The Bag

The Bag






The Bag…basically house & bedroom.
Clothes, tent, sleeping bag, air mattress, chair, table, pillow, quick rain fly for emergencies. It’s big enough to contain overflow, too.

I am riding with Dave Wells, who’s done this crossing dozens of times, and it is turning out that I am going Be Like Dave.

Garmin sorted out

I have NEVER installed a Garmin mapping product without at least 1-3 calls to tech support. Thank the Goddess that Garmin has good techs.
I could not get my GPSmap 276c, tried and true for 10 years, to work with my laptop.

Soooooo….through modern technology and eBay…
I bought a new/old Garmin GPSmap 478, which got me the latest maps for free as the free upgrade with a 478, WIN!

I sold the 276c on eBay for enough to pay for the 478, AND a XM weather satellite/radio antenna. The 478 can hold the whole country map installed, the 276c can only hold chunks, the 478 has XM radio and can display satellite weather maps, with the right antenna and the XM service.

This was about two weeks of work, but all is well.

Baby’s got New Shoes!

Put the new tires on for the road trip, new Metzler Sahara 3 for the front, new Metzler ME88 Marathon for the rear.
This is a street touring rear tire, good for 10k miles, hopefully.
The front is the standard for my bike, a 21″ enduro tire.
I ‘might’ be able to pull off the whole loop on the same tires, but the desert eats tires, I will be homeward bound, and hauling assinski.

I think installing another set out there somewhere might be in order.

Getting Ready

More easily said than done….
so far, every test ride as resulted in shedded parts…
Ride 1, for instance, to Downieville for an ADV campout, had the right exhaust header blow off…whupps! It was the Redwood Run, so lots of Harleys about, I fit right in, parts falling off, loud exhaust, etc.

Ride 2, to Santa Cruz, had my left handguard mount bolt, washer, and spacer take a walk.
I apologize to whomever caught those, aiiiighhht?

I went over the whole bike checking bolts and nuts, thanks for asking.