Thur – Fri, Jun 7-8
Well I got a new jacket and face shield on order after I damaged these in the wreck. My new Jacket is Tourmaster Air Intake 3. I didn’t have any time to research, but several riders I talked with liked theirs. Hope this works out.
I got my bike back together. I used a 3 lb hammer, 3 foot pry bar, and a couple of wood 2by4 scraps to fix the brackets that hold my Jesse Luggage on. I contacted Jesse and they could sell me a new bracket inexpensively, but didn’t have any in stock. And I could not wait for their next run of them. I have the old style, not what they are currently using. So I had to make do with reshaping the piece myself. I got the mirror back in position and fastened the hand guard back on with a zip tie. It is sometimes amazing what you can accomplish with simple tools. Really not much damage.
In preparing the bike, I replaced the tires with Anekee 2. Changed the oil, replaced the chain, checked the sprockets, brakes, and all the bolts. I used Ride-On in the tires for both balancing and sealing. It took me about 4 hours to change both tires, I don’t have machines for this so I used a C-clamp and tire spoons. The new tires feel so much nicer than the old wore out ones did.
I have laid out all the equipment, clothes, documents, and supplies I am taking on the dining room table. I keep checking it; thinking I am forgetting something. On the pre-trip run I forgot a fork and a towel. I am amazed at how small amount of space is needed when you go toward minimalism and not take everything like some past trips in campers with the family.
I finalized my proposed route. Of course this route can change at any time. It will be dictated by weather, road conditions, time required at someplace, money, and my whim. I might decide to stay somewhere for a while or I might not. The only time line I have to follow is the trip has to be over so I can go back to work on July 16th.