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Old 10-16-2012, 06:53 AM   #346
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About your camera. I like to take a lot of pics when I'm riding and want quick access to the camera. For several years now I have kept it on an old boot lace around my neck. When I'm not using it it lives in the left breast pocket of my coat. From here I can even pull it out with my left hand and take a pic while riding. If something unexpected comes up and I need two hands on the bars I can simply drop the camera knowing the lanyard will catch it against my stomach.

After trial and error I made the boot lace just long enough to go over my helmet. Too many times I put the helmet on and then wanted to put the too small loop over it.

Some have told me this is a bad idea in the event you fall/crash and land on the camera. I'll take my chances. Just something to be aware of.

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Hmmm......Sorry, I am no saint by any means, but I don't think taking a photograph on a moving MC is a good idea. It is not much different than texting while driving. Just sayin........ sorry for the interruption.
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:24 AM   #347
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Hmmm......Sorry, I am no saint by any means, but I don't think taking a photograph on a moving MC is a good idea. It is not much different than texting while driving. Just sayin........ sorry for the interruption.
For the most part I completely agree! There are many times while riding that I feel very uncomfortable even taking one hand off the bars. However, many of the roads I find enjoyable have no shoulder, and stopping in the road is bad news. If I were to slow down and do it carefully I think it could be done safely. Definitely not something to try in traffic though!
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Old 10-16-2012, 09:47 AM   #348
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For the most part I completely agree! There are many times while riding that I feel very uncomfortable even taking one hand off the bars. However, many of the roads I find enjoyable have no shoulder, and stopping in the road is bad news. If I were to slow down and do it carefully I think it could be done safely. Definitely not something to try in traffic though!
Haha, definitely guilty or riding while taking pics! But same here, I only do it when I feel it's safe to do so, or when there is no way or place to stop and I see something worth taking a photo of.
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Old 10-16-2012, 10:52 AM   #349
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I'll take my chances. Thanks for the concern. Heck, sometimes I even take a hand off the bars and scratch my nose or worse while riding! Oh my!

Glad you got the bike going Fey. Feels good to figure things out doesn't it. You seem to be a very resourceful person. Admirable quality in my book.

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Old 10-16-2012, 12:34 PM   #350
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A really enjoyable thread.

I was at Crater Lake (and some of the other places you travelled through) this summer and it was stunning.

I think your friend may have been in Dawson City at the same time as me



I'll skip the furry conventions though

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Old 10-16-2012, 01:09 PM   #351
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Given the starter was sounding like a strangled elk a few days ago, I am guessing it might have given up the ghost. :(
Glad to hear you are back on the road in good form. Roadside mechanics is all part of the journey and build's character in my book -aside from increased confidence in oneself and the gasoline swigging companion of course.

BTW, thought to mention that the choking-chicken sound when you hit the starter but nothing to be concerned with. Commonly due to a lack of lubrication on the ends of the armature in the starter for the DR650 and usually shows itself at the first cold start but never has been the indication of a failing starter. Checked my own to address the issue after reading a bunch about it online but takes some time to remove the exhaust manifold and oil lines that are in the way of pulling out the starter for the simple lube-job at the ends. Just a maintenance issue to keep it in mind the next time you have to dig into that side of the engine, which the less mechanically adventurous of us choose never to bother with and keep riding as is.
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Old 10-16-2012, 06:53 PM   #352
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The Elk story is wild!! What an amazing experience!!!!
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Old 10-17-2012, 06:47 AM   #353
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The Elk story is wild!! What an amazing experience!!!!
You guys are all "city folk".

That Elk didn't move because it wasn't "wild". It's used to tourists and people feeding it.

We have a ton of "wild" animals that roam our park towns. Tourists love them, but that's not "wild". A wild animal will not stick around.










You still don't want to F**** with it:




Great story though. Enjoy keeping up with your updates. Lots of good RR to follow these days!
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:24 PM   #354
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Great RR and awesome pics - especially considering they're all from your Droid. (I'm a happy Samsung GS3 owner, myself)

If you have an inexpensive digital point & shoot - or even a not-so-inexpensive one - you could use a microSD card with an SD adapter as the media for the camera, then just swap that microSD card into your phone to upload your photos. This would allow you to take those 'on the fly' shots without risking dropping the Droid.

I carry my camera in my left front pocket, tethered to a clip inside the same pocket. It makes for easy access for shots on the move, and if I have to drop the camera, it only falls as far as my knee.





In any case... enjoy the ride and keep up the good work! You've got at least one more DR owner here watching and living vicariously through your travels.
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Old 10-19-2012, 11:20 AM   #355
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A little late to the party, but IN!

This is very refreshing. I find myself more and more tied to "my life is worthless unless I make this amount of money," and it seems to only get worse the older I get. I just turned 31 on Tuesday, and despite having a lot of wonderful things in my life I found the day (and most of my time recently) spent in a dark cloud due to, well, greed. I'm one of those "always busy" people you mentioned a while back, raised that way. It seems if I stop to think the dark cloud catches up...

Maybe someday. While I do not have any children, I do have commitments that keep this life change from happening. It's been a dream of mine since 2001 to do something like this, maybe I should start a serious discussion about it...

Ride safe, keep up the reports when you can!
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:44 PM   #356
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Busy!

From Eugene I landed in Lassen, next I visited my childhood hometown of Truckee. Then I spent a few days north of Bishop hanging out with my crazy friends and just finished cutting over Tioga Pass this afternoon. Going to unwind a bit with my friends in Oakhurst for a few days, maybe do some hiking, catch the RR up to date.

I've seen so many beautiful landscapes in the past week, it's difficult to express my sense of wonder. Even taking the time to stop and enjoy things, there is always another gem tucked away down some road you'll never go down. The nature in this country has always been one of my favorite aspects and I don't see that changing any time soon. :)

It's interesting how my mental processes have adjusted to accommodate the RR, I find myself stopping more, sometimes places I otherwise wouldn't, to make sure things get properly documented. Overall it is a positive effect. I've kept journals for years but this is the first time that people who aren't already close friends have found it interesting.

For now: a hot shower and a roof over my head. Updates soon! You all are awesome.
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:54 PM   #357
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Thank You.

Just wanted to thank you for posting up your report. It has been medicine for my shingles. Great report.

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Old 10-21-2012, 11:00 PM   #358
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Old 10-22-2012, 06:01 AM   #359
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It's interesting how my mental processes have adjusted to accommodate the RR, I find myself stopping more, sometimes places I otherwise wouldn't, to make sure things get properly documented. Overall it is a positive effect.
I totally agree with you on that one! I find myself doing the same. It feels like not riding alone anymore, I find myself sharing the beauty around me in thought and say to myself, Wow, this view is gorgeous, the readers will love seeing this, or laugh at that etc. It's cool!
Was there snow in Lassen yet?
Still here in South Carolina, finally started rebuilding the engine. Yay!! Can't wait to head to the Outer Banks and then down to Florida, it's been getting into the mid thirties at night here, brrrrrrrr. Chose to sleep in my tent in my hosts's yard though, that way I am not imposing on them overly much.
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:40 AM   #360
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Fey, i'm enjoying your story. Very cool.

Coincidentally, I'm going to visit my dirt riding buddy in Lone Pine from the 25th for 4 or 5 days while my wife is in Hawaii. Were prolly going into Death Valley from the north end of Saline Valley for some ride-about.

My fiend, Nip Morgan, is a very interesting guy as he's retired from the cartoon industry as an illustrator. A walk thru his scrapbook is quite rewarding.

We ride slow, and would enjoy showing you around a bit as Lone pine is near Bishop. If you should find this possibility interesting get back to me. My friend has sleeping space in a mobil home on his lot in downtown Lone pine.

....or if you have a ride you want some 'security in numbers' on.....?

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