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Old 12-31-2012, 05:02 PM   #9496
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Old 12-31-2012, 08:39 PM   #9497
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Old 01-01-2013, 01:10 AM   #9498
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Old 01-01-2013, 02:55 AM   #9499
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WOW, hopefully we all made it into the New Year. I did have a chance to load a big bag of recycle plastics on the beemer and haul it into town yesterday before the snow hit.Saw a GSA and 2 mo-peds while I was out. Now I'm setting here waiting for the snow to melt off the roads so I can get out.
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Old 01-01-2013, 06:47 AM   #9500
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Happy 2013 everyone! Looks like our long streak of street riding on New Years Day is ending. Oh well, just have to fire up the woods bikes!
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:07 AM   #9501
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I wish you all a safe and happy new year! Have fun with it!
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:35 AM   #9502
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two weeks since my surgery and i am cleared to ride i am now officially ready
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:59 AM   #9503
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Old 01-01-2013, 09:11 AM   #9504
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Happy New Year everyone! ....lets ride! :)
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Old 01-01-2013, 09:16 AM   #9505
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not sure yet what to ride open to suggestions i do know where to buy my gear!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-01-2013, 09:16 AM   #9506
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two weeks since my surgery and i am cleared to ride i am now officially ready
Two weeks after a neck surgery and you're released to ride already? Wow, quick healer.... Okay, saddle up and let's roll.
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Old 01-01-2013, 09:26 AM   #9507
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two weeks since my surgery and i am cleared to ride i am now officially ready
Glad to hear you got the OK! Hope you guys had a good time at Monster Mountain!.
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Old 01-01-2013, 12:16 PM   #9508
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two weeks since my surgery and i am cleared to ride i am now officially ready
Might as well just get a klr. Seems to be bike of choice for this thread.
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Old 01-01-2013, 12:50 PM   #9509
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i like my klr, but if i had it to do over... prolly be a drz400s.

i am kinda attached to my klr now though, think i will just stick it out..
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Old 01-01-2013, 01:16 PM   #9510
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Talking re: Mississippi Hill Contry Prep

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Happy Happy to All......................

prep'n for the Mississippi Hill Country Trail February 1st
My thoughts/experience from MHC Dec 2012:

I've had a case of deva-vu composing this, so an apology if this is an annoying repeat.

Start early, like before the sun comes up, there's not much daylight in the winter months. I cut the route into 3 days by camping at Holmes County State Park two nights, which is on the route south. At 220 miles, I still ended up riding in the dark. But wait, that was one of the fun and adventuresome parts of the ride, riding and navigating in the dark for the last hour or so of the first day... never mind... starting late could add to your adventure too.

The route was desolate enough that I was more comfortable when I had my camping gear on the bike. If I broke down I could still setup a camp until I could get things patched up or get help. I had in mind I could use ADVRider as support via phone/3g if worse came to worse. I carried 2 spare phone batteries, capacity for 3 days of phone power between recharges. I wired USB power from my KLR, that worked for powering gps device, but not for recharging my phone.

I trailered down with no arrangements for a place to park the car/trailer for the 3 days I rode. I stayed at the Super 8 in Sardis, MS to save a few bucks. It was a quick 11 miles to the start of Sam's route. The motel had a back parking lot for semis and they did not mind if I parked there for the trip. They had security cameras, and I saw police monitor the lot. I wondered if a truck stop would be a good place to park for a trip, anyone tried that?

I converted the maps to gps routes using MapQuest. One route for each map Sam provided all routes in one gdb file. I named the routes S 1 thru S 5 and N 1 thru N 6. I used the free OSB generic routable map 'cause I had lost the Garmin map during a computer upgrade. During the ride, I kept current with the roll charts, but without a resettable odometer, it was hard to follow and slowed me down. Keeping current with the roll chart position avoided the gps routing around Sam's route. But I really depended on the GPS data. I've since bought a trail tech computer but have not even mounted it yet.

One issue with the gps routes, one day I had more than the 50 point limit of my Garmin Etrex Hcx device, so it would not route. I thought I would be unable to use it, but found that instead of "navigating" I could "map" the route and still work for finding my way. When a route is mapped, it displayed straight lines from route point to route point, instead of following the roads. Still pretty easy to follow.

Some of the most fun was when I was off route or in the section Sam highlights with CAUTION and provides an alternate route. It seemed pretty safe to wander around, I never saw any DNR types or any officials outside of the the towns. The only problem is the timeline: with limited daylight hours there's not time to play in the woods very long. I was pretty cautious off road riding solo.

There had been rain the day before my planned trip, so it was a little sloppy in parts, and overcast most of the time. The wet conditions made it pretty much dust free and slippery fun in spots.

I carried very little in the way of repair stuff: one spare tube, crutch, tire irons, tube patch kit, jb weld, tape, and the oem tool kit. If it were a longer trip, I'd feel the need to be much better prepared.

The cheapo video camera I used was adequate to help me remember my trip, getttin old. I took about 16gb of empty space on mirco SD cards, that seemed about right for the 720p resolution device. I'd like to improve the mount. All the still photos I took were with my camera at 5mp resolution.

Watch for horses and cows on the road. I encountered several!

I had a new saddleman bag AP2350 for the trip, the rain cover got a good test, really kept the sand/mud/muck off. But I doubt that the cover is durable enough for too many trips, I'll have to replace it.

There is very little that I would change if I had the chance.

Planning the trip is as much fun as the trip itself and as much fun as retelling the stories afterward, enjoy.
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