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

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

  1. Ratman

    Ratman Lucky Rider

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    I'm always enjoying your reports, Fey......but having said that, I see you don't mind or have much patience when it comes to dragging Oz down bad dirt roads, and at night, yet. I never forced you down any dirt roads at night. :rofl
  2. Feyala

    Feyala Been here awhile

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    To his credit he whined a lot less than I did. :lol3
  3. Bluebone

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    gawd this is taking forever to get thru!! i'm only up to page 18 and now i'm even more depressed about my life of slaving away in different factories for the last 30 years and all i have to show for it is a bike on the front porch in pieces and not having the time or proper tools or energy to get it back running. i'm really enjoying this thread which is bizarre considering it's coming thru the eyes of a girl who's only barely older than my own daughter if that.
    however i have followed a cpl of Perripins threads but i havent kept up with him lately so it's interested to see how his KLRs have evolved into that MadMaxx apocalyptic monstrosity i see on page 18. i love it!!:clap
  4. BlueByU06

    BlueByU06 Ribbon Rider

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    I'm all in. Still on page 18. And can't wait to read the next page. Your way with words remind me of another female rider here that hails from just above the Bay area.:D Just brought a 2012 DR650 all loaded. Have fun and ride safe. See ya on the road.
  5. Trane Francks

    Trane Francks Been here awhile

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    Chiming in to say that I finally finished all 50 pages. Respect. Totally.:deal :lurk
  6. Warin

    Warin Retired

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    Washing up in the desert ... use sand .. no water ...

    As found in Griselda Spriggs book "Dune is a Four Letter Word" ... about her trip across the Simpson Desert with her husband and kid in a 4WD .. 1950s? I read a copy found in a library ..
  7. Scootard

    Scootard Scraggle McSquarely

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    Hahaha. She's probably already stolen your shirts, sweaters and if she's a normal kid on more than once, your car keys!!
  8. Feyala

    Feyala Been here awhile

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    I am in Enterprise, Oregon!

    I showed up a week early for the Hells Canyon rally :doh but it turned out for the best, because Brian and Margaret needed all the help they could get to prepare. I helped build a deck and cleaned All The Things. I'm also building them a new website (wordpress) and they are letting me stay in the suite in gratitude. Comfy bed, yay!

    Rally was great, I have vastly improved in skill from last year, and it seemed all too short when everybody piled out on Sunday.

    I've been taking the opportunity, since Brian has a shop here, to tear down my bike and fix what needs fixing. The results aren't pretty - the mystery rattle was the upper chain roller tearing a quarter-sized chunk out of my frame (I know, I know, but it didn't seem like it would be a problem as the roller wasn't getting much wear and "It won't happen to me"). I'll rustle up somebody with a welder or, if all else fails, jam something in there and jb weld it shut, it seems like a pretty strong area, with a crossmember right above it, so I'm not too worried.

    The chain has gone from never needing adjustment to needing adjustment every day or two on the trip from Illinois over here, so I figure even though the xrings are still intact and no links are seized, it is not long for this world. My rubber swingarm protector/chain slider was nearly broken off, need a new rear tire and heavy duty front tube, rear wheel bearings have excessive play, cush drive rubbers, air filter is crunchy, blah blah blah. $500 in parts was a hard pill to swallow, but it beats the shit out of things seizing and being stranded on the side of the road! :lol3 At least the big purchases like this only seem to be annual...

    So anyways, that's what I've been up to.

    I still have no idea where I'm going when I leave here...
  9. Idahosam

    Idahosam Set Adrift

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    Hi Fey :wave

    Don't remember me probably.... but we sat and talked on the couch Last Friday. I got home and wanted to check out your thread, well I seem to remember coming cross it now; you were in Slab City at the time. Of course it was way back when you first started out. For me that's a lot of riding time ago, so been trying to catchup. WOW you have been places no wonder your bike is in need of TLC.

    Anyhoo, I really enjoyed chatting with you and hope you all the best in your endeavors.
  10. Warin

    Warin Retired

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    Showing up early is good - you get the best spot, and watch everyone else roll in and set up while you sit back. As they set up you can see what gear works well.

    Leaving late is also good, you get to see what gear is wrecked, and you can pick up some unwanted stuff for nothing. Works well at the Isle of Man TT ... some peole don't want to carry the stuff back home (e.g. Germans - several countries away)


    Excellent. Pick the best weather and go there. :jkam
  11. Wotnext

    Wotnext KLR 650

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    Hi Feyala

    I have been following your RR since the very beginning but never commented 'till now. Just wanted to say that you really have a knack for explaining a situation or how you feel in each circumstance. Great riding philosophy and I take my "hat off" to you for following your heart down the road.:clap
  12. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    So Fey, did you put down roots in Enterprise, or did you make a move? :D Looking forward to reading more about your adventures!
  13. Feyala

    Feyala Been here awhile

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    As charming as this area is, no, I haven't put down roots.

    I've spent the last week or so alternating between hanging out with Brian and Margaret's lovely family for the 4th of July and fixing the bike, which is now fully functional and calling my name. Shrieking it, really, because I haven't gotten a chance to ride since the end of the rally. I might need to take some day rides to help with that.

    I need to finish the website, which should take a few days or so, and then I'll be on my way. Probably stopping briefly by Portland and then hanging around the woods for a while to catch up on my ride report - it's odd that being stationary indoors with an internet connection is a less productive space for me than hanging out at a hotspot or alone in the woods, but c'est la vie. I've written the next couple of entries and edited most of the photos from New Mexico, but that's some 600 megs out of 11 gigs! :eek1 of photos I need to go through.

    There are, however, worse problems to have. :lol3

    At some point in the mid-future I need to think about getting a job to stockpile some cash again, but I am not sure what that will look like. Something will probably present itself, it usually does. I have enough currently to keep me on the road for another few months, so I am not overly concerned.

    I appreciate everybody sticking with me, even when I hit lulls in posting like this. It means a lot to me. :raabia
  14. kitesurfer

    kitesurfer Long timer

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    i'm always on the lookout for your post. it would seem to me with your computer skilz, that you could work whenever and wherever you want. You could live forever by riding to one MC campground to another and 'tweaking' their website...or small business...or church group. you could hack into GEEK SQUAD and take their business!
  15. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    Always glad to see each post,travel light and smile alot.
  16. smash81

    smash81 Been here awhile

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    Good to hear from you! Glad she's purring like a kitten, thanks for checking in!
  17. smash81

    smash81 Been here awhile

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  18. GypsyWriter

    GypsyWriter Yup, I'm a girl.

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    Still here, waiting on whatever you have to show us!! :lurk :thumb :freaky
  19. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    Me too^^^
  20. Trane Francks

    Trane Francks Been here awhile

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    Moi aussi! :lurk