Fast approaching 2 weeks out, still a bunch of stuff to figure out with the bike and even more to do around the house.
I replaced the 1 gallon rotopax for a pelican case bolted down for my tools. The tire and first aid kits will go in boxes under the Altrider tail rack.
I had a dilemma earlier this week about what to wear, armored shirt under a jersey and separate rain gear OR be a “Cordura Cowboy”😏 in neck to ankle Klim gear.
After consulting Instructor Chet from PSSOR, and reading up on the Iron Butt website about keeping cool in the heat, I decided on the LD Comfort base layers under my Klim gear. The Thor armored shirt ,jerseys and Klim Dakar pants plus the ICON PDX rain gear will be mailed home to South Louisiana just in case I want to wear that through the Deep South, it will keep my options open.
All of that together reduced my packing enough to get rid of the orange Dry Spec bag. So it will just be the panniers, tank bag and Mosko Moto backcountry duffle. YAY!!
Chris Dantzischer and the great guys in the PNWSTOG are getting together to buy me lunch(or breakfast) while I’m out on the road through a Go Fund Me page. If you’d like to donate, click here -> https://www.gofundme.com/2hn3fux8 I’ll let everyone know on here and the Facebook blog when I’m having a meal courtesy of my friends. This is an extremely generous thing to do for me!! THANKS!!
My shakedown ride is planned for May 6-8. 1st stop is Hoquium Wa, the HQ of LD Comfort. Most, if not all, of the Iron butt association swear by this stuff to stay comfortable and cool plus the factory is so close. Then on to Knappa, Oregon to swap out tank bags and give my PIAA lights to soon to be now dad again….. Josh. I’ll be trying out his Yamaha factory bag, it’s a little bigger than the Giant Loop Fandango I have now. I’m hoping to get my phone, camera and iPad mini comfortably in there and stay secure and dry. All while still comfortable to stand up. We shall see.
Then through the GPNF, Trout Lake, Glenwood and Yakima to see my daughter at CWU in Ellensberg. I’ll be camping next to the Yakima river along Canyon Rd. Here -> http://www.yakimarv.com/index.html. Anyone want to joine me for some or all of the ride?
I also have a Delorme “InReach” activated, there will be almost daily posts on here and the Facebook Personal Blog here ->https://www.facebook.com/Ténéré-Across-the-USA-489762241216087/?ref=bookmarks
I hope the people that follow my journey can find me when I’m in their area so they can join me for a ride.
Before I geaux, I do have to give a huge thank you to the PR team at Yamaha USA for the box of goodies for my trip!