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Old 10-05-2009, 01:29 AM   #16
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Seems like the strom went well. You have a better idea of fuel range. You can review tie down strategies. Photos looked great. Your planning will be better next time. Can I come next time. My strom needs a good outing like that.
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Old 10-05-2009, 10:10 PM   #17
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ya still here to tell the tale and there's always next time. Sometimes you've gotta pull the plug and that takes guts.

I'm with Guzzimike ... ditch the occy straps and get some AndyStrapz. Didn't lose a thing off my Strom in 16500km around oz a couple of weeks ago.
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Old 10-07-2009, 05:14 AM   #18
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Bad luck mate, at least nothing nasty happened. My only advice is, team up with tHE tREV for your next adventure and if it's anything like his longest day ride, it'd be an epic adventure
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Old 10-08-2009, 04:56 PM   #19
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I'm a rope man and I love my knots.

The picture of the top of the new petrol container after problem 10 shows an accident waiting to happen. At the very least use a short bit of cord, string or rope to hold all those lines together in the centre. Tie off to one line and go weaving under and over around and around to keep all the lines crossing at the one place.

The bit of rope that goes from back right to front left looks as though it would go loose as soon as it pops over the shoulder of the front left corner.

Tie off at every chance you get so that you have multiple lines secured so if one or two go loose you won't lose tension in the others.

Mental toughness is something I don't think we're born with, but it can definitely be developed. I've seen numerous professional tennis players displaying mental weakness in their younger years that they've been able to get on top of. What's marvellous about your RR is that I'm sure that's exactly how many of us would have been thinking as well and we identify and empathise with you in that regard. Of course it's another thing to be able to go on and develop a strategy to overcome it, but the problem is way more than half solved if it's at least defined.
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Old 10-20-2009, 05:21 PM   #20
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I really enjoyed reading this report Joe since it's different to many that don't show you what's going on inside the rider's head. Your problems were many on this trip and I suspect that the single-rider loneliness factor made it seem worse.

Last year I did my first decent adventure ride and I can tell you that having company along made all the difference in the world, even though I have done a few solo thousand km days myself (on the tar) and quite enjoy those rides as well. We had a few problems on our cape trip as well as you can read.

Offroad in remote locations makes me think very seriously about my family and the importance of getting back to them alive should an unforeseen event occur. Sitting around the camp at night sharing the day's adventure moments is also much more fun with some amigos.

Put some plans out on the forum with plenty of notice and you may find some amigos to tag along! We planned our cape trip for a year before we set off...

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Old 02-05-2010, 01:02 AM   #21
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Thumb Beam me up Scotty

At the end of the day a man should be able to beam his loved ones to his camp fire to share the moment then beam them back to enjoy the peace.
I loved the ice cube tip! simple and works if you are quick. Thanks for sharing the highs and lows of solo adventures, I find getting some one to travel together a problem as well. Maybe if I had the ability to plan it would be better. But hope to build an outfit on my Wee this year. I might make it easier to take the beloved.
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Old 02-05-2010, 06:11 AM   #22
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Thanks for the RR...
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Old 02-05-2010, 02:13 PM   #23
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Sorry to hear about you not getting to finish your ride but with all those things going wrong can't blame you for going back home. P.S. I bet that was a mess cleaning that poor bird out of your bike. Hope your future rides are better
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Old 02-05-2010, 03:50 PM   #24
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I have learned the same lesson about strapping gear down with bungie cords!
On the up side, loosing your load on the road, gives you a lighter bike, and you learn you can live without all the stuff!
Keep your chin up, and keep adventuring!
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Old 09-22-2010, 02:30 PM   #25
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WoW Joe that was realy an adventure imo keep em coiming.

Maybe put it out there and post your ride up there are many advantages to having a couple of extra riders. tools, spares, knowhow, etc and
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Old 09-22-2010, 05:45 PM   #26
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Old 12-11-2011, 02:29 PM   #27
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Hi Joe, just stumbled across yr RR. I can relate to how you were feeling. Once that thought of "turning around" sets in , it is very hard to shake it. That Nuccundra / Tibooburra rd if wet would be a prob. I rode it 3mths ago after rain. same thoughts went though my mind. ( see my RR )

I've done 3 x Mountain Bike rides solo of 1000km. or better. ( one to Birdsville) So have been down quite a few times mentally, It gets easier to "work around" these downs the more experience you acquire.

We all Have to make hard decisions. You made the right one.

Hope you are still out there Adventuring..............
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Old 12-11-2011, 03:12 PM   #28
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think of it as an equipment test, i think we should all listen to our 6th sence, you never know what might have happened.

you assessed the risks, and made a good evaluation.

still a good read, we have all had our ups and downs, it was still a ride.
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Old 12-11-2011, 03:39 PM   #29
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Nice Ride Report.

One of the best things about ADVrider are the Ride Reports.
We get to see amazing places and learn from other people.

Glad things worked out and you survived.
The Law of Averages dictates that things have to get better next time.

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Great Mods!

That was a GREAT report! Have you been on any other adventures on the VStrom?

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