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Old 05-31-2013, 11:46 AM   #31
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" There's no bad weather just bad gear" Consider this: with our membership on this website, there is a lot of gear that is not being used. If you made a list of what you needed and where your next stop in a members home would be. We should be able to help.. Be sure to include your sizes. Ride safe..
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:45 PM   #32
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Stumbled upon this one late last night. Had a good laugh, fell asleep..perfect

Anyways, enjoy yourself. I'm chomping at the bit to get out of my cubicle.

Originally Posted by oldtouring B View Post
If you made a list of what you needed and where your next stop in a members home would be. We should be able to help

Is there a tent in that pile? If there is not or if what you have isn't up to snuff. I just downsized w/ a new big agnes and now have an extra tent, its approximately 10lbs, a bit on the large size but I think it could work for you since you are not cost to you. I hate having it sit in my garage going to waste when it could be out seeing the country/ its got a kickass vestibule to get out of this

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Old 05-31-2013, 01:36 PM   #33
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Laugh cAMPING ?

... So I wussed out and got a hotel room to dry my gear and a cold beer that sums up my day.


What happened to your 'camping dreams' ?
C'mon, only 25 and can't hold a rain ?
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Old 05-31-2013, 01:45 PM   #34
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Well, that was a great 2 pages. Thanks.

Something about your written attitude cracks me up. Thanks for the laughs!

Ride safe!
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:59 PM   #35
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Old 05-31-2013, 11:21 PM   #36
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I'll tag along on this one. Look me up if/when you get to San Diego.
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Old 05-31-2013, 11:46 PM   #37
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First off a huge thanks to Kent for giving me a dry spot to sleep and filling me with grub and beer. I definitely needed that morale booster.

Since I was so far behind schedule I took highway 1 into mission instead of 99 through lilooet (an amazing technical road) but I had forgotten what wonderful views were to be had from that drive. Sadly I got another full day of rain and rolled into town looking like a drowned rat. Nothing a few beers couldn't fix though and we swapped bike tales, tweaked my route through northern California, and even fixed the burnt out fuse that was the culprit of my heated gear failure.

This morning setting off I was dry, warm and in high spirits. A relatively painless border crossing later and I was off to Diablo lake. Highway 20 is a great ride, lots of scenery and some twisty bits, , but runs through too many small towns to really speed much. Views of the lake were breathtaking..

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Old 06-01-2013, 12:03 AM   #38
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I made the awful mistake of taking i5 to try and save some time, more like an hour sitting in bumper to bumper traffic getting to Seattle. After checking in at the hostel I set out to find some grub, burger from five point

And afterward an evening stroll to the waterfront for some photos.

All tucked away (not really..) for the night.

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Old 06-01-2013, 05:28 AM   #39
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Have fun man!!
An old Shaker saying; "Too soon old, too late smart..."

As someone has already posted, it is not the bike, but the ride in the rider.... Have fun- you will 'smart' up quickly too!

My father left me with a legacy to follow. In the late 1930's, as a young man, packed a bicycle, tent and rode the Southern tip of Africa over the then dirt roads. Anything we do today is so much easier - but still fun.
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Old 06-01-2013, 06:19 AM   #40
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Fellow quarter life crisis engineer checking in. I'm in.
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Old 06-11-2013, 11:23 AM   #41
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Old 06-11-2013, 01:36 PM   #42
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Yep, great start to what should be a life changing journey. I'm in too!
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Old 06-11-2013, 11:25 PM   #43
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He made it to central California.

Rolled in about 2215hrs after doing part of Hwy 1 in the dark. Looks kinda tired.
Equal to all of you of roads and good luck! - krokodil al-kashi

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Old 06-13-2013, 10:29 PM   #44
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Thanks for the couch to crash on AceRph. I've got so many great pics and stories but haven't had solid Internet access or a keyboard for awhile now. From Seattle I went to Mt hood, St Helens, rainer . Did the coast down to San Francisco and Paso Robles. Did kings canyon and Yosemite today. Next is death Valley and Vegas, then Utah and Colorado where I plan to stop for a few days in Denver for a breather and a better update.
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Old 06-14-2013, 07:52 AM   #45
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Just like a kid ignoring his mother's 100th warning and burning his hand on the stove anyway, your wisdom will only be had by your own trial and error. Often young riders spend all their money on the bike and then wear hand-me-downs or On Sale cheap stuff. Not saying you did per se, but I know I'm guilty of it. I haven't found any "Rain Proof" gear yet without having to make 60 payments.

I'm twice your age and I'll tell ya, going coast to coast on a bike that doesn't break down, suits all your needs, with gear that works and having everything stay in its place going reasonably well makes for a real sad, pathetic, boring Ride Report. Then you have to rely on pics and humour to keep people interested. You got that nailed so embrace the adversity!

Enjoy your quarter life crisis and make sure you out do it when your Mid life hits.
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