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David Haynes

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PostSubject: After a rain...   Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:12 am

...Near the end of a 1K-mile trip Memorial Day weekend...thumb



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kenner

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PostSubject: Re: After a rain...   Thu Jun 03, 2010 10:10 am

SWEET!! I spent my long weekend touring (herding) 23 boyscouts through the Gettysburg PA Battlefields....BUT my reward is the Durty Dabbers in Mill Hall Pa this coming weekend!
Were you tempted to find an opening in that fence to go looking for the pot of gold at the end of that rainbox?
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jason meacham

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PostSubject: Re: After a rain...   Thu Jun 03, 2010 7:36 pm

cool, did you do the 1k trip by yourself ??
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Jersey Devil

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PostSubject: Re: After a rain...   Thu Jun 03, 2010 7:55 pm

Would you mind sharing your gear used and other items? I like the set up you have in the picture.
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David Haynes

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PostSubject: Several in the group...   Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:05 pm

jason meacham wrote:
cool, did you do the 1k trip by yourself ??

Me and another guy, who is from Birmingham, met Thursday with a guy from Rome GA and another from Chattanooga at Lake Conasauga in North Georgia to camp there for the first night; The next day we did miles and miles of gravel to circumnavigate the Cuhutta Wilderness in N GA and ended up near Tellico Plains in E TN to camp with another guy from Chattanooga.

Next day we made our way over to Cruso, NC near Mt. Pisgah on the BRP and set up a base camp at the Blue Ridge Motorcycle Campground for Saturday and Sunday nights and rode gravel and twisty roads in that area. There one guy left after Saturday and another came from Hickory NC. Then about 400 miles back home Monday (first 160 in a driving rain!)
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David Haynes

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PostSubject: Gear...   Thu Jun 03, 2010 8:59 pm

Jersey Devil wrote:
Would you mind sharing your gear used and other items? I like the set up you have in the picture.

I travel pretty lightweight but like my conveniences. On the WR for summer camping I carried everything in either the Giant Loop Coyote bag or a 30-liter roll-top dry bag. Also on this trip I had bought a 1.5 gallon fuel container (Kolpin - $35 from Bass Pro Shops) and mounted it to my tail rack. I thought I'd better carry extra fuel since the gravel ride Friday was pushing 75-80 miles between coming out on a paved road, but I got better mileage in the woods than I thought so I never used the gas. The fuel can was on bottom of the rack toward to rear, leaving a 2" space between the gas container and the GL where my Kermit chair nested.

In summer I use a hammock and also bring along a 10x12' tarp to make a shelter to keep my gear dry if it rains. I carry 2, 1-quart Nagene bottles of water and jetboil with coffee press, cook pot, spoon, fork, etc. I sleep in a NorthFace Superlight down bag that packs very small, like the hammock. Food and other camp kitchen essentials are in a 10x12 soft cooler I put in the dry bag. Other items I carried on this trip included ultralight synthetic tee shirts and underwear, a pair of ultlralight nylon pants with zip off legs to make shorts, socks, shower/shaving kit (I buy the traveler kit every few months at WalMart for about $5 that has everything I need in a compact, zippered bag, some slip-on sandal/shoes and a ball cap with led flashlight in the bill complete my clothes. Oh, and always a rain suit packed in a compression bag.

For food I carry dry stuff like rice or pasta dishes that pack small and are lightweight. Sometimes I carry the foil pouches of chicken or other meats because they are compact and can be packed easily. Just add water. Breakfast - oatmeal or grits and granola bars, etc. and, of course, coffee.

Here's a closer view of the bike packed (rainsuit is the orange bag atop the GL):





At camp in Cruso:



Rear view of bike:


Campsite at Lake Conssauga:


North Georgia gravel:


Blue Ridge Parkway at State 215:
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Jersey Devil

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PostSubject: Re: After a rain...   Sun Jun 13, 2010 8:29 pm

Where did you find that nifty sun shield for your GPS?
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David Haynes

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PostSubject: Re: After a rain...   Sun Jun 13, 2010 8:45 pm

Jersey Devil wrote:
Where did you find that nifty sun shield for your GPS?

bought the unit used... the guy threw it in. It really is nice though!
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