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Old 06-12-2009, 01:21 PM   #1636
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A certain

melancholy sets in the first time you see a road sign declaring the precise distance to your eventual destination:



Nooo.... We still have a day and a half or riding!
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Old 06-12-2009, 01:25 PM   #1637
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Enough pavement



that's more like it. Morning break-time... punch out - punch in.



The sun was bad, but the flies were out in force in the shade.



C'mon... smile!

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Old 06-12-2009, 01:29 PM   #1638
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This may have been

our best section of the day,



what made it so good,



mainly,



is that it actually went through.



We got pretty high up,



but we weren't turned around by snow.

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Old 06-12-2009, 01:34 PM   #1639
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Later in the day,

we weren't so lucky. But once we made it over the hump,



it was a nice downhill run, past all kinds of wildflowers,







through the valley,



to Quincy.

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Old 06-12-2009, 01:40 PM   #1640
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We gassed up

and saw a couple of Ducati's parked across from a Subway restauant, and their owners eating in the park across the street. You could cut the tension in the air with a knife:



They parked in the shade, we in the sun...



They ate in the shade... we in the sun. I was sure we were going to have to rumble... steely-eyed glances exchanged across the park. In the end, I think they were just too delicate to risk any sun exposure by getting up and walking over to fight us. They could tell we were pretty tough.
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Old 06-12-2009, 01:45 PM   #1641
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Rolling again

Out of Quincy,



The "Plumas Club" looks like my kind of place, for the record.



The next section would be climbing even higher, and I had a strong suspicion we'd be doing some re-routing.

UP, up,...



and away!

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Old 06-12-2009, 07:11 PM   #1642
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Solar/Battery powered electric fence

Maybe LDF would feel a little more secure cowboy camping with one of these http://www.electric-deer-fence.com/e...larpowered.htm

Just string it up around your campsite.

Guaranteed to let you know if any Mountain lions, bears, varmits 4 or 2 legged come around.
Just don't pee on it in the dark.
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Old 06-12-2009, 10:56 PM   #1643
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Maybe LDF would feel a little more secure cowboy camping with one of these http://www.electric-deer-fence.com/e...larpowered.htm

Just string it up around your campsite.

Guaranteed to let you know if any Mountain lions, bears, varmits 4 or 2 legged come around.
Just don't pee on it in the dark.
turn a curious bear into an angry bear.
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Old 06-13-2009, 12:15 AM   #1644
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Acerbis gas tank on an S model.......

Hey Doc,

First of all, thanks for the excellent ride report!
I have a DRZ and that is the tank I wanted but I was told that they won't fit on the S model. Did you have to modify the fan shroud or did it just go on.
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Old 06-14-2009, 02:03 PM   #1645
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Can't wait for the rest, always a good read here. Great pictures also.
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Old 06-14-2009, 07:01 PM   #1646
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Great write up!

Doc, thanks for all the time spent writing up your adventure. It is the most complete coverage (especially of the Nevada section) that I've read. It really help give, those of us who are planning this trip, an idea of what we will be facing.

LDF, your a real trooper and one tough cookie! I just hope I can survive the rigors of the ride as well as you have. DR is lucky to have you. My wife is contemplating joining me as a novice rider but I'm not sure she's ready for such abuse, maybe just the eastern section.

BTW, which bag do you like better the Andy Strapz or Dirt Bagz?

You guys rock!

P.S. Great packing list. Thanks!
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and saw a couple of Ducati's parked across from a Subway restauant, and their owners eating in the park across the street. You could cut the tension in the air with a knife:

They parked in the shade, we in the sun...

They ate in the shade... we in the sun. I was sure we were going to have to rumble... steely-eyed glances exchanged across the park. In the end, I think they were just too delicate to risk any sun exposure by getting up and walking over to fight us. They could tell we were pretty tough.
Thats really funny.
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Old 06-14-2009, 07:21 PM   #1648
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I hope If I get the chance to ride the TAT, That I have 1/2 the determination of LDF. I'm Very impressed with the both of you.

Thanks for the detailed reports and great pics.
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Old 06-14-2009, 07:47 PM   #1649
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Hey Doc,...I have a DRZ and that is the tank I wanted but I was told that they won't fit on the S model. Did you have to modify the fan shroud or did it just go on.
Thanks,
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I bought the bike from BobbyC with the Acerbis tank on already. He had removed the fan completely... and consequently, it will overheat on occasion. Once the fan is gone, the tank pretty much drops on, no problem. Check out ThumperTalk for more details... I seem to recall a couple of threads regarding the details of fitting the Acerbis E-tank onto the s-model DRZ.
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Old 06-14-2009, 08:04 PM   #1650
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BTW, which bag do you like better the Andy Strapz or Dirt Bagz?
Um... The Dirt Bagz are great. Well-made and capable. But after almost 7000 miles of dirt, seeing them both perform side by side, LDF has had all the zipperless roll-top variable-capacity Andy Strapz-envy she could take. I broke down and yesterday ordered a pair for Blueberry. I just got an email from him, and Andy will be shipping a set of his Expedition Pannierz probably within the hour. (it's monday already in Australia).

So, if anyone in the Reno area wants a free pair of gently abused DirtBagz, PM me, and we'll arrange a meet-up / hand-off at the start of Mobius 4 (Sat, Sept 12, 2009). Even better will be if you can also take a nearly new Coleman 533 dual-fuel stove off our hands. Otherwise they will both end up in a dumpster.

[edit: Questor will be sporting the Ortlieb low-profile dry-bag saddle bags from Aerostitch. Similar in capacity to the Dirtbagz, and less than the Andy Strapz (when fully expanded), I'm looking forward to his review.]
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