|10-23-2009, 08:50 PM||#32|
Joined: Nov 2007
Location: Lantana, TX...after 56 years in Carmel Valley, Ca.
California, aka Leslie V Leslie.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I
took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference
|10-24-2009, 12:45 AM||#34|
Joined: Mar 2008
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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.
"Adventures are to the adventurous."
2-in-1 DRZ cargo rack by Rugged Rider
Baja Designs Soltek 8" racing light setup
Solo Chick livin' a Dream: North Rim Grand Canyon loop Via Sedona
Solo Chick Nicomama Kickin' It New School in San Diego's Back Country
Solo Chick Nicomama skids across Cali central coast
|10-24-2009, 01:15 AM||#35|
West Coast Transplant
Joined: Oct 2009
Location: North Carolina
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!
|10-24-2009, 08:07 AM||#37|
Keep The Rubber Side Down
Joined: Apr 2009
Location: Edge of the Ozarks NC Arkansas
Haha, a most excellent adventure!!!
Party on Dudette... Your report is making me anxious. I will be traveling to Sedona next month from Arkansas. I ride an '05 DR650. Takin' the Dodge Cummins, Coachmen Truck Camper and 14' Pace Cargo Trailer. Ditchin' the Camper in Cottonwood and ridin' the DR to the Superstitions (passing through the Apache Trail) where I grew up. Subsequent ride report will be forthcoming. Oh yeah I almost forgot....NICE RACK!!!
|10-24-2009, 09:00 AM||#41|
Joined: Aug 2009
Location: Hanford CA
Hey you've probably passed right by me! I went through Joshua Tree just yesterday towards Vegas and will likely either be heading towards Zion NP in UT or Grand Canyon. Hadn't realized another solo chick was out this way, good luck!!!
GypsyWriter screwed with this post 10-24-2009 at 10:39 AM
|10-24-2009, 09:07 AM||#43|
Joined: Oct 2006
Location: Amarillo, Texas
I'm wondering if you increased the shock spring preload to compensate for your load before heading out on your trip.
'09 Wee Strom
|10-24-2009, 09:15 AM||#44|
Joined: Mar 2008
Location: Doha, Qatar
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.
|10-24-2009, 09:30 AM||#45|
Joined: Nov 2002
Location: Twin Lakes, AR
I'm in. Looks like a fun ride.
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