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Old 06-17-2009, 02:53 PM   #1741
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Is there a thread or list of the latest OR updates / problem areas?
Just the one you replied to here.
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Old 06-17-2009, 02:54 PM   #1742
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Thanks Doc, LDF. Have thoroughly enjoyed your trip so far.
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Old 06-17-2009, 04:38 PM   #1743
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I love this sign... does anyone know exactly what kind of car that is that is not recommended? The silhouette is distinctive.


I'm thinking '67 Galaxy 500?



My parents had a '67 Galaxy.
I practially grew up in the back seat and rear window area of that car.
It was so big that my parents put by entire crib in the backseat on our Bi-annual cross country trips between New York and L.A.

God I miss that car.
I cried when the frame broke due to rust, and they sent it to the Auto Parts crusher.

That 308ci was a dream... It was a great engine, and could really get going in a hurry - and the styling.
Again, I miss that car.

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Old 06-17-2009, 04:47 PM   #1744
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Fantastic reporting as always you two! I don't want to wish the summer away, but I'm excited about Mobius IV .
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Old 06-17-2009, 06:49 PM   #1745
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Great report

I was wondering.........when you pack your stove do you have any trouble with it spilling gas? Also how do you pack your stove?

Thanks for all the time and trouble you go through to bring us these reports.........
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Old 06-17-2009, 08:17 PM   #1746
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Thanks for all you diligence on the RR. This is a great resource for anyone planning a TAT trip. Good luck with the prep for M-IV. Cheers!
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Old 06-19-2009, 08:20 PM   #1747
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Very nice RR. Now I have to wait again...
Love the details!
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Old 06-20-2009, 10:23 AM   #1748
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I was wondering.........when you pack your stove do you have any trouble with it spilling gas? Also how do you pack your stove?.........
Sorry I missed the question. answer: I never had any problems with any of the coleman stoves spilling gas. Just make sure they're turned off and the cap is tight.

The Optimus Nova (Photo 1) quick-disconnects from a separate fuel bottle. Backpackers will often leave the pump piece (Photo 2) screwed into the bottle -- it won't leak -- but I plan on disassembling it after each use, and capping the bottle properly because I don't want the pump exposed to dust or crashes, (the bottles are in mesh pockets on the rear of each AndyStrapz pannier)


and we don't necessarily use the stove every day.

The stove packs into dedicated stuff sack (coleman did too)
(Photo 3) which is then placed in the saddle bags. I try to pad around them with the clothes dry bags to protect them in case of a crash. (Photo 4)
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Old 06-20-2009, 10:28 AM   #1749
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In other news...

The first link of this thread has been updated with links to Mobius 3 sections.
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Old 06-20-2009, 03:22 PM   #1750
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Best ride & report yet. Felt almost like I was there. Awesome Ride . That's a ADVENTURE ride & report. You have a great wife, Does she have a sister that ride's ..lol.She need's a great day @ the spa for all the great riding she does, 2 thumb's Up .. Look forward to more adventure's with you 2...Ride On...
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Old 06-20-2009, 05:27 PM   #1751
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We want more!
Bring on Part Four!
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Old 06-21-2009, 01:09 PM   #1752
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Congratulations to both of you. Great ride and a particularly useful and informative Ride Report, as usual. I've taken a lot of notes. Working on my own trip now, hoping to retire sometime this year or next!

Regards,


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Old 06-21-2009, 03:19 PM   #1753
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Sorry I missed the question. answer: I never had any problems with any of the coleman stoves spilling gas. Just make sure they're turned off and the cap is tight.

The Optimus Nova (Photo 1) quick-disconnects from a separate fuel bottle. Backpackers will often leave the pump piece (Photo 2) screwed into the bottle -- it won't leak -- but I plan on disassembling it after each use, and capping the bottle properly because I don't want the pump exposed to dust or crashes, (the bottles are in mesh pockets on the rear of each AndyStrapz pannier)


and we don't necessarily use the stove every day.

The stove packs into dedicated stuff sack (coleman did too)
(Photo 3) which is then placed in the saddle bags. I try to pad around them with the clothes dry bags to protect them in case of a crash. (Photo 4)
Doc,

Checked your link on the Optimus stove. I'm really "uninformed" about camping so help me out. The detail section for the stove say it runs on kerosene, diesel, white gas, jet fuel and Optimus Artic fuel (whatever that is) but not unleaded gasoline. Is unleaded considered white gas? I'm hoping to build an off-bike camping kit eventually so getting something that works and survives is important, as you know well. Thanks.

Stuart

PS If on M-4 you have to detour to Bend OR for repairs or parts (bike or camping) let me suggest The Motoshop for bike parts and REI for camping. The Motoshop will match internet prices and if you buy your tires from them, they'll install for free. These guys ride and know bikes and won't take advantage of you. Just tell them one of the Benddualsport guys recommended them to you. A younger guy named Brandon runs the place and he's usually limping from a riding injury (he he) but he's really cool. The Motoshop phone: 541-383-0828
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Old 06-21-2009, 03:58 PM   #1754
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...Is unleaded considered white gas?...

Just tell them one of the Benddualsport guys recommended them to you...
Stuart, unleaded is not recommended mostly for health reasons, but it will work fine. Surveying the collective wisdom of numerous backpacker / camping / hiking forums, I'm more comfortable putting unleaded in the stove, than I am white gas in the bike. . There's no generator tube on the Optimus, so no generator tube to get clogged. Lots of good info in their FAQ's on the Optimus website, especially the Fuel FAQ.

The Optimus Nova manual (downloadable) says this:

"GASOLINE
It is often very easy to get hold of gasoline, even though the quality is variable. Chemically pure gasoline is preferable. Ordinary automotive gasoline contains additives which will contaminate your stove and are hazardous for your health. If you have to use automotive gasoline, use unleaded gasoline wherever possible. Gasoline is highly flammable and preheating occurs quickly. However, gasoline is also very volatile and burns explosively."

FWIW, A similar disclaimer comes with the MSR whisperlite international, even though they officially list unleaded automotive gasoline as an acceptable option:

"Use MSR® SuperFuelTM (White Gas) for optimal performance. It is the highest quality fuel available for your stove. Do not use leaded fuels. Fuels other than MSR SuperFuel lead to rapid stove clogging and require more frequent Jet and Fuel Line cleanings. Also, the use of Unleaded Auto Gas may shorten stove lifespan."

The Coleman Exponent 550 multi-fuel lists unleaded, has no disclaimer regarding health or performance / maintanence issues, and in fact was the one that clogged and failed on me.

For me, the key is field-servicability, and the Optimus nails that. I don't care so much if it clogs, as long as I can disassemble and unclog it on my own. The MSR's achilles heel is the plastic pump IMO.

Also, thanks for the Bend area 411. LDF are eyeballing M-4 route options / ideas this very minute. I've got the Reno-TAT-Port Orford pretty well sorted. To get to Seattle from there, I'm looking at hooking up with the OBCD Route 3 & following that until it heads back East, and instead heading up North along the Cascades. My concerns are liquid and frozen precipitation on the Pacific Coastal range vs. the Western side of the Cascades vs. the Eastern side of the Cascades mid-Sept.
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You have a great wife, Does she have a sister that ride's ..lol.
I don't know if she does but if she does the line forms behind me.
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