Desert Minimalist Thumper Discovery Route

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Joe Motocross, Sep 27, 2018.

  1. Joe Motocross

    Joe Motocross Adjustafork Chef

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    Ok, ok. So man has used the Adjustafork since time began. I ripped off Tut and others. Big deal. Regardless, it’s a time tested design. Good enough for a king, good enough for me.
  2. BornAgain

    BornAgain Been here awhile

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    Moved to Babylonia King Tut
    He's my favorite honky
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  3. Todd157k

    Todd157k Long timer Supporter

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    The King Tut exhibit was very good. I'm not a 'museum' go-er at all but really wanted to see it. Really fun IMAX show too. I kept watching the show thinking.. "I could ride that.. next to the Nile" :y0!

    @Joe Motocross In all fairness... yours is the original. This "pitch fork" like piece was an arrow head they used with the bow it's sitting next to. It didn't really say how, or how well it worked however, it didn't seem to last the test of time. :lol2
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  4. HPPants

    HPPants Adventurer

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    I'm only on page 10, but I'm hooked, man. Great report and please no spoilers. I'd rather just get it raw.

    I'm jonesing for a dual sport, and this report is like a carrot dangling in front of the horse. Of course, Joe Motocross is way out of my league, but one can dream for free, and this stuff is good stuff. I'd like to try some back country camping on a dual sport.

    I can't relate directly to this application, but after more than 150,000 miles of sport touring, I can affirmly state that the more I do this, the less I bring. There is real benefit to the minimalist motorcyclists and it goes way beyond the weight of the bike. Everything I bring has to be cared for, cleaned, maintained, and to some extent - worried about. If I don't have it, I ain't gotta worry about it and quite frankly, I've got way too much worry already. So I bring less. And the next time, even less.

    Furthermore, I think there is great adventure and satisfaction improvising. Use your brain case to think out of the box and use whatever is available to you. I don't mind primitive camping at all - in more populated areas, I would actually prefer it to sleeping with the rolling houses with their big generators and sound machines and yappy dogs. On the street, the cell phone and GPS make this easy. Truthfully, we are never really THAT far away from help if we need it.

    Finally, today's world is so full of bullshit. I'd never start a war over it, but at some point, somebody has to tell me why my wife needs 115 pairs of shoes, give or take? You can go to Cosco and buy 100 rolls of toilet paper in one package. Or 25 pounds of rice. I mean - am I the only one that see how ridiculous this is?

    So ride on, Joe Motocross. Ride on indeed, man. You've got a south Louisiana brother on your team for sure!!
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  5. Osadabwa

    Osadabwa Don't be Surprised

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    This whole thing makes me happy.

    I'd be quick to tease you about your camp chair, but I've just organized a 4 night ride coming next week and did one better... we'll be staying in hotels the whole time! It just worked out that there are great places to crash all along the way and the riding will be absolutely fantastic without camp gear and food bogging us down. So, in a way, maybe I'm actually sticking harder to the "go light" mantra than you on this one... ooooooh, yeah, I think so! :lol3
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  6. prsdrat

    prsdrat Been here awhile

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    Just got my adjustaforks. Can't wait to try them out. Thanks
  7. pprO.R.A.

    pprO.R.A. Hipster Dufass

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    Hey there Joe M. how big of a PIA is it to carry out the empty cans, bottles and garbage from the nights campsite. I know when you hit the store before finding a camp for the night you make room to carry in the goods, but the days ride out for the trails ahead you have to pack out garbage. I am just wondering how you manage that ?
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  8. chudzikb

    chudzikb Been here awhile

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    Leave no trace is the way for most in the wilderness. It is the only way.
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  9. Buckee

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    What he said. If you brought it, you need to leave with it. Work that into the plan.
    Notice how many times Cletus pointed out the AAFork eliminates the need for plates & utensils, etc. (which get left behind...). And cans are easy to smash flat!
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  10. Joe Motocross

    Joe Motocross Adjustafork Chef

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    Yup, easy enough to pack out. Burn what you can, smash the cans flat. Trash ends up being very minimal.
  11. Joe Motocross

    Joe Motocross Adjustafork Chef

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    Man Osadabwa, I like you more and more, you're on it. That's what we call a "credit card tour". It doesn't happen often but sometimes we'll do a December or January ride from hotel to hotel. As you suggested, this is truly the most minimalist method of adventure riding. The adventure is at those "rat hole" motels scattered across the desert in the obscure towns. You're almost guaranteed to meet some wacked characters at those places.
  12. Joe Motocross

    Joe Motocross Adjustafork Chef

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    Totally on it here. My uncle used to say "everything you own owns a piece of you". I think that's why I get off on not bringing anything. The total freedom and release. You get it.
  13. Buckee

    Buckee Scott

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    Well that seems like another good reason to have an adjust a fork handy...
  14. MTBRALPH

    MTBRALPH Adventurer

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    Thanks for a great tale - and great inspiration.
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    Spam16v Squid Rocket Supporter

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    Pm sent, I’m sold.
  16. Jimo368

    Jimo368 Quantum Mechanic

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    I just finished reading your amazing rides. I great read up here when everything is frozen solid until May. Hopefully I can make it down there with the DRZ soon.