With an early start Friday morning myself and another rider were off on a Labor Day getaway camping trip. The ride was mostly about the places along the way, with the fun roads between as a bonus.
The KLR earned a nickname of "Pack Mule" on this trip.
The panniers were full, along with a few things strapped to the tops. A cooler occupied the top box. I figure there was close to 100 lbs of stuff packed on the bike. This was the only time that I have been able to flat foot the KLR.
There was some gear evaluation going on on this trip too. There were three stoves packed in there. I wanted to see which would be best for when I bike camp on the 250. I will not be packing that bike as heavily. using the stoves on the patio at home comes close, but having to rely on it at camp really shows whether it will work.
Day one was mostly spent getting to the lake, choosing the spot for the tent, and setting up camp. At first we were told that we would have to camp in the RV section with power and water.... the area we wanted was reserved. Once we had 'settled' for what we hoped would be the best we could do we went back to the office to let them know what spot was chosen. As luck would have it a cancellation had been called in for a spot in the better area.
Did we want to move camp???? YOU BET!! everything was packed back on the bikes while the best spot in the place was staked out. We had not yet set the tent, but everything had been unloaded. Packing for the short haul was not as effective as it had been for the road trip, but it got the job done.
Late afternoon.... relaxing by the water.
Some eager kids were just wild about the bikes.... future enthusiasts no doubt.