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Old 05-21-2013, 10:35 AM   #16
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If nobody starts it by this weekend......I will doing some camping, so I will get one started if I don't see one.

Personally I don't care how it is tagged. Address, GPS, clues, etc. As long as I don't have to spend more than 1 hour googling I don't mind.

I know when I played in Norther VA, some of the tags/clues were quite creative and fun. Not to mention informative with all of the history in that area. Some took longer than others, but I enjoyed it.
Are you riding to Higgins? I would like to.
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Old 05-23-2013, 05:48 AM   #17
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Anybody else been out in the rain the last couple of days? Both yesterday and this morning, the hard rain chose to start just as I was leaving work. (Not) surprisingly, I didn't see a single other bike anywhere out in it on the way home either day.
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Old 05-23-2013, 07:03 AM   #18
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I was out here in TC both days, rained pretty hard both days tho, yesterday I rode for about an hour in a full on rain.
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Old 05-23-2013, 11:05 PM   #19
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I got caught in some of it Tuesday afternoon but I was heading home so it wasn't to bad .
Did get pretty wet in a sudden fast down pour at one point ..

All part of it I guess . I quit listening to weather guy a few years back when I lost most of the riding season do to the 80% BS . Wish I could get away with being totally wrong and still get paid .........

Now I just look at the radar and ride .
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Old 05-24-2013, 02:16 AM   #20
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I got caught in some of it Tuesday afternoon but I was heading home so it wasn't to bad .
Did get pretty wet in a sudden fast down pour at one point ..

All part of it I guess . I quit listening to weather guy a few years back when I lost most of the riding season do to the 80% BS . Wish I could get away with being totally wrong and still get paid .........

Now I just look at the radar and ride .
Yep. As long as it isn't raining when I step out of the house, and more frequently lately, even if it is, I'll still ride. I can't count the number of times the NWS has been wrong significantly this year. I think they're actually getting worse, not better, as time goes on despite advances in technology, computer modeling, etc.

Why not just say something like "there is a 100% chance of between 0 and 10,000 inches of precipitation today, with an expected temperature somewhere between -140 and 140 degrees Farenheit." The forecast would always be spot on, and think of all the money they could save by not bothering with buying all the new computers, etc.

The thing that gets me is the weather folks can't even put together an accurate 7 day or even 3 day forecast, and we have people claiming they can forecast the climate decades or centuries from now. Uh, what? Oops, I guess that bit about climate change probably belonged in CSM instead.
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Old 05-24-2013, 06:32 AM   #21
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Yes Mike, I am practicing my camping setup on my bike for the weekend, so it coming rain or shine. I am totally over packed, but I wanted to see exactly how much I could fit, and I want to see how the bike handles with a "full" load.

Btw - I am at 1700mi on the year. I guess I have been busier than I thought.

Enjoy your weekend.
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Old 05-25-2013, 07:42 AM   #22
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Yes Mike, I am practicing my camping setup on my bike for the weekend, so it coming rain or shine. I am totally over packed, but I wanted to see exactly how much I could fit, and I want to see how the bike handles with a "full" load.

Btw - I am at 1700mi on the year. I guess I have been busier than I thought.

Enjoy your weekend.
I was wondering if you'd mind talking a bit about what gear you've chosen for camping, and what works/doesn't work, now that you've had a weekend to try it out?

Here's a picture of my bike with the current setup on it:

That is a massive tent at the bottom of the stack, the bigger sized cheap "waterproof" wally world blue bag (the one I normally have on with tag pics is smaller), and a few 6 packs in the white grocery bags at the very top of the stack. To say I had way too much weight on the back is a mild understatement. It worked though, kind of. I wouldn't have wanted to go much farther than from Coleman to Rose Lake campground though. It is definitely not usable as a long distance setup, and not a good idea even for short range stuff.

The tent was intended for car camping. It is big enough that when set up, I could park the bike inside the tent and still have plenty of room to sleep. . Since I really don't need a tent big enough to serve as a house/garage while camping on the bike, I would like to pick up something smaller like a 1 or 2 person backpacking tent due to weight and bulk considerations.
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Old 05-26-2013, 11:22 PM   #23
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Monday road riders ?

Anyone gonna be out and about Monday ?

Looks like the wee one and I might enjoy the day with a ride ..... Not sure yet but just maybe .......
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:28 AM   #24
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This is somewhere between Prudenville and old 27 on a seasonal road that was heading in a southwest direction. I love Northern Michigan.
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:33 AM   #25
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You just need to tag on....."this time of the year."
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:36 AM   #26
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You just need to tag on....."this time of the year."
very true.
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:37 AM   #27
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JB, are you going to officially start the state wide Tag game?
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:49 AM   #28
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My camping setup

I had fully intended on taking pictures this weekend and posting on one of the camping setups threads, but it was our first time camping with our 4 month old daughter so it slipped with the added stress of that.

I am heading up to TC this weekend and plan to carry the same setup, just packed slightly differently and with a lot less clothes. I will try to take pictures then as they often to a better job than my descriptions.

Here is a quick brain dump though as for camping:
30 degree North Face Down bag
Walrus Swift Tent (1 person, they were bought by MSR I think)
Tent specific footprint
Kelty Deluxe Pillow
Full Length Thermarest
2qt Alluminum pot w/ lid
Apex II stove with fuel canister
Titanium folding spork
Geigerrig 1600
North Face waterproof bag

I will put together a complete list, including the tools I take, the ones I wish I had, etc. I will include my gear/equipment list as well.

My suggestion as I have read almost everywhere else. Get something bigger than a 1 person tent. The poles are usually the issue for MC campers, but the different between 3-6 pounds doesn't factor for me. Literally no room for gear and I'm not that big.

I brought way more clothes than any human being would need for 3 days of camping, and it contributed probably 75% of the additional weight on the bike. My strom handled it fine. I noticed the difference in power/suspension, but speed/accell and general performance were still far more than what I needed. It was a nice confirmation that the bike will be able to handle anything I intend to throw at it pack wise.

The most annoying change with all the gear on the back was the difference in airflow due to the waterproof pack on the seat. It was blowing air up the back of my jacket, and lifting the jacket up a bit. Made me quite uncomfortable and annoyed.
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:50 AM   #29
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Michigan Wide

Also - if I can wrap some things up at work today in time, expect to see a Michigan wide tag thread started this afternoon/evening

Mike and I stumbled upon and interesting spot this weekend while searching for some seasonal roads. Way to sandy for any real activity for the strom, but a offroad gem for somebody I hope.
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Old 05-28-2013, 03:51 PM   #30
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Come one come all

don't wait, get your first tag today.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=890896
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