Wherever I May Roam - One Woman Livin' on a DR650

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Feyala, Jun 26, 2012.

  1. Feyala

    Feyala Been here awhile

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    I find it amazing how many roads don't have shoulders... at the very least I need to make a tank bag soon, it takes a few minutes for me to cram the camera back into my pocket, which can be pretty sketchy.

    I am also guilty of nose-scratching. And adjusting my mirrors, looking down to check fuel level, gawking at cool things nearby, etc.

    Thanks! I try to be resourceful. Necessity is the mother of invention in my case, if things break I don't really have the budget to pay someone else to fix them. Same reason why I make things instead of buying them.

    Glad you are enjoying it! And yeah, the furries aren't for everyone... LOL!
  2. Feyala

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    Definitely confidence-building for sure! Now multimeters aren't so foreign and electrical issues are not the inscrutable bogeyman they appeared to be. I figured it out by myself, and if Tal hadn't been around, I absolutely could have fixed it myself. It was nice to have the help, but it's way better to know you don't NEED it.

    Eventually I am going to need to replace a bunch of gaskets, I will keep that in mind when I do...

    Yeah! It was great. I knew it was used to people (otherwise it would have ran away), but it was fantastic to simply be so close.

    It's like the one time I sat next to a tiger at an animal park, separated by a fence too fine to stick your fingers through. The tiger looked up at me as I sat down and resumed bathing itself. Some of its fur was sticking through the fence and I gently pet it. I must have sat there for twenty minutes, just watching and petting the big cat, enjoying the moment, before some idiots with loud children decided they wanted in. The tiger took one look at them and walked away.

    The tiger was used to humans, but it was still an experience I treasure, because I shared a moment with a wild animal.

    Those are some great photos! Yeah, when I went to Yellowstone I saw elk everywhere, and I've seen lots of deer and raccoons in cities. Even though they're used to people, they're still wild though. They have minds of their own and would probably kill you if you agitated them. (Just ask the people mauled by bears who are used to people...)

    I had never been that close to an elk though. Like the tiger story above, I don't really feel like them being used to people lessens the experience. After all, if they weren't used to people, I wouldn't have had the experience!

    Glad that you are enjoying the RR! :clap
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    Feyala Been here awhile

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    Thanks! Yeah, now that I have the right applications I feel like my photo quality has increased quite a bit! I can even do panoramas now!

    I have an inexpensive point and shoot, but I don't think it is smart enough to be able to handle a microsd card in an adapter. I think I had problems with that before. It might simply be too old. I'll screw with it when I get back to Phoenix, but it may be time to check some pawn shops.

    It sounds like you have a pretty good set up. I'll figure something out eventually.

    Enjoying is what it's all about! Glad to have you along for the ride! :clap

    Only you can decide where your priorities lie, but if you aren't happy with where you are and how you spend your time, it is worthwhile IMO to figure out why. Especially if it is painful. Especially if it seems like whenever you pause to consider, dark crap floats to the surface. You can't keep running forever, and the sooner you take the time to discover why you are unhappy, the sooner you can begin to take steps to bring you closer to changing your life to include more activities you consider fulfilling. You only get one life. You shouldn't spend it on what other people think you should be living for, or using their yardstick to measure yourself with.

    For the most part I am broke as a joke. I spend less living this way than I would if I were paying rent somewhere, even cheap rent. If I can do this, anyone can. Obligation and commitments do put a damper on it, and I've chosen to avoid those because living this way makes me happier than settling down.

    I wish you good luck in making the changes you want in your life. I would suggest that it doesn't need to be an all or nothing affair. Sometimes you might need to stay stable for a while. Work and make do with less. Reduce your dependence on your job. Start by carving out a few hours of personal time and space out of your day, a sanctuary where other people and their problems aren't allowed. Defend this space against any who would steal it from you, even those with good intentions. Give yourself room to think and dream, or learn to dream again. These things need ground and nutrients to sprout and flourish. Take more vacations and trips - camp for free, eat for cheap, and they become much more affordable.

    Don't wait for someday. Someday might never come. Start now. You might be surprised. :)

    Excellent! Hope you feel better soon!
  4. NomadGal

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    Hey Fey, as far as camera setup goes, I have a similar thing like Jim.
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    The camera has the other velcro half stuck to the front, so I just rip it off after I loop my hand through the strap.

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    Mind you though, I have a throttle lock which I turn on when I take a photo. Not feasible to do this without a throttle lock
  5. Feyala

    Feyala Been here awhile

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    Yeah, exactly! Definitely like not riding alone. In a lot of ways I really prefer to ride solo - I can stop where I want, when I want. Only managed 100 miles today, or less? No problemo, I don't have anywhere to be. :D

    No snow in Lassen yet, at least not where I was. No snow in Truckee either, though it was near freezing that night. I got over Tioga Pass just in time, it began snowing the evening after I crossed the park - my friends in a car a few hours behind me ran into some.

    I have been following along on your RR, it really sucks about the bearing situation. I hope you can get under way soon. Sleeping in that cold has gotta be draining, I hope you are warm with your equipment at least! Good luck!!

    This is a FANTASTIC offer! I am in Oakhurst currently, I will probably try to take one of the more southern passes across to Lone Pine, as Tioga just got snow. I will warn you now - I have not had any positive experiences in sand and am a total n00b with riding in it. I have been warned that even the north route has some deeper sand? Large rocks also scare me. If you're willing to deal with that, I am totally down. I am willing to learn, just... mostly I spend time on forest service roads and other stuff you can take a passenger car on.

    Let me know if you're willing to tolerate my n00bness and what your schedule is like, a PM would be preferable as I don't always check here daily. It sounds like an awesome time though!
  6. Feyala

    Feyala Been here awhile

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    Interesting! It's definitely food for thought to see how different people handle this challenge. I would be terrified that the Velcro would fail! :eek1

    Also, I don't have a throttle lock. Do you ever worry that it might get stuck?
  7. NomadGal

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    The one I have can't get stuck, it's just a lever you push up or down to lock or unlock it. Also I have occasionally just pulled the clutch, don't like doing it because it makes the engine rev too loud.
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    For a cheap throttle lock, check out the Go Cruise. Super simple to use, and cheaper than almost anything else out there. I use one on my Ninja. While I did like the Vista Cruise better, that will cost you more.

    http://www.2wheelride.com/throttle_order.html (If you go to their main page, there's a nice video on how simple it is)
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    Your spirit is admirable. If I have one regret about my youth, it's that I didn't go see the world. Ride safe.
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    prsdrat Been here awhile

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    As the saying goes, Rockmuncher........youth is wasted on the young.
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    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    LOI... I wouldn't have the pic rich Ride Reports without doing just that. :lol3
    Txting is waaaay more distracting to me than snapping a pic. Taking a pic is one letter on a phone (and a letter you know how to find without looking at it, because your finger is on the shutter) not a whole sentence.:deal

    I'll dig up a pic of the 2" Ram mount with a 3" disc, I use to stick it/Velcro to now.
  12. GISdood

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    +1 to that...

    I take a LOT of photos while riding, and I feel more comfortable doing so on the bike than say... trying to make/answer a call while driving. Its not like we're looking at the camera display, adjusting exposure values, making subtle changes to composition, reviewing the photo and then making more adjustments all while taking our eyes off the road.

    Its called a 'point & shoot' camera for a reason. :evil
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    The issue is that you are taking your eyes off the road to take a picture. Once you hurt yourself, or worse yet hurt someone else, you can't take it back. It is final! Just ask anyone who as been in that situation if they wish they hadn't done it?

    There is a woman in NH right now who was convicted of reckless manslaughter and sentenced to three years of actual jail time for answering her cellphone while driving, just as someone stepped out into the street from behind some bushes and was hit by her car. It was calculated that the mere couple of seconds that she took her eyes off the road was enough to make a difference as to whether or not the woman got killed or not killed. Interesting enough, there is no statute in NH about using a cell phone while driving. Her conviction was based on the fact that her behavior was reckless and that recklessness cost someone their life.

    Everyone of you know or should know that any motor vehicle is a lethal weapon and if your actions hurt someone you are going to be held responsible. If a scene is worth taking a picture of why not stop and enjoy it. Why would you want to just fly by it, point and shoot with a camera, maybe getting a good shot and maybe not?
  14. NomadGal

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    Most of the time there are no people around when I take photos. Also I can take my camera off blindly, turn it on by feel, and still look where I am going even as I aim the camera in front of me or to the side.
    So no, not a big deal at all.
    About 75% of the roads I ride on don't have a shoulder, so I can't stop. :cry
    Occasionally I will stop on the middle of the road if I can see in my mirror that no one is anywhere near, and take a picture.
    Most places that I can stop are not worth taking a picture off, except for on overlooks etc. So to say never take pictures while riding is a bit much, I would say just be smart about it, and don't do it in crowded areas or busy traffic.
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    People glance away from the road all the time. Do you never look at your gauges while driving? Do you never look to the sides or behind yourself? I mean be real, nobody can stay totally focused on anything 100% percent of the time. Making responsible decisions is part of life. That women was wronged. Someone doesn't know not to walk in front of cars and she is the bad guy? I call :topes
  16. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    Enjoying your report and pictures. :clap:clap:clap I'm like you in that I take pics on the move off my bikes. Probably about 70% of my trip pics are on the move., using just my left hand, pointing the camera that way and doing a few shots using mainly side vision and not really doing more than an instant of looking to the side. I keep my camera in an open tank bag and just dump it there very quickly if need the left hand back on the controls for up coming stuff. LOL , I don't take pics when surrounded with STUFF ha ha ha ha. Lots of practice makes it easier and safer. ;-) Keep them coming lady,. lovin it. :clap:clap:clap
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    Brunssd Potemkin villager

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    Clamp one of these to your barkbuster (or handlebar) and mount your camera and you're all set. It's a fine, economical piece of kit. I've had one on my KLR for years.

    http://www.campmor.com/ultraclamp.shtml

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    Disregard the spotting scope - hard to use on a bike, I'd guess.
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    I've been taking pictures on the fly off my motorcycles since the 70s. The first camera I started doing this with even had a manual film advance, no digital, no power, no batteries..... :D

    For me what works is keeping my camera on a lanyard around my neck. When I see something I want a photo of I simply grab the camera and point and shoot. I don't bother to look at what I'm pointing at so no taking my eyes off the road. When shooting scenery and things along the way while riding pointing in the general direction is really all you need to do. It's amazing what you can get from doing this. Most shots I take in my ride reports are done on the fly because like Jim said it wouldn't get done otherwise. I started doing this for exactly the reason you mentioned, no shoulders where you want to grab a shot and I wanted those shots.

    I'm right handed and used to do this using a throttle lock but about 6 or 7 years back I started riding bikes without throttle locks so I tried doing this with my left hand. I mastered pointing and shooting with my left hand very rapidly within about 5 shots. I also discovered using my left hand for the camera and keeping my dominate hand on the bars it felt like I was in more control that using my left hand on the bars.

    Now about the lanyard around the neck: Some people fear wrecking with a cord around the neck and a camera hanging off it. I have wrecked plenty (dirt) with the camera hanging there and it has never got caught on anything or caused any problem. It just kind of flops around along with me. :lol3 I have more fear at the thought of having a camera in a jacket pocket, held in place so if you fall on it your are hitting something hard, like falling on a rock.

    The down side of having a camera hanging out there is in cold weather the battery will lose power sooner. Watch for dust and bugs on your lens.

    Like everything taking photos on the fly can be dangerous or you can make it as safe as anything else. Common sense should dictate when it's safe and when it's not.

    Keep taking those photos and sharing them with the rest of us. :clap
  19. Feyala

    Feyala Been here awhile

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    Wow, I leave for a few days and this turned into a huge debate!

    I agree that inattentive driving is a huge problem! Lots of people are killed, or kill others or animals due to negligence.

    However, most motorcycle people I've seen (with the exception of some braindead stunters) recognize that, at the very least, motorcycling is a dangerous activity which should occupy a majority of one's attention. The punishment for failure is usually death, so I feel this serves as a good incentive.

    That said, we all do stupid shit on bikes. Personally, I scratch my nose, speed, look down at my instruments, enjoy the scenery, look for signs, ride at night, ride some sketchy roads, use headphones, pull over on narrow shoulders, ride in shitty weather, etc etc. I consider myself pretty safe because I try to only do one stupid thing at a time. I don't ride without full gear, even down the street. Other people decide the risk they're willing to take differently than I do. I trust that they're adults who can make their own decisions.

    I'd like to get back on track and away from this debate. I am super busy riding Death Valley with Pete and his friend Nip currently, so updates will have to wait a bit, but here's a teaser from a "road" we went down today!

    <a href="http://feyala.net/wp-content/gallery/deathvalley/notaroad.jpg"><img src="http://www.feyala.net/index.php?callback=image&pid=850&width=520&height=440&mode="></a>

    So not a road...
  20. Ratman

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    I teamed up with Nip from a ride with Bud a couple years ago. He has the place in Lone Pine where I'm staying. LD and I got him into dirt bikes and he now has a DRZ400. Also an Advrider rider named Feyala was going to be in the area so we asked her if she wanted to do some Death Valley with us.

    Fey showed up last night around 11pm after making a Sierra Crossing from Fresno Via Lake Isabella. We spent 10 minutes saying hi, and then went to our zonck out stations.

    The morning broke with a beautiful clear sky, and an unblemished view of Mt Whitney. That's Mt Whitney right of center next to 2 little peaks...maybe 20 miles away.
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    We went for coffee 2 blocks away at Micky D's and then sorted out what we'd take on our ride today. We left about 10am and went to Cerro Gordo at 10000 ft some 25 miles from Lone Pine to the east. Of course the ride was great, an easy dirt climb with Fantastic views to the west. How's this?
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    Cerro Gordo is a defunct mining encampment. For the last 15 or 20 years there has been a private restoration going on, and you can actually reserve a room or the whole place if you want.
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    Fey had a front brake on her DR650 feeling iffy. She looked and found one of her front caliper bolts missing. Bob, the caretaker, came up with some bailing wire and we wired it back together so the caliper couldn't rotate off the disk like it had done which gave her the weird feeling. Done. Worked all day...
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    So now it was time to take the 10 miles down the other side of the hill. The east side wasn't a graded side, and was fairly challenging, especially, to Fey as she's only been riding in the dirt for half a year or so.

    She was nervous all day but never dropped her bike once. We actually spent a few hours on about 25 miles of that dirt road....some of the time we were lost, but we eventually found the way out on Saline Valley Road to Hwy 190. When we got to 190 we had another 30 minutes of Daylight and just about 30 miles to ride. Fey lagged behind to get some sunset pics. Nip and I headed for the barn as it was going to be cold soon. As they say...a bit nipplely.

    Sure enough to end a good day, as Nip drove down Main street, a cell phoner turned directly in front of him. Luckily it was a near miss reminding us of what we all know.