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Old 03-11-2009, 12:29 PM   #991
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Our trip planning consists of filling up the tank before we leave.
That's only 'cause you can start right out your backyard and be in the thick of it. We, on the other hand have to deal with getting out of LaGuardia first.
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Old 03-11-2009, 01:03 PM   #992
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LDF and Dr Rock, I just finished your report. Great stuff.

I'm 68 yrs old and have been recovering from a non Hodgkins Lymphoma Discovered last late November while I was spending a week in Baja on my DR350, spectating the Baja 1000.

.......anyway a great report like this gives me impetus to do my exercises in order to get back on the DR and explore more of the back roads.

Thanks again.
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Old 03-11-2009, 08:01 PM   #993
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Thumb Kudos Doc

Wow, great job Doc, and your awesome partner too. While I currently ride a Sportster ( year round in FL...just a little bragging) this amazing RR has reminded me of all the fun I had on an XT-600 when I lived in Alaska a long time ago. Maybe time for a Dual Sport again.

Thanks for a great report...now get back out there.
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Old 03-12-2009, 12:23 AM   #994
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Everyone's already said it....

But why should that stop me?!

Thanks so much for your very thorough RR. You are so blessed with your lovely partner and yourself having the mutual time, desire, and fortitude to do this trip. I envy you, and hope someday that my wife can get comfortable enough with her skills to do a shorter, but similar trip!

Looking forward to more tales!

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Old 03-12-2009, 08:35 AM   #995
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That's only 'cause you can start right out your backyard and be in the thick of it. We, on the other hand have to deal with getting out of LaGuardia first.

We are pretty spoiled!
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Old 03-12-2009, 09:32 AM   #996
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We are pretty spoiled!
Tell me about it.



Can't wait for part III to start, good luck on your travels.

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Old 03-12-2009, 11:35 AM   #997
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Can't wait for part III to start, good luck on your travels.

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Old 03-14-2009, 02:41 AM   #998
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Finally, I'll be completely weaning myself from the Motoport gear (not that there's anything wrong with it-- just a bit bulky for the airplane). I now have a RockGardn flak jacket pressure suit which fits great, and is comfy (which I'll ship and will stay out west),



and a Troy Lee Designs Chris Blais rally jacket on order which looks to be the bomb.



Mr. Happy puppet found his way back to us from the high plains of Colorado where he left in a huff after his perverted advances were scorned by Adventure Bunny. He's been sulking on the couch all winter, watching pro-wrestling and monster truck events, drunk, mostly. Typical. I'm really looking forward to having him along again. .

That's a great summary for planning your trip. But WRT riding gear...seems you're getting all new stuff and LDF has to continue on with the old gear....Shame Shame!!!!!!!!!! Spend some more, and outfit LDF equally!

TOO bad about Mr Happy puppets experience....get him back up to NS.
We have lots of promiscious(spelling)Bunnies up here

Cheers Brian
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Old 03-30-2009, 04:47 PM   #999
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I was soooo happy with my KLX-650c...until I read this. Picking up a '06 drz400s in "immaculate" shape w/ 1200 street miles on it tomorrow... and it's all your fault Doc.


Thanks...
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Old 04-02-2009, 01:25 AM   #1000
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Old 04-04-2009, 06:52 PM   #1001
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Old 04-08-2009, 09:30 AM   #1002
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Really enjoyed reading about your trips! Am planning to do the TAT in 21 month when I retire (but who's counting). Maybe I missed it but could you include a packing list to this thread or Mobius III? Looking forward to the next installment. Thanks!
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Old 04-08-2009, 03:06 PM   #1003
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Packing list

Thanks, guys. Glad you're enjoying the trip... If we could, we'd be leaving on Mobius III tomorrow. (May 8th departure.)

Coincidentally I've been updating the master packing list today. It is an over-the-top, OCD Excel spreadsheet with each item categorized as... Francine's or mine, individual or shared gear, whether the item stays out west, stays with our bikes here in NYC, or travels back and forth. If it travels, whether it travels as carry-on or checked baggage (or shipped), where the item gets packed on the bike, etc. I can open the file on my Palm treo, and then sort the master list into all manner of useful variations... A quick list of only what needs to be left with the bikes in the storage unit, for instance.

What I've been doing is adding a column with notes and hyperlinks to the brand or store where I got the item, or an on-line review, etc.

I'm happy to send a copy to anyone who's interested... while it's created for two people traveling together and splitting up shared gear, it wouldn't be too hard to adapt it to solo traveling -- that's what I do when I camp by myself -- I sort the packing list to include only my individual items, plus both our shared items... ie. excluding LDF's individual items.

Kinda hard to explain... here's a screenshot...



The list is only ~270 rows ...if anyone wants a copy, shoot me a PM with your email address (no excel attachments for posts or PM's allowed) and I'll send it as an email attachment.
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Old 04-08-2009, 06:55 PM   #1004
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wow, that's quite a list.

did I read it correctly that there's a small shovel in the tankbag?

oh, did you get the new thermarests?? would love to hear what you think about them.

have a safe trip, and enjoy. looking forward to the RR
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Old 04-08-2009, 09:25 PM   #1005
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wow, that's quite a list.

did I read it correctly that there's a small shovel in the tankbag?

oh, did you get the new thermarests?? would love to hear what you think about them.

have a safe trip, and enjoy. looking forward to the RR
Hey Brian ,
It's a useful little tool, that small, collapsable shovel. Especially when Cowboy / stealth camping...



NeoAir's haven't shipped yet... I'm hoping to get them for this trip. Reviews make them sound awesome. We have the ProLite3's, and they're... meh. OK for a night. Or two. But not luxurious, and kind of narrow. The large NeoAir's pack down to the same size (nice) and are wider and thicker. Not self-inflating, though, so... we'll see.

I'm about to send out the Excel packing list to those who PM'd me, and while updating it with notes and hyperlinks to the items, it occurred to me that all this gear was accumulated gradually over a couple of years... and most of it deeply discounted when on sale. I'm looking at the retail prices and I'm thinking... this shit can be expensive if you wait 'till the last minute and have to buy it all at once.

On the other hand, one top-of-the line thermarest costs less than one night in the skeeviest nyc hotel. What is a good night's sleep worth out on the trail after a long hard day of riding. The stuff pays for itself when it's quality and you need it to function dependably, without drama, day after day, in extreme and austere conditions.
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