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La Posta del Viajero en Moto – The Motorcycle Traveler’s Post

Posted in Camping, Motorcycle, Motorcycle Accessories, Motorcycle Camping, Motorcycle Clothing, Motorcycle Maintenance, Motorcycle Milestones, Motorcycle Rides, Motorcycles, Sturgis SD with tags , on April 26, 2015 by DRF

Here’s a post from “Sturgis Chick“, a blog I’ve been following that I’d like share.  Take a look if you have a moment.  Maybe you’d like to follow her blog on WordPress.  It may be especially interesting for those of you who have “Adventure Bikes” and are “Adventure Riders”.  I’d like to be able to venture off of the paved roads, but my motorcycle just isn’t set up for that.  Sure looks fun though.

La Posta del Viajero en Moto – The Motorcycle Traveler’s Post.

Sturgis 2014 – Planning for Another Ride

Posted in Arches National Park, Arizona, Camping, Motorcycle, Motorcycle Camping, Motorcycle Rides, Motorcycles, National Parks, Rocky Mountain National Park, Scenic View, South Dakota, Sturgis SD, Utah with tags , , , , , , , , on July 15, 2014 by DRF

I plan on going to Sturgis again this year.  This will be my 2nd time.  Tent camping along the way, I plan on staying at Fort Tuthill campground in Flagstaff, AZ,  Arches National Park in Utah, and Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.  If I have time I’d also like to ride through Aspen, CO to take in the scenic views.  Each time I take a trip I try to take routes I haven’t been on before (unless I feel it was so nice I’d like to see it again).  I plan on going through Arches National Park which I rode through last year, simply because I enjoyed it so much.  If you plan on camping in any of the national parks, be sure to make your reservations well in advance.  They fill up quickly especially in the summer months.

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My trip back to AZ will probably have to be along the Interstate Highways since it will be the quickest.  I would prefer to take the back roads through the little towns, scenic views, more relaxing atmosphere, etc…  But I could only get so much time off from work!

Pre Planning for another Motorcycle Trip – A Lot of Snacks!

Posted in Camping, Camping Gear, Energy, Food, Harley-Davidson, Harley-Davidson Dealers, Motorcycle, Motorcycle Camping, Motorcycle Cargo Trailer, Motorcycle Rides, Motorcycles, Trip Planning with tags , , , , , , on May 5, 2014 by DRF

It will be a few months before my next (9 day) motorcycle trip, but that’s not stopping me from getting prepaired!  After all, part of the enjoyment (at least for me) is the preparation, planning, figuring out the route I want to take, etc…

I’ve decided NOT to put a hitch on my new Tri-Glide and pull the Bushtec cargo trailer like I did with the Ultra Classic.  After talking to the person at my local Harley-Davidson dealer that deals with warranty issues, I’ve decided to wait on installing a hitch.  He told me when a Harley-Davidson comes in for service and they notice a hitch has been installed, they have the ability to tag the motorcycles VIN number in Harley-Davidsons computer system effectively voiding the warranty.  This “tag” would be in the H-D system for all dealers to see.  If if you’ve purchased an extended warranty, it will be voided as well.  For those who’ve purchased the extended warranty, you know it wasn’t cheap.  He said some dealers may do it, and others may not.  I got the impression this dealership would do it if it was noticed. He wouldn’t say one way or another.  I don’t want to risk looking my warranty right now, so I’ll just keep the trailer in storage for now.

Anyway, I said all that to say I need to reduce the amount of things I’ll take on my next trip and reduce the size of some of the items I want to take.

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I’ve made a few purchases in the last few weeks for my next motorcycle trip.  I think I purchased most of these items at REI.  They have a good selection of quality items and an excellent return policy if you’re not satisfied.  I’m not affiliated with REI, I just like the store.  Some items are a little expensive, but if your a member you get a 10% rebate each year which helps.

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A Kelty Trailogic 2 Person, 3 Season Tent.  This tent complete with the poles weighs 4 lbs 13 oz and packs down to 14″ x 11″ x 3″ in the included bag.

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Marmot Maverics 40F/4C sleeping bag that weighs 2 lbs 3 oz.  It opens up to 6 ft in length and packs down in the included bag to about the size of a 1 litter soda bottle.

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Big Agnes Insulated Air Core (sleeping pad).  In the bag it measures 8″ x 4 1/2″ and folds open to 20″ x 72″ x 2.5″.  Weight is 1 lb 10 oz.

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Cocoon UltraLight Air-Core Hood/Camp Pillow with premium synthetic fill.  Ultra small, 4″ x 2 1/2″ in the included bag and weighs 3.5 oz.

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REI Flexlite Chair.  Size folded up in the bag is 14″ x 3″ and weighs 1 lb 11 oz.

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SeaToSummit Drylite MicroTowel.  Size folded in the bag is 5″ x 5″ and opens to 36″ x 19″.  Weight is 4 oz.

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An of course a motorcycle trip wouldn’t be complete without taking along a few snacks!  Some Electrolyte drink tabs to put in my water bottle to stay hydrated, and various snack bars, etc…  for my trips.  These all have expiration dates good for several months and will be good for my next trip.  I’m not sure if they’ll all make it that long, I may need to sample a few of them!

My old tent, sleeping bag, sleeping bad, pillow and chair are still perfectely fine, the new ones are just smaller in size and easier to carry on the motorcycle since I won’t be pulling the trailer.

 

Time to Relax in Eastern Washington

Posted in Fishing, Lakes, Motorcycle Camping, Motorcycle Rides, Motorcycles, River, Washington, Water, Wildlife with tags , , , , , on November 5, 2013 by DRF

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c4Fotor0103110065I arrived in Eastern Washington at my brothers cabin.  I started in Phoenix, AZ and finally made it.  Now it’s time for a little fishing and relaxation.

We caught a few fish, kokanee (a landlocked version of the sockeye salmon),  trout and perch.  We let them all go since we brought plenty of food with us.

I helped my brother build a shed for his quad and enjoyed the fresh mountain air.  It sure isn’t like this in Phoenix.  This is my 2nd year making this trip, and I throughly enjoy it.

It’s hard to see, but in the last 2 photos there’s a couple dear crossing the river.  The photos were taken from inside the cabin through the window.

Arches National Park in Utah Part 1

Posted in Arches National Park, Motorcycle, Motorcycle Camping, Motorcycle Cargo Trailer, Motorcycle Trailer, Mountains, National Parks, Utah with tags on October 6, 2013 by DRF

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IMG_5090Here’s a few photos my first day in Arches National Park.  The entrance in just North of Maob, UT.  A very scenic drive into the park.  I’ll be posting many more photos during the coming weeks of my 12 day trip.  Please come back for more!

Another Motorcycle Ride Complete (3,871 Miles through 10 States)

Posted in Motorcycle Camping, Motorcycle Rides, Motorcycles on October 2, 2013 by DRF

Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Nevada.

Two days before the trip, I began my usual routine of getting all my gear sorted out. I like to set up a table in the garage with all the items I plan to take before packing the motorcycle and trailer. Checking my list and then checking it again. I should probably have a standard checklist by now, but I seem to make up a new one for each trip.

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There will be several entries to the blog for this trip. Please come back for more…

Motorcycle Trip – Planning and Documenting

Posted in Harley-Davidson, Maps, Motorcycle, Motorcycle Camping, Motorcycle Rides, Motorcycles with tags , , , , on September 12, 2013 by DRF

I find planing my next motorcycle trip very enjoyable.  How about you?  Do you plan ahead or just get on your bike and ride?

I begin weeks if not months in advance searching and planing on a route, searching for sights to see, looking for nice campgrounds and maybe a hotel or two along the way, searching Google for “best burgers, best breakfasts, etc. in the towns I plan on riding through.

I’m still planing my next trip and having fun doing it!

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For the past few years I’ve also taken along a small digital recorder to document my ride along the way.  IE: Routes I’ve taken, places I’ve stopped at, places I’d like to stop at next time, odometer readings, sights along the way, etc…  Then when I get finished with the ride I write it all down it in the book you see above.  I’ve found that going back and reading some of the entries I’ve made over the years puts me right back into the adventure!  Things I’ve forgotten come back to me just like the day I first saw them.  I wish I would have started this a long time ago.

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