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Discussion in 'Vendors' started by byways, Dec 2, 2012.
Gas in Farson Bob.
Like many, we find Benchmark Road & Recreation atlases to be the best of that genre. But they are pricey -- well over $20 ea. -- and the covers are not durable enough for our purposes.
We also find it impractical, and expensive enough in its own ways, to drive to some office-supply store and stand at a machine for a time photocopying pages for trips that are often long, usually involve multiple pages, and sometimes traverse multiple states.
So we prefer to bring our Benchmarks.
That has meant tearing up covers, and even losing one now and then.
What to do?
After searching for a practical moto-solution, we came up the SealLine brand of water-tight map cases, by Cascade Designs. The clear, 12 mil vinyl is tough, and lets the traveler see what's inside. The heavy-duty zip closure seems durable and tight. D rings at each corner provide means to secure them to a bike, in our case, to the pillion area. And for those who appreciate a "Made in the U.S.A." label, they're made in Seattle, Washington.
We recently purchased the large size on Amazon for $19.95 -- not cheap, to be sure. But given the cost of replacing torn up or lost atlases, possibly worth the price. The size is more than adequate for one atlas, and plenty big for multiple atlases and any other paper references we need to protect.
Here's what ours looks like strapped and hooked to the seat of a KLR:
Perhaps this is a solution for you as well.
Weather may be the single most decisive factor in weather () or not we have a fun or miserable trip. So here's a link to a sophisticated weather site -- weatherspark.com -- that we routinely refer to.
See my article on the Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route in the June '13 issue of RoadRUNNER Magazine!
I cant wait to get my copy!
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Wouldn't have happened without you, brother!
... where to go ...
... when to go ...
.. which maps I will need ...
... whom to call for advice ...
... where to camp ...
... where to begin ...
.... where to end ...
... where the fuel stops are ...
... where the cool lodges are ...
... how to do the research ...
... how to use MapSource and BaseCamp ...
... the difference between tracks and routes ...
... how to use my GPS unit ...
... or even where to turn for ... Help!"
Yes you do! We provide solutions to all of those ADV trip-planning issues. We do the work ... You have the fun!
Just drop us a line. Anytime ... Operators are standing by!
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Dam i want to ride this again! Maybe in reverse this time.
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All the way from Florida? Yikes!
I should start putting flag stickers on my gas tank, for here's the list of known locales that HoW riders will be embarking from this season:
(taking a breath ...) Phew!
Oh yeah ... can't forget Idaho! (me), for I'll likely be "on patrol" at some point.
And September??? OMG! If past experience can be used to predict the future, it'll be spectacular.
For those who prefer not to camp (we know you're out there!), we've added yet another authentically Western lodging option along Heart of the West:
Spirit West Lodge, on the banks of Wyoming's Encampment River.
5 of us have Tony's information and will ride this loop starting Sept. 1, 2013.
We were able to get kitchen passes for a full 4 weeks.
Probably return to Western Oregon thru the Black Rock area.
Dont forget we got 5 from nevada and one poor not dez rat from Penn..... he will have to get up to speed REAL fast
We start June 27th
Ouch! 1,000 apologies, Bobzilla. How ever did I forget the awesome Silver and Keystone states!
I also left out New Hampsha.
List has been corrected ...
MRED ... Which cell blocks will your gang be hailing from?
Four weeks? You be living the dream, MRED ...
And I assume by your craft that your butts will be well-seated.
Tony; I am just Livin' the Dream.
Just in from a quick 220 mile ride with my wife. She is starting to bond with her new bike, get fast again.
Our group is all from Oregon, specifically: Albany, Bend, Corvallis, Eugene and Klamath Falls.
We can take 4 weeks because 2 are retired, 1 only works tax season, 1 has unused leave and I am Livin' the Dream.
All the bikes have custom seats made by Mr. Ed's Moto in Albany, Oregon.
And get to live in Bend ?
Oh man, that's so good it's sinful !
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She sounds like an awesome gal, Don! I assume that's her on your website pic, in front of the Teton Range in Wyo., with the BMW? And hey ... looking at mredsmoto.com, it's great to see handmade craftsmanship like that made on this side of the Pacific.
Hope I get to meet you both this coming season ...