Solo Chick livin' a Dream: North Rim Grand Canyon loop Via Sedona

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by nicomama, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. Moto One

    Moto One Been here awhile

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    10+ on the Ride Report.

    Also try adding some cycling handlebar tape to your grips,it helps dampen the vibe's and opens your hands on the grips. That's what works for my case of trigger lock (as I call it).

    Mark.
  2. ThumperDRZ

    ThumperDRZ Bouncing off Rocks!

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    Great Report and Pictures.....:clap I know with my DRZ I bought Moose 1 1/8" Flex series bars and Spider Grips to tone down the buzziness and resultant sore wrists....The bars don't have the cross brace so they "flex" a little. Not sure if they make those bars anymore but those Spider grips really help and are comfortable.........

    http://www.spidergrips.com/
  3. gar

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  4. creeper

    creeper Still alive...

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    I would be one of those "Flexx bar fanatics". Review here.

    Ciao,
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  5. nicomama

    nicomama Rugged Rider

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    Thanks Chris, for the Flexx bar review (nice bike, by the way). They are now a mod on my to do list.
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  6. nicomama

    nicomama Rugged Rider

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    So, let's move on into the fuel that keeps the rider going...food.

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    As you can see, I didn't get pre-packaged backpacker's dehydrated food, because I'm into non-processed organic foods these days.

    I had the same dinner every night, because I love it.

    Dinner:

    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][SIZE=-1][FONT=arial, helvetica, sans-serif]Dehydrated Ground beef

    [/FONT] Buy lean ground beef, cook thoroughly in a skillet (optional: add herbs for flavor or flour so meat will rehydrate with gravy), and drain off all fat. Crumble into small pieces and dry at 140 degrees until brittle. [/SIZE][/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]

    Place the meat on a nonstick cookie sheet (do not use window-screen wire mesh, which may be chemically treated). Set the oven on"warm" and use an oven thermometer (available at your supermarket) to monitor the temperature; adjust as necessary. Leave the door slightly ajar.

    For rehydrating, I didn't let the meat sit long enough in the boiling water that covered it. Maybe 10 minutes, or so. That wasn't enough, so it tasted more like hard Chinese noodles. Sometimes, burger can take up to an hour in cold water to reconsitute.

    Veggies

    Added to the meat, was my yummy dehydrated veggies. In coconut oil, I Sauteed grated cauliflower, brussell sprouts, red pepper, onion and garlic and some good seasoning. Then I spread it out on a cookie sheet and baked it at 150 degrees for a couple of days.

    Then I made a a yummy tangy BBQ sauce and canned them in canning jars. Sure, those jars added weight, but the sauce is the thing that made the crunchy meat taste good. Glad I brought it.

    Tangy BBQ Sauce Recipe:
    • 1 stick butter
    • 1/4 cup lemon juice
    • 2 cups tomato sauce
    • 1/2 tablespoon lite or sea salt
    • 1 tablespoon mustard
    • 1 dash cayenne pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon stevia or sweetener (or to taste)
    1. Melt butter in pan over medium heat.
    2. Add other ingredients.
    3. Stir until well blended.
    4. Bring to a boil, and lower heat.
    5. Let simmer for a few minutes.
    Mayan Bar Recipe (homemade granola bars)

    1 1/2 cups almond butter(or any nut/seed butter)
    1/2 cup maple syrup
    1/2 cup brown rice syrup (or other thick natural sweetener)
    1/4 t cardamom powder
    1/4 t cinnamon powder
    1/2 cup toasted quinoa (lightly toasted in dry skillet until heartily popping)
    1/2 cup sunflower seeds, toasted
    3/4 cup pumpkin seeds, toasted
    1/4 cup sesame seeds
    1/2 cup pecans, macadamias or whatever nut you like, toasted, chopped

    Preheat oven to 350. Mix nut butter, sweeteners and spices in a large mixing bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.

    Spread on well-oiled baking dish and bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Allow to cool before slicing. Yum.

    Lunches:

    Just grabbed pouched/canned tuna/salmon, individual packets of mayo and seasoning and mixed together in thermos. I also had sunflower seeds and dehydrated green beans from Trader Joes, which had a yummy, sweet taste to them.

    I would make my lunch when I made breakfast, so it would be ready for me on the road.

    Breakfasts:

    I already mentioned that I wasn't thrilled with the organic egg powder that I got. I had a few days of scrambled eggs with veggies. Wasn't hideous, but had a lot to be desired.

    Got Clif Bars for the rest of the trip, which got me out of camp and on the road a lot quicker. Hooray!

    In the photo above, you see 6 bags each of granola and sunflower seeds. Only 3 bags each fit in my dry bag with the rest of the food, so some of that food never made it. I had enough food for the trip, though. Actually wished that I found a way to bring the rest of the granola.

    Only half of the breakfasts were left over.

    All in all, I would say my food was a success. I enjoyed it on the road. Plus, it made me APPRECIATE EATING REAL AND INCREDIBLE FOOD AT ROCKING V CAFE in Kanab, UT.


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  7. xymotic

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    :huh Really!? you had the oven on for 48 hours!!!? I live on a boat with 6# propane canisters. I'm thinking this process won't work for me.
  8. nicomama

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    So, I wasn't in bear country, but there were hungry critters around. I asked the ranger ahead of time if I need a bear canister, and he said it wouldn't be a bad idea, since I didn't have a car to lock it in the trunk.

    I ended up using a triple container/bag closure method and left it on top of the picnic tables at night...
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    A 2 gallon cylinder cooler acted like a bear canister, which was inside my medium sized dry bag, which was inside my Wolfman Expedition duffle rolled and strapped.

    Let's just say I didn't share a cozy meal with a skunk. Not even a nibble from curiosity. I think I got lucky.
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  9. Martian

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    Nicomama, are you familiar with honey bee pollen? I mix the pollen granules in raw honey. It makes for a completely nutritious snack packed with energy.

    When I was a cruising sailor, I'd keep it in my "ditch bag" just in case. It keeps well without refrigeration.

    Tom
  10. eddie98

    eddie98 Been here awhile

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    did you lube your chain on this trip?
  11. timk519

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    Those are a hoot! I can only imagine if you went back and 'revisited' some of your pics in this RR. :rofl

    Thanks much! :thumb
  12. maynard58

    maynard58 Been here awhile

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    Great Report :thumb
  13. Mtnjohn

    Mtnjohn Been here awhile

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    Nice report. I have backpacked and cooked in a thermos. I heat water in the Am and put my dehydrated veggies and jerky in the thermos. First I boil water then preheat the wide mouth thermos, then add the dinner and refill with the heated water I emptied back into the pot. Add some spices, seal it and it's ready to eat. Breakfast is a whole grain mix of wheat, barley, oats, coconut, dried fruits and dry milk. When I finish dinner I boil water, clean the thermos and put breakfast in. It leaves meals and clean up to a minimum and I can eat it for a week with no problems.
  14. nicomama

    nicomama Rugged Rider

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    Now we get down to the nitty gritty on being able to get out of the garage for an adventure ride in this economy.

    I spent a total of $241.13 on the road. And, that included...
    • Gas
    • water
    • 4 overnighters in campgrounds (2 of the six camp nights I wasn't asked to pay. Joshua Tree and one night at Manzanita in Sedona)
    • Entry to 2 Nat'l Parks
    • Tip at Rocking V Cafe in Kanab, UT
    • Cutting 1.5" off side stand
    • Clif Bars
    • Cookie at Jacob Lake Inn
    • AA battery 8 pack
    • Card reader for Olympus Stylus Tough
    (does not include the mods I did to my bike for the trip, nor the cost of food and gear utilized on the trip)

    If I can squeeze this out, while starting a business, then anyone can.

    So, you say for $241.13 I can get this...

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    It's unbelievable that a trip of this magniture in beauty, adventure, excitement, fun, enlightenment, humility, freedom and independence can be so affordable.

    So, the next time you hole yourself up in your home to ride out the recession think about hopping on your bike to do it.


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  15. Martian

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    WOW!!

    *All* of the scenery in that picture is beautiful.

    Tom
  16. rydnseek

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    Well done, Nico!! .. glad you enjoyed sedona.. that is a lovely hike by cathedral rock. Your ride report was very good.. i like your style. It is hard to not wax eloquent with the kinds of scenery you had for inspiration, i'm sure you'll agree!

    What to bring.. is always a work in progress.. my list varies with the ride, & changes with the seasons & moods. Sometimes we miss stuff.. sometimes we loathe it.

    Congratulations again on a great ride.. i'm sure this is just the beginning of many more to come! It's nice to have an 'adventure sister' in the fold..

    PS.. i find myself having different photo storage sites.. it seems yours are so popular now, you've run out of bandwidth! i'm too cheap to pay for the unlimited ones..

    scotty
  17. nicomama

    nicomama Rugged Rider

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    Scotty,

    I was thinking of you as I enjoyed your backyard in Sedona. Wow, you have really figured out what's most important in this life and how to get it. There are a lot of beautiful cities in this world of ours, but you live in one of the more magical ones. Good for you.

    My Best to all of you ADV brothers and sisters,
    Nicole
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  18. East Coast Rider

    East Coast Rider Just Me...

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    AWESOME
    Amazing scenery, Miss Nico. Bravo! Bravo!! :clap

    :D

    Desert Southwest is high on my list of must do rides, right behind coastal Northern California and Labrador/New Foundland (going there next summer if everything works out!)

    Love the headlight mod, too!!
  19. mark2wheeler

    mark2wheeler Adventurer

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    Regarding your foot oder from the boots.At one time I had extremely stinky feet.Even after a shower with clean socks.After a few hours my feet would stink big time.It was the bacteria.My wife sugested anti-persperant on the soles of my feet.It worked.Stopped the sweating.The bacteria died.You have to use anti-persperant not just deoderant.
  20. Mike JRA

    Mike JRA Been here awhile

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    Great RR, I was in that area last year and your photo's took me back again.

    One more point on your elbow and wrist, go see a sports based physiotherapist. I have continuing problems with my elbows and wrists because of my job. I did an 8K km ride last fall with a misdiagnosed broken scaphiod (job again) using a cramp buster for the throttle, and after returning went to see my physio. They fixed me up using different methods and then restrengthened my arm and wrist. The best thing that came out of it all was that they fixed my tennis elbow and gave me specific stretches and exercises to keep things under control. Each person and injury is different so having a good physiotherapist that will work with other doctors, like chiropractic, is key.