NomadGal's Year on the Road

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by NomadGal, Jul 8, 2012.

  1. NomadGal

    NomadGal Esther

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    HOLY COW!!! I DID GET TWO ROADSHOWS!

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    Turns out there is another gal called Esther, and my email got tossed in her mailbox. Yay! Now I've got to get my but in gear and make it to Pharr TX by the 13th of this month! Hopefully I have time to put on a new chain and sprocket, I'm gonna need them for the ride down! I am so excited!
    These are Mike's words I got in my email:
    I am going to book you out today. From the looks of your site/blog you are just the kind of person we want to have representing us.
    I’m going to get them to send you out some gear so you can use it and talk about it.


    I'm stoked! Wish me luck! Yeah finally get a way to charge my laptop and Nook in the middle of nowhere!
    Anyone living near Pharr in Texas?
  2. NomadGal

    NomadGal Esther

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    A heartfelt thank you for Jason (nanohiccup), Thomas (CharlestonADV), Granville Rouillard(ADV?), and Bruce Bott (ADV?) for your donations! A new chain coming right up!
  3. ReadySetGo

    ReadySetGo Adventurer

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    Hey NomadGal, Sorry I missed you today. Work has a habit of making us folks miss out on the good stuff. Glad Richard seen you. Jason did call me to let me know you were in the area. Were taking the bikes out tomorrow if you want to meet up :wink:. Glad to hear you got sprocket and chain. If you need anything and we can help just call Richard's phone. He may call you in the am. :deal

    Hope to possibly see you before you head out to TX.
  4. viper770

    viper770 Been here awhile

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    Hey nomadgal when you get a new chain if you keep it well maintenance and oiled you can easly get 40 to 50,000 miles on a chain most of the guys in Fssnoc use White Lithium Grease most of the older guys use the kind in a tube but i use the kind in a spray can and if you apply it every 300 to 400 miles your chain will last a really long time and when you put it on the chain it does not go flying all over your tire which is really nice just make sure you aply it to the inside of the chain so the Centrifugal force will pull it through the links of the chain its kinda of a old school way of doing it but it works very well probley would not hurt to do it on your current chain now might help it last alittle longer :)
  5. NomadGal

    NomadGal Esther

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    Hey Rowdy :D Never used white Lithium grease, but I do oil it every 500 miles. It all depends on how much on/off road you do. Seeing as I've been riding in quite a lot of dirt my chain gets coated in fine sand etc, which really does a number on o-rings I hear. Maybe if you just do asphalt riding a chain might last longer, but not where I go.
    I love the Regina chain I have though, I will definitely get another one!
  6. NomadGal

    NomadGal Esther

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    Hey Wendy, Look forward to meeting you!
    I texted Richard this morning to see what time you all are heading out. I do need to find a chain today, seeing as most bike shops are closed Sunday/Monday.
  7. viper770

    viper770 Been here awhile

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    it was a idea that i picked up from jack robinson but your right playing in the dirt does changes all that
  8. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    +1 on the white lithium grease. :thumb ....and since you're on a budget, a can is only 2 or 3 bux at wallyworld. Sand does indeed shorten the lifespan and a dry lube is better if you ride mostly sand.... But the WLG wipes off easy and clean with just a rag, I like to clean and relube at the end of the ride while the chain is warm and the lube can soak in.
  9. NomadGal

    NomadGal Esther

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    While sitting at PJs coffee shop I glanced out of the window and did a double take!

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    LOL for a second there I got confused.

    I stayed at the coffee shop till 5 and headed to sk8rdi16's place.
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    Took this while riding to Pat's house, did not have the camera on the right setting, but still awesome colors!

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    He got there a couple of mites after I did.
    Pat's family is a blast! I had a great time hanging out with them, and around 8 Pat showed me where his folk's vacation rental was.
    Wow! What a great place! Talk about luxury, most definitely a tad different from camping :lol3

    Slept great and am now curled up on the couch with a cup of coffee writing up my report.
    Got to head to Wallymart soon to buy some oil for Spirit, go to the bike shop and buy a chain, and wait for ReadySetGo to get back to me about a ride today. Ahhhh, Good times!
  10. Motomedic

    Motomedic Long timer

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    As you're doing a bit of dirt along the way, my favorite chain lube is PJ1 Black Label (the Blue label is a bit cleaner, but not as effective if it gets wet). The black label is a bit messier, but deals with water crossings/rain better. On your bike, with your riding style/proper maintenance I would expect a chain to last a minimum of 18-20k miles. And a big +1 to doing your chain maintenance at the END of your riding day, when the chain is warm.

    Glad you finally got hooked up with GoalZero. :thumb

    And that little road in the Appichicola (sp?) forest? I swear I went down that same road and camped in that spot. As I was terrible with my photo taking, I'm not sure, but that sure looked familiar. :D
  11. TwilightZone

    TwilightZone Long timer

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    >"go to the bike shop and buy a chain"

    Take a look at your primary and rear wheel sprockets, see if they have cupped or worn teeth. Loop the chain around the rear sprocket, see if there is slack in the middle of the loop. (chain not fitting sprocket)

    In general: A new chain + bad sprockets = new chain won't last.
  12. just jeff

    just jeff Long timer

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    +100 Twilight zone!
    New chain + worn sprockets = quickly worn new chain. Especially if it"s the rear sprocket which is worn. There is no point to replacing the chain if the sprocket is worn.:cry
    Regards....justjeff
  13. KilgoreHT

    KilgoreHT n00b

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    Please regard the previous words of wisdom. Safety is priceless.

    The best to you,

    G. Rouillard
  14. PHOTON PHIL

    PHOTON PHIL THe REAL poser

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    Some love $, coming your way. Ride safe :norton
  15. NomadGal

    NomadGal Esther

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    Many heartfelt thanks to Dirk (tbss1) and to Charles May (ADV?) for your generous donations! :raabia
    And a very special thank you to ReadySetGo and her husband Richard for a great ride and lunch.
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    Wendy (ReadySetGo)

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    Richard

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    The new "old" courthouse, rebuilt after Katrina

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    The hanging tree :cry

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    da da da da............da da da da ...........:lol3

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    Had to take a pic of this humongous guitar! Richard and Wendy and our bikes

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    Wendy and I

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    Today I put my new chain on, you think I needed one?
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    Fancy new chain!

    Many thanks to Richard and Pat for helping me put on my new RK chain and for the wonderful country ride!

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    cutting the chain to length

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    Pat standing by :) He was really in a good mood even though he was sick!

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    Richard on his crotch rocket

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    Pat, aka Ewan McGregor :lol3

    Richard went off toward a birthday party, and Pat and I continued on our ride

    Got almost back home when we ended up waiting for the road to open up. The parade had just ended.

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    I asked him to come over, forgot his name though

    Many many thanks to Pat, not only for letting me stay in this wonderful little vacation house, getting me to feel welcome around his wonderful family (very noisy and wild, but utterly lovable) but also for buying me a new front and rear sprocket! I sure hope to see you in Big Bend at the end of the month :raabia !!
  16. sk8rdi16

    sk8rdi16 Adventurer

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    It was great meeting and hanging out with you Esther!!

    More pics from our ride!
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    Richard and Esther
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  17. NomadGal

    NomadGal Esther

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    Thanks Pat! I'm very happy you invited me over :)
    You think anyone can figure out what's odd about these pics?

    I'm very impressed with your "hands free" riding skill! Wow!
  18. NomadGal

    NomadGal Esther

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    Hey Feike, that little road was very near the White River (or head) campground off FH13 west of Crawfordville. Is that where you were?
  19. NomadGal

    NomadGal Esther

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    LOL, if I didn't know that I'd have no right to mess with my own bike.
    But seeing as I don't ride a Harley or any very common bike, going to the store and buying a sprocket is not an option.
    Pat ordered me a new front and rear sprocket, and it's being shipped to my relatives in Houston.
    So the brand-new chain will have to endure a slightly worn sprocket for about 500 miles :D
  20. NomadGal

    NomadGal Esther

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    It's 7:30 AM and looking very dreary outside.
    According to the weather forecast I'll have three days of rain. Hoping my gear will keep me dry.
    Today I'm leaving my comfy abode and am heading south-west to Bernard state park, and then on to a campground near Morgan City. It's about 200 miles, so doable if I don't run into crazy traffic near New Orleans.
    Gonna be off the radar for a few days :lol3