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Old 05-05-2013, 10:46 PM   #931
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NomadGal's in town

Hi, Esther, Is that how to spell your name?

I'm please to find you practically on my doorstep. I'm down here in Oceanside.....close enough for me to hook you up with one, or a dozen, of those Alcohol stoves that you like.

Let me know if you want one?
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:43 AM   #932
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Quemado Lake camping

You made a great report on your trip west.
I rode the Continental Divide last summer, and I believe I camped in the same Camp ground at Quemado Lake. When we were there we saw and heard lots of Elk bugling....don't think there were as many deer in the area. Of course, I'm no expert on Deer or Elk in the area.

See if you think this is the same campground...about 7/8th down the page.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...5&postcount=25
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:44 AM   #933
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Hi, Esther, Is that how to spell your name?

I'm please to find you practically on my doorstep. I'm down here in Oceanside.....close enough for me to hook you up with one, or a dozen, of those Alcohol stoves that you like.

Let me know if you want one?
If it hadn't been pouring today I would have rode out to see you.
I still might if it dries up later. I'll let you know.
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:52 AM   #934
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You made a great report on your trip west.
I rode the Continental Divide last summer, and I believe I camped in the same Camp ground at Quemado Lake. When we were there we saw and heard lots of Elk bugling....don't think there were as many deer in the area. Of course, I'm no expert on Deer or Elk in the area.

See if you think this is the same campground...about 7/8th down the page.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...5&postcount=25
I was in that same area, but I don't think it was the same campground. I forgot what mine was called though, it had 3 different entrances, one and three were open, two was closed. I think you were a bit further down the road. It's an awsome area though :)
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:01 AM   #935
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Old 05-06-2013, 12:24 PM   #936
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If it hadn't been pouring today I would have rode out to see you.
I still might if it dries up later. I'll let you know.
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Old 05-06-2013, 02:42 PM   #937
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Hey i'm the klr rider who ran into you at the circle K gas station in 29 palms this weekend. Just wanted to say Hi and wish you good luck on your wandering.
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Old 05-07-2013, 07:09 PM   #938
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Hey i'm the klr rider who ran into you at the circle K gas station in 29 palms this weekend. Just wanted to say Hi and wish you good luck on your wandering.
HI Hessian42, glad you posted and said hi.
It was fun running into you, I hope you have a great ride to Terra Del Fuego
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Old 05-07-2013, 07:30 PM   #939
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Back on the road!
I stayed with my daughter over the weekend and Monday, and it made me realize how grown up she already seems even though she's only 18.
I had wished for her to go to college, but she chose to work. It's not a fun job but she likes the money and shopping.
You can't live your kids life, nor convince them to do something that just isn't what they need at the time I guess.
Still, I wished she had it easier as far as work goes.
Tammy loves animals and she has a pet snake, it's an albino something.



We just hung out and had lunch at an indian food place. Yum, awesome food!


The house she lives in is a veritable cat haven, the owner fosters baby kittens.

It was hard saying goodbye this morning before she went to work. Hopefully I'll see her a bit sooner again, a year is a pretty long time.

After she left I took all the wet items off the bike (including my manual). Seemed like my water resistant tank bags are not exactly that!
I put stuff to dry in the sun and packed up my other junk meanwhile.
I said goodbye to Diane (my daughter's friend's mom with whom she lives) and hit the road at11.
The ride down 5, 405, and 101 was not something I'd like to do again. On top of going fast it was pouring. I was glad that bikes are allowed on the share lane, it made the ride less nerve wrecking.

I was heading to Wyman Winn's place to put a new cam chain tensioner on Spirit, and change my choke cable I got from Parepin.


Back on the coast,


Took 154 to Solvang


If you look closely you can see the lake in the distance


Turns out Solvang is quite a touristy little place. Its origin Danish


Couldn't resist, his wife planted some awesome flowers in the yard.

We had dinner together and I'm off to take a nice warm shower and early to bed. Freeways are exhausting!
Tomorrow I'm doing just a few little things on Spirit, including changing her oil.
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:30 AM   #940
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Hi, Esther, Is that how to spell your name?

I'm please to find you practically on my doorstep. I'm down here in Oceanside.....close enough for me to hook you up with one, or a dozen, of those Alcohol stoves that you like.

Let me know if you want one?
At the risk of reopening the "what is the best stove" discussion, I offer the following: Soda pop can stoves are great except for one thing which for me is a deal breaker. It is difficult to find (and afford) pure ethanol. Denatured alcohol often has rather toxic impurities. When I'm camping, the last thing I want is toxic fumes. (discussion of alcohol fuels here: http://adventuresinstoving.blogspot....tove-fuel.html ).
I'm really partial to the Sierra Zip stove. It is a tiny wood cookstove. It will burn pretty much anything: Leaves, bark, twigs, paper, etc. It boils water as fast as a Whisperlite and is very easy to light. Plus, you don't have to carry any fuel.

On an entirely different note, I'm headed south on my DR650 later this week. Any idea where you will be? Like most of your "followers", I feel like I have been sharing your journey (with no lack of envy), and would love to meet up now that you are in CA.
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Old 05-08-2013, 07:36 AM   #941
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On an entirely different note, I'm headed south on my DR650 later this week. Any idea where you will be? Like most of your "followers", I feel like I have been sharing your journey (with no lack of envy), and would love to meet up now that you are in CA.
The only date I know for sure where I will be is in San Francisco on the 13th to renew my passport.
After that I am thinking of going the roundabout way to Eureka to see TwlilightZone who has a rear tire for me. Mine might not make it to the Olympic Peninsula where I need to be on the 30th of this month to do my GoalZero roadshow.
Depending on the state of TwilightZone's tire after I get paid for the show I'm buying a new one for the trip to Alaska.
I do know that I was thinking of camping in the Mendocino National Forest on my way to Eureka.
So if you have some time we could meet up there some time after I leave SF on the 13th.
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Old 05-08-2013, 08:29 AM   #942
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NG you might check in at the Bay Area Riders Forum when you get near SF, to see what rides/events are going on that you may be interested in. Lots of interesting folks there. I'm "rodr" on that forum also. Would be great to have an opportunity to meet you!
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:04 PM   #943
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What kinda tires are you running/looking for??
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:15 PM   #944
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If you make it through the Lost Coast, I've got a friend or two that'll put you up for a night (in Petrolia or Loleta), plus there's some great camping on the beach there.
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Old 05-08-2013, 03:22 PM   #945
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What kinda tires are you running/looking for??
Right now for any used tire that will get me to Washington.
Once I get paid from my GoalZero show I am planning on buying a brand new one which should last until I get to Alaska.
But TwilightZone has offered me a T65 that he has lying around.
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