The place sells what else, but a wide array of climbing gear with a Vegan flare.

Met Dusty inside who has a DRZ, as well, back in San Diego. After a nice chat, I pulled out in search of Indian Cove campground.

I scooted past the closed ranger station and the “campground full” sign to be met by lots of great sites open on a Sunday afternoon despite the gorgeous weather for climbing.

Site #3


Post more tomorrow guys. Time to hit the Big Agnes. finally found an rv campground with wifi. Score.
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Old 10-22-2009, 10:40 PM   #2
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Sweet! Looking forward to more...
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Old 10-22-2009, 11:28 PM   #3
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vegas you say...
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Old 10-23-2009, 12:31 AM   #4
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Outstanding...was just there myself. I look forward to your story!

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Old 10-23-2009, 01:39 AM   #5
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What a refined setup !
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Old 10-23-2009, 02:05 AM   #6
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CA Tour

I'm in ride safe and keep the report coming!
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Old 10-23-2009, 07:50 PM   #7
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So it’s time to pack up my Jack Be Nimble DRZ for a week long adventure loop from LA to Joshua Tree, Sedona, North rim of the Grand Canyon and back to LA through Vegas.



Post more tomorrow guys. Time to hit the Big Agnes. finally found an rv campground with wifi. Score.
MORE! I want more! Don't tease me, give it to me! More, more, more!!!!!

Please?
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Old 10-23-2009, 10:49 PM   #8
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wow, you're actually doing it.... ride safe and have fun....


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Old 10-23-2009, 11:45 PM   #9
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More of the Grand Canyon RR you say?!

OK, so let's talk about "the load".


Yeah, I wish I had pared down what I packed, but, to tell you honestly I've used everything that I brought. My two luxury items are my down pillow and Thermarest Trekker frame for the Big Agnes pad. Both of which I'm so glad I brought.

Also, when you're travelling daily to your next location how do you wash clothes? Fly underwear and socks off the back of your bike like prayer flags on Mt Everest?

After setting up camp, I eat what I packed for lunch...my salmon and chopped egg salad and some cashews. Didn't feel like cooking.


Here's the netbook keeping Big Agnes company...



I boulder hop to stretch the legs and enjoy watching the sunset and nightfall.


I grab a mug of tea and homemade granola and go explore the night. Found an amazing rock to sit on and star gaze while contemplating life.Truly amazing.

It was t-shirt weather at night, so Agnes was one hot mama since she's rated for 15 degrees. Kept it unzipped and slept like a baby.

Had scrambled huevos and veggies from the pot while watching the sunrise...


Time to pack it up and roll on to the next part of the adventure.

So, I plug in the laptop into a 150 watt converter plugged into my battery to recharge on the fly. The Solio solar charger had already charged my Ipod the night before, so I’d have tunage today on the lonely stretch of hwy 62.



But, this stock side stand is driving me nuts, 'cause I can only mount my bike from the right side, so the stand can counter me and "the load".

Time to fix this problem. Outside of the park when I'm gassing up, I ask the gas station attendant if there's a motorcycle shop in 29 Palms. Luckily, he's into moto-x and directs me right to my new friends...

Desert Cycle Works


I asked if they had any OEM SM stands in stock, and this great guy working there offered to sell me the one off his own bike. But, then he introduced me to Dawn Benton, owner and artisan with a torch.

Just the guy I needed to hack off an inch and a half or so off my stand. Yeeha, we're in business.

Here is Dawn slicing through the steel like budda…



And, here he is wielding the torch. The outcome is a perfect angle for the new side stand. Sure beats buying a new OEM SM stand.



These guys at Desert Cycle Works were so helpful, fun and all a bunch of great riders. They sure get a lot of practice with some of the best desert riding right out their backdoors.

Another late start on the rode. Oh well, time to just enjoy the adventure and not worry about the clock.

Hwy 62 does prove to be a desolate hwy after all, but provides some expansive desert beauty with rocky backdrops. Loved hunkering down behind the windscreen to slice through the wind gusts. Tough with a two lane highway, soft shoulders and gusts trying to blow me into oncoming semis.


Time to head towards Sedona,AZ.
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Old 10-24-2009, 12:15 AM   #10
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This is great stuff! I used to live in JT and also in 29 Palms and can vouch for Desert Cycle Works. Everyone there was super helpful and Dawn is a super cool dude.

Your report is taking me back! I've got to get back out there!
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Old 10-24-2009, 08:07 AM   #11
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I'm wondering if you increased the shock spring preload to compensate for your load before heading out on your trip.

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But, this stock side stand is driving me nuts, 'cause I can only mount my bike from the right side, so the stand can counter me and "the load".
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Old 10-24-2009, 08:15 AM   #12
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How do you like your custom seat? I ride a DRZ too and my Corbin seat is a little too thin for my liking.

By the way, thanks for sharing your journey and pictures with us. Keep them coming.
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Old 10-24-2009, 08:30 AM   #13
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I'm in. Looks like a fun ride.
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Old 10-26-2009, 01:06 PM   #14
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OK, so let's talk about "the load".


Yeah, I wish I had pared down what I packed, but, to tell you honestly I've used everything that I brought. My two luxury items are my down pillow and Thermarest Trekker frame for the Big Agnes pad. Both of which I'm so glad I brought.

Also, when you're travelling daily to your next location how do you wash clothes? Fly underwear and socks off the back of your bike like prayer flags on Mt Everest?
Its easy to use everything you take but sometimes it not worth the hassle and you can survive without it. Its all up to you. I prefer having a really light bike to enjoy more offroading.

Stuff a bag with some clothes and that makes a pillow. If the material is harsh put it inside a t-shirt.

Usually I always find a nice log or a flat stone to sit instead of carrying a chair. And underwear doenst take much space.. just take enough for the whole trip or 5-7 if you'll be travelling for weeks and you can always find a place to wash them.

I really envy how organized you are ;) I'll keep your post handy for my next trip.

I did a trip and had a little incident... ended up losing pretty much all my gear on my first day so I continued with my week long trip with the little I could continue carrying. The worst thing was that I had no sleeping bag, I bought a tarp and some small rope to do a hammock, sit, floor mat, rain cover or body wrap haha. That tarp ended up being the one thing I will allways carry with me cause it is so useful)





Next time I'll be a lot more careful hehe.. but it tought me a lesson, showed me what it's really necessary.

Great post and pics! For sure your trip was great!

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Old 10-26-2009, 01:43 PM   #15
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Livin' a dream, Nicomama.

Thanks for the report.
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