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Old 02-21-2011, 11:02 PM   #1
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A February Expedition

Andy and I loaded the 9 foot tipi and the rest of our camping gear on our bikes and headed up into the hills for a camping trip

prep

This was the first time I had tried carrying tipi poles on a sidecar. This is far from an ideal distribution of weight, and we had trouble lashing down the poles so they wouldn't shift. We stopped several times to adjust and secure the load.

lashing

securing

We started seeing snow as we neared my intended destination

intersection

Unfortunately, the campsite I had in mind was clear cut recently. In place of the tall trees on a scenic bluff was a muddy tangle of slash and stumps.

snow and mud

We pressed on and the road disappeared under snow.

cutting trail

I was nearly stuck when my bike broke through thick ice into a deep mud hole.

ice

icehole

unstuck

ice and snow

The snow covered deep ruts making driving challenging

ruts

Eventually the heavily laden sidecar lost traction and bogged down in the snow covered ice

stopped

We took a little hike to see if the road ahead was passable

knock kneed

trees

vista

scenic

snowy trees

We decided to backtrack and look for a camp site a little lower down the mountain. I chained up and we headed back down

chains

backtrack

mtadams from cutoff

http://adventuresidecar.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FebruaryExpedition/IMG2477/1193459730_JDWpJ-M.jpg





It was getting late but we found a good camp spot

camp

tipi

pegging down

fire

sunset

the temperature fell quickly after night fell

dark

Dinner was late, and we were hungry! Bratwurst, lamb and cabbage stew, hoe cakes and honey washed down with dead guy ale

chopping onions

stew

cooking dinner

After dinner we retired to the tipi for a hot whiskey night cap

brrr

lulled to sleep by the flickering fire

firelight



snooze

the fire was out when I awoke, and it was 17f inside the tipi, somewhat colder outside.

cold hearth

a full moon hung low in the West when I got up

moon

morning tipi

Behind camp, Mt.Adams was beautiful, softly lit by the first rays of dawn

MtAdamsDawn

Andy made a fire in the tipi while I was wandering around. Our water jug had frozen overnight. We set it near the fire and it soon thawed enough to make our tea and coffee

thawed

coffee face

I was pleased to find the eggs had survived yesterday's ride, safely packed in corn meal

eggz

I got started making breakfast

morning fire

hoecakes

bacon,eggs,potatoes&hoecakes

bacon and eggs, fried taters and onions, hoe cakes smothered in honey

breakfast plate

chowhound

After breakfast we doused the fires, packed up and broke camp

poles and beds

packing

We loaded the poles butts forward and added a tie down strap to cinch them tight. This proved to be much more secure and we made the trip home without needing to stop to adjust the load

poles loaded

valleyview

Swyers Drive

and a good time was had by all

homeward bound
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:50 PM   #2
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Thumb Gimme some of them vittles!

The ride looks fun, but that breakfast looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing. I don't envy the cold though.

(Unsolicited suggestion: Secure those poles with strips of car or bike innertube cut lengthwise about 2 inches wide. It's an African solution that works better than rope, tiedowns or bungees for that kind of thing.)
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:13 AM   #3
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(Unsolicited suggestion: Secure those poles with strips of car or bike innertube cut lengthwise about 2 inches wide. It's an African solution that works better than rope, tiedowns or bungees for that kind of thing.)
thanks, I will add that to my bag of tricks!
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Old 02-23-2011, 06:25 AM   #4
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Looks like a great deal of fun in Good Liver territory! And you do lay on the feasts!

Would you go into as little depth about the tire chains?
Homemade? I'd guess.
What kind of connector?
How many per wheel?

Thanks.
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Old 02-23-2011, 08:06 AM   #5
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Looks like a great deal of fun in Good Liver territory! And you do lay on the feasts!

Would you go into as little depth about the tire chains?
Homemade? I'd guess.
What kind of connector?
How many per wheel?

Thanks.
I use a snap hook to connect them and 5-6 sets per wheel

more info on the old Adventure Sidecar website

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Old 02-23-2011, 11:44 AM   #6
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Thanks for taking me with you, Vernon

Thanks for taking me with you, Vernon; with pictures at least.
Waking up in the morning and seeing this shot here:


That seems like it might make the whole cold thing well worth it !!


For what it's worth, I've been doing a little bit of riding this Winter myself:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=658774&page=10
But no CAMPING YET
I finally just got tired of reading everyone ELSE'S Ride Reports.
I can't wait for Spring to come around either.
I also must. ride. now.
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Old 02-23-2011, 12:12 PM   #7
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that breakfast pic made me hungry

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Old 02-23-2011, 12:48 PM   #8
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So true. Amazing solid breakfast. I just got up and made me smth to eat
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Old 02-25-2011, 03:57 PM   #9
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Pole securing

You could try a ratchet strap on those poles too. Winch it down nice and tight!
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Old 02-27-2011, 11:13 AM   #10
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Wow! You guys sure have the food thing going. On the road, I eat grits and tea for breakfast -- sometimes I put raisins in the grits.

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Old 02-27-2011, 01:07 PM   #11
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Red Menace strikes again! Great adventure! Thanks for sharing it
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Old 03-04-2011, 07:05 AM   #12
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When's the next camping trip, Red ?
That last snow is melting away, and it's a 45-50 degree weekend in the Hood.......
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Old 03-05-2011, 06:02 AM   #13
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When's the next camping trip, Red ?
That last snow is melting away, and it's a 45-50 degree weekend in the Hood.......
I'd like to get out again soon, but I have some projects I need to complete first(liner for the 16 foot tipi, poles and liner for the 14 foot tipi, R&R 4 bikes for the upcoming season, I just bought a rat 71 1 ton flatbed I need to rebuild the bed, R&R and build a tipi pole rack for, and of course, Taxes)

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Old 03-05-2011, 06:43 AM   #14
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That's an inspiring adventure.
Thanks for the sharing
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Old 03-07-2011, 08:13 AM   #15
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Twas a great adventure! Vernon said we wouldn't ride much because he wanted to test out the tipi pole rack. Thanks to all the logging we ended up on quite a ride - much to my pleasure! Mud, snow, ice, more mud...

Food was amazing - - - but gotta remember to bring the water jug into the tipi on nights that drop to 17 degrees! One really nice thing about tipi camping is you don't have to get out of bed to start the fire - or make that first cup of coffee! (Unless, of course, your demented brother makes you get up to take pictures of the moon setting over pink clouds!)
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