|09-29-2007, 12:58 PM||#30|
Joined: Aug 2006
Location: Minden/Gardnerville, NV
Thanks for all the comments folks. Couple things of note regarding this solo ride...
a) I had a personal locator beacon with me that I rented from these guys, just in case: http://www.plbrentals.com/
b) my cell phone worked in a lot of places you would think it wouldn't. Thanks Unicel!
c) I rode totally within my limits and at times I was thinking to myself "man, I am just putting along huh?"
d) I only fell down once and I don't think I actually hit the ground. Can't remember. I did however drop the bike a couple of times trying to turn around. Pretty heavy beast full of gas and camping stuff.
e) I had a spare GPS unit and RAM cradle with me in my backpack and a lot of batteries. One basic NV/UT paper map with me, wished I had had a couple good BLM maps too.
f) spare clutch cable, didn't need it in the end.
g) trickle charged my battery before I left just to make sure it was good to go. Never had any problems with the bike, but like I said I kinda rode in "self preservation" mode a lot. There was a lot to see out there and I wanted to look around versus having to pay super close attention to the trail all the time.
h) I can count on one hand how many people I saw out there in the middle of nowhere. Desolate for sure.
i) my gps tracks were pretty easy to follow. Only had a few instances where I was off track and had to turn around or follow a different route to connect back.
j) I carried two full 2 liter Camelbak bladders in my pack most of the time. On the way home it was cool so I only carried one and a half. I also had a Katadyn filter in my bag, but sent it home with my clothes and computer from Pahrump.
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