Second this.I take pictures of all the important documents in my wallet and store them in my smart phone. Photos may not be the real thing, but I figure they are better than nothing if someone needs I'd.
I also keep a stash of emergency cash some place other than in my wallet when traveling.
3 hours fixing a flat. What a beat-down!
We just couldn't believe our little air pumps were working properly, we couldn't get a tube to inflate. After pulling out the 3rd pump we reckoned odds were against all 3 pumps being bad. They weren't. It was the tubes.I think it was more like 2 hours, but either way, it took a long time.
We were up reasonably early on Sunday, eager to begin our 5 day ride north.
"Milton, I'm so excited I can't sleep anymore. Are you awake?"
Our spirits were high and we were ready to go. But we had one final task before leaving the hotel parking lot on Sunday morning - a group photo.
We immediately deviated from the planned route and went north on paved Hwy 15 - know as the Trail of the Mountain Spirits - out of town. It was a twistier route but added about 20 miles to the total distance for the day.
The scenery along the way was quite nice.
This is Lake Roberts. Jon is the only one in our group that has been here before.
Finally, we reached the first dirt on the GDR. I found the sign to be very encouraging. High clearance vehicles? No services? Sharp curves? Steep grades? Hey, this is what I signed up for. Let's go!
Alas, it was not to be. The route was pretty much all easy class 1 consisting of gravel roads as pictured above though the views were nice and the forest was interesting.
Misterk, what lead to the crashes? Sand?
Facts and figures:
The routes on four of the five days were too long. Those four days were 200+ miles, which was completely do-able on the mostly class 1 roads as long as you started early enough (8 am) and nothing went wrong (flats, crashes, bike problems, difficult terrain, etc). But something always goes wrong. The first day my group didn't finish until nearly 11 pm. Which delayed our start on day 2. Which caused us not to finish day 2 until about 10:30 pm.
I really wanted to do this ride. I've come to realize that fatigue can become as big a factor as skill. The long days and the lack of personal fitness were what guided me to skip this and after reading these posts, think I made the right decision. It still sucks to be at home looking at other peoples pictures again!Fatigue and lack of skill on a bike with minimal suspension and ground clearance, I had to be very choosy with my lines.
I will say the DCT saved my bacon. Never stalled the bike once LOL. Curtis called my bike the mountain horse.
Now....with that being said, I would like to do this ride again next year....but on an africa twin.
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Pretty sure they did the hard section. I was in Kevin's group and we did the standard routes except for the red loop on Day 1 that almost made me give up. This is the class 3 and 2 hill climb that Robert mentioned and on my 1200GS with luggage it about did me in.Clarification on what you're calling "dual sport" sections, is this hard options? From GPS Kevin routes there is the standard route and then easy and hard options.
Class 1 and 2
Yes, I'm referring to the "hard" sections on the GPS routes as dual sport routes (as opposed to the main route which, in my mind, I call the adventure route).Clarification on what you're calling "dual sport" sections, is this hard options? From GPS Kevin routes there is the standard route and then easy and hard options.
Mike,I am wondering out of all the flats was any of them tubeless and if so were you able to repair on the trail? Of all the bikes were any of tubeless?
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I tend to run Ride-On in my tires and it has saved my bacon on more than one occasion. I don't know why but I did not have Ride-On in my front tube - just a mistake on my part.Did any of the flats have Slime or Ride On in the tubes?
I have this in my tubes but have not had a puncture yet so I do not know if it really works.
The one time I did get a nail I did not have anything in the tube so after that I put it in all my tubes but do not know if it really works.
Kevin I want to see picture of the closed mountain pass we made it through going from New Mexico to Colorado with Adam. That part was the hardest of the week for me with snow, downed trees, mud and a missing track. I dropped my bike probably 6 times and I think Kevin took a picture every time. I am glad we were able to get help for Chuck....
I had a flat on the rear tubless set up on the AT. Leak at spoke, wound up putting a tube in less than an hour after getting on the road to Silver City.Guess I am hoping to hear a story of someone running tubeless that says "Wow, had a flat today, took 10 mins tops to plug it and air up, piece of cake!!!"
Someday I hope...