Still in Phoenix. I'd love to be on the road soon but I still have to fix the rack and the box. The former should be dealt with via vice and/or hammer, I'm still looking for a cheap aluminum plate to fix the latter (Home Depot wants almost $40 for a thin sheet of aluminum, hell with that, I'm going to look at scrap yards!) After making my prototypes and thinking through the process, making tank bags was going to take more time than I want to spend on it, so I ordered a set of Tusk tank panniers, which seem to work fine. I'll need to attach some straps to keep them centered on the tank, but they don't hit my knees and they should fit the heaviest stuff (namely tools) just fine. I also plan on waterproofing both this and the other textile bag I have with a silicone sealant to make them more water resistant. Also: cupholder! Yay! Some recent tooth sensitivity has led to the discovery that my wisdom teeth are pretty fucked up, so I'm going to need to get that looked at. I'm planning on scheduling a consultation at a dental school-run facility (half price!) on Monday. They will likely need extraction, if the dental school won't do them at rates I feel are reasonable, I'll be looking at my options in Mexico. One of them appears to be growing forwards into my other teeth, and the other appears to be growing off kilter and full of cavities. Thankfully, they are not painful. I changed the rear tire with one of these and flipped the front tire around with no problems. I balanced them both, and the front was previously off, but only slightly, and still has plenty of tread. The new rear seems to have a decent amount of tread, and is a harder compound than the last one, so hopefully it will last a bit longer (also made it exciting to get the tire on the rim). My cush drive rubbers need to get replaced at some point, but for now I shimmed them with some pieces of inner tube rubber and the sprocket seems a lot less loose. Maybe this will help with some of the lashing I've been experiencing! I found a 32mm socket and tightened the steering stem nut, it was a bit loose, but I have not been on a test ride to see if it is tightened appropriately yet. I have gotten replacement motorcycle pants (BMG Pioneer), some nicer cool-weather gloves (BMG Thermosport), both used from inmates. I am skeptical how the Pioneer Pants will handle when the weather starts to warm, but I'll give them a good shot. They seem much more well made than the First Gear ones I had before, and the idea of being warm and dry in the rain is appealing enough to make me willing to gamble with sweating to death. I'll deal with problems as they arise. I got a battery terminal to SAE cable, so I'll be able to use my compressor at will now, instead of having to take off the seat or jumping it off the starter relay. This should make it easier to air up tires, leading to more willingness to air them down when the going gets tough. Hopefully this will help! Still working on a SAE to USB solution for charging, but should not be hard, soldering equipment is available here. The body damage to my bike has all been sanded as flat as I care to get it, and I'll be fixing the paint work once it stops raining. I'm not a vain person, but I've got the time, the stencil, and paint is cheap. Still not sure what my plans are when I leave here other than "Meet up with Esther at some point" and "maybe go to Mexico if I have money, once my replacement passport gets here, which will take some time." Mardi gras in NOLA? On the up side, friends who owe me money have started to pay me back, so by not moving around and spending I am actually making a bit of cash. So that's nice! Offsets all this crap I am buying... TL;DR: I'm not dead, just busy with mundane crap. I wish I were riding and doing things worth writing about. But, better to take care of this shit now than go off half-cocked I guess!