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Three Clydesdales and a Zebra - An Unlikely Herd

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Hondarider, Aug 10, 2016.

  1. Hondarider

    Hondarider Hero of the Stupid

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    Give it a week. At this rate, I'll be riding helmetless down the highway in shorts and flip-flops with a buzz after knocking a few back during lunch.
  2. Hondarider

    Hondarider Hero of the Stupid

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    On a much less entertaining front, I waterproofed my Alpinestars for about the 20th time in the past 10 years. These things have been flawless for a decade. They feel like a comfy pair of slippers, they have super hard soles for extended periods of standing on the pegs, and never leak a drop. I think the Sno Seal stuff works really well. It'll make your boots happy.

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  3. Woody2627

    Woody2627 Grey Wobbler

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    The small adjustable wrench has its jaws too far apart. You really are going wild aren't you?
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  4. Hondarider

    Hondarider Hero of the Stupid

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    Being a glutton for punishment and helpful "observations", I'm throwing together my toiletries bag this morning and I thought I'd throw together a quick list of the contents for your consideration
    • Toothbrush
    • Tooth paste (Close-Up...just like Grandpa used)
    • Dental floss
    • Bar of soap (Irish Spring...also what Grandpa used)
    • Small mirror
    • Needle and thread (O.D. Green)
    • Deodorant (Old Spice...apparently, I really miss that old guy...even 20 years later)
    • Band-aids (assorted...No! I'm not listing them by size and shape)
    • Finger nail clippers
    • Toe nail clippers
    • Tweezers
    • Dayquil
    • Pepto tablets
    • Aleve
    • Imodium (in case Pepto won't get it done)
    • Ibuprofen
    • Acetiminophen
    • Codeine (not awesome when you're riding)
    • Lipitor (to combat the country fried steaks and gravy)
    • Benedryl
    • Excedrin Migraine
    • Indomethacin (prescription anti-inflammatory)
    • Multi-vitamins
    • Tylenol Night Time Cold and Flu
    LOL. It looks like I might have a drug habit, but I rarely take any of these things except for maybe Aleve during firewood season or Pepto after my favorite Mexican restaurant. I just hate the idea of finding myself sick in a hotel room or on the side of the road and not having the right stuff. Besides, pills don't take up much space when you only carry a few of each in those little pill dispenser cases that the old folk use for their daily doses.
  5. CharlestonADV

    CharlestonADV I do my own stunts. Supporter

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    Super glue can be useful for closing some cuts. I try to always have a tube/bottle in my toiletries case.
  6. Hondarider

    Hondarider Hero of the Stupid

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    LEFT PANNIER - BLUE TOOL BAG - right between the Stripper/Crimper Tool and the Surgical Gloves :thumb
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  7. Hondarider

    Hondarider Hero of the Stupid

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    Less than 2 days until launch...

    Bob finished packing all of his gear today and actually took the bike out for a brief dry run. He sent out a picture to document the event for posterity.

    IMG_5851.JPG

    The saddest part is THAT is his riding gear.
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  8. Hondarider

    Hondarider Hero of the Stupid

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    Meanwhile...back at my house...I think the packing is all done. I'll take a hot lap around town to gas up and shakedown my equipment tomorrow and then...6:30AM on Tuesday...I hit the road for Bob's house.

    Left Box - still some room to spare
    Left Box - packed.jpg

    Right Box - I could still squeeze in a sweatshirt or a few souvenir t-shirts

    Right Box - packed.jpg

    Top Box/Bag - tons of available space and then I can expand it even further if needed. Great place to stash my helmet when riding in those ABATE states. :muutt

    Top Box - packed.jpg
  9. ChicoProf

    ChicoProf Been here awhile

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    You could teach classes on packing a bike...
  10. MapMaster

    MapMaster Human Compass

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    FTFY :D
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  11. chudzikb

    chudzikb Long timer Supporter

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    Ahhhh...the individual bags for separate items, the mark of a backpacker! Well done!
  12. TALLGUY

    TALLGUY Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    I am always the guy with the tools, extra oil, tire repair kit, etc. What a pain. If I traveled with you I could just pack up my clothes and hit the road. With that savings of time, weight and space I think I could easily be on your timeline every day!!

    Have patience and a safe trip.
    TG
  13. Hondarider

    Hondarider Hero of the Stupid

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    I swore I wouldn't do it.

    buzz, buzz

    It's gone well beyond ridiculous.

    buzz, buzz

    There's simply no need.

    buzz, buzz

    It'll have zero impact on my trip.

    buzz, buzz

    It's not even funny anymore.

    buzz, buzz

    It's the definition of obsessive compulsive.

    buzz, buzz

    Get a handle on yourself.

    buzz, buzz

    This is crazy.

    buzz, buzz

    You really should consider therapy.

    buzz, buzz

    And yet...in the end...there I was...6:00AM on Labor Day...

    buzz, buzz

    Damn those house flies!

    And now, for what I hope is the very last time, I present you with Revision G...only 1 beach towel.

    Packing List Rev G.jpg

    I thought I was going to be able to proceed with the trip using Rev. F...flaws and all...until...I was at WalMart yesterday and I saw the J.B. Weld...

    I was pretty much screwed from there.
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  14. Hondarider

    Hondarider Hero of the Stupid

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    And now I can't figure out where I stashed all those copies of Rev F! :baldy

    I knew I should have put the locations of the packing lists on the packing list!

    Configuration Management is a nightmare!

    I need Tom Doyle!
  15. Vrode

    Vrode Not going there Supporter

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    You need to get a handle on this. If there's any question, leave it behind. Don't worry about revising your list. There is most likely nothing you can't find on the road if you really need it. It's not like you're traveling alone.
    Hey, I like to be prepared too, but if I need something on the road I've always been able to find it nearby. (yes, I know there are scenarios people have found themselves in where they were stuck, but it's not usually due to clothing, towel, or toiletry shortages)
  16. Hondarider

    Hondarider Hero of the Stupid

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    Oh, yeah. I'm done. The bike is packed and I just completed my successful shakedown run. I made a couple minor suspension adjustments and filled the tank with gas. I'm officially ready to hit the road in a little over 18 hours. Now I need to focus on mowing the lawn and other household chores so my wife doesn't have to do them all in my absence. She's already talking about her plight as a "single parent" so I want to minimize the available ammunition for subsequent discussions about my shortcomings as a father and husband and how I deserted them...

    I keep hearing this Springsteen tune in the back of my head...

    Got a wife and kids in Baltimore, Jack
    I went out for a ride and I never went back
    Like a river that don't know where it's flowing
    I took a wrong turn and I just kept going
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  17. ChicoProf

    ChicoProf Been here awhile

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    Just don't sing it aloud and within her hearing...
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  18. Blader54

    Blader54 Long timer

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    Your lawn must grow slower than your toenails! Nail clippers? Seriously? But hey, it's YOUR trip! Take whatever the hell you want! Heck, by now you've most likely got the entire list memorized as to items and locations thereof! As for the missus, maybe she'd like a long relaxing weekend at someplace like Kripalu after you get back......while you mind the house and kiddies? Just a thought.
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  19. rodr

    rodr Been here awhile

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    In the Bike section, Tail Bag is redundant since you have a Tail Bag section.

    :amazon :D
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  20. chudzikb

    chudzikb Long timer Supporter

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    For the love of God, stop the voices in your head and relax and HAVE FUN! Sedative? Beer, lots of beer?
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