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Old 02-04-2013, 07:12 PM   #79
F800ekelley OP
Joined: Sep 2012
Location: valley of the sun
Oddometer: 89
Originally Posted by NoVa Rider View Post
I've done it in 2.5 days. Here's fourteen tips I've learned from experience, or been given by some hard corps LD riders:
  1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.. you could use a camelback, but limited capacity and weight on your back. I used this: IIRC, 160 ounces of liquid goodness. A folded hotel hand towel under the front of the coleman kept everything level. Fill with ice/water and ride. This is just one options, some bungee a cylindrical cooler to the passenger peg, working especially well if you have panniers;
  2. Don't dawdle at gas stops. That wasted time adds up. Gas up, use the facilities, and go. My stops were about 8-10 minutes. You can eat and drink on the road. I find in the heat I don't eat much, but drink H2O constantly;
  3. Bicycle shorts. They work;
  4. Monkey Butt/Gold Bond Medicated Powder. Either works well;
  5. Beef Jerky/Banana Chips. Texture, protein and potassium. Pack it on the bike, saving more time at stops;
  6. Down a gatorade as needed, especially if the temps are super high;
  7. If temps are super high, pack your suit with ice at each stop. You get about 60 minutes of evaporative cooling;
  8. I start at 4 - 5 am each day, as I prefer knocking out miles early, keeps me in a good mindset all day. I ride until 10 or 11, later if needed;
  9. Stop on the far side of the big city. You avoid traffic the next morning (but leaving early obviates that);
  10. Make sure you are super visible. Reflective tape on your panniers, helmet, and reflective strips on your suit will help you be seen, and survive;
  11. Pack light (or half of what you think you'll need). You don't need much, and if you break down, see 13 below;
  12. Call your credit card company to tell them you'll be travelling so they don't see the multiple gas purchases and shut down the card. Bring cash for when they shut it down anyway;
  13. Get towing coverage from your insurance. Will save you tons if/when your bike breaks down; and
  14. Finally, consider getting an ezpass/fastpass. Depending on your route, will save you tons of time at toll roads.
Good luck.
I have heard of packing the suit with ice not sure howto do this i have a bmw trailmaster jaacket would think i am just going to be soaked riding and how annoying that would be. Did u find this to be the case?
Insurance check they raised the rate
Called my bank i dont like credit cards they always screw u with wierd fees when u do this

Pack light- still not sure what i need i know basic tools tubes and patch kit this stuff wieght alot already really bringing tent pad blanket what did u find you forgot to take or wish u had?

Bike short- good suggestion i am not a fan of being all cramped up downstairs but extra padding always good il get a pair of these

Thanks for the support all the comments make me even more excited to ride

Camelback, i have 2 of these never leave home with out it in az
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