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Old 12-05-2012, 08:13 PM   #466
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Top Case

In the top case, I carry mostly my clothes and computer stuff.
I have my clothes in zip lock bags so they stay neat and compacted
pants and shorts in one bag ( have mostly those light weight zip off pants - 3 of them and one pair of jeans
shirts in one bag - again I have mostly those light weight athletic shirts because they are 3 times lighter than a normal cotton shirt and they dry quickly
swim suits, rash gaurd and cold weather clothes in the other big bag
socks in a small bag
and underwear
I also have a light weight net bag that I use for dirty clothes
I have a beach towel
A bath towel that is very compact. It is super absorbent
I havde all my bike paper work, passport, extra wallet, spare keys in a blue folder
I have a Dell XPS13 laptop computer
I have my learning Spanish CD's and DVD driver
Memories sticks, SD cards and a 1 terabyte external storage device for storing all my pictures and video

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Old 12-05-2012, 08:21 PM   #467
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my yellow waterproof soft top bag

This where I keep mostly my soft camping stuff
I have a zero degress down sleeping bag
a compact 45 degress down sleeping bag
a silk sheet sleeping bag (for those extra hot nights
2 blow up air matresses
blow up pillow
a Nemo Losi 2P tent
a red tarp
a goretex bivy sack (just in case)
mosquito net tent
fold up chair with back rest
a bike lock to lock up my riding suit and boots while I am away from my bike
and a large and small dry bags

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Old 12-05-2012, 08:33 PM   #468
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my right sadlebag

Here is where I keep my tools and parts (all in a separate bag) I will list those things in a second
pot for cooking with bowls and seasonings
A MSR camp stove that will burn gasoline
waterproof pants and jacket street clothes
thermal liner for Rev it riding suit in grey compression sack
Rev it water proof winter gloves
Rev it waterproof balaclava
Rev it Phantom GTX gloves (best all around gloves ever!)
folding wine glass
water purifying pump
hand towel
extra suppliess like sun block and laundry detergent
sponge
and some of my food

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Old 12-05-2012, 08:36 PM   #469
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Tools and spares

Here's what is in my tool bag

Tire inflater
Spare alt belt
Latex gloves
Sewing repair kit
Velcro
Spare brake pads
Kitchen sponge
Jumper cables
Volt meter
Tie down straps
Spare oil filter
Spare air filter
Safety pins
Hose clamps
Alligator clips
Torx sockets
Tire repair kit with extra glue
Fuel hose
Bungies
Goop glue
Epoxy putty
Hacksaw blade
Zip ties
Breaker bar
Plug wrench
Spare plugs
Spare zippers
Electrical wire and connectors
Spare levers
Wd 40
Parachute cord
Spare nuts and bolts
Spare H7 light
Duct tape
Wire cutters
3/8 socket wrench
Cigarette lighter
Vice grips
Fingernail file
Tire levers
Channellock wrench
Needle nose pliers

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Old 12-05-2012, 08:47 PM   #470
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my left saddle bag

rechargable AA and AAA batteries with a battery charger that can be plugged it to the bike
the big bag has all my other chargers, wires and connectors that I need. I am 100 percent self suffient off the bike. I even have a power inverter so I can charge my lap top computer from my bike
collapsable cooler
a carrying bag with draw string for my riding suit
i pod speakers
maps and books
first aid kit
fishing pole
Rev it one piece rainsuit (love it!)
vitamins
zip in Gore-tex liner for my Rev it riding suit
electric vest
some food
and a long sleeve shirt that I can grab quickly for those chilly nights or when the bugs are bad

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Old 12-05-2012, 08:50 PM   #471
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backpack

I have a waterproof backpack strapped on top of my top cases
In there I keep my hiking boots, food, tissues (never want to run out!), more sunglasses, knife, more sun block, etc
I use the backpack for my hiking and such
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:02 PM   #472
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The bike

Here's what the bike looks like fully loaded
Yes, I have a lot of stuff but I have less than some people who are carrying everything including the kitchen sink

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Old 12-06-2012, 06:09 AM   #473
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tequila

I am sure you have all had the potent drink made from the agave plant........but did you know there is a town in Jalisco Mexico where it all started? Well, neither did I until just a few days ago. And when I found out, I had to go. It meant back-tracking a bit and taking the twisty mountain roads out of Puerto Vallarta. I had no idea what to expect but I had so much fun as a result
Here's that story........

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Old 12-06-2012, 06:13 AM   #474
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tequila

when I rolled in to town, it just so happened it was the start of their big tequila festival. they had this cool parade thru the main street in town. And this was not some cheesy show for the tourist (because there really weren't many). It was what the have been doing for the past 200 years in this town.

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Old 12-06-2012, 06:17 AM   #475
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I haven't done this before, but I got a hotel room for the night. I knew if I was going to be sampling some of their best tequila, then I wasn't going to be riding anywhere that night. I found a nice hotel for $30 in the heart of the town next to the church. plus it had safe secure parking for my bike

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Old 12-06-2012, 06:19 AM   #476
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I had to post this picture
I love a good beer as much as I love my wine.
And Mexico is starting to brew some interesting micro brew style beers.
This one is my favorite so far......chocolate stout!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Good luck finding it elsewhere

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Old 12-06-2012, 06:25 AM   #477
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That night I went out on the town and tried some of the best tequilas
Casa Noble was one of the best
also my favorite......Cava de Oro extra Anejo
But the real surprise was Jose Cuervo. They make some good stuff that you just can't find in the States. And some of the stuff doesn't have their name on the label.
In fact, I asked people in town and most said that Jose Cuervo makes the best tequila......who knew???
And the next day I would find out for myself by taking a tour of their Cuervo Mondo factory
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Old 12-06-2012, 06:36 AM   #478
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So after tasting tequila all night and having a nice dinner at the best restaurant in town ($15), I did the Cabo Wabo back to my hotel room and passed out. A funny side story,......I took a shower and the drain backed up and flooded my entire room. I had an inch of water everywhere. As it turns out, they have these little plastic covers on the drain that you need to remove. My guess is that there are no traps in the drain lines and the plastic covers are there to keep the sewer smells out of the room. Stupid Gringo!!

So after lots of tequila, I am sound asleep in my bed. Then at 5 am in the morning, they start ringing the church bell and shooting off fireworks. And this went on for an hour. Turns out this what they do every year to ring in the beginning of their annual tequila festival. At the time, I wished that everyone would just die. But it was so cool to be a part of it all, in the end, I wouldn't have had it any other way

Here;s a look inside the church.......standing room only

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Old 12-06-2012, 06:38 AM   #479
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I took the 11 o'clock tour at Jose Cuervo Mundo
Here are the agave plants getting ready to be cooked in the ovens
The plants are called pineapples

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Old 12-06-2012, 06:41 AM   #480
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I was the only one on the tour until about 50 school kids came in and joined my tour. Some how I think I fit right in. And gotta love how they start them young in Mexico

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