Gender feminism sends me to south america

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by kramnamhoh, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. kramnamhoh

    kramnamhoh Been here awhile

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    Spent the morning cramming all of the stuff I want to bring into the tailbox and side bags....maybe I should just bring a car instead so I can carry all of this crap. Can I haul a trailer with a KLR??

    Anyway, starting a 3 day ride to Arizona. Will spend a week+ with kids before resuming the trip south.

    I've got "wherever i may roam" playing on the mp3 player and off I go....

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  2. kramnamhoh

    kramnamhoh Been here awhile

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    The KLR is waaay overloaded. I've got to get rid of some of this stuff before I resume trip into Mexico. Poor KLR slows down to 60ish over a mountain pass at 6000+ ft. I'm starting to wonder how it's going to do at 15,000 ft through the Andes.

    I head south into a strong headwind and the KLR struggles along. This is my first trip fully loaded with the givi bags on the side. Headwinds really bog it down. I was getting around 50mpg before this, and now am thinking that the back way through north Nevada may not have been the best idea.

    The highway turns east so I'm not fighting the headwind, but the KLR is still struggling. WTF??? All of sudden, there is a vibration from the rear tire, and it dawns on me why the KLR is struggling. I've got my first flat!! I've made it all of 79 miles before it's flat.

    I stop and check my phone. No cell coverage, so no rescue from AAA. I have a spare tube, and I need the practice, so I decide to change the tire myself. I'm not too excited about the idea, because I don't know what I'm doing, and I screwed it up last time and pinched the tube.


    A few hours later, i find out that my patch over the previously pinched tube had failed. I get the new one in and....find out that I've pinched tube #2 also. I suck at this tire change thing. Fortunately, it's a slow leak. I can make it about an hour at a time before I have to stop and air up the tire.

    The people of north Nevada are so nice. Almost everyone stops to see if I am ok. I got multiple offers of help, rides into town, and one family was going to come by after dark to see if I was still there. They offered a place to stay and dinner!!

    So...off I go again....

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  3. kramnamhoh

    kramnamhoh Been here awhile

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    At about mile #150, I have to switch to reserve. apparently, overloaded KLRs with low rear tires in a headwind get terrible mileage. Mr garmin says it still about 50 miles to a gas station. Not good....

    At about mile 180, the KLR rolls to a stop for about the third time in a few miles. I shake bike back and forth, but no luck. I'm hoping that I can lean it to the left enough to get some of the last of the gas on the right to the petcock. Only problem is the bike is so heavy from all the crap I'm carrying. I get myself braced and lean it down onto my knee, and shake it around. I get enough fuel to make it a few more miles to the gas station at Nixon, Nevada.

    I decide to go to walmart in Fernley to get some slime. Maybe that will plug up the slow leak enough to get me to Arizona, where the bike shop has a heavy duty tube waiting for me.

    I put the slime in. Man, that stuff works great. It immediately plugs the base of the valve stem so that no air is going in or out anymore. Time to call AAA....

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  4. KaytM

    KaytM Just a fella.

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    A great story.
    Buy a KTM and it'll be perfect! :wink:
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  5. kramnamhoh

    kramnamhoh Been here awhile

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    I get to Reno kawasaki at about 1am. There are four motorcycle shops right in a row here (thank you Wade for directions). I setup camp outside the service entrance and wait. It's a good test of my new sleeping bag since it's supposed to be in 20s tonight. My old sleeping bag was rated for 20 degrees, which was very optimistic. I would get cold at 50 degrees in it. The new one has down in it, and is also rated for 20 degrees. Fortunately for me, down sleeping bag ratings mean something.

    The guys at Reno Kawasaki are great. They have two heavy duty tubes and will install it for only $15. I tell the service people my story and they give me a great lesson on tire changing. They really took time to show me how it's done and give me tips on how to make it easier. The parts department even calls around to other shops in Reno to track down a motion-pro bead-buddy for me. All in all, it probably was worth the hassle of the flat to get the tire change lesson, and the parts to make it easier the next time. Thank you Reno Kawasaki. Much easier to have this experience in Nevada than most all of the places I'm going to.

    Off to Arizona for time with family, and to repack. My goal is to only take half of the gear that i currently have.

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  6. kramnamhoh

    kramnamhoh Been here awhile

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    I'm with you Kaytm.... a KTM 990 may be the perfect bike for a trip like this....or, I just need to carry less stuff with me...

    I had alot of fun on KLR travelling this summer, though I had alot less gear. I'm hoping it will be more like that again once I dump off all the extra crap.

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  7. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl ignore list

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    ...oh, I misinterpreted the title. Sorry you lost your job over some BS, but happy you're doing something amazing with all the time you have. I envy your daughters. Safe travels, friend.
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  8. kramnamhoh

    kramnamhoh Been here awhile

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  9. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    Yeah you are carrying a lot of crap, you'll figure out what's really needed in a few days. Get a waterproof duffel and ship half ... maybe in your case 3/4..... of your crap home!!!

    Here's a packing list (here), and tools (here)




    Keep the report coming....
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  10. MotoLara

    MotoLara ADV rider wannabe

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    Great to see that your ADV has started Mark. I'm in :D
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  11. rc3oboy

    rc3oboy n00b

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    Love the pics, nice tent, where do you get a killer tent like that? I bet it sets up fast! Anyway, rock on man, you have done some amazing things lately and this ranks up there. BTW, a young man got beheaded with a sword in little ol' Ashland Or. last Friday night, so danger can rear it's head anywhere anytime, the only answer is to live out on the edge (so to speak and no disrespect intended) with no regrets! :clap
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  12. tommu56

    tommu56 Long timer

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    I'm in too
    give us a good ride!!!

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  13. kramnamhoh

    kramnamhoh Been here awhile

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    I almost forgot to say thanks to the people that have made this trip possible....

    first of all, thanks to my kids for being supportive of me being away this long. I almost cancelled this trip a few months ago because I didn't want to be away that long. I was convinced by two moms that I respect to go on this trip to inspire my children to live thier dreams. I talked it over with my daughters, and they are very excited for me to go on this trip of a lifetime.

    A big thanks to my Mom for running my online continuing education business while I am gone. I started it last winter, and it's a little too much to run while on the road. My Mom volunteered to do the bulk of it while I'm gone.

    Also, a big thanks to my brothers for listening to me over the last few years as I untangled some things caused by gender feminism, and from my divorce years ago. Also, thanks to my friends Wade, Jon and Chad for listening, and providing guidance, on this life changing adventure that I've been on. Thank you Dave for building the racks on my KLR. Some people have a gift for building things, and my brother Dave is one of those people.

    And a thanks to all the people I have met and talked to this summer that encouraged me to go for it while i had the chance to do it. I had a sign on the back of my bike about the trip (see Vstrom in sand wash photo) and I was approached by an amazing number of people that were so positive, gave advice or just gave a thumbs up. I especially appreciate the advice I recieved from Alberto and from Emilio on getting ready for this trip.

    In a week, I'll be in Mexico on my way....WOW!!
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  14. Bike Nomad

    Bike Nomad Been here awhile

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    Well, for one that happens to haul a large Action Packer check this link...

    http://www.moto-mule.com/
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  15. tint

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    Subscribed. Safe travels.
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  16. auSTer

    auSTer Gray Wolf

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    I've known Mark for many years. In his modesty, he forgot to mention he is a Desert Storm Veteran, and in his time off, he founded a medical education company. Mark is a skilled rider, and definitely the guy you want covering your back. He is an expert bushwacker, and part-time bull$hitter. I'll look forward to all the ride details, Via con Dios, amigo!
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  17. rc3oboy

    rc3oboy n00b

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    To move, to breathe, to fly, to float
    To gain all while you give,
    To roam the roads of lands remote,
    To travel is to live

    Hans Christian Anderson
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  18. kramnamhoh

    kramnamhoh Been here awhile

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    -I'm on my way again.... It's time to get on the road and get past the pre-trip jitters. I think I'm ready, so off I go....

    A big thank you to Barb & Bill for the great dinner and a place for a good night' sleep. I've been burning the candle at both ends traveling with kids, working on last minute stuff and trying to re-pack lighter for the last week or so. After a break at thier house, I feel recharged and ready to go....

    Next stop, Nogales, Arizona....

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  19. balloonman

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    I hope you have the lite stuff in there. How does it ride? Have fun. Captain Tom
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  20. Y E T I

    Y E T I Unpossible

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    In. :lurk
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