NomadGal's Year on the Road

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

  1. timbercat

    timbercat Texas Cruiser

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    Sorry. I'm using TapaTalk on a iPad and not getting her signature line. I'll check it on my office computer.
  2. CharlestonADV

    CharlestonADV I do my own stunts!

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    I subscribe to the notion that it's a good idea to listen to these inner feelings. When things seem weird it's time to leave.:thumb
  3. Jettn Jim

    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    Hey Alex "Parepin" just got back out to Tempe... :deal If ya get anywhere near there ya can call him (ya still got his #?) maybe ya wanna catch up with him for a ride?!?! And Rust (the inmate he's staying with and wife Cindy) will probably put you up for a couple free nights! :clap

    And as to the pondering... Yup your reality is truly whatever you choose it to be. You and I are consciousness/energy experiencing this physical level of reality, with it's duality... hot/cold, love/hate, sex/celibacy etc... so in essence your a creation and the creator at the same time. The prisoner, the jailor and the hero that sets you free all wrapped up in one.

    Once your strongest desires are fullfilled (in this physical realm) you will then move onto another parallel coexisting reality, where your every dream becomes your way to manifest your desires.
    Once all soul/body (and I mean other bodies than this physical one) attatchments are let go (no longer desired) we flow back into the whole of energy/consciousness/source-the word God gets used alot, that we are even as now connected to.

    Your doin' greeeeaaat! Just do whatever makes you feel good and resonates with a high level of vibration/positive energy. And at the same time observe your low energy days and let them pass... always striving to let all experiences flow through you... as you have no doubt called them into your existence/experience anyhow. This life/reality is where we can experience an abundance of contrast. :eek1 Just awesome!^)-

    You've heard me say it all before. :lol3
  4. CharlestonADV

    CharlestonADV I do my own stunts!

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    FWIW...bears and other critters are attracted by the smell of food. While it is somewhat inconvenient, it is always a good practice to set up your tent as far away from cooking/eating areas as possible...and don't have any food in the tent. It is even a good idea to keep toothpaste out of the tent. If the campsite has a bear box use it.
  5. NomadGal

    NomadGal Esther

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    Yep, I've known this for a while, I've been hanging my food including toothpaste, in a rubberized army bag on a protruding branch of a tree far from my tent ever since I got to bear country (which is basically since I started this trip). I think I posted a photo of this too once, while I was in Colorado. Finding trees with branches sticking away from their trunk, and more than 10 feet high is a challenge through. And I must say, I am getting better at throwing a rock with a string attached to it that high (which was not the case in the beginning :lol3 )
  6. NomadGal

    NomadGal Esther

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    I am getting to a point that I find I no longer have much of any kind of dreaming or desires. It is in those moments that I question my being here.
    I work hard at making up some sort of goals/dreams, i.e. going to Alaska, but deep down I am thinking, nope, this is not what I truly want either. Still, Happiness can be found chasing the dreams, but it is only temporary, and in the long run not what I am after either.
    Yeah, part of me does not believe that to be so easy :lol3
  7. NomadGal

    NomadGal Esther

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    Cool video, smart little kid!
  8. NomadGal

    NomadGal Esther

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    My friend Logan just gave me the whole quote:
    I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
  9. NomadGal

    NomadGal Esther

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    Well.......
    Yesterday showed me that you can plan all you want, but that life sometimes has different ideas.

    I felt a little discombobulated yesterday, and packing up went a lot slower than usual, plus I was taking pics of bugs.

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    I also found out that my petcock leaked, so I thought it might be the fuel line attachment that popped out the other day.
    I popped it back out again and put some gasket sealant around it and slid it back in.
    Finally at noon I got back on the road after almost wiping out at the campsite due to very deep gravel, definitely not biker friendly paths.
    I decided to head back to Show Low to gas up and to buy a can opener (somehow I managed to lose mine along the way), and then take highway 60 South and 288 North toward Payson.
    As I got to the Safeway gas station I noticed all the steep inclines at all the pumps. I couldn't park one way because then I couldn't get the kickstand out, and the other way would make Spirit slant way to much and probably thump over.
    One pump wasn't as bad, so I picked it. Parked Spirit, and she leaned over plenty, so I figured all was well.
    I took off the gas cap, turned around to put my debit card in the machine when a huge gust of wind slammed into me, and of course Spirit too, and toppled her over. She fell hard! I rushed to put the gas cap back on as the gas was just pouring out of the tank.
    A guy in a nearby van ran up and helped me put her back up.
    The handguard was bent in so much that the front break was on, so I couldn't even reposition her.
    I shoved the luggage toward the leaning side and filled up the tank holding my foot on the kickstand plate.
    Once the tank was full she leaned a bit better.
    I ended up having to take the tools out and take the hand guard off right there at the pump so I would be able to mover her.
    It took me just a few minutes to take it off, bend the guard the normal way again, and put it back on.
    I climbed on the bike and started her, just to find out I couldn't throttle!
    The gas had loosened up the grip glue and the grip was just spinning, and not letting me turn the throttle.
    I pushed the grip to the side a bit and with my finger and thumb managed to give it a bit of throttle to ride away from the pump and into a parking spot.
    Ahhhhh, oh well, I can fix this!
    Took the hand guard back off and also the grip.
    I had some gasket glue, some grey goopy stuff, that I decided to use to hold the grip, put it on the throttle and slid the grip back on it while trying not to get any on my throttle lock.
    Then I used 4 zip ties to snug the grip down and went to get a drink.

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    I hung out in the Safeway parking lot for a few hours waiting for the gasket glue to dry By the time I could move the throttle it was 4 pm and it was no longer feasible to ride the long way around to Payson where RimRider lived, so I decided to just ride on 260 and to go straight there. Something was still wrong with the throttle, it wouldn't go back once I let go of it. Guess I'll fix that later!
    I almost just pitched my tent somewhere but I was cold and the thought of a warm bed spurred me on.

    The ride was beautiful but cold, and I realized that I like this part of the USA. I could easily imagine myself living here. Snow in the winter, sun in the summer, close enough to my daughter and lots of riding and camping to do here.

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    I got to Payson around 6:30 and went into Safeway for some humus and chips, and some olives from the olive bar, and waited to hear back from RimRider or his wife with the directions to their house.

    Of course I took the wrong road at first, but was happy that I did, because after I turned around I saw the moon come up over the mountains, it was huge, orange and awesome.

    As I hit the dirt road that RimRider lived on I realized that there was something wrong with my lights! Every time I turned the handle bars sharply the light went out. Yikes, I must have a kink or cut wire near the tripple tree.
    When I got to RimRider's (Scott's) house I also noticed that the petcock was still leaking gas too.
    Boy o boy, when am I ever going to be done fixing things????

    I relaxed with his wife and daughter and waited for him to come home. Once he did we talked just a bit, but I was pretty exhausted and so was he

    I slept wonderfully amazing what a comfy bed can do :lol3

    Today I've got to fix the throttle, the fuel leak, the headlight wiring and change the oil.
    Never a dull day!!
  10. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    Sorry about your misshappes at the station,but you got things back in order,your a true rider
  11. Motomedic

    Motomedic Over-caffienated Raconteur

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    A) the only fuel-resistant (notice I didn't say proof) gasket sealer I'm aware of is a product called Hylomar. Manufactured by a few people under license from Rolls-Royce. It's blue and sticky, and doesn't really harden, ever. All the others will soften and leak, period.

    B) Grips are best installed with either grip glue (again, more than one manufacturer) or my fave, SuperGlue.

    C) I guess it looks like you've figured out why I love the desert so much. I could live anywhere in the Southwest, if it wasn't for my kids. Why oh why couldn't the ex-wench have moved there instead of here, I'll never know. :D

    Oh yeah-the best way to fix a damaged wire is of course replace it, but without a soldering iron and so forth, that could be troublesome. If the wire isn't broken, but has had the insulation abraded away (causing a short), an easy alternative is Liquid electrical tape, readily available at auto parts/hardware stores.
  12. tommu56

    tommu56 Long timer

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  13. John Fabian

    John Fabian Fabe

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    NomadGal,
    How long on average does it take you to set up and break down your camp?
    Your packed bike looks very well organized.


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  14. PaulGir

    PaulGir Adventurer

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    Poor kid - he's obviously never been exposed to computer gaming or reality TV
  15. NoMoIke

    NoMoIke Adventurer

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    Looooong time :D
  16. bbjumper

    bbjumper Been here awhile

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    I know how you feel regarding AZ. I have lived here 18 years and love riding in this state. Just today I did Sedona, Cottonwood, lunch at Jerome and home to Scottsdale via Prescott.

    Beautiful time of year, don't know if you have ever seen the Grand Canyon but as long as your here, it is worth the visit no matter how often I see it.

    Cheers:clap:clap:clap:clap
  17. NomadGal

    NomadGal Esther

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    It all depends on how much I actually take out of my cases.
    On average about one hour to set up camp, and 2 hours to pack everything back up. I have done it in an hour and a half before, but I don't like to rush :D
    But then again, if I am somewhere warm, I just hang up the hammock and keep most of my junk in the cases except for the food and pots, and I am packed up in no time.
  18. NomadGal

    NomadGal Esther

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    HEY!!!!:ddog
  19. NoMoIke

    NoMoIke Adventurer

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    I'm grateful you pack slow...I always had p plenty of time to slam my 4 cups of coffee!
  20. NomadGal

    NomadGal Esther

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    I am a lucky Gal!
    Turns out that the electric trouble was due to a loose wire connecter underneath the control panel.
    There are 6 of them fixed on a small metal mount. Funny that 5 of those connecters where not properly snapped together. One of them (the one going to the headlight brake light and the turn signals was almost completely undone.
    I ended up putting some electric grease on all of them and properly snapped them in place. Yay, problem one solved.
    Problem two, leaky petcock, turns out the gasoline came out of the now useless vacuum valve (I did the hurricane mod and now have a manual petcock). I had capped it with a little rubber cap, but gasoline still came out. So now I plugged the hole with a toothpick and JBWeld.
    Problem three, the throttle, well, it still doesn't go back by itself if I give it full throttle, but at least the grip has been solidly glued on with grip glue.
    I never did get to change the oil today, so I'll do that tomorrow before Scott and I are going on a ride.
    I also got some color today, or should I say a sunburn?? :lol3
    Someone is ging to sleep really well tonight!