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Old 06-15-2009, 07:26 PM   #1681
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So we're putt-putting

down the camp road, and a pick-up truck with N.F. workers is heading out. I wave them over, and ask if it might be possible to camp even though it isn't open. They tell us that the official opening day is tomorrow, and suggest that we ride in, and ask the hosts if it's OK with them.

Well, the hosts couldn't have been nicer.



They welcomed us, pointed out the best site, were genuinely interested in our travels... really good people!



Neither of us was looking forward to scrambling to find a place to sleep, so letting us stay was really awesome. Thanks, guys!
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Old 06-15-2009, 07:30 PM   #1682
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This was their

dress rehearsal... the next night they were reserved full up. It was wonderful having the place to ourselves.



Nice, hot, clean showers... plenty of firewood laying around.



It was really a great way to end our time on the trail.



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Old 06-15-2009, 07:32 PM   #1683
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mmmmm

not ramen noodles



and not dinty moore stew



OK, so it was mac & cheese... it looked delicious in the store... we were hungry.
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Old 06-15-2009, 07:35 PM   #1684
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Gourmet

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It ended up being our longest day hours-wise, but really seemed like a relaxed pace, and focusing on fun.

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Old 06-15-2009, 09:31 PM   #1685
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I believe you have the Clark 3.9g tank. Whats the furthest you have gone before reserve? Also do you still have the cooling fan on the radiator? I think I have read the the Clark tank allows you to keep it.
Over the years I have seen a CPU cooling fan mounted (KTM's have a 5" wide radiator, don't know about Suzuki) with screws or zip ties on motorcycle radiators. These fans are 12 volt dc, and are 10-18 dollars each. Might fit, might work. Legend has it that they work for years in rain, water crossings, washings, etc.
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Old 06-15-2009, 09:59 PM   #1686
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[edit: Questor will be sporting the Ortlieb low-profile dry-bag saddle bags from Aerostitch. Similar in capacity to the Dirtbagz, and less than the Andy Strapz (when fully expanded), I'm looking forward to his review.]

I purchased a pair of the Ortlieb low profile saddle bags (aka Speedbag) via Aerostich, and I wouldn't recommend them. The bags themselves are very small. Think of 20" tall dry bag w/ a 13" diameter. Then cut the bag in half, so that you have two D-shaped bags roughly 6" x 20". Aerostich list them as having 2100 cubic inches (35L) per side, but that's incorrect.

The total combined storage capacity per Ortlieb's website is 35L.

The biggest drawback is that the straps aren't long enough for a bike that has side racks installed. And since the bags are 20" long, you really need to have the exhaust either completely shrouded, or racks to insure the bags don't make contact.

When I test fitted them on my 650GS w/ Happy Trails rack, I found the velcro straps about three inches shy of the center of the seat. (The hook side couldn't make contact w/ the loop side) In order for the bags to work, in my application, the straps would need to be at least one foot longer on both sides. (three inches to meet up @ the middle of the seat, and at least a minimum of 9" for the velcro to hook together.)

If you're not running a side rack and/or your exhaust is well shrouded, the straps would probably be long enough. Aerostich's photo gallery show some examples, but all of street/road bikes. YMMV.

It's too bad, cause I really like the overall design.
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Old 06-16-2009, 10:47 AM   #1687
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Day 12: Friday May 22, 2009

Last day riding... bringing it on in to Reno.





Notice the symmetrical valley/peak/valleys whenever we were above 6600ft. That was the snow-line.
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Old 06-16-2009, 10:53 AM   #1688
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This little guy

woke us up bright and early, and then proceeded to terrorize our campsite, stealing anything that wasn't tied down.



We only had a hundred or so miles to get to Reno, so we were in no rush to leave... 9:45 wheels rolling...

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Old 06-16-2009, 10:56 AM   #1689
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Oh, the smells



I saw this sign and pulled in



It wasn't that far, even in boots. What the heck? Let's take a hike.

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Old 06-16-2009, 11:06 AM   #1690
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Hey Doc - the wires coming from the Scala to your jacket - iPod?
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Old 06-16-2009, 11:08 AM   #1691
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Great RR and I hate seeing it come to an end.

Bring on Mobius IV
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Old 06-16-2009, 02:05 PM   #1692
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I have thoroughly enjoyed the reports and Mobius III may be the best one yet. I have a couple of questions.

Your schedule seems pretty packed, any reason (besides the fact you only have 2 weeks)? Seems like a 1 day break here or there might reduce stress a little if time permits.

Also, I noticed you had to turn back to the campground after deciding to push on @ 4:00ish and realized you had whiffed It's easy to get into "we gotta make time mode" on any trip.
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Old 06-16-2009, 02:36 PM   #1693
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Hey Doc - the wires coming from the Scala to your jacket - iPod?
the coiled wire connects the ipod to the scala. the thin wires are to the etymotic earbuds.

The Scalas come with helmet speakers hardwired. Others had described a mod to splice in a headphone jack so you can use your own. I wrote it up with photo instructions here.

End result looks like this:

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Old 06-16-2009, 02:55 PM   #1694
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the coiled wire connects the ipod to the scala. the thin wires are to the etymotic earbuds.

The Scalas come with helmet speakers hardwired. Others had described a mod to splice in a headphone jack so you can use your own. I wrote it up with photo instructions here.
Doc, both links above go to the etymotic homepage. I think you meant to point the second link elsewhere/to a file?
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Old 06-16-2009, 03:32 PM   #1695
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Your schedule seems pretty packed, any reason (besides the fact you only have 2 weeks)? Seems like a 1 day break here or there might reduce stress a little if time permits.

Also, I noticed you had to turn back to the campground after deciding to push on @ 4:00ish and realized you had whiffed It's easy to get into "we gotta make time mode" on any trip.
I guess we just really, really like riding. Seriously, actually, we do.


Part of the adventure for us is to set out a challenge, and then accomplish it. Our only real "schedule" involves our departure flight day/time. Everything else is flexible day-to-day. What's always interesting from a human-interaction standpoint, (in any group, but especially as a couple), is gauging our level of stress, or fear, or fatigue, and balancing R&R with potentially compromising our eventual sense of accomplishment.

If you remember from Mobius I, we took a day off in Liberal KS, and then after we got caught in snow in NM, we basically holed up in Taos for the rest of that day, relaxed, regrouped, then re-routed (skipping some planned riding) when we eventually got back underway. So we're not above scaling back our ambitions, kicking back and relaxing.

Mobius II had no planned mid-ride rest-day, mostly 'cause we really wanted to ride the White Rim Trail, and then were trying to maximize our time with the kids when we got to Flagstaff. We paid for that, and vowed to schedule at least a half-day rest mid-trip. In Mobius III, that was at Battle Mountain.

So yeah, pushing on, only to backtrack to Mill Creek campground ended up being a bad call. I admit it. (Believe me, LDF is getting as much mileage as she can out of that one. ) On the other hand, pushing a little further is how we (ahem, I ) found the cool old mine at Lone Mountain. Win some, lose some... live and learn.
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